The Bell Pool Villa Resort Phuket
What We Love
- The quiet, private setting in laid-back Kamala
- Traditional Thai spa treatments on your very own peak-roofed sala
- Butlers on speed dial
- Private swimming pools big enough to do laps in
What To Know
- The Bell runs five free shuttle buses a day to the beach, which is two miles away
- Free bicycles are available for guests to putter around the village
- There’s no communal pool
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Two centuries ago, a boom in tin mining lured thousands of Chinese immigrants to Phuket’s sunny shores, and much of their history remains. The Bell Pool Villas, in laid-back Kamala, taps into this rich heritage with a Sino-chic look. There’s only one public space: the reception-cum-restaurant, which is strewn with scarlet lanterns, fierce-looking Peking Opera masks and oversize bamboo sofas and chairs. It’s at its most alluring in the evening, bathed in the glow of candles, moonlight and lamps. All of the 16 villas are enclosed within high stone walls covered in jungle greenery, and they feel exceptionally private. A subtle Chinese aesthetic carries through each one, from the expansive living spaces to the bedrooms, which feature large brass bell chandeliers and red lacquer furnishings set against putty-colored walls. The bathrooms are generously proportioned, with swaths of black marble, twin sinks, big tubs and lemongrass and mandarin amenities from swish Thai perfumery Panpuri, while the outdoor spaces have huge swimming pools, wooden decks, salas and sun loungers. The only place to mingle with other guests is at the ruby-hued Zhong lounge and restaurant, which serves Thai and pan-Asian cuisine and is open for lunch and dinner. Not that the lack of shared facilities is a problem; most of the guests prefer to stick to their villas, where breakfast can be taken in bed, barbecue lunches can be cooked by the pool, and starlit dinners can be served on the deck.
In the Area
Although it’s a resort town, Kamala is one of Phuket’s calmer corners, and it retains a laid-back village vibe. Nip down to the beach in the morning and you can still see fisherman setting off in longtail boats in search of white snapper, sailfish and wahoo. In the evening a night market sets up on the roadside, with traders selling everything from knockoff handbags and wooden Buddhas to bags of spicy salad, soup, sauces and rice. For a flashier scene, take a taxi over the hill to Surin, where you’ll find the island’s beautiful people hanging out at glam beach clubs Catch and Bimi.
How to Get There
Four “mature” ladies spent nine nights at the Resort. We enjoyed our stay very much despite some minor hiccups. Our three bedrooms villa was beautiful although, as mentioned by another reviewer, there were some signs of necessary refurbishment and maintenance. Nothing to spoil our stay however. We soon got used to the Mosque calls which all added to the experience. Loved the pool and outdoor furniture. Cleaning was okay. Staff were very nice overall and breakfast menu was plentiful. We ordered room service one night for a nice dinner. We had requested a late checkout for our last day which could not be confirmed until the day before as one of our group was unwell for the last two days we were more than grateful to be moved to another villa on the departure day. The Manager was very helpful in this regard. Our only gripe was the times of the shuttle bus. We felt an evening run would have been great for going into Kamala for dinner. Thanks to the staff for making our stay so good.
Booked this place last minute, because we‘re staying in Thailand for three weeks and wanted to celebrate our wedding anniversary here.
The resort is located in a housing area, away from the beach. Also we found out that a mosque was located right next to it. So due to the speakers surrounding the hotel, we heard the prayers directly in our livingroom. No infos were given beforehand, but ok.
Overall was the villa quite nice, however starting to be a bit outdated and in the need of a brush up.
Ok, but not five star thorough. We found an old (cleaning ?!) towel in the bathroom.
Check in was „ok“ but not overly friendly or warm. Got greeted at the desk (other guest we saw during check in got greeted at the entrance door) and were offered a refreshment. We informed the hotel prior and asked for an early check in/out, as this was our wedding anniversary. Both was denied due to availability. I know these are the rules, fair enough, however to no point did we had the impression that the hotel really cared to make our stay comfortable.
Having worked in the hospitality industry for 25 years and having managed a reception team myself, I know that everything IS possible in a hotel.
We had to wait until 3.00 pm sharp to be escorted to our room.
In the evening we wanted to order roomservice at 10.05 pm and the staff at reception quite rudely told us that this would not be possible, as the kitchen is closed, although we were told on check in that it’s open until 10.30 pm. Having no other option to go to, we insisted on our food, only to be hung up on by phone!
My husband went to reception and reluctantly they took our order.
The food which was brought to us was good. Also the in room breakfast the next morning.
In the morning we mentioned this on check out. (No one asked us if we enjoyed our stay etc, so we had to initiate the feedback) The Lady at the desk said that the manager will get in touch with us...,which hasn’t happened until today.
Therefore, no recommendation for this hotel from our side.
We stayed at The Bell Pool Villas with our 3 teenage kids. We all loved the pool and private settings.
The bed was really comfy and Kamala Beach is a really cool place to explore.
The Bell Pool Villas is a beautiful setting and we will definitely keep it on our list for future Phuket trips.