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JW Marriott Resort Phuket Resort & Spa, Mai Khao Beach, Phuket 

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3 Moo
Mai Khao Beach , Phuket
Tel: 66 76 338 000
Tel: 800 627 7468 (toll free)
Fax: 66 76 348 348
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This isn't just any Marriott: It sits next to Sirinath National Park on Phuket's northwest coast, one of the quieter and more beautiful bits of the island. After ten years of planning and another year and a half of building, the three-level, 265-room resort fits harmoniously within its surroundings. A good thing, too: The property was barely touched by the 2004 tsunami, and its humungous pool absorbed the waves that did reach its grounds. All rooms are inside the main building; 13 are suites, but the rest are fairly standard, if a bit larger and more exotic than one you'd find at, say, a Marriott in Houston (JW is the company's luxury brand). Ultimately, the main reason to stay here is the away-from-the-fuss location. The island's longest stretch of undeveloped beach—Hat Mai Khao—is located just inside the park. Oh, and the Lobby Bar has a cedar humidor stocked with Cuba's finest. Light up and you might get to rub elbows with the occasional dignitary: President Clinton slept in a garden-view suite on a tsunami-relief tour.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
"The grounds make the words lush, spectacular, and creative come to life." For some, the location on Mai Khao Beach is "so removed from everything else on the island." Designed in a contemporary Thai style, the lobby "is an open-air affair with a huge reflecting pool." "Elegant in their simplicity," rooms have teak floors and balconies. Andaman Grill is an American steak house.

(265 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 88.7
  • Activities: 89.2
  • Design: 94.2
  • Food: 86.8
  • Location: 76.0
  • Rooms: 95.0
  • Service: 90.9

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

Amenities: Beach, Pool, Spa, Tennis, Water sports

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Showing its age...

I stayed here in December 2007 and was disappointed. The hotel was recommended to me by friends who had stayed there a couple of year before. So I was disappointed... more