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Avaliou em 13 de Outubro de 2021
The Pacific Club Resort, Karon Beach, Phuket,Thailand.
(This review was delayed in being posted due to my having a hip replaced right after I came home to the USA)
I just completed another FANTASTIC stay the the Pacific Club Resort, Karin Beach Phuket, Thailand. This trip was through the Phuket Sandbox Scheme. 14 days was a requirement under the Sandbox Scheme at a SHA+ hotel in Phuket & Koh Samui with the 1st 7 being in Phuket. I chose The Pacific Club Resort (PCR) as I have stayed there many times before. It is and always be my go to hotel in Phuket.
Upon arrival is as greeted by Palm & Kanoon the aspiring new receptionists at the PCR. I was escorted to my room to await the results of my 1st RT-PCR test taken at the airport. After 30 hours of traveling I was ready for a hot shower and some much needed sleep. After the hot shower and overnight sleep I was notified that I had passed the 1st COVID test and I was now free to explore Phuket. The PCR is a small 33 room boutique hotel that is divided into several room categories including 1 & 2 bedroom suites. The rooms are ALL well appointed, spacious with very comfortable beds, in room safes, microwaves and full size refrigerator/freezers. The bathrooms have plenty of hot water and all the essentials such as Shampoo/Conditioner, hand lotion, ear buds etc. The towels are plentiful, soft and fluffy.
The hotel offers a new completely redone rooftop infinity pool (with spectacular sunset views) and a sky deck area for dining. There is a Jacuzzi and Herbal Sauna located in their Jacuzzi Garden that is open until late. Drinks and meals can be served also in the Jacuzzi Garden. They also have a small, but well equipped Gym with treadmill, universal and free weights amongst other equipment in place for you to use.
The Dining Room is staffed by some of the best servers I have encountered anywhere. Su, Chai, Josu, May and the rest of the dining room staff are very professional, polite and well versed in English. The lead Chef Jack has some very sumptuous entrees and some smaller plates also. The rates are very reasonably and the portions adequate. They also have an all day menu is available with lots of snacks and entrees to choose from. A few of my favorite menu items are:- Spring rolls, Nachos, Tortilla thin crust Pizza ( it is fantastic ) Seafood Chowder, Phad Thai, Sea Bass Filet and some of the various wraps they offer.
Having breakfast included in your room rate is always a good choice. You will get to choose from the Mini-buffet which has assorted cereals, Thai and Western dishes that are freshly prepared each day. Fresh baked muffins, breads and homemade jams are also there for your enjoyment. Also, included in the breakfast rate is your choice of Eggs Benedict Florentine, Orange Cinnamon French Toast, Huevos Rancheros (one of my favorites) or eggs/omelettes prepared the way you like and of course plenty of extras for your omelettes. Hot Tea, Fresh Ground Coffee, Expresso, and fresh fruits and juices.
The owner Eric, has created this delightful resort with a lot of insight and consideration to guest needs, services and comforts. He is also is on-site most of the time.
Airport transfers, island sightseeing, shows, and off shore excursions can be arranged through the receptionists during normal times during COVID many options are closed but gradually are re-opening. I am pretty much anything you possibly need or want can be arranged through the Pacific Club Resort. Basically, it’s like a complete Concierge service anytime the need may arise.
Next year, maybe even later this year (god willing) I will return once again to one of my favorite homes away from home. A huge “THANK YOU” goes out to each and everyone at the Pacific Club Resort for a wonderful stay even during this Covid Pandemic. Wishing everyone at the PCR, their families and all Thais BE SAFE, BE STRONG you will get through this very turbulent time for all of us.
Great place to stay for the digital nomad.
Avaliou em 8 de Setembro de 2021
We have stayed here for almost three weeks.
It was a fantastic stay, good atmosphere great staff, great set up to work remotely, good food with nice verity.
It is COVID time now. Staff was always helpful with sandbox compliance, from reservation time, with a lot of help and patience for all the questions and form filling, to daily compliance in the resort.
Internet speed was very good across the resort and in the rooms, allowing endless Zoom meetings and VPN connections to work, while not wandering along the beach and island attractions.
We took the apartments with living room bedroom and nice view. It was a very comfortable set up to allow latge space for pleasure and work for an extended time.
Originally we thought of using the kitchen for cooking, but the hotel restaurant had a great selection of good food and affordable price. We ended up having many of the meals either at the restaurant or delivered from the restaurant to the room. We also used local delivery services, Panda and Grab to order food from local restaurants. The restaurant was very flexible with working hours and breakfast time. The service was great.
The hotel provided complimentary bicycles, good hardtail mountain bikes, that made my days riding along the island.
The only drawback was that the rooftop pool was under reconstruction. Once it is reopening, probably by now it's operating again, it will be an even nicer upgrade for the stay.
Pacific Club is the Gem of the Phuket!
Avaliou em 18 de Fevereiro de 2021
Pacific Club is an absolute find in Phuket. I have been coming here for many years, the resort has a nice boutique feel, the rooms are very comfortable, the rooftop pool with sea view is amazing and the restaurant and room service have a very good menu with reasonable prices. An onsite spa is also here, and the hotel is just a few minutes' walk to one of the quietest and nicest beaches on the island. The owner and the staff make you feel like you are at home. Highly recommend a stay here.
Covid Update-the hotel is fully-functioning during this time with no reduction in service.
Business as usual
Avaliou em 13 de Fevereiro de 2021
Had a fantastic stay at the Pacific. Our room was immaculate and with amazing views. The roof top pool is beautiful, with great sea views. Breakfast offered a variety of options which were all spot on. The same with the restaurant on the evening. The staff were so friendly and helpful they gave the whole place a happy and welcoming atmosphere to let you relax. With all the facilities open as usual, the friendliness of the owner and staff, and the wonderful room I couldn't find a negative thing to say. Highly recommended to anybody wanting to explore Phuket or have a relaxing break.
Still a TRUE GEM
Avaliou em 1 de Fevereiro de 2021
The PACIFIC CLUB RESORT in Karon Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Well I have just completed my two week stay, here again, at the “BEST” boutique resort I have found in over 20+ years of traveling to Thailand at The Pacific Club Resort.
“First a disclaimer I have NO financial interest in this property”.
The Pacific Club Resort is a small boutique resort with only 32 guest rooms. I would rate it as a 4.5* star property. Each room is slightly different in style but their is no lack of room amenities.
The staff at the PCR, as I call it, has the most wonderful all around staff. NOTHING is ever a problem for any employee and they are always willing to assist and help you at any time.
During this Covid 19 Pandemic “Phuket”, the hottest tourist destination in Thailand and one of the most popular tourist spots in the world has been devastated as most other tourist destinations worldwide. For more than 10 months Phuket which relies primarily on tourism became a “Ghost Town”. The Pacific Club Resort owner, “Uncle Eric”, as he is called by his staff, has continued to keep his staff safe and isolated on site during this time to maintain their safety, with continued employment and to make sure the property is well maintained and the facilities fully operational during this horrific time.
While driving to the PCR from the Phuket airport one could see the toll that this pandemic has caused with most business being closed and not a hint of any resorts resorts being open. It was truly very sad seeing this having frequented Phuket which had always been bustling so many times before.
That all changed upon arrival at the PCR. The PCR looked exactly as it did in February 2020 the last time I was here. The PCR was looking mighty fine, a dire contrast of what was seen on the way to the PCR. The exterior was well maintained. The reception area, the “Dining Room” and each of the individual rooms were spotlessly clean. The Infinity Rooftop Pool was open and sparkling clear. There was no indication that this resort had ever been affected by any Pandemic and the Staff was as cheerful and friendly as they have always been in the past. It was great to see some friendly faces and they were as happy to see us as we were to see their smiling faces.
There was no indication anywhere on the property that we were to be the 1st international guests in the last 10 months. No musky smell, no issues with the A/C, hot water etc. it was truly remarkable that this resort had been pretty much empty except for very few domestic tourists.
The rooftop infinity pool (my favorite hangout) was just as beautiful as ever. The water was clear, cool and most refreshing. The lounge chairs and tables set out nicely and the well groomed foliage was such a pleasant and welcoming sight. I knew immediately we had made the right choice and endured such an arduous task to get here including spending 2 week quarantine at an ALSQ hotel in Pattaya. (separate review).
The Dining Room was just as airy as always, everything was in perfect condition and not a hint of dust or devious stagnation anywhere. The friendly faces of the staff were once again smiling and happy to see the 1st group of guests in ages except for a few Domestic Travelers. The breakfast display was a little less abundant due to the number of guests. However, everything on their full menu was very tasty and freshly prepared. Some special requested food items that we have had in previous visits (around 20 or so) was easily ordered and delivered as promptly as before with the utmost care in presentation and taste. This is another reason the PCR stands out. They are the most accommodating in food preparation requests. Food items like breads, muffins etc. are individually Saran wrapped to ensure freshness and minimal food handling in this most difficult pandemic.
The Housekeeping staff has continued to maintain the rooms to the high standards of Uncle Eric. The rooms were airy, fresh and so clean. Routine Covid protection such as face masks were the norm here too.
Presently there is a Government health crew that comes by daily and does temperature checks of guests and staff to maintain and monitor the high COVID safety concerns throughout the province. The Health crew which numbered about 8 was extremely friendly and they too seemed happy to see a start of International guests returning to Phuket. This is such a wonderful idea and is it so obvious that Thailands Government has taken this Pandemic seriously. The TOTAL number of Covid related deaths in Thailand which currently stands at 72 in TOTAL since Covid started just about 1 year ago. Their strict enforcement and monitoring during the pandemic is the reason the Covid 19 statistics are at a low level. Thailand ranks as 4th currently as being the best worldwide in handling the Covid 19 pandemic. That COVID fatality number just about equals the daily accident fatality here in Thailand.
The management and staff are doing all they can possibly do to keep their valued guests and employees safe. It looks to me like the PCR will be one of the few business to survive this pandemic. It is very disheartening to know that so many businesses here in Phuket, as with many other places worldwide, will not be bouncing back no matter what happens.
I would like to thank Chai, Su, JoSo and the rest of the Dining Room staff along with the rest of the entire PCR staff including Jack the chef, Kwan and Palm for their efforts and assistance with my requests. The staff are the ones that make us want to return year after year. I for one am truly thankful that Uncle Eric has taken the steps to maintain and care for the safety and job security of the PCR Staff. The Pacific Club Resort is a true GEM. In my eyes the most friendly and wonderful resort in Phuket for sure. From the bottom of my heart I wish you all the very best in your future here at the PCR. THANK YOU ALL.