Phuket : Royal Phawadee Village Resort

Royal Phawadee Village - Moose

3rd August 2011. Written by Xin Li and Vinleon.
Phuket, Thailand

Located only a street away from Patong beach, Royal Phawadee Village Resort is embellished by lush greenery and Thai-style furnishing. The first thing you'd notice upon entering the lobby area is the small swimming pool and the warm welcoming smiles of the receptionists.

Royal Phawadee Village - Welcome Drink and Towel

Checking in took quite a while but this cooled off with our complimentary drink and (cold towel wrapped in plastic). Instead of making us carry it to our room to drink, they should serve it either in the room itself or while we were checking in, a tiny service detail they should take note of.

Royal Phawadee Village - Welcome Drink and Towel

The whole resort was designed to resemble an idyllic 'Thai' village. The walk to our room was akin to taking a stroll through a park, there was plenty of greenery and flowers along the pathway to our room. There is also a swimming pool but having the water was quite salty (hurts the eyes).

Royal Phawadee Village - Above the Swimming Pool

Each room has a private deck outside where we had a nice time lounging and having afternoon tea (until the mozzies came).

Royal Phawadee Village - Private Deck

We booked a Superior Room (2500 THB). The interior décor was fairly simple. As such, it lacked the royal atmosphere that we expected from the resort. It felt more like an upscale chalet.

Royal Phawadee Village - Superior Room

Nonetheless, the expansive bed was comfortable and the shower room is very spacious (the toilet and shower room were separate).

Royal Phawadee Village - Mini-Bar

There is also the usual mini bar, the 5 THB Seaweed Lays cost 10 THB. I like that they provided us with an adapter.

Royal Phawadee Village - Desk

Towels were folded in an artistic manner.

Royal Phawadee Village - Towels

Breakfast is served at the Cafe de France, one of the three highly priced restaurants in the hotel.

Royal Phawadee Village - Cafe de France

The croissants and venoisseries were really good. The butter, jams and honey were imported from France.

Royal Phawadee Village - Bread and Jams

Royal Phawadee Village - Breakfast Buffet

You have both Asian and Western options here.

Royal Phawadee Village - Congee

Royal Phawadee Village - Smoked Duck

Royal Phawadee Village - Drinks Counter

However, the quality ends there, the rest of the breakfast buffet were a disappointment. The scrambled egg looked weird, the cold cuts have a strange aftertaste and the cheese was pungent. The coffee was very heavy and excruciatingly sharp (as expected from French coffee).

Royal Phawadee Village - Breakfast

Royal Phawadee Village - Bread

Royal Phawadee Village - Fruits

Xin Li: I liked that they provided the conveyor toaster (though the settings were off at the beginning resulting in the wastage of bread as they got burnt) and that they offer whole fruits for the guests to eat.

Royal Phawadee Village - Cold Cuts

In contrast to the food, the ambience fared much better, we love the alfresco seats where you could people watch or just enjoy the abundant greenery around the resort.

Royal Phawadee Village - Breakfast

There were plenty of facilities including a business center, gym and swimming pool. The pool water is odd though, it seemed rather salty and hurts the eyes.

Royal Phawadee Village - Business Center

Royal Phawadee Village - Gym

Overall, I have mixed feelings for the Royal Phawadee Village Resort. I felt that it lacked the royal feel (but that is personal), its breakfast could have been better, the swimming pool water needs some attention as well. On the other hand, I love that there were plenty of greenery, the laid back atmosphere, its excellent location as well as the comfortable rooms it has to offer.

Royal Phawadee Village - Bed

Royal Phawadee Village Boutique Resort
3 Sawatdirak Road, Patong Beach, Kathu, Phuket, Thailand, 83150.

Tel: +66 (0)76 344 622
Fax: +66 (0)76 344 621


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