We stayed at Access for 10 nights from the 10th February. We travelled with our 5 month old baby and we found the staff very helpful and accomodating.
Breakfast was lovely with hubby having an omelette each morning and the Chef seeing him come in had it ready for him in minutes of arriving.
Having the baby and a pool at your door was wonderful. In the heat of the day whilst she was having a sleep we could stay in the pool and have full view of her. It was also very convenient not to have to 'pack her up' to go to the pool, which is the case in many other hotels.
The Hotel is a fair distance from the beach but we enjoyed the walk each evening to go for dinner then the walk back helped settle dinner before bed. A tuk tuk each way cost 200 TBH which was about $6AUS.
Mostly, when travelling we used 'Mr Ducky' the taxi driver at the front of the hotel. He is a lovely gentleman, very helpful, has great english and was wonderful helping with the baby getting in and out of his cab. Mr Ducky you rock, you made our trip extra pleasant :D
There is a 711 next door which is really convenient for drinks, beer, snacks etc. Don't have your washing done by the hotel its expensive but walk out the front and there is a lady to the right that does a wonderful job. I think she even ironed my underwear.
Hubby did a couple of dive courses but be careful who you choose to dive with. There are a few dodgy ones around. Also, if they are run by Thai people the language can be a barrier when you are learnig to dive. Hubby went through ScubaCat Dive in Patong and they were awesome. He was taught by Ozzy and irishman with a wonderful sense of humour and a passion for diving and the aquatic environment.
Late one evening we came back from dinner and our air conditioning wasn't working. there was a person at our room fixing it within 5 minutes and they didn't go until it was fixed.
Lessons learnt from our first trip were not to bother with 'Airport Transfers' we paid approximately $80AUS each person from Australia, next time we have Mr Ducky's number we'll be calling him and booking him for our airport transfers for 1000 TBH each way equals $30 each way. Take less clothes and stuff. Travelling with a baby I took everything, next time I'll be taking the basics and buying t-shirts, dresses etc as they are as cheap as chips. Late check out is a must when travelling with a little one. Access were very accomodating to us for this. It is HOT, very HOT so we tended to do our activities either first thing in the morning or in the late afternoon, the middle of the day was spent around the pool and napping.
The only negative was that the beds are sooooo hard. We had pillow toppers added but they didn't make much difference for us.
We are heading back in October, so hubby can do some more dive courses. We'll be staying at Access because for us it worked really well.
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- The only hotel offering direct pool access from all rooms, where room services serve by boat. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Access Resort And Villas
- Access Resort & Villas Hotel Karon
- Access Hotel Karon
- The Access Hotel
- Access Resort & Villas Phuket, Thailand - Karon