After a 1 hr 45 min flight from Chiang Mai on Air Asia (decent flight, terrible coffee), we safely arrived in Phuket. The views flying over Phuket were beautiful – blue skies, clear blue seas and picturesque limestone “islands” all over. We felt like this would be the island holiday we had always dreamed of.
Once we left the airport we could feel the sticky humidity. It felt so tropical, I loved it! Then the drive to the hotel was such a downer. It took forever! Everyone always complained about Bangkok traffic but Phuket traffic was so tedious. It clearly doesn’t have the road infrastructure to cope with so many motorists.
Finally, we arrived at the Burasari Resort in Patong. Patong is the most “touristy” part of Phuket as it supposedly has the best beach and has the infamous Bangla street i.e. party central.
The Burasari Resort is a 4-star boutique resort. It’s not on the beach but it is a 2-minute walk away. It has a beautiful entrance and lobby. We had a warm welcome with some cool towels and this odd tamarind drink which all the hotels seem to serve. The staff were fluent in English and were very friendly and accommodating.
Our room was nice and spacious with a beautiful bathroom. The bathroom had modern mirrored tiles which looked really nice. Their shampoos and body lotions were divine and had a wonderful coconut smell. They are so attentive to their customers’ needs that they include the following:
- an open, complimentary mini-bar which is restocked every day with Coke, 7Up, Pepsi, Fanta, beers, chips and more (can you believe it?)
- A beach bag with towels
- Mosquito spray
The pools were beautiful but the main pool was a bit too shaded making the water to cold for me (I can’t handle cold water). Most of our time was spent at the beach anyway.
We had the most standard room so we had absolutely no view (terrible view of an alleyway). Thank heavens for the thick, double sliding door to the balcony because the street was incredibly noisy but once the doors were closed, we couldn’t hear a sound.
If you can afford it, I would advise that you upgrade. Their mood suites and pool access rooms are gorgeous (you can read about Rif’s stay in the mood suite here). It would have cost us another 2 grand to upgrade for the 6 nights and we were barely in the room so we felt that it was not warranted but I was definitely jealous of the pool access rooms.
We booked through an agent so I have no idea if the Burasari Resort was good value for money or not but it made our stay in Phuket all the more pleasant. I would recommend this hotel for those who are staying in Patong.
- The breakfast buffet variety was good
- Location: Close to the beach, Bangla Street and Jungceylon Mall
- The complimentary bar of course!
- Very accommodating staff
- No views or direct beach access
- Large open, stinky drains near to the entrance
Interested in other hotels in Patong? Read our post about the Holiday Inn Express here.
Hotel website: www.burasari.com