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The Mangrove Panwa Phuket Resort

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Firstly, Cape Panwa is far superior compared to the other areas on the west of the island. The apartment we had was 303, and we stayed for 2 weeks. The service from the staff was outstanding, always polite and always really nice drinks and authentic food. The area itself is magnificent, just so calm and relaxing. You do have to get everywhere by taxi however it really isn't too dear and is a preferred way to travel as opposed to hiring a car and the risks that are involved. The price we paid for the room was exceptional and was in great condition with a lovely big terrace on it. Having a shower with the doors open was very freeing experience! I wouldn't recommend this place for those with children because it is more of a relaxation retreat/ couples destination. Overall, the staff were so helpful, the breakfast was fantastic, the area and location was idyllic and the rooms were very clean and tidy. Would recommend ! Phuket in general has lots to do, we were out of the hotel at least 10 days out of 14, during the day / evening

We stayed in a garden view villa, the room itself was clean, had a shower, outdoor bath, balcony, AC, king sized bed complete with mosquito net, safe, TV, DVD player, fridge/mini bar, microwave, kettle, tea and coffee as well as 2 bottles of water were provided everyday. Mosquito spray (lifesaver) is also included in the room, as well as a large bag to carry all your stuff to the pool, very useful! The room was a good size for 2 people, plenty of power outlets for charging, lots of seating, good sized wardrobe. The hotel itself is fantastic, we stayed right at the top of the hill, by the reception, there are about 30 stairs leading down to the pool and restaurant, these can be a bit of a challenge in the dark after a few cocktails, so request to stay at the bottom if you think this would bother you. The grounds are lush green, you are practically in the jungle, the swimming pool is a good size for the number of guests they have here, in front of the hotel is the sea, as the name suggests there are mangroves under the water, so not recommended for swimming! They have kayaks to borrow for use at high tide, great fun! The restaurant is open air, reasonably priced, and very nice, we didn't have a bad meal there. They have a good selection of cold press juices (120B) smoothies (100-120B) cocktails (199B however BOGOF between 13:00-14:00 and 18:00-19:00 perfect for meal times) There are massages available, we didn't partake, so can't comment. They have bicycles to borrow, as well as scooters and cars to hire. The hotel is 1.5km from the nearest shop, there is a small market there too, but mostly selling fresh meat and fish. The staff are fantastic, always greeted with a smile, a special mention to Fern, Kon, and Aom all 3 couldn't be more helpful, and make a mean cocktail! The drive from the airport is around an hour, and should cost ~1000B We had a very relaxing stay here, and would recommend it to anyone.

Pros: some staff great, pool and views excellent, Cons: room dated with serious flooring issues, cracks beginning to show patio unsafe With no fencing to cover possible fall hazard Food not good, order as a couple get one meal wait another 20 for otherso ate at the cove a lot ( absolutely beautiful well worth trip along) Distance to everything is very secluded ok if you want to Be out the way but 45 min drive to Phuket town/bangla No night time entertainment which is a shame considering how far we are away from everything. Then when I said some staff great others where very rude when it came to error regarding drinks! We always pay as we go always have yet left one evening to have a bill put under our nose. For all of it was only few drink this was not the point, we’d loved the service but this put dampener on rest of trip. We got the money refunded and a round of free drinks for the trouble after they viewed cctv to see we had payed!! After this we left like we where getting watched. Over all Phuket amazing. Our bad luck on hotel choice

We had a lovely stay in this place, the first thing we did was hire a scooter bike,As we always do in Thailand. I must admit they offer free bikes but it is very difficult to use them in the hot season and less you’re really really healthy.The place is surrounded by vegetation palm trees nothing nothing much around very peaceful🙏 We chose an ocean view Bungalow number 103 it seemed like we were on our own in a private resort.King-size bed spacey room tiny little kitchenette without any plates or forks & knives. And the swimming Poil is quite small but never crowded, the tide is out in the morning but the afternoon we have a wild beach and mangrove you can swim. The hotel offers Canoe and paddle For free so you can discover the mangroves fantastic. The breakfast was simple fresh and nothing to complain about. We will definitely go back😀

Recently visited and managed to book the room right at the bottom with a sea view (booked quite ahead so may not be common to get this room). The staff were very friendly and helpful and the entire resort is so peaceful but still close to the town if needed. I’d recommend hiring out a scooter from the hotel as it is so cheap and the best way to travel about and taxis can be quite expensive in Phuket. Don’t let the traffic scare you, it’s no different to riding in London really. Food was amazing and they are forever cleaning and maintaining the resort which really shows. All in all had a really good time and regret not staying longer. Would highly recommend, especially to couples looking for a getaway.

Idyllic setting and wonderfully peaceful. Had a great stay and agree with other reviews re lack of sunbeds but it didn't affect our stay. Had Ocean View Villa with jacuzzi. Fab location next to pool, beach and restaurant but jacuzzi wasn't quite up to what we expected. Took ages to fill and if you have mobility problems then this is not for you as too deep to easily step in/out of and no seat to sit on only bottom of Jacuzzi. Food good but bottled beer expensive, hence the 4 star rating! What made this place outstanding was the way they assisted us when our camera got left in the taxi at the airport coming home. The driver returned it to the hotel, they offered to bring it to the airport but unfortunately it was too late as is was too far away. However , before getting payment from us, they sent our camera back to us and we got it back a week after returning home. WONDERFUL PEOPLE!!!

We arrived at the The Mangrove Resort late on Sunday night due flight delays from Sydney Australia. So when we arrived we headed straight to bed. Got up today to 36 degs of sunny weather and now enjoying a chill stay at the Mangrove before we make our way home at the end of the week. The Mangrove is so relaxing and so quiet too, you can hear the birds singing. Now the Mangrove is a short taxi ride into Phuket centre which is fine if you want away holiday in peaceful surroundings if not you need to look elsewhere. We love it here as its so quiet with a small pool and near the sea too with a small beach however it's not as good as many would like however the Mangrove has fantastic gardens with its rooms surrounding them. So in short nice rooms in a quiet garden surrounds if that is what you are after then this could be for you. We are enjoying the Mangrove.

Nice hotel but tiny pool and not many deck chairs. Restaurant and food excellent, can’t praise the evening food enough. The hotel is surrounded by Mangrove so swimming in the open water wasn’t an option. Steep hillside and we were at the top with the pool and restaurant at the bottom. Only let down was at the end when one of the staff pocketed the taxi fee instead of handing it into reception. The old town was nice with some nice shops

We stayed at the Mangrove while attending a wedding in the Panwa district. Panwa is a remote district, and there are few things to do near the resort. If you want to get anywhere (restaurants, massage etc.), your best bet is to call a transportation company. (I applaud all those who rent their own car and drive around: there are no road signs, no traffic laws, and everyone weaves in and out of traffic at all times...). The Mangrove is beautiful and serene, I'll let you read the other reviews for a better description of the resort itself, the only reason it didn't get 5 stars is due to an unfriendly and shady receptionist. The receptionist has an agenda for you, she wants you to visit certain restaurants and hire certain drivers, and she didn't even hide the fact that she's upset when we went with a different (cheaper, more reliable) driver than the one she had insisted upon. Later on, we learned that she gets a rebate from the vendors she recommends (no surprises there). And, for the record, the restaurant she lrecommended" us for dinner had no price on their menu (BIG RED FLAG). Please be warned to use your own driving company and go to a restaurant of your own choice when you visit Mangrove. Otherwise, it's an absolutely delightful resort.

Like the immediately previous reviews, I too spent the Christmas there and also have exceptional memories about the hotel. It's my fourth time to Phuket and my second time in the Panwa district. This stay is like my previous experience - happy but... The location is remote, but it's acceptable since we rented a car from the airport and we were driving around mostly. We stayed for 10 days and it would be lovely to be away from everything for 10 days but then again, is the hotel ready to cater for its valued guests 24/7 for such a long period of stay? I don't think so. We had a one-bedroom villa, facing the beachfront with a jacuzzi which was filthy. It was covered with leaves, branches and dead insects. I didn't even bother to think of using it seeing what it was like at checkin. Geckos were everywhere - even in the room. I understand and you have pointed out in the hotel they are harmless but you need to understand they freak out many people, particularly children. You need to be mindful of this - it's not a mosquito or a moth. In one morning, a long, thin green snake was stretching across the stairs leading to my villa - we were obviously surprised and understood this would happen given the greenery at the resort but the hotel staff didn't bother to apologise although they promised and reassured us they would do something about it. The breakfast was overly simple with few and same choices daily. I met guests from Russia, Korea, China, Japan, UK, Germany and others I could not tell, so it'd be impractical although desirable to have choices that cater for everybody but seriously, everyday was chicken sausage, burnt bacon and eggs are boring. The 'Thai' choices are mostly spicy. There were many guests with kids - have you considered their needs? We tried out the restaurant twice for dinner - it was exceptionally good the first time but it was terribly horrible the second time. I noticed that the first time we were quite late and there were not many tables while in the second time, the restaurant was busy. But this is no excuse to quality and your service unless you are charging differently. Worth a try but don't expect too much. The most disappointing was the swimming pool, which was rather small. Even though there are only 32 rooms/villas; if we're talking about on average 2 guests per villa and your occupancy is 95%, you're looking at 61 persons potentially using that small pool. Considering that there were many families, you should also instil a smoking ban at the pool area - it was quite horrible when one or two guests smoking with five or six children in the vicinity. The best about the hotel is the little touches and the marvellous garden. There are rabbits, swings, huge chessboard, complimentary kayaks, etc. The garden is lovely. Because of that, we actually didn't mind the geckos nor the snake too much - give and take. We would rather stay in a space that's green and full of nature than in an urban jungle. The only thing I haven't tried was the spa/massage. Accessibility is a HUGE problem - the hotel is down the slope towards the beachfront and you have to do stairs. I was hoping to bring my mom over but her knees wouldn't survive those stairs. I hope you would do away with the mosquito net - I didn't mind it but ours look really old with cigarette burnt marks - didn't change for 10 days!!! We will definitely come back - I have faith in Thai resorts and hotels and The Mangrove obviously put in a lot of thoughts and touch to enhance the guests' experience. I'm sure they will improve the property. As it was during our stay and the rates we paid, I think it was a very good stay. Have a look at the photos.

39/6 Moo 6, Ao-yon Khaokhad Rd. Wichit Phuket

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Outdoor pool

Located within 2 miles (3 km) of Khao Khad Views Tower, The Mangrove Panwa Phuket Resort places you within a few miles (5 km) of Suan Luang Park. This 32-room, 4-star resort has an outdoor pool along with free in-room WiFi and free self parking. Also close to this Wichit resort are Phuket Butterfly Garden and Insect World and Phuket Aquarium.


Sit down for a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service. Start your day off with breakfast, available for a fee.


The 32 air-conditioned accommodations feature kitchenettes and balconies or patios, and there's space to spread out with living rooms. Guests can expect free WiFi and 32-inch LCD TVs with cable channels. Bathrooms have hair dryers, free toiletries, and slippers. Minibars, coffee makers, and free bottled water are other standard amenities.

Property features

Guests of The Mangrove Panwa Phuket Resort enjoy an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and spa services. There's free parking, and a shuttle from the hotel to the airport at scheduled times for THB 1000 per room. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with dry cleaning/laundry, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Additional amenities include free use of bicycles, a library, and free newspapers.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

86.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 448 reviews