After an incredible stay at the Outrigger Resort in Koh Samui, I was very much looking forward to staying at the Honolulu-based chain’s hotel in Phuket. Following a short, scenic ride from the airport, I arrived at the road that leads to this beautiful family-oriented resort, and all I could think of was how lush this entrance is. I mean we are talking about a pretty long line of trees and flowers from both sides which is the perfect welcome to the island.
Upon arrival, you are greeted with a welcome drink and a flower bracelet. I was told that I was upgraded to a sea facing room, and boy did they mean “facing” literally! As soon as I got into the room, I could actually hear the waves crashing and to my surprise, not only did I have a killer view from the balcony, but I could still see the sea all the way from the bathroom — simply breathtaking. It would have been amazing to be able to see the water from the uniquely-shaped sunken bathtub but we can’t have everything can we!
I also have to note that the beach at the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort is one of the cleanest that I have seen in my three weeks in Thailand. The resort also leads by example in organizing beach clean up campaigns which I think is a great initiative. And not to worry, even if you do not get an upgrade, you can rest assured that all rooms at the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort, face the water, whether it is the sea or the laguna.
So why is there “Laguna” in the hotel’s name? The 255-room hotel has one side right by the sea and another by a laguna which is home to several unusual trees and birds, and walking around the hotel was one of the most enjoyable experiences during my stay especially early in the morning.
Among the facilities, Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort is home to a swimming pool with a 55-meter water slide, three restaurants, a beachfront bar, tennis courts, a fitness center and a spa. Suite and villa guests at the resort can avail of the Voyager47 Club Lounge, where they can have their breakfast and enjoy unlimited soft drinks, tea and coffee all day, as well as light snacks in the afternoon and an early evening happy hour of wine, beer accompanied with a tasting menu from the chef — a pretty good deal if you ask me.
The area around the resort is packed with restaurants and cafes should you wish to venture out on your own, and they are all within walking distance.