Evason Phuket Resort & Six Senses Spa Hotel
Reviews - Evason Phuket Resort & Six Senses Spa Hotel
- Age Group: 26 - 30
- From: Australia
- Traveller type: Young Couple
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Absolutely incredible stay at the Evasonfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Ok, this is going to be lengthy, so much to share...
We checked in at night, which was pretty special as the reception area is unlike any you have ever seen before and is particularly beautiful at night. I won't try and describe it, you have to see it for yourself.
We stayed in a deluxe room which I would absolutely recommend over the studio rooms and it doesn't cost much extra. The room actually looks just like it does in the pictures on the website...so often we are disappointed, but not this time. Double vanities and a huge bath in the bathroom. Daybed and romantic king size bed with mosquito netting. Heaven. (By the way, I think the mozzie netting was just for decoration. Didn't see any mozzies the whole time we were there). Oh, and if you can afford to stay in the Pool Villas, DO IT!!! We asked to have a look at one before we left and they are amazing. Very private and perfect for doing absolutely nothing - location of them is also very good.
The food was wonderful, buffet a bit expensive for dinner, however, if you are a bit of a wino like us, you must do the wine buffet one night - 11 wines from different regions that you can pour yourself. Think it cost about AU$24 each (plus tax). Into Thai was a great restaurant with views looking out over the ocean. Pick your table and have them reserve it for you to ensure you get one near the window. We found the prices to be very reasonable, particularly for hotel dining. Into the Beach was also nice - more of a grill style menu. The in-room dining menu was not huge, but the prices were pretty good and we ate in for dinner about 3 times. I am sure that if you asked them to cook you something from the menus of the restaurants, they would accommodate you. The Pad Thai from the in-room dining menu was unreal and cheap too - 180 Baht (or about AU$6). (Into Fusion was closed and I am not sure when it will reopen).
Well, we didn't really use any of the facilities apart from the pools, but there are tennis courts, a games room, Six Senses Spa (which we didn't use as it was very expensive). The pools were all open for your peace of mind (as other people have indicated that when they stayed, some were closed). The infinity pool was wonderful. Get there before lunch to secure a good spot - spaces are limited. The garden pool was also beautiful and usually less people than the infinity pool. Didn't go to the family pool but am assured it is also great.
Part of our package included a half day sala at Bon Island. It was nice but probably wouldn't do it again. You can get a deck chair on the beach for free! Check the tides before you choose a time to go as you can't swim or snorkel at low tide. Great little island. We are not really beachy people, but if you are, you'll probably be here every day (there is not really a beach at the resort). Long boat to Bon Island runs every hour.
Trams - The resort is pretty huge so they run trams from the lobby to the pools and restaurants. We walked the first couple of times, but the heat soon gets to you.
Staff - The staff at the resort are really beautiful and cannot do enough for you.
Shopping - If its shopping your after, you'll have to travel into Patong which is about a 30 minute drive. The hotel does shuttles at 4pm each day returning at either 8.30pm or 11.30pm. The cost is 400 Baht per person plus tax. Taxis and tuk-tuks outside the hotel charge between 300 and 400 Baht per way.
Taxis - Hotel has a Mercedes limo service - 550 Baht per hour for a minimum of 2 hours. Or, you can find your own taxi - apparently there is a good service at the end of the hotel driveway - calls himself "Jacks Taxi". We didn't use him, but spoke with an Aussie ex-pat who recommended him.
Laundry - Very expensive at the hotel. We worked out that for some pressing and laundry it was about AU$90. We got our laundry done at Tamarind Laundry (walk down driveway, turn left and about 500 metres up the road, next to Tamarind Bar). About one tenth of the price of the hotel, and very good service.
Other places to eat - We quick often ate at the hotel or in Patong, however found a great little spot for a cheap meal at "Thai prices": Islander Bar (kitchen opens at 4pm). Turn right at end of driveway and walk approx 20 metres up the road. Great fish and chips, icy cold beer. If you don't mind spending some serious money, you must try Mom Tri's Boathouse Bar & Grill. Get there before the sun goes down and watch it set over the ocean. The food is incredible and the winelist extensive, and rivals some of the best restaurants in Australia. The Green Man is OK, restaurant upstairs is quite nice but pricey, pub grub is average.
Spa - As mentioned, hotel spa is expensive (but from others comments it is very good). We went to "Body Mind Day Spa" in Karon Beach. Had a 3 hours package - coconut scrub, massage and facial. I fell asleep during the massage it was that good. The package cost about 3000 baht each (AU$90). If you just want a massage, there are cheap places all over Phuket which offer Thai and oil massage for about 200 - 300 Baht (AU$6 - AU$9). Jasmine Massage in Rawai was pretty good, although the massage was a little bit strong for my liking.
Tours - The hotel has its own organised tours, but again, these are expensive. There are plenty of agencies around Patong that can get you a great deal. We did a speedboat Phi Phi Island tour which cost us 1200 Baht each (AU$40) including lunch, snorkel gear and transfers - well worth it. The RRP on this tour was more than double what we paid.
Well, I won't bore you with any more details. If you have any q's, feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evason hotels continue to impressfrom McCaslin
The hotel only suffered damage to the pier during the tsunami, so is in immaculate order except for a slightly wobbly pontoon used to access the boats to Bon Island. Bon Island will be the mainstay of anyone mostly interested in lying on the beach, and is a peaceful and beautiful haven. The 'day sala's' are probably only worth it as a one off though.
We found the rest of the island pretty average by Thai standards (Koh Samui was far more pleasant), but still well worth a day/night trip out. Can't understand the fascination with the Green Man pub myself, why come to Thailand to sit in an English pub? Anyhow...
Evason is an excellent resort that delivers top quality and good value compared to the other resorts of this standard around the world. The small downside is that being a resort, it isn't totally private and secluded (compared to Soneva Fushi or Gili), but that is reflected in the price. Highly recommended.
just what we were afterfrom Tracycork
The most wonderful place on earth!from NessieBays
The hotel has a certain credo very unlike that of other hotels. Their emphasis is on maintaining that which is natural, and not trying to come into conflict with nature. Much of the packaging used in the rooms is in recycled paper, with string to tie things together. You might think that this would appear rather low grade, but quite the contrary, as it lends the hotel a very enchanting atmosphere. One of the most striking things of all is the entrance and reception area to this hotel (go to their website to take a look as the pictures are very accurate). When entering at night, in particular, it is simply amazing! Floating candles rest on a small pond, filled with lily pads and gently croaking frogs, just outside the entrance. You approach the main reception (although it is totally unlike any other hotel reception you will ever have encountered) through a tunnel, which then opens out into an open air area with a square infinity pool directly ahead of you. Each of the four corners of the pool has a small 'sala', a wooden area which extends out into the water. Each of these is staffed by a member of the hotel team, at a dark wooden desk, with the computer totally hidden under a piece of glass. At night two large flares burn at the back of the pool, which is no doubt what encourages so many guests to pose here for their final pictures.
Above and beyond this, there are two things that make Evason so special. The first is the staff. The Thai people, on the whole, are a fantastic race. They smile more, and have bigger smiles, than any other people I have ever encountered. It is worth taking the time to speak to the staff here, many of whom are quite young, as they really want to improve their English. By the end of the holiday, we felt like some of them had become good friends!! The second thing that is the final jewel in the crown is Bon Island. A section of this island belongs to the Evason, and is a short ride (5-10 mins) by long tail boat. The island is fantastically beautiful and can be used by all Evason guests free of charge. You are greeted on the island with a cool towel smelling of lemon grass, and a clean white, fresh towel to take to your very comfortable sun lounger. There is a little bar and restaurant on the island, which serves western and Thai food. Eating with warm sand underfoot is a magical feeling!
I would urge anyone looking for a peaceful relaxing holiday to book the Evason Phuket Resort. There is nothing here that staff will not do to accomdate your wishes, and you could not wish for a more beautiful place on earth.
I would also urge everyone to book a trip through the hotel on the John Gray 'Sea Canoe' experience. This trip takes you through caves in a small canoe with a bilingual guide into lagoons, the like of which films such as 'The Beach' can only give you a slight impression.
This is one of the few Phuket hotels that was almost entirely untouched by the Tsunami, and I would think it highly unlikely that it ever would be, as it is high up on the edge of a steep incline (there are quite a few steps but this doesn't prove too much of a problem for able bodied people). Phuket needs visitors post-Tsunami, and this is probably the safest place you could stay on the island with this concern in mind. Get online now and book your trip! You won't regret it!!
wonderful tripfrom romana
All the staff are very friendly and indeed I found that wherever you went on the Island the Thai people could not have been more helpful - they really wanted to be of service to you and it was genuine not forced so you would tip them.
The hotel is very clean and in a beautiful setting ideal for honeymooners or anyone looking for a romantic holiday destination but it would also suit families too.
I read a previous report on the Evason from somebody who only stayed an hour but in that all too brief time managed to seemingly do everything which seemed nothing short of a mircacle. I can advise that when I went over to the hotels private island the boat back left at 1700 hrs and after a day on the beach it was late enough and I feel this person did not give the Evason an opportunity to show what service it was capable of delivering.
I would recommend Thailand to anybody as if far exceeded my expectations and they really need tourists to return as so many local people rely on tourism as a way to earn their living.
Incidentally there is a little bar just outside the Evason called I think "candy Bar" and the staff who work there were so friendly we went for a quick drink and stayed for 4 hours !
Smart Hotel - Strange layout - a bit in the sticksfrom HolidayJunkieCH
First impression - if I'm totallyhonest - I was disappointed. Not with the room - more the location of the hotel. We thought we were going to a beach hotel - that's what we had booked - but as I mentioned above, we didn't book the Evason. We took a walk out and about - to try and get our barings - the hotel site is huge. One thing we cannot understand is why - with such a big space to play with - the rooms are all at one end of the grounds - the restaurants (4) and bars (2) are all at the other.... would have been better to have them dotted about..... There are a lot of steps if you decide to walk or you can catch the trolly bus which ran frequently from reception to the restaurants.
When we were there the beach restaurant was open, as was the main restaurant (used for breakfast and buffet evening meals) but the other two were closed. We didn't try the bars. There are three pools - one by the sea, the "family pool" in the middle of the complex and a garden pool. The garden pool was closed. We didn't try the spa - but it looked quite nice - they had a sauna & steam room which you could use for free if you were a resident.
We stayed for a week and as the week went on I enjoyed myself more. I was disappointed not to be in a beach hotel - but I guess if you book this hotel you'll have read in the brochure that the beach is a boat ride away. Unfortunately for us the weather turned just as we arrived and Bon Island was only open for two of the seven days were were there - so we didn't get to visit it.
The breaksfast was supurb - so much choice - you really don't know where to start. But we found the beach reastaurant very expensive - especially considering how cheap food normally is in Thailand. (£14 for one pizza, two beers and a lemonade) Also because the kitchen is in the middle you get smokey food smells all the time and the "floor" is sand - which you would expect for a beach bar - great in the daytime - a bit tiresome at night - especially if it had been raining & you'd got wet shoes!! We only ate in twice......
Oringally we thought we were in the sticks - Rawai beach isn't a resort as such - there are some local shops and bars within walking distance - but it isn't terribly tourist friendly. However - we did find a fantasic Oz bar just at the end of the Evason drive - so if you don't want to pay hotel prices walk to the end of the drive (OK the walk is quite long - but you'll need it on the way back to walk off the food..) and turn right - just a few meters along the road you'll find it (second bar along). It doesn't look much, but the food is excellent and oh so cheap, and the service was impecable. Only disadvantage was that it didn't open till 4pm so we couldn't go there for lunch. We also found ourselves visting the Green Man English Pub - which is about 15 mins away by car (they'll come & collect you and bring you back if you ring them & reserve a table). Again superb food - Thai and English & all sorts in between. The live band were great - very entertaining. We went up to Patong beach - they were busy rebuilding after the Tsumani, and also to Central Festival shopping centre - OK if you're a shopper - but a bit tedious if not - nothing like any Thai shopping I've done before - which has always been from roadside stalls - this is shoppping western style. Did get some good bargains though.
The hotel lays on a bus to Patong and to Phuket, but you have to pay and it's not that cheap - again compared to what we are used to in Thailand.
Back to the Evason - we visited the family pool on a few occassions - the staff there were friendly and the service good. Comfy beds, beach towels, fruit, sorbet, cold towels, all very pleasant - we didn't try the infinity pool - it was always rather busy & full of kids - even though it's "adult only"!!
Looking back I enjoyed my stay & I would have enjoyed it more if the weather had been better. The room was good, service was good, and the staff friendly - particularly at breakfast. The location and layout of the facilities could have been better. But as above - we did find a bit of local colour. I think this would be a superb stop over hotel - one or two nights - it wasn't quite what we were looking for for our "beach" holiday - but the Tsunami changed our plans - and that was no-ones fault.
I don't want to give the hotel a bad review - I've read a couple of bad ones - one where a guy checked out after one hour - I know where he's coming from - I almost felt a bit like that myself - but once you get used to it it's actually quite nice. So a bit neutral - sorry - I'm not normally a fence sitter - but some things were excellent and some I really would have changed - but with all holidays you make of it what you will and if you do stay there I do hope you'll enjoy it.
great viewsfrom A TripAdvisor Member
So disappointing we checked out after an hourfrom michele1967
Also, beware because despite the website saying that the hotel is fully operational, we went in April 2005 to find that 2 of the 3 pools are out of order and all the restaurants but one are closed (and the one that was open was the beach restaurant, complete with sand and flies).
We stayed an hour, had a mediocre lunch while the flies swarmed at the restaurant and then checked out to stay at the Amanpuri instead.
Romantic getaway in south Phuketfrom Harkish
Ideal honeymoon locationfrom rruparelia
The staff we very freiendly and always willing to help. They were able to provide information about local events and tours.
The rooms were fantastic, very well thought out, especially the bathrooms. The bathroom was equipped with a very big bath, shower and 2 vantiy areas which meant we didnt have to fight for the mirror!
There are 5 resturants in total, most of which are reasonably priced. We were very disappointed with the Into Fusion resturant, food was very "funky" and very overrpriced. If you want a cheap and cheerful meal then take the 45 minute ride to Patong.
Overall, I would definately recommend this to anyone who wants to get away from it all.
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Other names for Evason Phuket Resort & Six Senses Spa Hotel
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- Address: 100 Vised Road Tambon Rawai Muang District Ph - Phuket - 83130 - Thailand
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