The JW Marriott Phuket resort is my favorite resort I’ve stayed in. So far we’ve been there 3 times. Several things factor into why I love this resort, but the top reason has to be the staff and Thai people in general.
The JW Marriott in Phuket is a short 10-minute drive from the airport and is fairly isolated from the busyness in other parts of Phuket. It sits on Mai Khoa Beach, which is a gorgeous wide white sand beach that stretches for miles. We have spent afternoons on the beach and only seen a handful of other beachgoers. The water is an aqua color and feels like a warm bath. When the ocean is smooth, you can kayak several hundred meters from shore and still the sandy ocean bottom 30 feet below.
You can’t help but feel relaxed immediately upon entering the resort. You approach this resort from a long driveway lined with water features. The staff greets you with a wonderful smelling lei and a virgin mojito. The open-air lobby looks out over an infinity edge reflection pool and the ocean. Some nights, performers dance and play traditional Thai music on platforms over this reflecting pool.
We’ve stayed in both the standard hotel rooms and the Marriott Timeshare units. The hotel rooms are fairly standard but have beautiful hardwood floors. There is a lounge area in the room next to a large window that overlooks the beautifully landscaped property. The bathrooms have both a large shower and tub. A couple times during our stay we came back to our room to find the bath drawn with fresh orchid petals floating in the water. The timeshare rooms are 2 bedroom condo style rooms with a gorgeous master bathroom and granite tops in the kitchen. The timeshare unit was perfect for our family.
The grounds of the resort are amazing with tons of palms and wild flowers everywhere. The staff was constantly landscaping with hand tools, which helped keep the ambiance peaceful.
There are several places to eat on the resort. You can find cheaper places to eat, but the food on the resort is delicious. We loved the Thai restaurant. There is great deli that serves awesome sticky buns. The Marriott Café changes out its dinner menu each night and has some awesome buffets.
The work out area is great. They often have fresh bananas or exotic fruits lying out to eat. The locker rooms had awesome steam rooms and hot tubs. The gym is also where you can book the tennis courts, rent a bike or trade books at the book exchange.
The property has AWESOME pools including one with a waterfall swim up bar. The beach area has many “toys” you can use for free including kayaks. Along the beach is a boardwalk with rain showers to rinse off after a swim in the ocean. But probably the best part of the resort is the hut staffed with a dozen Thai ladies that will give you a 30-minute massage for about $8.
We love Phuket. We always do a trip out to the Phi Phi Islands to snorkel and just see the beautiful scenery. I’ve play golf at Blue Canyon Country Club, which has been home to the Johnny Walker Classic and rated the #1 course in Asia. Gwen and Katie did a Thai cooking class at the resort and visited local farmers markets to find their ingredients. We also head down to Patong Beach to haggle at the markets and for Katie to find some cool knock off bags and jeans. Gwen loved the FantaSea Show. We’ve also ridden elephants through the jungle.
If you’re ever looking for a great vacation and the best resort, go to Phuket and stay at the JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa.
|Scott and Gwen on Mai Khoa Beach|
|Mai Khoa Beach|
|Scott, Katie and Gwen at Patong Beach|
|Gwen enjoying Patong sunset|
|Perfect swimming water|
|Some of the thousands of fish seen snorkeling|
|Gwen on the beach|
|Beautiful Phuket Beach|
|Gwen riding Jumbo|