Burasari Phuket is located in the heart of the bustling beach town of Patong; known for its vibrant night scene, abundant shopping and of course, the famous Patong beach. It is a lovely boutique resort, surrounded by nature with lush trees, fragrant flowers, pretty gardens, gentle waterfalls and quaint wooden bridges.
Looking through the list of resorts offered in Patong; I wanted a resort that is right smack in the middle of all the action, but far enough to offer some peace and quiet after a whole night of partying. The Burasari Phuket offered me all that, and more.
I loved the Thai-styled rooms that are classically elegant with its wooden furniture and carvings, but with a modern touch at the same time. The resort offers 186 of these luxurious rooms, designed into a number of unique collections– Classic, Premier, Elite and Mood. There’s a room to suit all the different types of guests; the romantic couples, the artistic travelers and the solo ones like me. Room rates range from THB7,000-9,500 (US$200-300).
Walking into the resort is like walking into a tropical oasis– you’ll instantly go into a tranquil and relaxed state of mind.
Arriving at the Resort
My driver didn’t have any trouble locating the resort– I just gave him the name and address and he knew where it was. Upon arriving, I was immediately ushered into the lobby by the bell-boy, gestured to seat on the sofas and offered a welcome drink. The friendly and ever-smiling staff asked me for my name and passport; and before I knew it had already checked me into my room. I didn’t even have to walk to the counter!
I was also given a tour of the entire resort before being guided to my room. I loved how they made me feel extremely important.
The Burasari Experience
My room was the pool access room in the Elite collection. It faces one of the two swimming pools in the resort– and I loved it that I got to go into the pool anytime I wanted (a night swim is the best!). The only downside to these rooms is that it lacks privacy; the pool faces the lobby area and has a sun-bathing lounge in the middle of it. The pool bar is also located in this pool, tucked away in a quiet corner. The other pool is slightly more private and larger, hidden within the trees in the resort with a waterfall fountain.
Burasari Phuket only has one restaurant, and it serves the morning buffet breakfast and all-day dining. The breakfast spread was quite impressive, with a wide choice of Western and Thai food. I also ordered room service– a plate of Pad Thai, a bowl of extra spicy tom yam, the curry duck rice and the banana ice-cream dessert. I have to say it was delicious!
Honestly, I didn’t do much around the resort other than rest, relax and bask under the sun. From time to time I would get up and go for a stroll. Getting around the resort requires some navigation skills– everything is so lush and hidden that you have to walk under trees and through small hidden walkways. Of course, this enhances the intimacy and mystery of the resort.
At night, I took a walk along Patong Beach towards Bangla Road for a night out. The resort is about a 15 minutes walk from this main party street, and the entire stretch is bustling and bright till the wee hours of the morning; so it was pretty save to walk back and forth. However, if you get too wasted to make it back to the resort, the tuk tuk (local taxi) is just a cheap ride away.
As for the spa in the resort (yes, it looks absolutely soothing and relaxing), but Patong is filled with cheap and affordable ones– so I didn’t want to pay the extra.
At the End of the Day
The Burasari Phuket is the perfect place if you want a mix of both the quiet and the lively. It’s close to all the exciting activities that Patong has to offer, yet is hidden enough for some me time. If you’re looking for a resort with plenty of facilities, Burasari may lack a little; and if you’re expecting excitement and activities, Burasari has none. But if you’re all up for feeling at home and whiling the day away on your daybed, this resort is the perfect choice. It’s a small, personal and intimate space in the middle of all the hustle and bustle outside its doors.
I also visited and wrote about the Burasari Phuket’s sister hotel in Bangkok here:- Shanghai Mansion Hotel Bangkok.