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Novotel Phuket Resort Review – Surin or Karon?

Novotel Phuket Karon Entrance Sign

Phuket is a type of quintessential Singaporean weekend getaway locations – simply 2 hours away by aircraft with an abundance of lovely seashores and yummy Thai meals, what’s to not love? The one place I actively avoid is the touristy and overcrowded Patong space, so when the Novotel Phuket people invited me up to take a look at their properties in Surin and Karon for this weblog publish, I used to be undoubtedly eager to see what these districts needed to supply and present you why they make a lot better options to Patong.

I stayed first at Novotel Phuket Karon Seashore Resort & Spa, after which moved over to Novotel Phuket Surin Seashore Resort and thought I’d offer you a lowdown on my expertise and advocate which one would fit your wants higher.

However first…

The place are Surin and Karon situated in Phuket?

Each Surin and Karon are on the west aspect of Phuket (sunsets galore!) and Surin is someplace in the midst of the island, whereas Karon is nearer to the south from Patong. 

From Phuket Worldwide Airport (HKT) within the north, it takes about half an hour to drive right down to Surin, and about an hour to get to Karon alongside some hilly roads. Depart your self some buffer time in case you are travelling throughout peak hours because the roads can get fairly jammed and there aren’t many various smaller roads to flee on to.

Novotel Phuket Karon Seashore Resort Evaluate

Welcome to Karon

First I checked out the Novotel Phuket Karon Seashore Resort and was instantly impressed as a result of I’d taken a slightly early flight from Singapore and arrived in Phuket about 10am and the lodge had thoughtfully packed a to-go breakfast for me as we took the hour-long drive to get from the airport to Karon.

Novotel Phuket Karon Breakfast Car

We had an assortment of pastries and drinks in our automotive journey from the airport to Karon

The Room – Plunge Pool Suite

I used to be upgraded to a really snug Plunge Pool Suite which got here outfitted with a big bed room, front room and a ginormous rest room. There was additionally a really spacious deck with ample outside seating and our very personal plunge pool on the doorstep of the bed room. There’s greater than sufficient area for 2 individuals, and may comfortably match a small household.

Novotel Phuket Karon Room Bed

A really giant bed room

Novotel Phuket Karon Room Bed Welcome

I really like towel elephants and a cheery welcome

Novotel Phuket Karon Room Living

The lounge and sofa that may be transformed into extra bedspace

Novotel Phuket Karon Room Plunge Deck

Peeking out from the bed room to the private plunge pool (with jacuzzi! however the water isn’t heated although…) and the lounge deck. The plunge swimming pools on the suites aren’t notably personal as you’ll be able to see individuals strolling by in the primary corridors, however there are rooms the place the swimming pools are extra enclosed

Novotel Phuket Karon Room Plunge Fruit

View from the pool – we got complimentary fruits and macarons as a part of the turndown service

Novotel Phuket Karon Room Toilet

The bathroom was completely ginormous – there’s a big bathe stall to the proper aspect of the bath

I had a very snug keep, however the one factor I wanted for on this room was someplace to hold my moist stuff – oddly sufficient I couldn’t discover any washing strains or a rack to hold my bikinis out to dry.

The Resort – household pleasant and spacious

The Novotel Phuket Karon Seashore Resort is ideal for pool lovers and people who don’t plan to go away the resort grounds as a result of they haven’t one, not two, however THREE swimming pools which you can hang around at. The primary pool is the busiest in fact, whereas the oasis pool is often much less crowded, and youngsters have a enjoyable slide up on the child’s pool which is true outdoors the child’s membership space.

The resort is nice for households from the youngsters membership to the varied amenities out there across the resort and a few actually cute rooms with youngsters furnishings, however there’s sufficient room so that you don’t really feel such as you’re in some kind of youngsters theme park. Take a look at the Phuket Household Resort Promotion that they’re operating for more information.

Novotel Phuket Karon Pool Beer

Having fun with a beer on the pool bar.

Novotel Phuket Karon Pool Bar Calamari

Yum yum calamri from Joe Kool’s

Novotel Phuket Karon Pool Spiderman

Employees dressed as superhero characters pop up across the lodge ever so typically to entertain the youngsters, and this one took youngsters on a paddle across the pool

Novotel Phuket Karon Pool Oasis

The quieter Oasis Pool close to the sports activities bar

Novotel Phuket Karon Pool Kids

Enjoyable slide on the child’s pool space in addition to a mushroom fountain

The lodge meals is surprisingly continental – for those who’re in search of correct Thai meals, there’s a less expensive and wider choice outdoors the lodge, however in case you moderately not depart the resort and have a pleasant sit-down dinner, there are a number of choices on website. Ocean’s Italian Seafood Restaurant specialises in pastas and Joe Kool’s grill serves up extra informal eating. Sports activities followers can take a look at Champions Sports activities Bar to compensate for the newest footie matches at night time. 

We have been handled to the Hearth and Ice Eating Expertise which was a fusion meal with four programs of meals that have been all lit on hearth sooner or later within the meal. We began with a capirinha full with burning shot of rum, adopted by ‘Molotov sushi’, a row of salmon sushi that was frivolously seared in entrance of us, after which a ‘Flame burger’ which you can pink to your style, and adopted up by a flaming chocolate fondue. We have been so stuffed!

Novotel Phuket Karon Dinner Fire Burger

Flame on! The truffle mayo sauce was EXCELLENT

We have been additionally handled to a soothing hour on the resort’s in-house In Stability Spa doing an aromatherapy therapeutic massage. The spa is tucked away in a quiet nook of the resort and we had a reasonably good room. I used to be simply glad to get a therapeutic massage after a very long time.

Novotel Phuket Karon Spa Room

Sorry for the crappy pic however it was very pleasantly dim

Across the Karon space

Karon Seashore is true throughout the street from the resort – there’s a crossing guard to make sure you get throughout this quite busy street safely – however it’s tremendous handy and it’s a quieter finish of Karon Seashore so it’s not as crowded. Come for the sunsets in fact, and in contrast to Mai Khao the place the seas are typically rougher, these waters have been fairly good for swimming in. 

Karon Beach Sunset

Sundown on Karon Seashore which had nice sand and was fairly clear

Karon Beach Sunset Jumpshot

Gotta get that jumpshot

The resort eating places cater in the direction of a extra western palate, so we wandered across the Karon space seeking Thai meals – there are many eating places and bars inside 10-15 minutes stroll of the resort. There’s a seafood shack proper in entrance of the resort alongside the seashore, and there’s one other stretch of eating places close to the reservoir, however in case you are wanting to economize, contemplate strolling in the direction of the roundabout and down busy Patak Street as an alternative – the menu costs listed here are cheaper than these alongside the beachfront.

Karon Town Street

Patak Street is lined with eating places on each side. Should you maintain strolling down, you’ll attain the well-known Temple Market which is the place I snacked on silkworms as soon as upon a time

Karon Town Wanna Crab

We randomly popped into this place referred to as Wanna Seafood Restaurant and had some wonderful native seafood. It’s a reasonably small place and we had a reasonably late lunch round 3pmish, and the place was perpetually full of individuals.

Karon Town Up Seafood

Up Seafood is alongside the Patak Street stretch as properly and has a hipster vibe with the ‘distressed’ furnishings and decor, however the seafood right here was fairly good as nicely.

Novotel Phuket Surin Seashore Resort

Novotel Phuket Surin Entrance

Novotel Phuket Surin Entrance

I additionally spent just a little time on the Novotel Phuket Surin Seashore Resort and whereas most of the property’s amenities are the identical (similar spa, eating places…), there’s fairly a unique vibe to the resort due to the best way it’s laid out. It’s much less unfold out and feels much more compact in comparison with the Karon Resort, although that isn’t essentially a nasty factor.

The Room – Suite Poolside Terrace

We have been upgraded to a swanky Poolside Terrace Suite room, which had a big bed room in addition to a front room space full with a balcony and our very personal deckchairs. What I favored was that as a result of we have been on the primary flooring, it was very straightforward for us to stroll to the pool space, although I kinda want the balcony doorways had keycard entry which might have made it even simpler to only pop again into the room.

The resort is constructed such that there’s one giant pool proper within the middle of the resort so virtually all of the rooms have a pool view of types. Lately accomplished room renovations meant that each one the rooms have been good and new.  

Novotel Phuket Surin Room Coconuts

A candy welcome with recent coconuts and chocolate coated marshmallows

Novotel Phuket Surin Room Living

The spacious front room with a settee mattress

Novotel Phuket Surin Room Deckchairs

Our private deckchairs

Novotel Phuket Surin Room Bed

The very spacious bed room

Novotel Phuket Surin Room Bed Towels

Extra cute towel elephants welcoming us to our room

Novotel Phuket Surin Room Toilet

The bathroom was fairly compact, nevertheless it had a drying line which was helpful for hanging up moist garments

The Resort – Good for households

The primary function is the massive snaking pool proper within the middle of the resort, and there are lots of totally different corners of the pool you’ll be able to soak in so it by no means does really feel too crowded. I just like the shady timber proper within the middle that give it a really tropical really feel, and it appears particularly magical at night time when it’s all lit up.

Novotel Phuket Surin Pool Me

Me wading round within the pool. Not for laps however nice for an off-the-cuff dip

Novotel Phuket Surin Pool Slide

There are 2 slides that each adults and youngsters can go down. I zipped down this one in a short time!

Novotel Phuket Surin Pool Night Slide

Love the way it’s all lit up at night time

Novotel Phuket Surin Pool Foam Party

There was a foam social gathering occurring on the weekend that we have been there

Novotel Phuket Surin Pool Restaurant Night

Ocean’s Italian Restaurant is a stunning place for a pool aspect dinner at night time. It seems good for a romantic date night time

In comparison with the Karon Resort, there are much less eating places and outlets inside straightforward strolling distance right here, so there are extra outlets that you’ll find within the resort itself. The foyer has a comfort retailer, toy store and even an ice cream store referred to as Wow Cow so that you don’t have to go away the resort for the little issues.

Novotel Phuket Surin Ice Cream Shop

Wow Cow serves ice cream, milkshakes and different yummy desserts

Novotel Phuket Surin Pool Ice Cream

Needed to get this shot fast as a result of the ice cream was beginning to soften so shortly!

Novotel Phuket Surin Bar Pool Table

We had dinner right here on the bar one night time, and this pool desk was particularly widespread

For households with youngsters, there are many choices obtainable right here – you possibly can simply spend most of your vacation within the resort with out getting too bored. The Siam Journey Membership has actions for youngsters and teenagers, and even organises day excursions to Phuket’s points of interest for once you need to get out of the resort with out having to undergo the effort of sourcing your personal excursions. Additionally noticed: a small arcade room and a cinema with screenings of in style films .

Novotel Phuket Surin Siam Adventure Club

There all the time appeared to be some kind of exercise occurring right here

And naturally for careworn mother and father – proper above the fitness center is the In Stability Spa the place I obtained myself a soothing Thai therapeutic massage to cap off my journey to Phuket.

Novotel Phuket Surin Spa Room


Across the Surin Space

The Novotel Surin Resort is on a quiet stretch off the busy important street so crossing the street is rather less precarious right here, and the seashore is true throughout the street. White sands and blue waters, it’s an ideal suntanning spot. 

Surin Beach Sand

Gleaming white sand

Surin Beach Shacks

There are a bunch of those shacks arrange alongside the seashore so you possibly can seize a chew

So which resort is for you? Each resorts are family-oriented and appropriate for households and have nice places in much less touristy spots, however if you would like a bit more room and quiet, I feel the Novotel Phuket Resort Karon provides extra choices by advantage of its bigger property space. For these frightened about their youngsters becoming bored, Novotel Phuket Resort Surin presents extra number of actions on website to maintain them entertained. Take a look at the Novotel Phuket Karon Seashore Resort & Spa, and Novotel Phuket Surin Seashore Resort web sites for extra info.

Which Novotel Phuket Resort sounds extra engaging to you? Drop me a observe right here in case you have any questions and I’ll attempt to reply them.

This journey and lodge keep was sponsored by Novotel Phuket Resort

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