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Hotel Grand West Sands Resort Villas Hotel 4 star
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65 MOO 4, MAIKHAO SOI 4, T. MAIKHAO, A. THALANG 83110 PHUKET Thaïlande Phuket, Thailand -
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The West Sands would have been a very pleasant establishment had its neighbour not been... Phuket international airport! We've rarely ever seen a hotel so close to a neighbour of this sort. It is even possible to watch some of the planes taking off and landing on the island while comfortably sitting on the balcony of certain rooms. It could be a fairly interesting sight if the aeroplanes didn't make so much noise... Unfortunately, the traffic at Phuket is heavy. The West Sands is a family hotel that is also close to an aquapark, Splash Jungle, to the great joy of children. However, even though it belongs to the same owner, guests do not have free access but do benefit from a preferential rate.

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    Location 5.5 /10

    The West Sands Phuket is located on the northern part of Phuket island, right next to... the airport! It will take only a few minutes to get there. As for the overcrowded beaches of Patong, expect around a 40-minute drive, depending on traffic. The same goes for Phuket Town.

    Accommodation 6.70 /10

    The 50 villas and 159 rooms are divided into 7 categories and spread out in charmless building blocks, 10 in all. The luxury rooms are rather pleasant but you will think you are just about anywhere in the world in them, that's how impersonal the decor is. However, they all seem comfortable enough and offer a good level of amenities, like the tea and coffee-making facilities and a large flat-screen television. The bathroom isn't enormous but it does have a bathtub. As for the villas, you'll find the same cold, characterless decor. However, with 2 bedrooms and a large rectangular swimming pool, they're great for families.

    Overview 8.20 /10

    Opened in 2010, you'll have to put on some comfortable shoes to visit the West Sands. Indeed, this establishment covers a vast stretch of land, so it is with great pleasure that you discover there are shuttle buses to transport guests within the hotel grounds. Completely impersonal, the West Sands is entirely without charm, although it does offer a good level of comfort. The reception area looks more like an information centre than the lobby of a seaside village resort. The modern furnishings in the sitting rooms just opposite don't do anything to improve the atmosphere. Outside, a shuttle bus will take you to the hotel's main swimming pool, unless you are an avid hiker and would like to go there on foot. Its location next to the sea means it is in a pleasant setting, but one that is regulated by the regular arrivals and departures of the aeroplanes. The area would be peaceful were the air traffic not so dense. Deckchairs surround the overflow pool and a second pool is found close-by. The hotel spa has 3 treatment rooms in the main building and an additional 5 in another. Most of the latter are meant for couples.

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    The West Sands has just one restaurant, facing the main swimming pool. Unfortunately, 'The Breeze' as it's called is not safe from the noise of the air traffic coming from the neighbouring airport, which is impossible to ignore. Open for the 3 meals of the day, all dishes are served à la carte. The large interior dining room, with as little decoration as the rest of the hotel, can quickly become very noisy. Once outside on the terrace, you get away from the din only to be disturbed by the air traffic. Plus, you will notice that there are rarely any free tables available. Decent, but not more, the cuisine is essentially Thai and international. The prices are reasonable: a Caesar salad will set you back around £9.

    Beach 7.20 /10

    Mai Khao beach is adjacent to Sirinath National Marine Park. Therefore, motorised water sports are forbidden in the area, which is a pity for adrenaline junkies but an advantage for those who want some peace and quiet. In any case, the hotel does not have a water sports club. Also, you won't find any deckchairs or parasols. Instead, these have been arranged in the hotel's gardens. Mai Khao beach is a place of pure beauty: wide and nearly 5 mi long, it is totally deserted and offers a much nicer view than the crowded coast of Patong Beach. The sand is fine, the water is crystal clear, and the slope of the beach is perfect for bathing. However, it is precisely this slope that makes it difficult to get entirely comfortable.

    To know

    Splash Jungle is an aquapark open to the general public. It has 7 main attractions including the Superball. Hotel guests benefit from a preferential entrance rate.
    A Wi-Fi Internet connection is available in all of the rooms.
    The hotel has plans to expand by adding an additional 400 rooms.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      hammam, sauna, spa, massage, wellness, keep fit

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      aqua gym, gym, fitness, surfing, aerobics, bums and tums

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The size of the villas
    • The aquapark for children

    disadvantages

    • The immediate proximity of Phuket airport
    • Having to pay to an entrance fee for the aquapark
    • The size of the hotel

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