Dewa Nai Yang Beach Phuket
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes breakfast
- Free shuttle bus to/from Patong or Phuket Town
- Location on Nai Yang Beach, a quiet spot that’s a favorite of the locals
- The Terrace Grill’s standout breakfast, which serves all the American classics and a Thai specialty: rice porridge with pork
What To Know
- Family-friendly: There’s a daily activities program for adults and children
- Within walking distance of kiteboarding schools (May to October) and dive centers (November to April)
- Getting to the beach requires crossing a small paved road
- The spa is lovely but intimate — book ahead to ensure you get a spot
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This tropical retreat near Nai Yang Beach puts all the things you come to Phuket for — sand! sea! water sports! nightlife! — at your fingertips. Classic Sino-Portuguese architecture, seclusion fit for honeymooners and a spot by the beach — these are the hallmarks of Phuket’s brand of paradise, and with the Dewa as your base, you can tap into it all. Set on palm tree–studded grounds, the villas and suites wrap around a free-form lagoon pool, and breezy open-air lounges dot the resort.
Bed and Bath
Each of the Dewa’s 34 villas is decked out with a four-poster bed stacked high with multicolored pillows, a fully stocked bar, a flat-screen TV and plenty of thoughtful extras, such as white terrycloth robes and an overflowing plate of local fruit. But you may find yourself spending most of your time outdoors: All villas come with a private plunge pool, an open-air rain shower and a deep freestanding bathtub. For those looking for extra space, the Family Suites sleep up to six and have fully equipped kitchens and balconies. The resort has 96 units (Suites and Villas) in all.
Sunbathers have a tough decision to make: to lounge poolside or beachside. The allure of Nai Yang Beach’s powdery soft sand at low tide is hard to beat, but the crystal-clear water of the snaking pool will also tempt you (there’s a traditional lap pool, too). Beyond helping you get some sun, the resort can also direct you to the kiteboarding school down the beach, or you can book an invigorating white tea salt scrub in the spa. When the sun sets, head to the Terrace Grill for a hearty steak — the best way to fuel up for an evening of beach bar–hopping.
In the Area
Looking for an adrenaline rush? Phuket is renowned for world class kiteboarding. Sign up at one of the island’s best schools, Kiteboarding Asia, to experience this mashup of surfing, paragliding and gymnastics. The island’s famous Blue Canyon Country Club is about a 20-minute drive from the resort. As the staff will proudly tell you, Tiger Woods once said the course was one of the best he’d ever played on — and with that stamp of approval, you’re sure to have an enjoyable day on the green. The Dewa offers a ton of organized activities scheduled daily, with opportunities to take aqua aerobics, yoga, Thai boxing and more. The kids are also covered, with a long list of fun activities, such as face painting, pizzamaking and drawing.
How to Get There
Initially booked for 1 night in December as leaving from Phuket airport next morning. However, after reading reviews, I later extended the stay by a further 3 nights and booked half board through their website-this also included airport taxi transfers. We found this package to be extremely good value and enjoyed our stay so much, we wished we had booked longer.
First, I would like to congratulate the gardeners - the grounds were gorgeous and so well tended-with orchids, pot plants, flowery hedges and palms. I would have paid to visit them!
Our 1 bedroom suite was huge and clean. It had a nice balcony and pool views, a fridge freezer, toaster, kettle and small cooker, large walk in shower (no bath), sofa bed in lounge, 2 TVs. Air conditioning was efficient.
Check in was good and a small drink and fruit in the room were a nice touch.
We didn't believe we could have anything from the menu (3 courses) on our half board package and checked 3 times, but it was correct. We ate dinner once from the a la carte and twice we had the seafood buffet. Food was not extraordinary, but perfectly nice and service with a smile. We were extremely pleased that smoking was banned from the dining area, although it is permitted at the bar.
The nearby beach was lovely-much quieter than others we had visited on our trip. It was fun to watch planes land over the next beach along. There was a small coral reef and a little snorkelling. Presence of life guards was reassuring. On one day there was a 'do not swim' sign and we saw 3 people who had been ignored it and been stung by jelly fish. As the hotel is located just within the national park boundary, you do not need to pay an entrance fee every time you visit.
We expected noise from the airport but were not bothered by this-in fact the loudspeaker from the nearby by school created more noise.
Pool was relatively quiet and we cold always find a sun bed and parasol. There were a few small restaurants, bars and supermarkets within walking distance. 3x a week there is a local market under 10 minutes walk from the hotel past the omnipresent 7/11.
We only stayed here for one night, however, we could easily have stayed for more, time permitting. The value for money staying at this hotel is great.
Check in was a bit long winded and we felt took a little while, however, we might have been in a hurry as we could see that a great sunset was happening just down the road!
Our bags were left at reception to be taken by the bell boy and we were escorted to our room as it is quite a large complex but also provided a personal touch. Our room was spacious, but the bed was made up as a twin, however, upon mentioning this it was arranged for house keeping to come and put the beds together and sort the sheets out. Our only comment on the room is that the shower seemed slightly oddly placed in full view of the room / entrance (sliding glass doors), there were curtains, but it seemed a bit odd.
Once shown to our room, we hurried to the beach (couple of minutes away) to watch the sunset, it was the only sunset we saw in Thailand and it was beautiful.
On the way back from the beach we stopped for happy hour at the bar by the pool which was a good deal.
However, upon returning to our room after the sunset and happy hour (an hour and a half later) our bags still had not appeared at our room, there was no reply on calling reception on our room phone, so i went to reception to find where they were and they were still in reception. A quick conversation and they were delivered to our room very promptly.
As we only stayed one night, we tried the hotel restaurant. We thought it was to be quite a 'posh' restaurant, however, there were a few cheaper options to choose from (not cheap by Thailand's standards). The food was tasty and well cooked, we did not get the chance to have pudding as we were promptly handed the bill (but it looked nice). We paid in cash, however, upon check out, this had not made it back to reception as they tried to charge us for dinner again, asking us what time we ate, paid etc. to prove that we had paid but did agree we had paid.
We paid for breakfast in advance at check in (10gbp pp) which was slightly cheaper than the offer when booking our room. The breakfast is worth it here, there is loads on offer, cooked well and was very nice.
We chose this hotel because of its proximity to the airport, and the next morning this did not disappoint, a 5 minute journey and we were at the terminal.
This is not expected standard of advertised to be 5 star:
- service was rather unpleasant with corkage charge (which we were happy to pay the fee but not every time when drinking from the same bottle).
- Beach towels were falling off
- Pool and room service discontinues around 10.30pm
- close to tranquil beach; just a road in between.
- Decent breakfast
*Bottom line: you can find better place for the same rate
We stayed in poolvilla with a small but beatiful garden with a pool of our own. Very romantic. The whole resort is very well kept and clean. Wonder how many gardeners there are. Friendly staff and great breakfast. We had some drinks and one buffetdinner, thaistyle. A lot to choose from and exellent prepared and to a very modest price.
In we will certainly come back!!
I stayed here with my mother and brother for 4 nights. We had a room with twin beds and requested an additional bed as well. The hotel looks great and the room was modern and comfortable. The spa which we tried on our first day was great and the lady who met us there, very friendly and nice! We were offered a 30% discount at the spa between 9-11am which made prices reasonable. We enjoyed the pool as well. The breakfast buffet was fine, with fruit, a variety of dishes, pastries, bread and condiments, and an egg station. We had dinner here on two occasions and thought the food was decent, although certainly not the best or cheapest meal you could have in Phuket. My mother particularly enjoyed the mango sticky rice here, and we tried several places.
The location is very close to the airport and the resort is just opposite the lovely and not so crowded Naiyang beach. But do note its on the north part of the island and it certainly is not easy to go most touristy places. Cabs will set you back 700-100 baht depending where you're going and is about an hour from most places we travelled to, including the phuket elephant sanctuary, patong and old phuket town.
If I had a small quibble it would be that service was a little inconsistent. We met with many lovely staff but found service to be less than friendly on more than one occasion as well. The room cleanup each day was also a little inconsistent. Some days we got complimentary water, some days we didn't. Some days the coffee cups were cleaned and replaced, some days they weren't. Not a big bother really but just a little detail that we noticed. Would definitely stay again, but this time I would not plan too many activities far from the resort and instead just enjoy the peaceful surroundings.