Three of the clear selling points, and customer benefits, with Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach hotel are: the resort’s proximity to Phuket’s international airport, its privacy surrounded by a natural park, and its comprehensive, contemporary on-site choices for its guests.
Getting there is a smooth operation; simply grab a – these days regulated, though “island-metred” – taxi outside the airport (or book a Grab Taxi in advance) and travel along winding roads through a verdant, green landscape – with the last part driving over a rainforest hill before coming down to Naithon beach. This trip will take no longer than 15 minutes!
Once arriving there, the Pullman resort takes centre stage; well placed on a steep hill, giving the benefit of unobstructed panorama sea views from most units. And if you are booked in any accommodation placed further up the hill resort vehicles take you to and from the room. Getting to and from the gym (placed high up on the hill) to do some workout, also means doing a bit of steep walking, which is always good to balance all the indulgence you’ll enjoy in the form of drinking and dining. The gym is also adjacent to a second pool, surrounded by lush greenery.
This resort has been rebranded into a Pullman hotel, so, especially if being a brand follower, one comes with certain expectations of a modern and quite often fashion and design-driven vibe. Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach is a flagship property in terms of the brand entering into the resort market, aside its many city-based hotels.
Given this scenario it is satisfying to be able to conclude that this property, with its design, stylish outlets and appealing room interiors, fits the Pullman brand well! Overall it has the looks of a typical Thai resort while room interiors come with modern touches.
The main building is also raised, actually on the second floor, so that the lobby zone overlooks the curved main infinity pool below, and of course the Andaman Sea. Inside the portal from the street one goes up the hill to the lobby building and walks upstairs to get to the check-in area. Here the setting really turns into a superb scenery at sunset, and onwards, when overlooking the dark Andaman Sea from this illuminated open-air setting, or from in the pool – or by the pool bar for that matter!
The lobby is directly connected with ‘C Bar’, the hotel’s Lobby lounge, which is the place, aside the Pool bar and Business lounge (if seeking the coolness of air-con), where to linger and enjoy the vista over coffee and tea, or certainly during the daily Happy Hour for pre-dinner drinks. Especially the three sunken round lounges with sofas and tables in the infinity pond are draws. Pullman’s Vinoteca guarantees quality wine by the glass, and, of course, you have a selection of coffee, tea, juices and cocktails. For a bite to eat enjoy tapas or a choice of Asia favourites. And the happy hour at the pool bar begins prior to the one at the Lobby lounge, so it can be an extended happy hour affair taking you into the night… Needless to say plenty of people are hanging around here for book- and magazine reading, sunset sessions and pre-dinner cocktails etc.
The lobby area and lobby lounge are decorated with many nice design details such as traditional travel trunks, birdcage shelves, cabana-style day beds, and floor lamps holding 16 lit yellow candles each. The overall architecture is the one of traditional wooden Thai ‘sala’ style.
Continuing to the accommodation, there rooms are either in the buildings connecting to the lobby or in the villas and buildings spread out along the verdant hill.
The Ocean Grand is indeed spacious (55 sq.m.) and comes with views over the Andaman Sea from the enclosed private balcony, offering relative shade during parts of the day; on the third floor in fact very good views of the bay and the ocean. The first surprise is that when you open the room door you step into an outdoor vestibule! There you can sit down to take off or put on your shoes (handy not to make the actual room sandy when coming back from the beach in those slippers…). On the side you can see a frosted window, which gives daylight to the bathroom, with a rain shower placed behind the glass.
Opening the second door a walk-in-closet is on the opposite side of the bathroom, which also features a bathtub. The sandy faux food floor tiling (a strong hotel interior trend these days) really looks authentic and in harmony with the rest of the bright wooden features.
Harmony is the word actually – influenced by the natural touches - and with glimpses of the sunset and the lamps lit the Ocean Grand turns really cosy. And relaxing with drinks and music on the private terrace’s garden furniture you get that real holiday wow feeling!
Glancing around the room you have: a bedside beige sofa with coffee table, sandy cocoon-like lampshades with warm light, creamy and brown wood panels with built-in furniture (including a work desk) in blonde food, a headboard of wood that is decidedly more green than grey and features a geometrical pattern, a white sink on a granite counter facing a window with window-blind. All the natural-looking wood conveys a feeling of assembled driftwood that has came to good use.
The room is also equipped with a bluetooth sound bar (amplified speaker), which is excellent to be able to connect the music for instance from your MacBook or any Bluetooth device, an Nespresso coffee machine to make your in-room fresh brew, plus premium bathroom amenities and complimentary soft drinks in the minibar as additional amenities.
The slightly smaller choice (46 sq.m.) is the Ocean room, still allowing views of the Andaman Sea. Other than these there is the equivalent Grand Deluxe and Deluxe room types (no Nespresso machine), as well as Family rooms (68 sq.m.) that are elevated at top of the resort and nearby the Kids club. Those offer a separate kids room complete with bunk beds and a play station.
Most exclusive are the One or Two Bedroom Ocean Pool Villas – in total seven of those. Each comes with a long, freeform private pool that has purple-blue tiles. The pool villas overlook the sea in-between the vegetation, where the shore is rocky. Inside the pool villas one can step right out from the bedroom and into the private mosaic-patterned plunge pool, so that is really a perfect spot for romance…
Interiors are a mix of sandy hues and so called Peranakan (paying homage to Phuket’s Chinese mining history).
In their interiors the villas have even more blonde built-in furniture and walk-in wardrobes.
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