When trying to narrow down your hotel choices in Phuket it is easy to become easily overwhelmed. Because Phuket was going to be our first stop after Singapore, I knew that I wanted a place away from crowds where the kids could lounge by the pool and I could get some work done. The Yama Hotel Phuket met all of those criteria, not to mention, being a 4-star hotel I knew that our family would be able to truly relax.
Because the weeks leading up to our Thailand travels had been crazy I completely forgot to call the hotel to pre-arrange transportation. Thankfully, I located the official metered taxi stand, after wading through a sea of “taxi” calls from unofficial and potentially scam operations. They were able to provide me with a clear quote of how much it would cost to deliver directly to The Yama Hotel (1000thb approx. $31USD) and they personally introduced us to our driver. After everything was sorted we headed off, only to sit in traffic for over 2.5 hours on our way to Karon. As we got closer to the hotel our driver became very confused about where the hotel actually was in Karon. Thankfully Google Maps on my phone came to the rescue and utilizing the Maps directions in Thai we traversed up the winding hills to The Yama Hotel.
The staff came out to assist us with our bags and directed us to check-in. As we started our check-in process we were greeted with a refreshing welcome drink for the entire family. I have no idea what kind of juice it was and we were sad that we couldn’t order another round of them, they were just that tasty!
Our check-in process was quick and efficient, and within 5 minutes we were escorted to our Deluxe Sea View Room, which overlooked the hotel pool and had sweeping views of the mountains and ocean landscape.
A few nights throughout the week the restaurant offers a themed buffet as well, during our stay they were featuring a Thai Themed Buffet and while it looked delicious, I have a peanut allergy and did not want to risk cross contamination.
Breakfast had a variety of options from pre-prepared items like meats, fried rice, fruits but also the option to have pancakes and eggs cooked to order from the chef.
Because our primary mission for our stay in Phuket was to relax we only ventured from the hotel once to visit Kata Beach.
We did notice that the food prices were significantly higher at the resort, but this is not an uncommon practice at resorts everywhere. The meal options we chose throughout our stay were plentiful and the attention to detail the staff showed in preparing our meals was masterful.
Because self care is vital! We pour everything we have into our children, relationships, careers, etc., but who pours into us? Taking the time to reconnect with yourself & your needs ensures you can refill your “tank”. If you are the parent of a special needs child self care is typically the last thing on your mind, however check with your ABA/OT care providers for referrals to respite care. When traveling as a family try a parent “swap-off” strategy where one parent indulges in some self care like a massage, a pedicure, or a sunset drink, while the other parent holds down the fort, then swap. That way your batteries can be recharged and you can feel like the best you possible!A post shared by Tribe on a Quest™ (@tribeonaquest) on
If you are looking for a delicious “adult juice” The Yama Hotel offers a sip pool bar all day as well as rooftop bar in the evenings complete with happy hour offerings.
Proximity to tourist attractions
We did venture into town once and it was a bit of a confusing mess with shuttle service as they leave once an hour and you have to sign up for the shuttle. Thankfully we were flexible with our time for the day, but if you are thinking about booking with The Yama Hotel be sure to book all of your times at check-in to ensure that you secure the time you want to head into town.
*Family travel note: If you are squeamish about traveling with your little ones in the back of a pickup truck you may want to arrange a taxi to head into town. The Yama Hotel, like a lot of hotels and activities in Thailand, utilizes a specially designed pick-up truck with a cover on it and 2 benches on each side to transport their guests. We wear Lightning Bug so we just had Roo sit as close to the inside as possible, Christa set next closest to the inside with Lightning Big, and then me on the outside. This ensured that if anyone fell out of the truck it was an adult. This was our first experience with this type of transport, but have since encountered it over and over and feel 100% comfortable with the girls traveling in them as well.
The hotel is also able to arrange tours with their in-house tour company (you can find them in the lobby) and they can also arrange a taxi. They arranged a private taxi to visit Big Buddha at a reasonable rate, which meant we didn’t have to haggle with a driver, and our driver pointed out landmarks and points of interest along the way!
If you are thinking about booking a room at The Yama Hotel you need to consider a few things:
Are you wanting to be close to the action of Kata or Karon? This isn’t the hotel for you.
Are you hoping to sample a vast array of cuisines during your stay? This hotel isn’t for you unless you opt to take the hotel shuttle or taxi into town.
Are you entitled and have little to no patience with a language barrier in a country, and expect for each person you encounter to speak English? This hotel isn’t for you.
Do you want to be spoiled with first-rate customer service that goes above and beyond to make your stay memorable for the entire family? The Yama Hotel is a good pick for you!
Do you want to lounge by the pool with the option to have a room that you can climb directly into the main pool? The Yama Hotel is a good pick for you!
Do you want to wake up to a gorgeous sunrise and end your day with a breathtaking sunset that is unobstructed and gives you a panoramic view of the sea and mountains of Phuket? The Yama Hotel is a good pick for you!
The Yama Hotel
5 Patak Soi 2, Patak Road
Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100 Thailand