Ensconced in the lush tropical hillside overlooking Patong Beach and the sparkling Andaman Sea, MAI HOUSE Patong Hill’s exotic 79 rooms offer peace and tranquility to every guest.
In this trip to Phuket, our family planned to “travel less and enjoy more”. We were not keen to do much walking along the streets (as we have been to Phuket before) and wanted a hotel that is away from the hustle and bustle of Patong streets. It is no wonder then that MAI HOUSE Patong Hill become the accommodation of choice for us.
To make it even sweeter, MAI HOUSE Patong Hill is a new hotel that opened in Apr 2017.
Mai Lobby – A Sanctuary of Light and Retreat
As we entered the hotel, we were warmly welcomed by the peaceful atmosphere of the lobby. Subtle traditional touches such as the round sofa with wooden furnishings reminded us of the hotel’s locality. Checking in was a smooth and pleasant affair. It was a nice touch by the hotel manager who came out and reminded us not to leave our belongings in the taxi when we arrived from Phuket International Airport.
We were impressed that MAI HOUSE thoughtfully created ample thick and luxuriant sofas within the lobby area and harness the natural lights to allow guests to chill out and relax while enjoying their privacy.
A perfect spot to chill out while gazing out over the tropical report pools and out to the distant horizon. We loved to plonk ourselves on these couches while awaiting for the hotel’s shuttle service.
The Opium Den or “Libation Lair” is the heart of MAI HOUSE. Inspired by the Opium dreams of Hokkien pioneers of Phuket, this open-air sanctuary of relaxation and refreshment is where we love to while away during the day.
These vintage fans provided much cooling for us when we returned to the hotel!
It is often said that the first impression last. What we admired about MAI HOUSE was the warm professionalism of its staff. While exploring the picturesque lobby, we were provided with warm towels and welcome drinks to freshen up.
We noticed MAI HOUSE has thoughtfully designed the hotel to be child-friendly. There is a baby-changing room in the lobby area that also comes with a toddler toilet bowl which is not often you can find in most hotels.
Mai Family Room – Our Abode
Our accommodation was The Family Room, a spacious 34 sqm chic and whimsical-themed room. Specially designed to easily accommodate 2 adults and 2 kids, Big and Small M’s eyes brightened up when we stepped into the room. Thrills and excitement added to the atmosphere as they explored the room with much expectancy.
The Family Room consists of a king-sized bed and 2 x bunk beds. Each bunk bed was tastefully placed with colourful pillow, enough to draw the little ones to dwell there peacefully before they ran riot. In between was a colorful bean bag suitable for kids to chill out.
Our king-sized bed was huge and comfortable. Lying down on it was akin to sleeping on clouds!
We have stayed in many hotels and the beds in MAI HOUSE are one of the best we have experienced thus far.
Disney channel coupled with such comfortable bed was total heaven for them! They loved to snuggle up in the bed and watched cartoons all day long.
A mini kitchenette that comes with microwave oven.
We thought the cups were really cute and eye-catching!
Coffee-addicts would be happy to brew HockHoeLee’s coffee – Phuket’s first & historic coffee roaster, with a coffee-maker. HOCKHOELEE masterfully roasts its own coffee on island for Phuketians for decades. Using premium coffee bean in the country, HOCKHOELEE craftly create a unique, rich and beautiful coffee.
As part of our hotel package, all the drinks (soft drinks, fruit juices, beer and milk) in the fridge are free for guests to consume. They are replenished on daily basis for free.
Although bathtub was not built in The Family Room, it was made up with a rain shower, which was Big and Small M’s favourite. Toiletries and basic essentials are also sufficiently provided.
With such a beautifully furnished Family Room, who doesn’t want to stay for an extra night?
Mai Grand Deluxe – Our Abode
Our next few nights is to stay at Grand Deluxe Suites with connecting rooms. 🙂
The size of each Grand Deluxe consists of 35 sqm of earth-toned luxury that can accommodate up to 3 guests. As MAI HOUSE is a relatively new hotel, every feature we see is just so sparkling clean and new. This room also comes with a writing table, relaxing rain shower, free-standing bathtub and an outdoor balcony.
We have the option to choose from twin beds or a king-sized bed. Either of which still assures you to a restful slumber.
Since we had 2 connecting rooms, Big and Small M also got to enjoy their own mini-pool in the form of this jacuzzi tub, all in the comfort of our own hotel room.
Stepped into the balcony and it gave us the view of the Mai Sky (sky desk) and hilltops.
Mai Kids Play
MAI HOUSE has a range of activities to keep us occupied throughout our stay. One of the first games that aroused Big and Small curiosity in the lobby was the shuffleboard. They were amused as they had never seen such games before. Table shuffleboard is a game in which players push metal-and-plastic weighted pucks (also called weights or quoits) down a long and smooth wooden table into a scoring area at the opposite end of the table.
Knowing how to play the game was so easy and parents wouldn’t need to fuss over how to teach them to play correctly. We lost count how many times Big and Small M played the shuffleboard. They were simply crazy over the game and kept running back and forth to restart a new game after each ended.
MAI HOUSE has its own infinity pool and a toddler pool. Lush views of Patong Hills and sweeping views of the Andaman Sea coupled with surroundings of flora and fauna made our swim ever more relaxing.
The jacuzzi section is in the toddler pool area.
The toddler pool was not deep and we felt safe relaxing by the poolside watching them frolicking. We were blessed that the weather was not scorching. In fact, it was quite cooling when we were in Phuket and we wouldn’t mind dipping longer in the pool!
The infinity pool was deeper and we, too, had more serious swims there.
Big and Small M had a whale of their time playing frisbee in the infinity pool as well.
While they were playing in the pool, I headed back to the hotel room to retrieve few cans of beverages 🙂
Head over to the “Pirates’ Playhouse” that has indoor and outdoor spaces designed especially for lively kids (4-12 y.o.). Featuring scheduled arts and crafts activities, climbing wall, sandpit of buried treasure, the pirate fort and much more!
A play area with slide and climbing feature suitable for younger children below 6 years.
There is an indoor kids’ club that is air-conditioned and child-friendly. It also comes with a TV screen that kids can catch their cartoon shows. Big and Small M were having a ball of time playing.
The fitness room is more suitable for adults but Big M is now old enough to have a decent round of exercise on the threadmill.
Small M was amused with the boxing gloves and both of them were training for err…MMA?
We also visited the Four Elements Spa for Big and Small M to experience…
Menicure and Pedicure.
The kids having a whale of their time styling their hair and trying out bracelet braiding.
One of our favourite past time is indulging in the breakfast buffet. The presentation was lovely, however buffet spread could have been better…
It has a cold dish section.
Pastry section for the sweet tooth.
Cute cylinders used as beverage dispensers.
We love the aroma of gourmet coffee prepared by the friendly hotel staff.
Yummy pork porridge.
Our favorite egg omelette.
All in all, our stay at MAI HOUSE Patong Hill couldn’t have been better. See you soon, Ms. Patong.
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MAI HOUSE Patong Hill
5/5 Phrabarami Road
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