For my first time in Phuket, Thailand, I decided to stay in a trusty Hyatt hotel. After arriving at the Phuket airport, I was herded into a cab and paid about 1400 baht (about $41 USD) for a 45 minute drive to the hotel. Given the distance of the airport from the Hyatt, which is in somewhat of a remote location by itself, getting into a taxi was the only way to go. The Hyatt Regency Phuket is located on the eastern shore of Phuket Island, Thailand. It is in the area known as Kamala. However, the hotel is situated by itself with residential roads around it. The hotel is a 5 minutes drive from old Kamala town and Kamala Beach, but about 10-15 minutes drive to Patong Beach.
The Hyatt Regency has a half-hourly free shuttle that takes you to Kamala town/beach to walk around and a hourly shuttle to Patong. Kamala can be described as a much more local and quiet town while Patong would be the more westernized and touristy strip area. Whereas the former would be perfect to just relax and enjoy the serene ocean air, the latter offers relaxing beach time in addition to bars, shopping, restaurants, hostels, and a lot more people.
The Hyatt Regency Phuket
The Hyatt Regency Phuket is a resort where one can spend a tremendous amount of time just relaxing around the hotel. Situated on top of a hill, the hotel rooms are styled as individual villas where a golf-cart is used to navigate from the hotel lobby up to the individual villa buildings.
Honestly, the vast bathroom covered as much space as the bedroom.
The Balcony Area
The deluxe room was great, seems more like a luxurious studio than a hotel room. Some of the other rooms also have a personal Jacuzzi in the room…
The Regency Club Lounge
I always have to check out the Regency Club lounge, which has both indoor and outdoor seating, a private pool, computers for business, and the gym is beneath it.
Overall, the Hyatt Regency Phuket is a good place to stay for a chill, relaxing time on a tropical beach. There isn’t all that much to do around that area. However, for more action it is only about a 10-15 minutes free shuttle ride ( or ~400 baht/$15 USD car ride) to Patong beach, where all the iconic Phuket partying is done.
At the Hyatt Regency Phuket, a standard room is about $105-$120 w/o tax, so it wasn’t quite worth using the Hyatt points on this Category 4 hotel. For what I got out of the hotel, it was definitely a good value. For my next trip, I might choose to stay in Patong instead, however, as there is more to do – I hear they will be building up a Hyatt Place there soon.
Hotel Link: http://phuket.regency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html