By Shamsul Bahrin Zainuzzaman on June 24, 2011
New Urban Bolthole in Patong, Phuket
Upon arriving in Phuket, particularly at the famous Patong beach, travellers are bound to be overwhelmed by the number of accommodation options available at the destination. For those who visit Phuket for the first time like the Gaya Travel team, nowhere else proves more accessible and well-appointed than The Kee Resort & Spa, one of the latest properties to open in town.
Being hip, vibrant, open, straightforward and undoubtedly urbane, The Kee Resort & Spa is fantastic for guests who seek ultimate convenience when being in Phuket. Connected to a shopping mall, this property opts for contemporary design that pays homage to the Sino-Portuguese characteristics that can be seen throughout Phuket’s Old City.
The name “Kee” actually belongs to the matriarch of the Somnam family – the owners of the resort – whose thumbprint is ubiquitously used as the logo and cleverly exhibited throughout the resort in various shapes of metal sculptures.
When we were there, though The Kee Resort & Spa only had its soft opening in early November 2010, it is already filled with Europeans, Asians and even Middle Easterners, indicating that the property quickly becomes a hit among international travellers. Based on our hunch, one of the things that guests must love about the hotel is its location, which is only a stone’s throw away from the watering holes of Bang La Road, the hub of Patong’s nightlife, while not being far from the beach.
Understanding that its clientele comprises the sophisticated and discerning set of travellers, this urban resort offers different levels of accommodation to suit their guests’ differing needs. In total, The Kee Resort & Spa boasts 244 rooms, whereby 29 of those rooms are located at the Plaza Wing, hence called Plaza Rooms, each costs THB 6,000 per night. Otherwise, those who love to soak in the pool all day may opt for the Deluxe Pool Access Rooms, which have balconies that directly open to the property’s 1,000 sqm swimming pool. Each Deluxe Pool Access Room sets guests back around THB 8,500 per night.
18 of the rooms in this property are designated as Honeymoon Suites (each costing THB 15,000 per night). When guests step into one of these 48sqm suites for the very first time, they surely will be flattered to find flower petals formed in the shape of heart lovingly arranged on their beds, including an ensconced private jacuzzi surrounded with greenery.
For those who crave for the ultimate luxury at the resort may opt to stay in style at the 80 sqm Sea View Suite (costing THB 25,000), which boasts a private jacuzzi tub that strategically overlook Patong, the bay and onto the sea. The suite is even spacious enough to fit in a living area, making it suitable pad for a small group of travelling family or friends.
However, Gaya Travel finds that the highlight of our stay in this urban resort is not just its warm yet stunningly modern guest rooms, but instead the feature that is not available at many other properties that we have been to: the television system that is also equipped with internet capabilities, allowing us to simply browse the net and more importantly check our web-based e-mails from the comfort of our beds.
This unique amenity truly saves travellers’ time and energy from having to search a cyber café or a business centre in the area should they want to remain connected when travelling, but prefer not to bring along their laptops. We must say that even though the property magnanimously downplays this offering, we feel that it is important enough to be highlighted here because it allows travellers to visit an enjoyable destination minus the trouble of having to lug their gadgets around, therefore offering its guests peace of mind – at least, that was how our team members felt.
One of the highlights of this resort is its roofop, which boasts two full-fledged bars and a fine-dining restaurant. The rooftop is not only meant for the resort’s stay-in guests but also open to many walk-ins – apparently the rooftop has already made its mark in Patong that guests staying at other hotels also come here to enjoy the lovely sunset scenery over the beach from a few levels above the street.
The bars, serving various types of beverages, as well as the restaurant, which serves Western cuisine and wine, are open from 6:00 p.m. until midnight. The rooftop can be accessed directly from the Kee Kitchen located at the ground floor. We were told that the entire rooftop is able to accommodate up to 200 people at one time, making it a veritable option for those seeking to hold events in Patong for that big of a crowd.
Ever since the rooftops opened, it quickly becomes a popular hangout in Patong; however, due to it being entirely exposed, it is unfortunately weather dependent. But we are confident that the number of days and nights that have clear skies in Phuket surely outnumber those without.
With regard to the Sino-Portuguese elements that are used throughout the resort, nowhere else is more evident than The Kee’s Spa, manifested in the shape of its doors and furnishings at the reception. This spa that boasts eight intimate rooms (whereby each can accommodate two persons – suitable for couples – and has steam room) offers relaxing treatments for both men and women, dispensed by its well-trained all female staff.
Apart from offering the oil-free Traditional Thai Massage, Kee Spa’s signature massage is the Four-Hand Massage that combines Thai, Swedish and Sports massage techniques. Another massage that is also proven popular is Yin Massage, a gentle massage using aromatic oil. Other services also include facial treatments using Guinot products, body scrubs and steam baths. To gain the ultimate benefit from The Kee’s Spa experience, male guests are recommended to try out the Yin Yang Package, which includes herbal steam, body scrub, massage, facial and aromatic bath.
Thus, for travellers seeking to stay in a remarkably accessible property and conveniently connected when being in Patong, The Kee Resort & Spa – with its elegantly hip panache, relaxing atmosphere and accommodating staff – is definitely worth a look.