Review: Hyatt Regency Phuket in Kamala

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.

Kamala Town

Kamala Town

Kamala Town

Kamala Town

Kamala Town

Kamala Beach

Kamala Beach

Kamala Beach

Kamala Beach

Kamala Beach

Kamala Beach

Kamala Beach

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.

Hyatt Regency Phuket - Roadway to hotel rooms

Hyatt Regency Phuket – Roadways are used for golf carts to drive guests to their hotel rooms up the hill

The Room

Hyatt Regency Phuket - TV and entrance foyer

Hyatt Regency Phuket – TV and entrance foyer

Hyatt Regency Phuket - Living Room with sofa, desk, and drawers

Hyatt Regency Phuket – Living Room with sofa, desk, and drawers

Hyatt Regency Phuket - King-sized Bed

Hyatt Regency Phuket – King-sized Bed

The Bathroom

Honestly, the vast bathroom covered as much space as the bedroom.

Hyatt Regency Phuket - Bathroom

Hyatt Regency Phuket – Bathroom

Hyatt Regency Phuket - Bathroom shower and toilet

Hyatt Regency Phuket – Bathroom shower and toilet

Hyatt Regency Phuket - Bathtub

Hyatt Regency Phuket – Bathtub

The Balcony Area

Hyatt Regency Phuket - Balcony Daybed

Hyatt Regency Phuket – Balcony Daybed

Hyatt Regency Phuket - Balcony Dining Area

Hyatt Regency Phuket – Balcony Dining Area

Hyatt Regency Phuket - Balcony View

Hyatt Regency Phuket – Balcony View

Hyatt Regency Phuket - Balcony view over the pool area and the ocean across the street

Hyatt Regency Phuket – Balcony view over the pool area and the ocean across the street

Hyatt Regency Phuket - More Balcony Views

Hyatt Regency Phuket – More Balcony Views

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.

Hyatt Regency Phuket - Regency Club entrace

Hyatt Regency Phuket – Regency Club entrance

Hyatt Regency Phuket - View from the lounge. The club lounge has its own dedicated infinity pool overlooking the ocean.

Hyatt Regency Phuket – View from the lounge. The club lounge has its own dedicated infinity pool overlooking the ocean.

Hyatt Regency Phuket - Regency Club evening dinner spread 1

Hyatt Regency Phuket – Regency Club evening dinner spread 1

Hyatt Regency Phuket - Regency Club breakfast scrambled eggs

Hyatt Regency Phuket – Regency Club breakfast scrambled eggs

Hyatt Regency Phuket - Regency Club breakfast spread

Hyatt Regency Phuket – Regency Club breakfast spread

Hyatt Regency Phuket - Regency Club evening dinner spread 2

Hyatt Regency Phuket – Regency Club evening dinner spread 2

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

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