The Hyatt brand and its different hotel concepts are on the rise in Southeast Asia and beyond, so country after country here are seeing introductions and additions of Hyatt Place, Hyatt Regency, Grand Hyatt and Park Hyatt hotels.
In connection to reviewing Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort it therefore feels proper to briefly learn about the different concepts in the brand portfolio, intended to deliver on Hyatt’s commitment to build brand loyalty through exciting leisure offerings.
Hyatt Place, launched in 2006, is described as Hyatt’s upscale select service hotel category.
The well-known five-star Grand Hyatt brand, meanwhile, features large-scale, distinctive hotels in major gateway cities and resort destinations. They include dramatic architecture and innovative dining options. With critical mass in Asia, Grand Hyatt hotels provide sophisticated global business and leisure travellers with upscale accommodation.
Then, climbing the luxury ladder another step or two, Park Hyatt sits at the peak, with hotels that are ‘icons of luxury’ (seeing its introduction to Bangkok, Thailand in 2017). Park Hyatt meets the expectations of connoisseurs of sophisticated living where they are operating – including Maldives, Saigon and Siam Reap. Both on such resort destinations as well as in premier cities Park Hyatt combines understated sophistication with distinctive regional character. The brand can therefore meet the needs of discerning, affluent individual business and leisure guests.
Park Hyatt hotels offer elegant, contemporary luxury, along with highly attentive personal service in an intimate and refined environment. Its hotels include art programmes and signature restaurants featuring award-winning chefs.
As for Hyatt Regency, adding to its Hua Hin resort the brand arrived to Phuket in December 2013 as the first Hyatt property on the premier resort island.
This brand, and in this particular setting, certainly helps in ensuring holiday-makers a quality experience and equally that travellers, the likes of Hyatt loyal brand followers, give the southern Thailand destination attention.
In terms of Phuket’s resort gems with oversized pools and when it comes to exclusive beachfront locations, this is really a top choice. Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort is also the first international brand along the famous, upscale ‘Millionaire’s Mile’.
As for this brand’s concept, Hyatt Regency urban and resort locations in over 30 countries around the world serve as the go-to gathering space for every occasion – from efficient business meetings to memorable family vacations.
Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort, one can conclude after a stay, delivers on the brand’s promise of a one-stop experience. O.K (assuming the stay is longer than for just a weekend) it’s a must to experience also Kamala Beach’s blissful beach, but no need really to plan much aside the actual stay, as the resort provides all the ingredients for a perfect escape.
The arrival, after a ride through the island and once closing in on Kamala Beach, takes guests along a snaking coastal road, overlooking the Andaman Sea on Phuket’s west side.
Kamala bay is a small valley surrounded by hills and with a local community of locals; Scandinavians on long-stays and even with their own schools; and other foreign villa owners – and plenty of accommodation, restaurants and tourist shops. Along the gently sloping beach there are also some beach clubs, reached via the resort’s shuttle bus.
At Kamala Bay’s Southern end a separate road follows the Millionaire’s Mile coastline out on a cape, where after up and down a few hills Hyatt’s resort nestles on a verdant, terraced hillside overlooking the beach of Kamala Cove. The topography gives the resort seclusion, and its landscaping of tropical plants and trees combined with natural greenery and blissful sea view, form a perfect setting.
In fact, the accommodation buildings rest on a steep hill so one can get good exercise if walking up and down in between dining and drinking sessions and time spent in one’s room or suite. Needles to say the units that are placed the highest have the most impressive panorama sew view. The Regent Club rests high up there, an attraction we will come back to. First thing’s first: the lobby, dining zones – and that mega infinity pool that takes centre stage!
Only the small coastal road separates the beach and the resort, where the open-air lobby overlooks a grass-covered terrace (the roof of the meetings facilities and perfect spot for weddings) by the side of the pool zone.
Many guests who arrive on early morning flights find it convenient to enjoy the sea breeze there, and linger, even dosing off, on comfy sofas while waiting for check-in.
From there the blue-tiled infinity pool, flanked by sunbeds and blue-hued parasols, looks incredibly appealing. And the lobby really comes to life at night when the spot lit structure gets that true Thai tropical feeling…
Looking for a respite I can exclaim: ’Wow, this must be the place!”
And it pretty soon becomes clear that, unsurprisingly, this resort is intended for indulgence and pampering. The pool, the restaurants and bars, and the spa convey the unspoken message: spoil yourself! Wine and dine!
Allow yourself to contemplate – without any other than pleasant distractions. Keep that job email address at bay and make sure you won’t be disturbed by the outside working life while here! Get inspired by the ocean. Let your mind wander freely.
Hyatt Regency offers a full range of services and amenities, including notable culinary experiences so days here find their path, incorporating healthy- and fitness-driven activities, such as what is on offer from the resort’s activity programme and spa menu (daily Activities include for instance morning yoga poolside, Pilates, tai chi, Thai boxing, fun body stretching), or focus on a more leisurely “schedule” that will allow a long and leisurely breakfast, followed by poolside reading, and then, if on a weekend, Sunday Brunch with free flow of wine. Thereafter the day continues with more poolside rest, and a late afternoon swim – and then over to, for club guests, sunset cocktails and canapés at Regent Club.
The resort’s Nahm Spa, was also completely renovated and relocated nearer to the pool, providing specialist massages, herbal and aromatic treatments and traditional Thai massages.
To get to the room in the heat of the day guests are taken up the hillside’s snaking resort pathways via golf buggy. Some rooms are entered from above, as they are situated in three-storey buildings and entered on the backside. Guests should take not that all rooms are therefore (lacking lifts), solely accessible via staircases.
This resort was not custom-built for Hyatt but then rebranded to fit its concept. And its latest additions came in November 2016 (after the visit for this review) when a host of new and improved facilities, including the addition of eight stylish new suites were unveiled.
These new suites, resting at the very top of the resort, ranges from a 82-square-metre room to a 235-square-metre duplex, taking (as properly described by the resort) full advantage of the unobstructed, cascading views of the Andaman Sea and its spectacular tropical sunsets.
The largest Premier Suite pans two levels, incorporating and upper floor featuring spacious living and dining areas leading to a balcony, as well as an open kitchen.
The other Hilltop Suites obviously also come with striking ocean views of the entire resort, including two balconies as well as a separate living room. There are in addition three new 98-square-metre two-bedroom Regency Suites; each furnished with separate living room, small pantry and a large terrace with lounge seating and a dining area.
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