Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort in Thailand

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Updated: September 12, 2019

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Review of Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort in Phuket.

Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort – Luxurious resort with private beach, huge pool, and amazing views in quiet Panwa.

A five-star tropical resort in southern Phuket, this magnificent oasis is an excellent destination for a leisurely holiday or a business-cum-pleasure trip. All accommodations are modern, spacious, and well-appointed, and all feature large bathrooms and balconies/patios. The private beach, three large freeform pools, huge fitness center with steam and sauna rooms, excellent spa, kids club, multiple restaurants and bars, and friendly staff make this an ideal resort for all types of travelers. Located in sleepy Panwa, it is especially ideal for those looking for a quiet and luxurious holiday away from the hustle and bustle of the more commercialized areas like Patong.

Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort – Location

    (Previously known as the Radisson Blu Plaza Resort Phuket Panwa Beach.)

  • Address: 44/5 Moo 8 Sakdidesh Road, Vichit, Muang, 83000 Phuket, Thailand.
  • Area: Quiet location in Cape Panwa in southern Phuket. Walkable to the Panwa viewpoint and several restaurants and cafes nearby. Predominantly Muslim area, so most establishments shut by 10 pm.
  • How To Get There: The hotel paid airport transfers, but guests can easily come from the airport via prepaid taxi, limousine service, or rented car, which takes about 1 hour (43km). Guests arriving in cruise ships will arrive at either the Phuket Port (large ships, 41km, 1-hour drive), Patong Bay (November to April, 23km, 41-minute drive), or the Ao Makham Port (May to October, 2km, 5-minute drive), depending on the size of the ship and the season. Small boats can also dock at the resort’s beach during high tide.
  • Handy To: Laem Panwa Viewpoint (9-minute walk). Phuket Aquarium (13-minute walk).

Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort – The Basics

  • Ages: Guests tend to be mostly couples on a romantic getaway or honeymoon, or families. All ages are welcome, and cribs and baby-sitters are available on request.
  • Kids Club: Large Sapparot kids club with plenty of activities, toys, and games for up to age 14. The children’s pool nearby is big and has a waterslide.
  • Beach: Private and secluded beach with soft white sand and shallow water that is ideal for swimming, kayaking, or paddle-boarding during high tide. The seabed is rich with plenty of marine life that is fun to explore during low tide.
  • View: All sea view accommodations offer great views, though some might be slightly obstructed by trees. Excellent views from the lobby bar, outdoor areas of both restaurants, and the main infinity pool.
  • Kitchen: No kitchens in any rooms.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: All pool villas have pools with in-built jacuzzis. The main swimming pool also has a jacuzzi area on one side.
  • Laundry: Laundry facilities available.
  • Parking: Plenty of free and secured parking on-site.
  • Extras: Free use of kayaks, paddle-boards, pool table, and giant chess. Cooking classes. Welcome drinks and cold towels on arrival. Complimentary marine walk during low tides. Herb garden. Romantic dinner for 2 on the sand.
  • Wi-Fi: Free and fast connections almost throughout the resort for all guests.
  • When To Book: Reserve at least 3 months in advance for peak holiday periods like December-January or Chinese New Year. 1-2 months in advance for the low and shoulder seasons.
  • How To Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +66 76 602 500
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: pullmanphuketpanwa.com

Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort – Amenities

  • Pool: 4 pools – massive infinity pool with jacuzzi area, another lagoon-style pool a few steps above it, third long pool by the building housing the suites, and a fairly large children’s pool with a waterslide. Additionally, there are 29 Pool Villas featuring private pools with in-built jacuzzi.
  • Spa: Talay Spa is located in a separate building and offers an extensive range of massages, treatments, and some nail and hair services.
  • Fitness Center: Huge fitness center, extremely well-equipped with modern machines, and open 24/7. Private trainers available on request. Separate steam and sauna rooms for men and women. Open-air studio for morning yoga by the lobby.
  • For Disabled Guests: Even though it is located on hilly terrain, the resort is disabled friendly. There are plenty of paths connecting all the facilities, ramps near many staircases, and elevators in the building housing the rooms and suites. Buggies are also available for free. However, there are no rooms designed especially for disabled guests.
  • For Families: Sapparot kids club, kids pool, daily activities for kids and adults, kayaks, paddle-boards, pool table, chess, small playground, and marine-walk – all complimentary. Baby-sitters for hire for kids under the age of 4.
  • Activities: Thai cooking classes, yoga, scuba lessons in the pool, pool volleyball, volleyball, yacht hire.
  • Other Facilities: Boutique and souvenir shop. Tailor shop. Mini-fridge, safe, international plug points, and electric kettle in all rooms. Coffee machines in some rooms.

Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: Aqua – All-day a la carte dining with a good mix of Asian and Western dishes. Buffet breakfast is served here each morning, and the wood-fired pizzas are fantastic. Also hosts themed dinner buffets on some nights. Indoor and outdoor seating. • Tamarind – The resort’s signature restaurant is only open for dinner. Serves a modern take on authentic Thai cuisine, with a good selection of wines. Also offers indoor and outdoor seating, the latter with sea views. • Edge Beach Club – Located by the main pool, this restaurant and bar serves great burgers and a good selection of Western and Asian fare through the day.
  • Lounges/Bars: Junction Bar – Open from morning till midnight, this circular lobby bar offers arguably the finest views in the resort. The friendly bartenders make potent cocktails which are complemented by a decent selection of light bites. Happy hours every night from 8-11 pm. • Edge Bar – Located on the pool deck, this bar serves beer, wine, cocktails, and light Asian and Western meals. Offers happy hours in the afternoon, and complimentary use of cabanas in the water for a minimum bill of THB 1,500. • Tiki Bar – Tiny hut on the beach, open only during karaoke nights and other beach events.
  • Breakfast: Not complimentary, though included in some rates. Half and full-board packages available. An extensive buffet breakfast is served every morning between 6-10.30 am, with plenty of live counters, including noodle soups and egg stations. If intimated a day prior, the chef will happily make special dishes based on dietary restrictions.
  • Room Service: Available 24/7, but limited menu from 10 pm till 10 am.

Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort – Rooms

  • Room Types: Deluxe Room • Deluxe Room with Sea View • Junior Suite • Deluxe Suite • Pool Villa • Pool Villa with Sea View
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is not allowed in any of the rooms, except in the balconies/patios. Designated smoking areas available throughout the resort.
  • Best Room: Rooms are modern and spacious, featuring chic and contemporary Thai furniture, mini bar, coffee machines, and balconies/patios. The Pool Villas with Sea View are gorgeous, with huge bathtubs for 2, large private pools with jacuzzi, and spacious patios with al fresco dining tables and sunbeds. The villas on the northern side of the resort offer more privacy as they do not have a public lawn or path in front of them.
  • For Families: A single extra bed can be added to every room. Every Pool Villa features a sofa that can sleep an extra adult. Baby cots are complimentary. The resort has 33 pairs of connecting rooms across categories, so the parents could book a suite while the kids are in the Deluxe Room next door.

Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort – Local Transport

  • Walking: The area around the resort is quiet and pleasant for walking. However, there are no sidewalks, so be careful. Local hawkers selling souvenirs and food line up along the main road on specially-modified motorcycle stalls after 5 pm, once the temperature is cooler. Being a predominantly Muslim area, everything shuts by 10 pm, but that also means there are no loud parties in the neighborhood late in the night.
  • Bus: The only local bus from the Old Town stops at Panwa beach, so it’s not very convenient. The resort offers free shuttle bus transfers to/from the Central Festival mall (pre-registration required), and paid transfers to/from Phuket Old Town.
  • Taxis: Fixed price taxis can be booked at the taxi stand right outside the resort’s main gate, but they are expensive. App-based GrabTaxi is difficult to get in Panwa, though it’s easily available in the more crowded areas like Patong and Phuket Old Town. Best to book a car for half or full day, and finish chores and eating out along the route.

Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort – What’s Nearby?

Recommended Nearby Tours

  • Island Tours: Half and full-day boat trips to islands such as James Bond, Phi Phi, Coral, Raya, and several others can be arranged, which also include hotel pickup and drop-off, as well as tea/coffee, lunch, snacks, and/or dinner.
  • Phuket Tours: Similarly, half and full-day Phuket trips can be arranged through the resort or through travel agencies, and trips can also be customized per hour.

Best Nearby Restaurants and Bars

  • Tree Top Restaurant – Affordable and delicious Thai food, and friendly place to hang out. Just opposite the resort entrance. 1-minute walk (30m).
  • Curry Night Indian Restaurant – Delicious Indian fare, decent bar, friendly owner, and tables on the upper level facing the road. Open from 11 am till 11 pm. A few meters south of the resort. 1-minute walk (50m).
  • Blue Wave – Located at the Panwa Viewpoint, this small cafe offers a delicious value-for-money Thai and Western menu. Friendly staff and excellent views. 8-minute walk (700m).
  • Sawasdee – Well-loved by locals and foreigners alike for its great value authentic Thai menu and some western dishes. Next to Blue Wave. 9-minute walk (700m).
  • Reun Panwa – Located just outside The Kantary Bay Hotel, this tiny restaurant and bar serves great cocktails, chilled beer, and excellent Thai food. Also popular for the great sea views. 10-minute walk (850m).
  • Amatara Wellness Resort – Both restaurants offer indoor and outdoor seating, and a good selection of wines: The Grill (grilled seafood and meat dishes, for lunch and dinner), The Restaurant (authentic Thai and Asian cuisine, for breakfast and dinner only), and Sun & Moon (fantastic cocktails and light bites, from 5 pm to 11 pm only). 12-minute walk (850m).
  • Sala Mexicali – 1 of 2 outlets just a 2-minute drive from the Chalong Bay Rum Distillery (see Attractions below). Serves authentic and fresh Mexican food, beer, and tequila. 23-minute drive (12km).

Best Nearby Cafes

  • The Panwa Cafe – Opposite the resort entrance and run by a very friendly couple. Extremely popular for its air-conditioned interior, coffee, breakfast, and Thai dishes. 1-minute walk (60m).
  • Café Kantary – Located in The Kantary Bay Hotel. Excellent menu of coffee, tea, milkshakes, sandwiches, pastries, and desserts. 10-minute walk (800m).

Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops

  • Lots of small shops selling souvenirs, clothes, and knick-knacks, as well as money-changers, but nothing really of much interest. The best shopping is at Central Festival mall (12km, 20-minute drive) and the colonial-style Old Town (11km, 20-minute drive).

Nearby Attractions

    All these attractions can be completed by hiring a car with driver for 6-8 hours on an hourly basis.

  • Laem Panwa Viewpoint – A nice seaside promenade that is great for views, walks, or to just sit and enjoy the food from the motorcycle vendors in the evenings. 9-minute walk (750m).
  • Phuket Aquarium – Small aquarium featuring several live exhibits, including sharks, glass tunnel, and even a turtle sanctuary. Worth a visit, especially if with small kids. 13-minute walk (1km).
  • Old Phuket Town – The historical Sino-Portuguese architecture, colorful buildings, and several shops, cafés, restaurants, and bars make this a must-visit destination for most travelers in Phuket. 20-minute drive (11km).
  • Chalong Bay Rum Distillery – This small distillery manufactures excellent, award-winning rum using organic sugarcane and centuries-old French techniques. A must-visit for its tour (with rum tasting and free mojito), restaurant, and bar. One can also grab a bite at Sala Mexicali, just a short walk from the distillery. 22-minute drive (12km).
  • Big Buddha – Giant marble statue of the Big Buddha on a hilltop, with panoramic view of Phuket and the sea in all directions. Visitors can even rent ATVs to go up and down the steep and winding 6km hill. Dress conservatively. 40-minute drive (21km).
  • Promthep Cape – Arguably Phuket’s best sunset point at the southernmost tip of the island. Breathtaking views, and the adventurous can also hike to the southernmost point down a rocky path. Enjoy dinner at the Promthem Cape Restaurant to round off the evening. 40-minute drive (23km).

Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores

  • Panwa Health Care – Small pharmacy right opposite the resort entrance. 1-minute walk (20m).
  • Family Mart – 24-hour mini-mart selling everyday necessities, basic groceries, drinks, health and pharmacy items, and ready-to-eat meals. Next to Panwa Health Care. 1-minute walk (25m).
  • Super Cheap – A 24-hour supermarket with an excellent selection of items. 4-minute drive (2km).

Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort – The Hotel

The resort is located on the main road through Panwa.

The resort’s entrance is right on the main road.

The reception is bright and airy.

The reception lobby is open air and modern. The resort offers online check-in to speed up the process.

The lobby lounge is a great place to relax in while checking-in or out.

On the other side of the reception is the guest lounge. Welcome drinks and cold towels are offered for arriving guests here.

The Junction Bar offer excellent drink and sea views.

Entering from the lobby is the circular Junction Bar with fantastic views and plenty of seating options. It serves excellent cocktails, drinks, and light bites.

The sea views from the Junction Bar are exquisite.

The view from the Junction Bar is breathtaking.

Morning yoga is held in this room by the Junction Bar.

On the left is a special circular open-air room where morning yoga is held every day.

Deluxe Rooms are spacious and bright.

The spacious Deluxe Rooms feature twin beds or a king, full-length windows, and an outdoor balcony/patio.

Rooms come with long desks, mini-bars, hot water kettles, and large TVs.

Standard amenities include safe, mini-bar, hot water kettle, instant tea/coffee, TV, and large desk.

The balconies are small but offer good pool/garden/sea views.

The balcony/patio has a small table and 2 chairs, and guests can smoke here. The Sea View rooms offer, um, sea views.

Bathrooms have bathtubs and rain showers.

The peek-a-boo bathroom features a bathtub and a rain shower.

Deluxe Suites have king beds.

The spacious Deluxe Suites come with large king beds.

Each suite has a small sitting area.

The suites have small sitting areas, some with sea views.

Each suite has a large bathtub with pool/sea views.

The highlight of the suite is the large bathtub for 2 with pool/sea views.

Suite bathrooms have dual vanities and rain showers.

The bathroom also has dual vanities and a separate shower room.

The large balcony has an al fresco dining area.

The outdoor balcony is huge and has an al fresco dining area.

Pool Villas have huge bedrooms with a sofa bed and full-length windows.

The Pool Villa’s spacious bedroom features a king bed, single sofa bed, large desk behind the bed, and full-length windows that open to the porch outside.

The desk is behind the bed and offers sea views.

The generous desk and the bed offer sea views.

The outdoor porch has a big private pool with jacuzzi.

The large outdoor porch has a dining table for 2, sunbeds, outdoor shower, and a large private pool with jacuzzi. It also offers unobstructed sea views.

There is a mini-bar and a coffee machine.

Back inside, the foyer features a cabinet with some cutlery and glasses, mini-bar, and coffee machine.

The bathroom is huge, and so is the bathtub.

The massive bathroom has a plunge-pool-sized bathtub, dual vanities, and a separate shower room.

The main pool's lower level is absolutely huge and has jacuzzis at the back.

The large main pool is split into 2 levels. The lower level is huge, and has a special section with jacuzzi on the left, and lots of sunbeds on both sides.

There are several sunbeds around the main pool.

The massive pool from the other end. There are several sunbeds on the level below it as well.

The upper level has a swim-up bar.

The upper level of the main pool is lagoon-type, and has a swim-up bar. The Edge Beach Club to the left is served by the pool bar.

In-water cabanas can be rented from the pool bar.

Next to the pool bar are special in-water cabanas available on rent.

The third pool is by the building housing the rooms and suites.

The large third pool is located by the building housing the rooms and the suites, and features plenty of sunbeds.

The cabanas by this pool are free to use.

Special cabanas are located on the pool deck for guests to relax in.

Aqua offers indoor and outdoor seating, breakfast buffets, and a la carte through the day.

The huge Aqua restaurant serves hearty breakfast buffets with live counters in the mornings, and a mix of Asian and International dishes a la carte through the day. The wood-fired pizzas are worth trying.

Tamarind specializes in authentic Thai cuisine.

Tamarind is the resort’s signature restaurant, and is open only for dinner. It serves authentic Thai food, and has a good selection of wines.

Tamarind has plenty of outdoor seating as well.

Tamarind offers outdoor seating with fantastic views as well.

Sapparot Club has plenty for kids of all ages.

The Sapparot Club welcomes kids aged between 4 and 14, and has several things to keep them busy.

Some playground items are also kept in the club.

The club even has some items that might be better suited in the small playground outside.

The playground is very small and basic.

The playground is not really that inviting, even for toddlers.

The kid's pool is big and has a waterslide.

The kids’ pool is located near the Sapparot Club, and features a small water slide.

The notice board displays timings for activities and tides.

The day’s activities and high/low tide timings are updated on the notice board.

Talay Spa offers a good selection of treatments and massages.

The Talay Spa is huge and offers several treatments, massages, and salon services.

The spa has a large reception area.

The large reception area of the spa is very welcoming.

The gym is large and very well-equipped.

The large gym is extremely well-equipped, and personal trainers are available on request.

There are sauna rooms at the back of the gym.

There are separate sauna rooms for men and women at the back of the gym.

Separate steam rooms are also available.

The gym even has separate steam rooms at the back.

The lawn has a few sunbeds and excellent sea views.

This long patch of lawn by the beach has a few sunbeds and excellent sea views.

The beach is clean and the water is shallow and clam.

The clean private beach has soft sand and shallow, calm water. This is during low tide in the evening, when guests can walk around and find a lot of interesting marine life.

The free kayaks and paddle boards are very popular.

Guests can avail the free paddleboards and kayaks during high tide.

A tea stall is set up outside Aqua restaurant.

Surprisingly, there is even a small tea store just next to Aqua restaurant.

The resort has quite a few designated smoking areas.

This is one of the few designated smoking areas in the resort.

Two boutiques are located by the resort entrance.

There are a couple of boutiques selling clothes inside the resort gates.

There are several facilities for tourists right opposite the resort entrance.

There are several facilities right opposite the resort entrance, such as money changers, a small pharmacy, a couple of spas and salons, and even a taxi stand.

Family Mart is a mini-mart that is open 24/7.

This mini-mart is open round the clock.

Tree Top restaurant is popular with locals for its Thai menu.

Next to the taxi stand, the friendly Tree Top restaurant serves good Thai food at low prices.

Curry night is good for India food and people-watching.

Curry Night features upper-level seating, delicious Indian food, and an extremely friendly host. Next to Family Mart.

The Panwa Cafe serves excellent coffee and Thai food.

The Panwa Cafe has excellent coffee, Thai dishes, and friendly owners. Just past Curry Night.

Panwa Viewpoint offers fantastic views.

Panwa Viewpoint is a nice promenade by the sea, with plenty of seats, and the views make up for the lack of shade.

Motorcycle vendors come to the viewpoint in the evening.

Vendors come on modified motorcycles and sell food and fruits in the evenings by the viewpoint.

The Big Buddha offers panaromic views of Panwa.

The giant Big Buddha is worth a visit, if not for the serenity, then definitely for the views.

Views stretch right up to the horizon.

The views from the Big Buddha statue extend for miles all around.

Chalong Bay Rum Distillery is a good place to enjoy a mojito or even a meal.

The Chalong Bay Rum Distillery features a full-fledged bar and restaurant, tours with rum-tasting, and cocktail-making classes.

Sala Mexicali nearby serves delicious and authentic Mexican food.

Located just minutes from the distillery, Sala Mexicali serves authentic Mexican food, beer, and tequila.

Promthep Cap is always busy, no matter the time of the day.

Promthep Cape is at the southernmost point of Phuket, and extremely popular.

The southernmost point of Phuket can be found here, but it is a bit of a hike.

The adventurous can actually hike down to the southernmost point and enjoy the most beautiful sunset on the island.

The Old Town has several colonial-style buildings.

The Old Town is full of interesting buildings which house shops, souvenir stalls, bars, cafes, and restaurants. Most places close by 9 pm on weeknights, but the neighborhood is still worth exploring.

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