Baan Mai Khao, Phuket, Thailand

Asian adventure- Phuket-Railay Beach- Krabi-Bangkok-Hong-Kong-China tour.

Phuket

Accomodation- Baan Mai Khao (booked with Booking.com)

Accomodation Cost- £644 for 1 week (THB 27,930)

Flights-£3239.83 with British airways via Skyscanner and Travelup. (2 flights to Phuket and return from Shanghai in China)

Length of stay- 1 week (July 2018)

Transport- BA flights from Heathrow to Bangkok (11 hrs 40), connecting flight to Phuket (1hr 25-with Bangkok Airways)  (Found via skyscanner with Travel Up), transfer to Baan Mai Khao (20 minutes) arranged through booking.com via messages to host (costing 800 THB- about £18).

Activities- Private day tour of Phuket, Speedboat tour to Phang Nga Bay (James Bond Island), Splash Jungle Water park, Mai Khao Marine Turtle foundation.

Private Day Tour– Kata Beach, Surf house, Calcio Restaurant, Karon Viewpoint, The Big Buddha, Tesco.

 

Asian adventure- Phuket-Railay Beach- Krabi-Bangkok-Hong-Kong-China tour.

Baan Mai Khao, Phuket, Thailand

With a security guard hut, pools, greenery, and a beautiful Reception area, we were all wowed by this place from the moment we arrived. One of the security guards loaded our luggage onto a trolley and brought it to our room. We were greeted by a lovely lady when we stepped out of the van who welcomed us and showed us straight to our room.

The Reception area is stunning with marble floors, a large sculpture and a sofa with views down the centre of the complex. It was SO peaceful- we were the only ones around and all you could hear was the water splashing over the pools, birds singing (honestly the birds even sounded different here!-and were beautiful colours) and the relaxing spa type music that plays over the speaker system by the pools.

 

Our room was amazing! We booked an apartment with a swim up balcony. It had 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen, dining and lounge area and of course- a swim up balcony! It was clean, modern, beautifully furnished and air conditioned.

Our bed was huge and very comfy, which is something I was really worried about as I love (and need!) my sleep (at home we have 2 small doubles pushed together so are spoilt for space!). We had separate air con, a t.v, a cot and a lovely bathroom with bath, shower and toilet. The boys room had a double bed with a t.v and there was also another bathroom with shower, sink and toilet. The main living area was open plan with kitchen, dining area and lounge. The t.v even played capital f.m! (happy days!). 

The icing on the cake though- the swim up balcony! We could chill in the room, potter about or sit on the patio area whilst the boys were in and out of the pool as much as they wanted! They loved it! And it was literally so peaceful! You could swim right along the side of the hotel from our room for quite a way, get out and get straight into another pool. One of the pools down near the reception area was like swimming through the jungle, surrounded by greenery and little yellow birds chirping in the trees. There were big outdoor beds around the pools and sun beds around the pools down at the sea end.                                                     

The hotel is situated on Mai Khao beach right next to The Renaissance Hotel, where you can go to eat in their restaurants and are given a discount for staying at Baan Mai Khao. The food at the Renaissance was really delicious-we were impressed! It was a beautiful setting, watching the sunset while we ate and the boys played table football on the beach while we waited for the food to arrive. We tried the lobster and cheese croquettes, the pork shoulder and the lamb and feta pitta. The kids had chicken nuggets and a burger. It cost around £70 for a starter to share, 4 main courses, one dessert and 5 soft drinks.There is an ATM in the Tea Room Cafe at the Renaissance if you walk on the path to the back. We also got ice creams from there one evening for 150 BHT each. There is also the Mickey bar right on the beach next to the hotel which serves food and is more of a relaxed dining. You cannot swim in the sea as it is rough and has currents but the beach is quite pretty and goes on for miles. There is a little open sided hut between the hotel and the beach that offers Thai Massages for 500 BHT  (around £11) which were fab!           

The only problem that we encountered was shopping. There was not a shop at the hotel and we didn’t have a car. You can borrow bikes from the hotel for free and the shop is about 10-15 minutes away. Or you can get on the little free shuttle bus, which comes every 30 minutes and drops you off at Mai Khao Turtle Village (5 minutes) which has ‘Turtle Mart’ down the steps where you can buy food (very expensive though!). There is also an ATM there. I also walked from the shuttle to the Family Mart at the petrol station on the main road, but found that the Turtle Mart stocked more food that I recognised. 

SHOPPING TIP

I would recommend asking your transfer from the airport to stop off at a 7 eleven on the way to your accomodation to stock up on water and essentials. I would also recommend fitting some basics in your suitcases if you can. I had brought cereal and a few snacks. We had a private day tour of Phuket on our 3rd day, so asked the driver to stop at a supermarket on the way home. He stopped at a Tesco!  I have also heard that you can do online Tesco shops in Phuket, which is worth looking into.

In summary, bring some Thai money with you and get your airport transfer to stop off at a 7 eleven on your way to the hotel (or order in a Tesco shop!). Plan a private guided tour half way through your stay and get them to take you to a supermarket on your way home. Enjoy meals at The Renaissance Hotel right next door, or opt for a more casual meal at the Mickey bar. Watch the sunset on the beach and swim from the beach right back to your room along the pools! Enjoy a massage on the beach or relax on one of the many day beds. If you are looking for a totally chilled out, relaxed and peaceful time then this is the place for you!

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Read my posts about what we got up to in Phuket here- Private day tour of Phuket, Speedboat tour to Phang Nga Bay (James Bond Island), Splash Jungle Water park, Mai Khao Marine Turtle foundation.

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