My stay at Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort

baby elephant

I was in a Phuket a week ago – it was actually just 2 weeks after my Bangkok trip so I went to Thailand twice in just a fortnight. However, Phuket is very different from Bangkok. Bangkok is where you wanna go if you like to get stressed out. If you want to relax and chill – head on to Phuket! ;)

outriggers phuket beach

Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort is a newly re-opened family friendly beach-front property – it faces Bang Tao beach. The entire resort has been completely renovated to modern standards during April 2013. However, the traditional Thai touches and warm hospitality are still there.

elephant

(like that baby elephant – it’s my favorite and it comes out to be fed twice a day!)

outriggers phuket

The best thing about Outriggers Laguna Phuket Beach Resort is the Water Park built right into the resort. In fact, it’s central and visible from reception! As someone who loves the water, I enjoyed this tremendously. It has multiple interconnected sculptured pools just beside the beach and to top that off, a water slide!

water slide phuket

It’s not just a small little water slide either, this long and curvy water slide is usually seen at dedicated theme parks and it took me 40 seconds to get from top to bottom!

You can watch this (slightly anticlimactic – forward to the 40 second point) video I asked a friendly vacationing family to help me take. I waved at them at the start and immediately went down the water slide. I splashed down at the end of the slide into the pool at around 40 seconds, and immediately went up again!

water park

It’s a lot of fun! :)

orchid

Outriggers Laguna Phuket Beach Resort is only 20 minutes from the airport – we had a car from the hotel waiting to pick us up, complete with wet towels and bottled water. We got an intricate bracelet made of orchids (I’m sure there’s a proper term for this) and a drink of water while we got checked in too! Gotta love Thai hospitality!

room

The rooms were surprisingly modern (or maybe not since it was just completely redone a few months ago) – flat screen Smart TV, a bath/shower combination, a day bed, free WiFi in all rooms (reliable and fast) and best of all, all rooms have a balcony or porch that looks out to the water!

balcony

You can have a beach view or a lagoon view (or both if you get the Club Suite) and it’s extreme proximity to the beach actually gives you a wonderful perk – you can hear the slow and calm waves from your room lulling you to sleep at night! :D

lagoon

Okay, I mentioned a lagoon – Outriggers Laguna Phuket Beach Resort is actually part of the Laguna Phuket Destination Resort which links several resorts together by a lagoon. There’s a complimentary boat that takes you to all the different resorts and access to golf clubs and even a shopping strip mall!

boat ride

The boat service departs every 20 minutes and you can tell the guy where you want to go.

laguna phuket

If you want to get to places faster, there’s also a complimentary shuttle that gets you around the resorts and access to the 18-hole golf course which departs every 15 minutes!

chilling

Of course, there is no real need to leave Outriggers Laguna Phuket Beach Resort – with the awesome white sand beach and azure calm sea right after the lobby, you can just chill by the beach and have a beer or a bite to eat at the various restaurants in the resort.

view

Breakfast is a truly awesome affair with an amazing spread that kept me full most of the day!

egg station

All the basics and more are there, customizable too!

triple egg

I had a 3-egg sunny side up with cheese and chives only. :)

phed mak bloody mary

There’s also breakfast juices/cocktails which changes daily – like this local flavored Phed Mak Mak Bloody Mary.

room view

I like how I can just trudge down from a good night’s sleep being lulled by the tides into breakfast, get something nice and healthy to eat, grab a cocktail and head out to the pool or chill by the beach.

bang tao beach

It’s truly one of the best resorts I’ve been to in Phuket – modern amenities combined with Thai hospitality on the quiet Bang Tao beach (trust me, you don’t want to go to the (in)famous Patong beach – that’s like Kuta beach in Bali, a noisy tourist trap). I really liked the location and the tranquility of Outriggers Laguna Phuket Beach Resort – I can chill by the Bang Tao beach and go down the water slide and hug a baby elephant twice a day!

phuket elephant

How many places can you do that all in? :D

Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort
323 Moo. 2, Srisoonthorn Road, Cherngtalay,
Thalang, Bangtao Beach, Phuket 83110, Thailand
Phone +66 76 360 700, Fax +66 76 360 670
reservation.phuketbeach@outrigger.co.th, www.outriggerthailand.com

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21 thoughts on “My stay at Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort

    • I love the beach too! :)

      There’s nothing more relaxing and Bangtao beach in Phuket is a good choice compared to other beaches e.g. Patong beach, which is quite noisy.

    • Haha! Yeah, I can eat a lot of eggs! :)

      The place is really nice, best part is the waterpark and the resident resort baby elephant!

    • Yup, it’s newly renovated! :)

      Outriggers is a Hawaiian chain and they did this resort so it has their signature touch on it. Wonderful pool(s) and waterpark with slide!

      The boat service is complimentary and runs every 20 minutes within the lagoon!

  1. I’ve heard that Phuket’s a tourist destination but judging from your photos, I think I now know why folks like to head there. =)

    3 eggs? Wah, you must really love eggs. xD

    • Yeah, some places like the infamous Patong beach is full of tourists!

      I know people who go there just for the dubious nightlife.

      I’m more of a chill and relax by the beach person so the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort is perfect for me – there’s a lagoon AND a beach in the resort! :D

  2. The “technical” term for that “bracelet” is มาลัย or malai. It means a garland and is a loanword from Sanskrit “mala”.

    • I totally agree! :)

      I’m in for any beach holiday and this is a very relaxing one.

      We had all the time in the world to ourselves and just chilled at the resort one day and went out to town for another.

    • Indeed! :)

      The water park and the resident baby elephant is Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort’s most unique things. They also have a timetable of stuff to do every day.

    • I love them too! :)

      They’re just so cute and adorable. I first saw one also in Phuket, during the Club Med gala dinner where the new renovations were unveiled.

    • Indeed bro! :)

      I found it very relaxing too! Didn’t have anything to do but to enjoy the resort facilities. I liked how we just went out to town the first day and chilled at the resort the next!

  3. Hi,

    I stayed here several times with my family when it was Laguna Beach Resort. It was an AMAZING resort to stay at.
    I have noticed some of the aesthetic changes but I was wondering if there was still the little shack shops and restaurants along the beach just outside of the resort? I noticed one of your pics and it looks like they’ve all been removed? :(

    I’m considering going back next year so I’d like to know as this added to the authenticity of the culture and made for some cheap and delicious dining alternatives as you weren’t paying exorbitant hotel prices.

    I really enjoyed your review btw.

    Nicci

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