Experienced by David Trauts
This new Hyatt Regency resort opened in Phuket’s Kamala last December. It’s brand new and after spending a couple of nights there, I would have to say it’s a top choice for anyone heading to the area for a classy and comfortable escape. It is a smoothly operated and well appointed resort with rooms winding up a slope of Kamala’s south headland offering spectacular views over Kamala Bay and the Andaman Sea.
Stylish. Right from the modern designed entrance the feel of the resort is cool, opulent and spacious. Spacious is surprising since the resort is more vertical than horizontal. The lobby, pool area and main hotel restaurant are on the flat area near the entrance, but the rest of the resort accommodation winds up the hill until reaching the Nahm Spa and the resort’s signature restaurant, Sunset Grill both hanging from the hillside like beacons over the resort.
There are two restaurants open to all on the property. Right next to the extremely large 70 meter swimming pool sits The Pool House restaurant which serves a variety of Thai dishes and western favorites. The resort’s Italian Executive Chef, Alessandro Martinelli teams up with his local Thai chefs to present excellent, tasty dishes from the Thai and the international cuisine on offer on the menu. The modern styling of this restaurant overlooking the pool creates a casual but elegant dining experience. Travel up the lane in one of the resort buggies to the highest point and you will find the signature restaurant where Chef Martinelli is also in charge and is more his playground. It is all in the name at this Italian restaurant. Sunset Grill offers amazing views right across Kamala Bay and beyond, and the grill supplies a stunning choice of the best quality imported meats and seafoods prepared simply and fresh in the best Italian way. The modern space caters to a comfortable number of tables and chairs, and is definitely a destination restaurant in every sense. The food and service is top notch, with an unbelievable sunset view, and the restaurant is already attracting many outside guests.
Just like all Hyatt hotels and resorts, Club facilities are available to guests staying in the right rooms or paying the right price. The Club Lounge is a special space high on the hillside overlooking the bay below. The views are magnificent from the lounge and the horizon pool. I couldn’t resist jumping in the pool for a refreshing swim one early morning after a delightful breakfast. All day snacks are available in the lounge and a special sunset cocktail hour is offered for Club guests. The Hyatt Regency Phuket comes into its own in the Club Lounge and if at all possible it is not to be missed.
Need some pampering?
The Nahm Spa is perched right on top of the resort and offers a selection of fabulous massage treatments. There are single and double spa rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, again with incredible views. After completing formalities at the spa reception guests are shown to the rooms on the cliff above by their therapists. The Harmony treatment we chose was total bliss, with the first hour consisting of a full body scrub using naturally healing sea salts and coconut milk, finishing with an almond oil massage leaving the skin so smooth and luscious. The deep tissue aromatherapy massage itself occupied the second hour and the therapist managed to harmonize body and soul till muscles and skin were tingling with renewal in the aftermath. For 4400 Baht for the two hour treatment it may be expensive but I must say an experience well spent.
Pros and Cons
While the resort is new and the dust is settling, you can see the staff are competent and mostly, like you would expect from the Hyatt Regency brand, well trained. The rooms are spacious and finished very well. After all, this is high-end branded hotel so everything is well tested and checked before being let out to the public. The food on offer is top notch and delicious, overseen by an internationally trained Italian chef who knows his stuff. And he is flanked by ambitious local sous-chefs that are doing their utmost to keep the standards high. The up and down trips to the rooms and back on the electric carts are fun and since it is a resort and people should be relaxing, it wasn’t a problem having to wait for one to arrive when called. It’s not as if we were in a rush to get anywhere. The Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort is well suited amongst its high-end neighbours of Karmala and doesn’t let the team down, in fact it takes the whole area up a notch. If you are looking for a quality resort stay in the Karmala area this is for you.
Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort
16/12 Moo 6, Tambon Kamala, Amphur Kathu, Phuket,
Tel: +66 76 231 234