"Somewhat misnamed but very pleasant resort"
07/20/14 Kaye C Auckland, New Zealand
There is no direct beach access at this resort so that might be an issue for some people - it suited me to be beside the pool with the sound of the sea close by! The hotel was a very pleasant place to stay. The shuttle service is good, although being in a group of 6 we often just went into Patong by tuk tuk (300 baht is the right price). There's a great unpretentious little bar at the top of the hill towards Patong, with a fabulous view of the bay. The beds were a bit too firm for my liking (several other guests commented on this also). The coffee was pretty awful too, but other food was good.
06/14/14 Christine C Hawkesbury Heights, Australia
My husband and I stayed here from 12th-19th April 2014 and checked Tripadvisor for advise. As everyones holiday experience is different we kept an open mind to whatever we read. This resort is on a busy road but we didn't find it a problem at all whether we were on the balcony or in our room. As we had been at Absolute Twin Sands the previous week we were aware of the shuttle service so we took full advantage of that option. The shuttle was convenient as the traffic in Patong can be tricky although we did park there several times making sure we remembered where we had parked ! Having previous holidays in Phuket we hired a car to use when we needed to. We found Twin Brothers carpark was great for pleasant days relaxing on the beach with plenty of eating and drinking options available. We were able to enjoy the Songtran Festival, a must for visitors if possible as it makes you feel like you have no troubles(even if you're wet) and hopefully we'll have good fortune. It didn't bother us that there was no beach access as we drove to many of them anyway but it's a pity the local next door doesn't share his beautiful looking pier (viewed from different spots). We filled our kitchen with groceries from Tesco to do us during our stay as well as our 2 free bottles of Absolute water per day (same at Twin Sands) We found it relaxing away from our everyday stresses. All of the staff were friendly from Reception, house cleaning, poolside bar and shuttle drivers. I didn't like the glass coasters, cloth may be better as well as placemats (glass top tables). The room we stayed in had a large area behind the door, useful for a bag rack perhaps? Nothing that made our stay unpleasant, we'll visit both resorts again one day in the future.
06/05/14 Marianne B Kamanjab, Namibia
We had a wonderful experience staying here! The staff was so friendly and of great assistance in booking our activities...on time shuttle service, advice on restaurants and the room a welcome retreat at night after a long hot day!
04/09/14 Binhar Melbourne, Australia
We are currently staying at this resort. There isn't access to the beach, but we are not beach lovers so this isn't a concern for us. The traffic can be noisy as it is a busy road, but we are located above the pool (3rd floor) and at night do not hear the traffic at all. Sleep very peacefully. The cicadas are noisy in the morning, but it is a bush setting. I love our view of coconut trees, the bay & the pier next door. Our room is huge and awesome, we are loving staying here. We have a kitchen, so we went to the Big C in Jungceylon and brought food, drinks etc as we knew there was no restaurant for dinner. Some nights we either catch the 3 pm or 6 pm shuttle and go for dinner and a look around Patong and then catch the 9.30 pm back. It has been no hassle and the 10 minute bus trip, no problem. We have stayed in Patong 2 years ago with the hustle & bustle, but we are enjoying being out of Patong this time. The staff and drivers have all been lovely and helpful. The room is cleaned daily and is spotless. There is an air-con in each room (which work beautifully) and a TV & DVD also in each room. If you are looking for somewhere relaxing to stay, out of busy Patong and not fussed about no beach access, then this is the place for you.
"stuck in the middle of nowhere"
03/22/14 Katerina_vk Paris, France
As we previously have had bad experiences with Absolute (we are members of this horrid time-sharing program), my opinion was biased from the start and the reception staff didn't help. The room was modern and very clean, though. We loved the sound/dvd system and a lot of good English & Russian TV channels. Do not take rooms close to the road, it's very noisy. The piles of dirty laundry is the first thing you see when you arrive to this service apartments condo (NOT HOTEL!). We were starving several times in the evening and had no choice for food (restaurant closes at 4.30, and there is no 7-eleven in the vicinity. Shuttle minivan hours are not very practical and if you miss the last van, you are stuck or you pay 800 baht (18 euros, expensive for Thailand!) for way and back for the mafia-taxis.
"No Beach, but Comfortable Stay"
02/09/14 PhxICON Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
There seems to be some PR clean up work going on to emphasize that this is not, in fact, a beach resort. Even though the sign says it is, the staff all emphasized that the nearest beach is off limits (as it is property of the neighboring resort) and that the shuttles could take us to beaches nearby. In all, the shuttles were actually quite convenient. We rented a motorbike while in town for the duration of our stay and never had to think again about the shuttles (until it was time to return the motorbike). The studio room we stayed in was modern, clean, and well kept. The bed was comfortable and soft, with cushy pillows. What's better is that the central AC unit functioned perfectly! The swimming pool is not very big at all and has a lot of traffic around the middle of the day. We enjoyed swimming in the late afternoon when the rowdy kids had been carted off by their parents, leaving the pool deserted. If you don't speak Russian or Thai, you're basically limited to 3-4 channels on the TV. We are news junkies anyway, so flipping between the three news stations was enough for us, while every now and again we'd switch on the music TV station. Pretty good selection of music, we think. The room was equipped with a stereo sound system, but we had to bring our own RJ25 cord to connect our iPhone via the headset jack. There was an iPhone connector available, but it was for an older model and not compatible with ours. Fortunately, we travel prepared for such circumstances (having been world travelers now for quite some time). The fitness center is a great amenity. It's usually pretty empty. It's also equipped with a surround sound system that the staff are happy to help you connect to so you can rock out to some of your own music while you work out. We thoroughly enjoyed it. If you are somewhat self sufficient in figuring out your transportation, this is a great place to stay. It's relatively quite, except for the VERY LOUD motorbikes and tuk tuks that go by on the major street nearby. The good news is that the doors to our (spacious) balcony blocked out the sound quite effectively. Very pleased!
"Good for a rest"
01/04/14 HannesdeVos Kathu, Phuket, Thailand
We stayed here for 7 nights and were pleasantly surprised by the friendliness of the staff and lovely rooms. Downside though is a very busy road(noisy) and why it is called a beach resort, not a beach resort! Very clean though. The hotel bus can really do its last pick up from Patong a lot later than 21h00. Patong only wakes up at 22h00.
12/07/13 Stephvolpe Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Absolute market the Nakalay as a 4 star Beach Resort Hotel. This misrepresents the reality which is essentially serviced apartments isolated from the beach and with minimal facilities. A limited menu is offered by the pool kiosk (the only on site restaurant option) and is open only between 9.00 am and 4.30 pm. Whilst the studio room we had was spacious and clean, it was not 4 Star. The 2 pillows provided were soiled and flat, the bath towels were thin and frayed (some with holes! ),one bedside lamp for a king bed, no full - length mirror. The location is also inconvenient as one has to depend entirely on either the shuttle bus provided or taxis. One cannot walk anywhere from the premises.
"Enjoyed every moment!"
12/06/13 LollyWag Cape Town Central, South Africa
We stayed for 7 days and on arrival were greeted in the air conditioned reception area with a welcome drink and some friendly, beautiful smiles! We had the studio on the 2 floor and it was garden facing. The room was spacious and nothing like you would expect a "studio" would be. We made full use of the shuttle service daily and would usually pick up the shuttle at the Police box in the evening (after they did their rounds). We found a lovely supermarket at Banana Walk and did our own breakfast in the mornings and enjoy the local foods during the day. We would then take the shuttle bus either to one of the beaches or Patong. The service was excellent, the staff friendly and most helpful and I would gladly recommend the Absolute Nakalay to anyone that does not want to stay close to the hustle and bustle of Patong Beach and surrounds.
"Excellent accommodation, Poor location"
11/02/13 wofwof45 Melbourne, Australia
The room (2 bedroom unit) was excellent and cleaned every day to a high standard. The staff were very friendly and helpful The draw back is the hotels location, you had to rely upon the shuttle bus service. Also the restaurant needs to improve its menus and opening times
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