The Thai island Phuket is a very popular holiday spot, thanks to its beautiful beaches, interesting nightlife and Thai cuisine. The island also hosts many of the top hotel brands, which also includes the five-star Hyatt Regency.
Normally, a room would cost THB 4,635 (~€119) per night for a non-refundable member rate. However, ASMALLWORLD not only offers stays cheaper than that at €117, it is also refundable. Their rate also includes perks such as free breakfast, a welcome amenity, US$100 (~€92) credit in addition to an upgrade and early check-in subject to availability. To top it off, you will still earn Hyatt points, despite booking through ASW.
To book this rate, you need to create a free profile on ASW’s website. Availability is in May, June and September 2024, which are unfortunately the beginning and the end – respectively – of the rain season. However, the amenities of the hotel won’t keep you bored on a rainy day. Please remember you have to stay at least four nights to get the advertised rate.
Information & Tips for Phuket
Phuket is a southern province and also the largest island of Thailand in Southeast Asian. While Bangkok is more of a tourist destination, Phuket offers a lot of recreational options on the beach and is located in the Indian Ocean rather than the Gulf of Thailand.
Although Phuket is not always as easy to reach as Bangkok and it will often take an additional layover to get there, you can combine your beach holiday with a city trip to Bangkok. You can first book your flights to Bangkok and then separate (cheap!) flights from Bangkok to Phuket if you really can’t find a good deal from Europe.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to travel is from November to February. During this time it is dry and comparatively cool but of course still ideal for a beach holiday. The rainy season runs from mid-May to October.
From/to the airport
From the airport to different cities/resorts on the island, it is best to take a taxi (or Uber). Bus connections are cheaper but also much slower.
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You would book either a King Bed Room or a Twin Room which both measure 46 square meters or 495 square feet. The room is spacious and has a table with a chair, a sofa and a closet. The bathroom has a proper bath and a shower. The price includes an upgrade, subject to availability. Most likely to an ocean view room or a family room. The oceanview rooms are the same size, while the family rooms are 20 square meters larger. Here are some pictures of the King Bed Room:
The Hyatt Regency Phuket is situated in the Western part of the island in Kamala Beach. The airport is a 45-minute drive away with a surprisingly quick bus option: 53 minutes from Kamala Beach (however, you’d need a ride to the bus stop anyway) at THB 100 (~€3). Nearby are plenty of restaurants and supermarkets. The area is generally marketed for families (so is the resort), although according to Phuket 101, the nightlife has improved in recent years.
The hotel has over 200 rooms and has a large selection of facilities such as the island’s largest infinity pool. There’s also the Nahm Spa and a 24-hour gym. The dining options include the Pool House Kitchen, the Bohemian-style Casa Boho, the Mizu Teppanyaki Japanese restaurant and the One 80° Pool Bar.
To give you an idea of what your $100 food credit is worth: A Pizza Margherita at the Pool House Kitchen would set you back THB 518 (~€13), while ordering a vegetable Pad Thai to your room would cost THB 353 (~€9).
The hotel enjoys a 4.4/5 rating on Google with an overwhelming amount of guests praising the property and service. The resort’s shortcomings – according to some reviews – are the bathrooms and accessibility. A few reviews also dislike the air conditioning and the TV. TripAdvisor shows a 4.5/5 rating with its fancy new AI review summary tool, which comes to a similar conclusion as I have reading Google reviews.
Both Hyatt’s official website and aggregators like Booking.com offer higher prices than ASW. The only cheaper offer is a German travel agency, Galeria Reisen coming in at approximately €90 per night with breakfast and cancellation 14 days ahead. However, ASW’s perks such as Hyatt points, upgrade, early check-in and credit make a good run for your money.
While you can find cheap nice hotels all around Phuket, five-star resorts like the Hyatt Regency sell for about this price but without ASW’s perks. The Avista Hideaway costs €107 per night without breakfast (non-refundable), the Hotel Indigo Phuket Patong is THB 3,899 (~€100) per night without breakfast (non-refundable) and a refundable room at Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay (without breakfast) would cost €93 per night. The Hyatt Regency is competitive with all of these properties, although the ASW price is what boosts this price into the deal category.
Cover Picture: © Hyatt Corporation