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The Mangrove Panwa Phuket Resort

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

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.

This resort is simply amazing. Everything from the food to rooms view spa and activities is great. The staff is very friendly and always ready to help enhansing the experience. SPECIAL thanks to great staff especially Orn the receptionist who provided excellent customer service and demonstrated her professionalism. Thank you Mangrove Resort! Will definitely come back and suggest to friends and family visiting Phucket.

Firstly, I wouldn’t say this place was a resort as such. It’s a very quiet place with little or no atmosphere and the restaurant is fairly small and limited. We stayed over Christmas and felt a little let down, there was a big Christmas tree and staff were wearing hats but that was it. There wasn’t much of an atmosphere and the hotel didn’t cater much to Christmas unlike similar hotels close by. The staff were amazing and food at the restaurant was good! Breakfast really could be improved! The rooms were exceptionally clean and so was the pool and the bunny area was cute (although slightly odd). We loved the free use of paddle boards and kayaks - great little touch! We had a bungalow with an outdoor jacuzzi bath which we were really excited to use but it was a tad old and the tap was falling off and the water ran so slow it took around 30 min to fill. Unfortunately renting motor bikes here is the same as any hostel in Asia - you rent a bike with an empty tank and then struggle up the hill to get o the petrol station. This is normally fine and we are used to it after travelling Asia for three months but we didn’t expect it at a hotel that costs almost £100 per night and when the rental price is double what it would be in a hostel. This place is good if you want to completely get away from everyone and everything for a few days. Overall we had a lovely experience but felt a few little things could of been altered to make this place more special! It just missed the little touches and the added extras.

I stayed at this hotel for the weekend. The room was clean and spacious. The room over look the ocean and great for sunset. The staff were super friendly and helpful. I must say the breakfast is not to be miss because its excellent, have many selections from Thai food to Western. Enjoyed my stay here will come back again for sure.

Me and my partner came to Phuket for both a relaxing and sightseeing holiday. Our hotel was perfect for both. Although the hotel is about 30/45 minutes away from Phuket town, the local taxis are cheap enough and we enjoyed being able to relax at the hotel as Cape Panwa is the quieter part of Thailand compared to somewhere like Patong. Our room was clean and comfortable, although we did notice that the maids were cleaning rooms with the front door open, despite the hotel advising to keep all of our windows and doors shut to avoid insects getting in. We did have a gheko lizard and a beetle in our room at points during the holiday, but the staff managed to catch them after we failed to do so! The food is simple but reasonably priced and has a bit of variety similar to what you find in Phuket town. The staff are extremely friendly, always saying good morning, and generally having a chat and always try and help if you need it. Me and my partner had to unexpectedly extend our stay for 3 more days, but luckily the hotel were kind enough to accommodate this and we didn't even need to switch rooms. They were very understanding of our situation after my partner wasn't very well, and asked how he was every morning since our extended stay. The pool area can be quite busy but there's always plenty of room around the pool or in the bar area. The pool is cleaned regularly and is a perfect place to cool off after a hot day! Not really sure why people are complaining about the beach, yes it isn't your typical Thailand beach, but the hotel offers free kayaking and paddle boarding and is a beautiful location for watching the sunset in the evenings and for late night walks. If you had a perfect Thailand beach at the back of your hotel, you would never want to leave and explore! They have a great selection of drinks, alcoholic or not, and the bar staff too are friendly and welcoming. Overall we are extremely pleased with our stay, the only thing we could comment on is the insects that had gotten into our room but as long as you keep your bedroom mosquito net up and your suitcases closed you won't have any problems! Just to highlight one member of staff Kon (trainee waiter) is a credit to the team and you would never of known he was a trainee!

We enjoyed staying at this little resort for four nights. Rooms are generous, staff friendly and helpful. The food is only okayish and the location is far away from other activities. That being said, the garden is beautiful, the little spa was amazing and the private beach (not suited for swimming though) adds to the positive experience as well. The bar was pretty good as well with a local rum and other great drinks being available.

The Mangrove was amazing to relax away from the hustle and bustle of cities in Thailand. You are very secluded with just the resort for bar/restaurant but the staff were lovely and made the whole experience enjoyable. Would love to go back!

Maybe we lucked out, our room 307 illuminated all night (like daylight) by windows which were unable to be shuttered to keep out the light. Added to this was the noise created by the staff in reception. Breakfast was ordinary, 1 morning the hot food had no burners under them to keep them warm so everything was cold and the little chicken sausages were floating in cold water. Certainly a potential health issue in the tropics. I tried to give the hotel feedback at time and they said I should write a letter on the single piece of paper left in the room. On a more positive note the room design and access to our own balcony was great. The grounds were quite and appeared to be well cared for. Thoughtful ideas from the hotel was the beach bag, torch, insect repellant and umbrella in room. I wouldn't recommend to anyone who cannot do stairs...the local evening market 1.5kms away was a good place to try local street food.

Clean and comfy cozy atmosphere . Best service . Breakfast is nice. Private beach connected with fun activity canoe . The resort is close to phuket down town . Easy access to all attractions . Good for friends and group of family .

We are South Africans who visited The Mangrove at the beginning of our trip to Thailand. The staff is very friendly and greeted us with a smile. They were also very helpful when we wanted to book our trip to Koh Samui. Rent a scooter and you can explore the whole of Phuket for cheap. There is a nice beach to swim at in front of The Ship restaurant. They also have good prawns by the way... The Chalong Bay rum cocktails at The Mangrove bar is extremely good and it is nice to support this local producer. The rooms were modern and very clean. THANKS guys for making our stay special.

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 Aquarium and Chalong Temple.


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.

Room options

Studio Deluxe

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Studio Villa Ocean

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Studio Deluxe 2 Bedrooms

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 6

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

86% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 435 reviews