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
+++ Excellent accomodation, very big ensuite rooms, perfect for several families.
+++ Beautiful pool and garden, it's really well designed.
+++ A lot of privacy and calm, except if your neighbours decide to party or have a baby. In our case, we were the ones with the baby. :)
+++ Great breakfast choice. Awesome to have it by the pool every morning.
+++ Bella our private buttler was awesome and very supportive with finding us good deals and tours out.
+++ We tried the food, very good but you don't have too many other choices outside of the hotel. There is an old lady making great food on top of the road in a little hawker style place. We loved it and picked up food there many times.
+++ Have been very accomodating with our requests.
- - - A bit far from the beach with a stroller or if it's too hot. You would have to use the (free) shuttle or a taxi. But you'll have the same problem in other places in Phuket so it's a minor detail.
- - - A few water cut in the mornings but it's not due to the hotel, it's a power cut from the government. Just be aware in case you plan a morning shower. Have a swim instead. :)
We loved our stay at the Bell apartments - we were with friends and really enjoyed catching up in the luxury of our villa. Piew was our personal butler during our stay and she was always on hand to help organise anything we needed. The food was excellent especially the breakfasts. The facilities within the pool were top drawer, Apple TV with a Netflix guest account was a really nice touch, and of course we loved the private pool......all in all it was a great experience, would definitely recommend staying here.
We booked the 3 bed villa for a stay with another family. 3 adults and 4 kids so the 3 bedrooms were perfect.
there is also a main lounge area with netflix on TV (for rainy/ lazy days) and a kitchen.
The resort is approx 1k walk from the main road, and a further 500m to the beach. very walkable. Resort offers a shuttle at set times to Kamala and you can get a taxi ride back for 400 baht.
Each villa has good privacy with no peeping eyes from neighbors, though sound does travel and we had to ask twice for our neighbors music to be turned down as we didn't want to join their party!
Food delivery time was good and food was fine. Staff when we interacted were all very pleasant.
We were unfortunate on the trip though with 2 issues; first morning we woke to no power or water. Seems an issue hit the whole area but it was resolved by 9am. second morning we all woke with food poisoning. Can't be sure where we got it from but definitely ended the trip on a sour note, especially as water was again not working in the middle of the night & we had to use pool water and a saucepan to flush the toilets!
I was looking for place to celebrate my birthday with my family in Phucket and I am happy that I choose this hotel. Simply it was awesome with privacy. Highly recommended place for relaxation and enjoyment.
I stayed at The Bell from the 24-28th of January, it was an amazing time. Pan out butler, accommodated our stay by making sure we had a driver when we arrived in Phuket. After arriving at the villa we stayed in the 4 bedroom and 3 bedroom villas, very clean and very nice. Bella was also great at the front desk, she took care of and went above and beyond.