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Ella, a  Mini Masterpiece in Patong Concrete

Ella, a Mini Masterpiece in Patong Concrete

Saturday, June 8, 2013
Phuketwan Quest for Phuket Resort of the Year 2013

PHUKET: Every now and again, there's a surprise in Patong that doesn't bring the police at the run or leave a tourist bemoaning a huge tuk-tuk fare.

Ella is one ellava pleasant surprise. To the best of our knowledge, it's Phuket's first industrial strength boutique resort.

With a bit of help from her partners, Dalinee Rueangkanokkun has created an innovative establishment that sets the pace for Patong's future, in intriguing ways.

As resorts go, this one is minuscule - just 10 rooms - but muscular. Ella is as tightly put together as a six-pack abdomen.

In Soi Post Office, just a tailor tout's yodel from Patong's famous Soi Bangla walking street, Khun Dalinee and co nabbed a couple of shop fronts, demolished them and created something altogether different.

The concept of bar*bistro*bed is what Ella delivers, in sparse and unconventional urban chic fashion.

After ten thousand cluttered guesthouses and a million soggy beer bars, Ella comes as a pure delight.

Having said that, this place is not easy to describe. ''Simplicity is never easy,'' says Khun Dalinee, and how right she is.

While there are times when concrete is Phuket's biggest problem, Ella manages to make it work in intriguing and delightful ways.

Above the ground floor, an atrium flies up through the whole structure, with wooden interior panels that open from the rooms.

Guests in rooms on either side of the atrium can open the panels and talk to each other, the way folks once could across the laneways of Europe.

The lighting is stark and memorable, with loose cords wrapped in knots that are reminiscent of the cabling tangles on Phuket streets.

The trip upstairs, through a huge heavy-hinged door, feels as though it is the beginning of a great adventure.

Ever felt the need to want to talk to someone on the balcony while you're in the bathroom? Ella meets that need with more craftily placed wooden panels.

In the superior rooms, the bath and the shower occupy a huge space with a long trough linking them along one wall.

Independent reports say the food in the bistro downstairs is excellent. And there's one great idea that we hadn't come across before.

When you book at Ella, you're entitled to one meal as part of the tarrif. So that means, you get to choose which meal you want.

It doesn't have to be breakfast. If you are going on a day trip early, you can order a takeaway, or settle for a dinner when you get back.

The pancakes are said to be sensational.

A stay at Ella comes well above the usual Patong guesthouse rack rate but the experience makes the difference. Expect more pleasant Patong surprises.

Ella Bar*Bistro*Bed is a candidate for Phuketwan's Phuket Resort of the Year 2013. Ella, 100/19-20 Soi Permpongpattana (Soi Post Office) Thaweewong, Patong, Phuket 83150. Tel: 081 5401267/0807850996 E: info@theellagroup.org

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Mmmmm....looks like the painter run off and they ran out of money...

"Oh go on just open it as it is...and we'll call it modern design"..cough cough

Posted by Roberto on June 8, 2013 14:52

Editor Comment:

Only a cynic would suggest such a thing. Perhaps your ideas of what looks good are just a couple of decades out of date, Roberto.

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At 10 rooms this barely constitutes a guesthouse let alone a resort

Posted by Richard on June 8, 2013 16:02

Editor Comment:

Are you trying to add something positive but finding your chronic cynicism gets in the way, Richard? Best have it removed by a good surgeon.

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I have stayed in Ella for a short week. I can really Recommend it. I know Patong as a (to) busy and very hectic place, but where Ella is located in Soi Post Office it is still a very nice, relaxed and friendly area. Staff is very Friendly and food is not only good, but call it delightful. I will for sure keep coming there. And A "Partner" like Ms. Dalinee is something I can only Dream off. Good looking for sure, but her quality is what she created, Ella. Yes Dalinee you can be proud on your creation. Dalinee and her staff are friendly, smiling and really great. Ambience and atmosphere all super! How Simplicity can become desirable, Amazing. My overall impression is Very Positive. Great Value For Money. Nice Relaxed place and deserve a High listing in "Best Place in Town". April 9th 2014

Posted by Edwin on April 9, 2014 13:51


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