We decided to pamper ourselves or rather me with a 3 nights escapade at the 4.5 star Mandarava Resort & Spa. Since it was also my birthday, we booked the Panaromic Deluxe Room 1206.
The resort is nestled on a steep jungle fringed hill some 12 mintues walk from Karon beach. There's some walking to the restaurant for buffett breakfast, the gym and the main swimming pool. BTW, there are 5 swimming pools spread out across this resort!
Kudos to the Hotel Management to have the entire resort in its natural surrounding with a rich and diverse plants, flowers and trees. There are even streams running through the grounds creating a relaxing and calming effect.
There is a daily shuttle van service back and forth to Karon Beach. However, there is no complimentary shuttle service to Patong town approximately 5 km away. It cost 150 baht one way by the hotel van. On the 3rd night, we rented a scooter instead for 300 baht to go to Patong town.
The room was big with a view of the ocean from afar but not exactly a panaromic view, lol. The bathroom came with a bath tub and a separate shower cubicle.
Buffet breakfast was alright (the best so far is still Pullman Arcadia, Phuket) and we had 3 consecutive extravagant dinners at the Sweet & Sour restaurant recommended by many in Trip Advisor which is locted just a few minutes walk from the resort.
All in all, a great 3 day escapade to celebrate my birthday.
AirAsiaGo. Tic plus hotel: RM1788.50.
Taxi to & fro KLIA2: RM75 x 2
Shuttle Mini Van to Karon Beach, 200 baht per pax.
Booked private taxi from Patong town, 800 baht.
|View from room balcony|
|Karon Beach. Not as crowded as Patong beach.|
|Mango sticky rice|