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
- 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
Stayed at the bell in a 3 bedroom villa.
Villa was lovely, big pool, plenty of room and all the amenities needed in the rooms.
Worked really well for a family group.
Very good value compared compared to other villas.
Food was decent but could use a few more options.
Tour of Phuket was very good and would definitely recommend
Massages were very nice and reasonably priced compared to other resorts.
Unfortunately was let down by patchy service, staff were all well intentioned but on multiple occasions drinks never arrived, food was missing from breakfast or rooms weren’t cleaned. Not a big deal by themselves but unfortunately these things happened every day.
Should be very easy to rectify and then would definitely recommend however as it stands probably wouldn’t return.
I recently stayed at the Bell for 7 nights with my boyfriend and I am unable to fault a single thing! We are already planning to return next year. The airport pickup was on time in a neat tidy car with cold towels and cold water, which was super refreshing in the heat.
We arrived early in the morning but the villa was almost ready by the time we arrived which meant we basically checked straight in. The villa was beautiful. The pool and poolside area is better than the pictures look. The bedroom and bathroom is 5 star, with everything you could possibly need. Also having apple TV in the lounge room was a perfect addition for rainy afternoons. The wifi worked great. The daily buffet breakfast was delicious and so easy to organise. We ordered room service and cocktails many times and all arrived super quickly. I celebrated my birthday during our stay and the staff brought in our breakfast with a decorated waffle plate for my birthday, which was so lovely. At every encounter the staff were so friendly and extremely attentive. The young lady who showed us to our room on the first day was the same staff member who attended to our villa a lot of the time (I think her name was Jean?), and she was fantastic. Extremely friendly and always had a smile on her face :)
The shuttle services to and from the beach daily was super convenient, and they have bikes with baskets we used a couple of times to ride to the local 7/11.
We also did a cooking class during our stay which was fantastic, and poolside massages which were amazing.
This villa really made our stay in Thailand 5 star. Kamala is the perfect place if you are looking for something peaceful and beautiful and quiet - so relaxing. I can't recommend The Bell enough!
We planned to book a Scoopon deal, but contacted the Bell and booked the same inclusions directly with The Bell. All inclusions of a Scoopon, less 10%! No issues with emailing The Bell, prompt responses.
This is a very aesthetic property, both communal areas and the private pool villas. As we were coming from a resort further north, we organised our own transfer for arrival, advising via email on our arrival time. Luckily our villa was ready on our arrival at just after 2pm. The Bell provided a departure transfer to the airport.
Checked in and we were escorted to Villa 4. Through the gate, the garden, pool and water feature is cool and tranquil. There are 2 covered areas, both with ceiling fans, one a 6 seater table, the other with 2 x day lounges.
The housing is large. A large bedroom and en-suite, separate to the huge living/kitchen area. King bed is comfortable, although we found the pillows hard. The lounge in the living area is generous (easily fits a couple of adults lounging around). There are many TV options including local, Netflix Apple and more. There was a second bathroom, separate access from the outdoor area between the bedroom and kitchen/living room.
I note some reviews state that the menu for breakfast is limited. Certainly not the choices of a resort, I agree, but the breakfast was delicious and we had no complaints. Delivered somewhere around the time requested!
We had a couple of evening meals delivered to the villa as well and again, the menu isn't extensive, but we had no complaints about the food.
We tended to have our 'Do not disturb" sign up often (isn't that the whole purpose of holidaying in a private pool villa?), so sometimes the 'cleaning crew' weren't sure about disturbing us. The villa was cleaned each day, however, it isn't always possible to be done while you are out - but they are quick if you ask them to come though. They come in numbers and are out in around 10 minutes.
We had a massage which we both enjoyed.
We had a daily cocktail included as part of our package. We didn't actually have one each day, as although Reception staff speak English, we found sometimes things tended to get lost in translation. If you have a cocktail at the same time each day, I don't think there would be an issue, but as we weren't always there at the same time, we tended to change our times, which created some confusion.
We made use of the free shuttle bus to Kamala Beach, very convenient.
The Reception staff are not generally Thai, but are all nationalities training or on working holiday. They are all friendly and helped as much as possible.
Daniel (Manager) makes a point of meeting you and ensures that things run smoothly and you are enjoying your stay. His customer service and focus is exceptional. Daniel provided access to our villa for late check out, which was appreciated, especially considering how busy they were with arrivals that day (and we understand late access is not always possible).
Really my only negative is out of The Bell's control. As much as I respect other cultures, religion and belief, it is noteworthy that there is a Mosque in close proximity to The Bell. Pre-dawn call to prayers via loudspeakers, is daily at 4.50am.
We enjoyed our stay and do recommend this property for privacy and relaxation.
My partner and I recently spent 10 days at The Bell. Our villa was quiet and we were able to really relax. Daniell, the manager visited several times and arranged for a temporary hand rail to be fitted to enable me to safely access the pool via the steps.( I am elderly and have difficulty going up and down steps.) This proved very successful and I was able to enjoy the pool daily. Our privacy was respected, housekeeping fitted in with times that suited us. All the staff were so warm and friendly. Breakfast’s were amazing, in particular the fruit platters. (How I miss that now I am home!).
Situated slightly out of town and Kamala beech it is a quaint property with just villas with a beautiful pool in which you can actually swim.the villas are well maintained and offer very good privacy .the villas have all the amenities you can think of . Be careful with mosquitoes.The in-house breakfast is excellent.The food menu list can be expanded more .The hotel lobby can be made more comfortable with few fans .The villas and it’s privacy is the highlight.