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Marina Phuket Resort 4.5

Karon, Phuket, Thailand

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Pros

  • Set in dense jungle gardens, full of tropical plants
  • Excellently-finished, Thai-style rooms with spacious bathrooms
  • In-room amenities include Apple Mac mini-computers
  • All rooms have furnished balconies, some with sea views
  • Lagoon-style pool with waterfall and swim-up bar
  • Kids' pool with waterfall
  • 18-hole dino-themed mini-golf
  • Two on-site restaurants
  • Wedding packages available

Cons

  • Pool closed in evening
  • Steep steps an issue for mobility impaired
  • No on-site spa or fitness center

Bottom Line

Marina Phuket Resort is a luxury complex set in a lush garden of dense tropical greenery overlooking the south end of Phuket's Karon Beach. Rooms are beautifully finished with outstanding technology that even includes Apple Mac computers, while bathrooms are impressively spacious with excellent amenities. The large lagoon pool is an on-site highlight and there's also direct access to the sea from the property. There isn't a spa, though there is an extensive dinosaur themed mini-golf course. Rates aren't cheap, but the Marina Phuket is a quality resort with little quite like it in the area. 

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Scene

Secluded jungle hideaway set in dense tropical gardens

From the moment one steps into the immaculately presented and tastefully understated open reception area -- with its high, wooden-hut style ceiling, teak wooden floors, and smart wicker furnishings -- it feels you’ve entered somewhere special. A series of terracotta tile and wood plank walkways then wind though the wonderfully dense jungle, immersing guests in a tropical world awash with exotic flowering plants, colorful fruit trees, and even the occasional monkey. The air is thick with the scent of tropical vegetation and the soft sound of falling water, guiding visitors to an opening in the greenery and a scene of a jungle waterfall trickling into a large lagoon pool

Location

Hillside setting overlooking south end of Phuket's Karon Beach

The Marina Phuket Resort is perched on a hill at the southern end of the Karon resort area, set in thick tropical gardens overlooking the beach and the Andaman Sea. Guests have direct access to the sea from the complex, and it's a short walk to the gorgeous white sands of Karon Beach. There are plenty of bars, shops, and restaurant within walking distance as well, while the neighboring resorts of Patong to the north and Kata Beach to the south are easily accessible by car. The area's capital, Phuket City, is about 25 minutes northeast by car. Phuket International Airport is about 50 minutes north while flights to Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport take an hour and 15 minutes, in addition to boarding time.

Rooms

Superbly-presented rooms with quality decor and Apple Mac computers

The resort has 104 rooms in total, all excellently finished in traditional Thai style with wooden floors, polished teak furnishings, and ornate carved detailing. Rooms are spacious with large windows looking out over lush gardens, dense jungle, or the nearby ocean. Furnished terraces or balconies are on hand as well, and higher floor units benefit from a pleasant sea breeze. In-room amenities include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, Apple Mac mini-computers, and lighting and air-conditioning control panels. Spacious bathrooms contain topnotch amenities as well: toiletries, hairdryers, and waffle toweled robes.

Features

Lagoon pool with waterfall and swim-up bar; dino-themed mini-golf for families

The highlight feature of the hotel is its lagoon-style swimming pool complete with rock waterfall and swim-up bar. There's also a mini-pool with waterfall for kids, with both pools surrounded by thick jungle greenery. Families with children can also enjoy the dinosaur-themed, 18-hole golf course which includes life-sized reptiles and eerie grottoes. The prehistoric theme continues at the Dino Bar, which serves drinks and snacks throughout the day (though the vibe is more Flintstones than Jurassic Park), while On The Rock restaurant serves seafood and Thai dishes with sweeping beach views. Having opened in 2012, the home-kitchen eatery Sala Thai offers early-to-late-morning breakfast with Asian and European influences. The resort offers wedding packages as well.

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Address

47 Karon Road, Karon Beach, Karon 83100, Thailand

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