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Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach: Review

A luxury hotel you’ll never want to leave. There’s plenty of opportunities to stay entertained with an in-house butterfly sanctuary, private beach and coral reef, a luxurious day spa and 3 swimming pools. Take advantage of the scheduled events calendar with activities from yoga classes, muay Thai lessons, snorkelling lessons, and volleyball tournaments, to kids cooking classes, and family movie nights. There’s also regular performances like fire dancing and live music. 

Guests able to drag themselves away from the lively hotel can take advantage of the free, 5-minute shuttle ride to Jungceylon Shopping Centre, a short walk from the action-packed Patong Beach and Bangla Road. Back at the hotel, start a pub crawl with happy hour that never seems to end. 2 in-house bars offer 2-for-1 cocktails between 5pm and 7pm, while 2 others carry on happy hour from 7pm to 9pm.

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Overview

Rating

5 star Resort

Price

$$$$$Rates start at $200-$499 per night

Location

Beachfront
  • 414 Rooms
  • Chain: Marriott
  • Rewards: Marriott Bonvoy
  • Airport transfer available (charged)
  • Free on-site parking
  • Breakfast included (based on room package)
  • All ages welcome
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Opened 2001
  • Last renovated 2017
  • Check-in 3:00PM
  • Check-out 12:00PM

Photos

Hotel lobby
Main pool at nightMain pool at night
Swim up pool barSwim up pool bar
Main PoolMain Pool
Second pool with pool access roomsSecond pool with pool access rooms
Inflatable pool chairsInflatable pool chairs
Around the pools
BedroomBedroom
BathroomBathroom
bathtubbathtub
Premier Pool Access Room
Rum cocktailRum cocktail
Beachfront bamboo rum shackBeachfront bamboo rum shack
The Rum Shack

Internet & Tech

  • Wifi access: Free (all guests)
  • Wifi strength: Very strong
  • Laptop-friendly workspace
  • Power outlets: Convenient (local input)
  • Business center
  • Printer: Free (Lobby)
  • In-room safe: 13 inch laptop friendly
  • HDMI input in TV
  • In-room music player: Wired only

Rooms

  • Excellent bed comfort
  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Good soundproofing
  • Very dark window coverings
  • 48" Satellite Smart TV
  • Medium size in-room safe
  • Paid minibar
  • Mini fridge
  • Kettle
  • Complimentary coffee & tea
  • Luxury Soaps
  • Alarm Clock

Room types:

Superior Pool View 41 sqm
1 king or 2 single

Entry level room with pool view and small balcony.

Deluxe Pool View 41 sqm
1 king or 2 single

Slightly more luxurious room with pool view and small balcony.

Premier Pool View 43 sqm
1 king or 2 double

Larger room with pool view and small balcony.

Premier Pool Terrace 43 sqm
1 king or 2 double

Ground floor room with direct access to the poolside terrace.

Premier Pool Access 41 sqm
1 king

Ground floor room with small patio and private steps into the swimming pool.

Premier Beachfront 43 sqm
1 king or 2 double

3rd – 5th floor rooms with small balcony overlooking the ocean.

Premier Beach Access 43 sqm
1 king or 2 double

Ground floor room with small patio with access to the landscaped beachfront area.

Facilities

  • Outdoor pools: 3
  • Poolside Bar
  • Swim-up Pool Bar
  • Waterslide
  • Beach lounges
  • Fitness center
  • Spa services
  • Kids club
  • Kids playground
  • Kids playroom
  • Free daily activities
  • Free daily entertainment
  • Bar
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Busboy
  • Concierge service
  • Tour & activity desk
  • Moneychanger
  • ATM
  • Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Manicured gardens
Private beachPrivate beach
Music for fire dancersMusic for fire dancers
Butterfly sanctuaryButterfly sanctuary
Pool table at Burgers & BallsPool table at Burgers & Balls
FIre dancersFIre dancers
Facilities & activities

Food & Drink

  • Best in town food quality
  • Excellent food service
  • Room service available
  • Gluten friendly
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Low-carb options
  • Wheat-free options
  • Soy milk available
  • Non-GMO
  • Restaurants nearby: Plenty

Restaurants:

$$$$$D.O.C.G
Italian

Authentic Italian restaurant serving home-made pizza and pasta. Chefs effortlessly twirl pizza bases in the air, catch them, sprinkle with toppings, and slide into the pizza oven. How much Italian food can you eat on scheduled buffet nights?

6pm-10:30pm, 7 days
$$$$$Merchant Kitchen
International, Thai

Buffet breakfast restaurant also open for lunch and dinner. Large range of Thai and International meals available.

6:30am-10:30pm, 7 days
$$$$$Phuket Coffee Co.
Cafe

Barista coffee and freshly-baked cakes and breads. Don’t miss specialty coffees like rainbow lattes – traditional lattes topped with multicoloured frothed milk in intricate patterns.

7am – 2pm, 7 days
$$$$$Thai Pantry
Thai

Authentic Thai restaurant with dishes from every region of Thailand. Take the taste of Thailand home by enrolling in a scheduled cooking class.

6pm-10:30pm, 7 days
$$$$$Beach Grill
Seafood, Bistro

Casual beach-side dining specialising in seafood and cocktails.

7am-10pm, 7 days
$$$$$The Lounge
Cocktail bar

Classy cocktail bar with ocean views and live music. Snacks and canapes also available. 2-for-1 cocktails at happy hour from 7pm-9pm.

11am-10pm, 7 days
$$$$$Pool Bar
Bar

Swim-up bar in the main pool serving cocktails, drinks, snack, and basic meals. 2-for-1 cocktails at happy hour from 5pm-7pm.

11am-8pm, 7 days
$$$$$The Rum Shack
Cocktail bar

Caribbean-themed bamboo cocktail bar surrounded by coconut trees. Specializing in rum-based cocktails using Phuket’s own Chalong Bay Rum. Other cocktail bases like vodka, tequila, and gin are also available. 2-for-1 cocktails at happy hour from 5pm-7pm.

11am-10pm, 7 days
$$$$$Wellness
Healthy

Fresh juices and healthy snacks like smoothie bowls and bliss balls. Takeaway recommended as seating options are limited.

7am-2pm, 7 days
$$$$$Balls & Burgers
Bistro

Sports bar with pool tables and tv screens broadcasting live and popular sporting events like racing cars, AFL, soccer, and tennis. Classic pub food like burgers and hotdogs. 2-for-1 pints at happy hour from 7pm-9pm.

7am-10pm, 7 days
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Phuket Coffee Co.
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Merchant Kitchen

What's Nearby

Tri Trang Beach

Beach

A quiet and secluded public beach with pristine white sands perfect for sunbaking.

370 meters (405 yards) Walking time: 4 mins

Map... Get walking directions...

Soi Bangla (Bangla Road)

Nightlife

The centre of Phuket’s nightlife scene lined with restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Closed to vehicular traffic after sunset when pumping music kicks off and neon lights blaze. Street vendors selling clothes, jewellery and imitation designer items can be pushy so don’t be afraid to say a firm ‘no’.

4.36 kms (2.73 miles) Driving time: 11 mins

Map... Get driving directions... Full attraction details...

Jungceylon Shopping Centre

Shopping Mall

Phuket’s largest shopping mall open from 11am each day. Many international fashion brands and local artisan stores selling jewellery, clothing, souvenirs and electronics. The mall features a cinema and plenty of cafes, fast food and restaurants in an open courtyard setting.

6.10 kms (3.81 miles) Driving time: 16 mins

Map... Get driving directions... Full attraction details...

Chalong Bay Rum Distillery

Distillery

A fully functioning rum distillery with a cocktail bar and restaurant. Most popular for its rum tasting and distillery tour which runs every hour from 2pm – 6pm. The tour includes a free cocktail, rum tasting and a detailed explanation of the fascinating distillery process covering everything from sourcing sugar cane to adding flavouring and labelling bottles. Cocktail workshops also available.

21.33 kms (13.33 miles) Driving time: 36 mins

Map... Get driving directions... Full attraction details...

Big Buddha

Religious

A 45m-high Buddha statue with 360-degree views from its hilltop vantage point. The statue’s construction of concrete, jade and marble glistens in the sunlight and can be seen from most of the island, even as far away as Phuket Town and Karon Beach.

24.76 kms (15.48 miles) Driving time: 46 mins

Map... Get driving directions... Full attraction details...

Phuket Old Town

District

The historical center of Phuket lined with brightly coloured buildings, budget accommodation, bars, restaurants and night market stalls. Narrow alleyways are best explored on foot, to admire vibrant wall murals, local shops and quirky cafes.

19.81 kms (12.38 miles) Driving time: 43 mins

Map... Get driving directions... Full attraction details...

Naka Weekend Night Market

Market

An undercover market with a huge selection of clothing, gadgets, electronics, and homewares as well as some second-hand stalls. One section is dedicated to street food where you’ll find buttered corn, seafood, curries, fruit, insects, and desserts.

18.96 kms (11.85 miles) Driving time: 39 mins

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Shuttle busShuttle bus
Drop off zone at Jungceylon shopping mall Drop off zone at Jungceylon shopping mall
Bangla RoadBangla Road
Patong Beach main entrancePatong Beach main entrance
Patong BeachPatong Beach
Shuttle service to Patong Beach

Scorecard

Best Parts:
  • Variety of dining. Including Thai, Italian, burgers, and cocktails. 
  • In-house butterfly sanctuary. See colourful butterflies on the way to your room.
  • Activity schedule. Including yoga classes and family movie nights.
  • Private beach. Coral reef to explore and snorkelling lessons available.
  • Direct pool access. With some room types.
  • Free shuttle service. To Jungceylon Shopping Centre.
Could Be Better:
  • Maze-like complex. Easy to get lost.
  • Expensive food and drink. Especially coffee and juices. 
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Contact Details

Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach

Address:
99 Muen-Ngoen Road, Tri-Trang Beach, Patong, Phuket 83150 Thailand
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