PHUKET: All tall people understand the problem with doorways and steps designed for Asians only. The tallies have to duck to get through and the narrow steps make slipping more likely.
So The Palmery Resort and Spa is a refreshing change, a place on Phuket built to accommodate giraffes.
Now that just about every beach on Phuket is occupied by resorts, development is stretching further back from the sands. Standing out from the competition is what it's all about, and The Palmery is certainly distinctive.
Inspiration came from a grove of palms already on the property. While the word ''palm'' has already been incorporated in the names of resorts all over Phuket, The Palmery went one step further.
The main building and many of the room features have been elongated in tribute to the palm. Giraffes? You're welcome here. And if you are happen to be short, there's even more headroom.
The Palmery wins points for taking the original grove of palms and turning the idea into a local landmark in Phuket's Kata district. A curve in the road has now been made distinctly The Palmery's own.
Touches of the idea have been carried into some of the rooms and the whole of the four-star resort mixes that airy feeling with plenty of pools and garden cabanas for a drink in the evening.
The resort is between seven and 10 minutes' walk from the beachfront at Kata, so the tendency is for some guests to hire motorcycles. Drinking at the resort seems like a good idea.
The Palmery Resort and Spa is a contender for Phuketwan Phuket Resort of the Year 2014. As reviewers do not stay at the resorts, the review is a guide to look and design, not service.
How on earth can you bestow a title Phuket Resort of the Year 2014 on any hotel if you don't take into account the service. The hotel industry is fundamentally about service. Have you read some of the reviews about this place on Tripadvisor ? Phuketwan should either do it properly or not at all otherwise you could be responsible for many people having miserable experiences
Posted by Honesto on January 22, 2014 16:55
Honesto, please send your cheque to cover the cost of staying at the resorts and we will oblige. Yes, we read TripAdvisor. No, we're not so foolish as to believe everything we read. Yes, service is important. No, we can't report on service without experience.
We think it's better to do what we can and declare our failings than pretend, as others do, that their reviews are complete and genuine. And please make that cheque a large one, Honesto.