As a seasoned traveller it's often hard to be blown away by a resort that you just happened to stumble upon whilst preparing for a much needed escape from the rat race.
The Chandara Resort however has done just that, every aspect of this resort delivered what we were looking for in a breakaway from the fast pace of the real world.
The resort has 51 villas, we choose a 1 br Pool villa, which was brilliant, the rooms were larger than we expected with a brilliant 4 poster bed, large bathroom, lounge with day bed and of course your own personal pool, which we used day and night... you really never need to leave your room.
The staff at the resort are brilliant from the first minute you arrive they go out of there way to assist you with any needs you have,
a special thanks to "Mr Robert" for making us feel as though we were only guests and that the resort belonged to us. Peach at the tour desk helped us decide what to do, when to do it and even sorted us out with a tailor - Toms International - who did a great job on all the clothes we order, negotiate hard... they always have a little more to give on price.
Things not to miss ... Happy hour at the bar every day is fun, and a great place to meet other guest, most of whom you have never seen although they have been there for days.
Dinner at Eclipse is brilliant and reasonably priced, it is a shame that more guests do not go there for dinner, on the Friday night of our stay a Pool side BBQ was put on for the guests and provided a great opportunity to eat great local seafood, drink lot's of cocktails and chat with the other guest and Robert was a great host.
The Day SPA provides many indulgences at reasonable prices, making every day a relaxing one. I also reccomend that you walk to the pier in the nearby fishing village, where ther are shops to buy additiional supplies for the fridge... just don't do it in the middle of the day as I did... the heat is a killer as I found out.
If your looking for a bit more excitement, head off to Patong beach for the Shopping, the suits, the bars and the constant
sounds of tuk tuk ... tuk tuk... in your ears.. or too Central for the
shops, which are not as inspiring as I had hoped.
We decided that Muay Thai would make an interesting night out, it's noisy and actioned packed, we weren't let down 9 fights all of which were thrilling ones, however it can be a little difficult to work out who is winning...
Although the Chandara resort is 30 mins away from Patong Beach and Central, it is a far better option to go via the hotel shuttle or taxi than to have stayed at a resort closer to town, too many people would interupt the peace and tranquility we were searching for, we were there in off season and Patong was packed... I can't imagine what it would be like in Peak season.
I would however suggest that the resort make the shuttle available more often and at a slightly cheaper rate, and provide the option to hire a local driver for the day.
Would I go back again, certainly, the resort is wonderful and can only get better, I think we already have a villa set aside for us.
Thanks to Robert and the team at Chandara and I look foward to seeing them on my next trip.
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