This hotel opened in August 2010, and I visited in December 2010. Yes, this blog is a bit overdue. But I was inspired to write it after beginning my 2011 vacation plans. About a 40 minute ride from the airport (I highly recommend pre-arranged transportation) the Westin Siray Bay is tucked away just past the hubbub of Phuket Town and the Phuket Marina. The Resort sits in the side of a hill (be prepared for some steep walks or a lot of waiting for golf-cart transportation) and is elevated above the bay.
One of the most stunning features is its infinity pool, not the main hotel pool, this quieter and more relaxing pool sits adjacent to Prego by the Beach – an Italian themed restaurant open for lunch and dinner (not every day). The Westin has a total of 6 restaurants, so if you decided not to leave the hotel, you would still have a variety of moderately to high priced food choices. All of them good choices. My favorite was EEST – an Asian Grill and Sushi Bar, EEST had amazing Thai, Malaysian, Vietnamese and other Asian foods. Breakfast, served daily at Seasonal Treats Restaurant, was an amazing buffet with a variety of foods from all over the world.
The Resort has a spa – The Westin Heavenly Spa and it’s a great retreat for any visitor. I enjoyed a pedicure, a massage – they run specials during slow times and those are a really good deal – and hair treatment, which was very relaxing.
Upon arrival, we were promptly greeted and welcomed by the staff. Our room was upgraded to a Indulge Suite, a large 2 room suite with a king bed and sofa bed, two bathrooms – one overlooking the bay, two patios with lounge chairs and amazing, breath-taking views. As I mentioned before, the hotel sits on a hill and walk to the room was up a pretty steep hill, or a very long staircase. There were also villas – we didn’t inquire about an upgrade – but they each featured 2-floors and a private pool. For me, the hotels 3 public pools were plenty. The room was spotless and stocked with plenty of free water – refreshed every day, had a small refrigerator, and snack basket (compared to US mini-bar prices, this was affordable). Dry cleaning and laundry services were relatively cheap and very reliable.
A hotel shuttle brings guests to Phuket town several times a day and local tuk-tuks are also available. We found this to be a great option at night when looking for dinner options. The trip usually cost about 30-40 Baht, or $3-4 US dollars, each way. The town is busy and crowded, but offers great, authentic Thai food. One of the best restaurants – a local place – was called Raya house (which the hotel recommended) . The food was phenomenal and our total dinner, including appetizers (not common in Thailand), and drinks, cost about $13 US dollars. We also dined at Lemongrass, an outdoor restaurant in a more touristy area of town. The food was very spicy and very reasonably priced. A good choice and great people watching.
The Westin Siray Bay is a great hotel, offers great views and a relaxing retreat from the rest of the world. I highly recommend a visit.
Infinity Pool at the Westin Siray Bay.