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Phuket was the start of our 1 month SE Asia journey and staying at the Deck really set the tone of our trip. The Deck is conveniently located ...only a few minutes walk to Patong beach, a wide delectable array of restaurants and Bangla Street. My bf and I thoroughly enjoyed everything that awaited us outside —a plethora of fruit stands and street food vendors. Although there is quite a hustle and bustle outside, surprisely the Deck is quite insulated from the street noise. The only thing that woke us up was the call to prayers at the nearby mosque followed by church choirs at the nearby church...but we didn’t mind as it was nice to hear/see the varying religions living in harmony.
Gareth, owner, made it easy for us to navigate the neighborhood by providing very detailed recommendations prior to us checking in...the information was greatly appreciated. His best advice, however, was to use Chonita, his local property manager of sort. She coordinated our transportation to and from the airport, our tour to James Bond island and a city tour to Big Buddha and Old Phuket night market with a patient and kind personal guide named Min (I love Min!). She often checked in on us to ensure we had all that we needed and offered suggestions to make our stay even better. Her assistance made our time in Phuket effortless as she freed us from having to plan out details.
If we had stayed longer than our 5 days in Phuket, we might’ve taken advantage of the amenities such as pool/gym at the Deck. With everything that Phuket has to offer...it’s hard to stay inside. But when we did, the room itself was very well maintained and provided us with all we needed to be comfortable ... also offered were beach towels and umbrellas! We very much appreciated the 24 hour security...there was always a guard on duty and so we felt very safe staying at the Deck.
We only have positive remarks for our time in Patong and at the Deck...so of course we highly recommend booking at this property. And to make for a more carefree time...make use of Gareth’s recommendations on local eats and his advice to use Chonita’s services!
Upon arrival at the airport, we were picked up by a driver arranged by the host that took us straight to the Villa. Once inside, the villa, we were greeted by Joe, the manager. He was very friendly and informative and showed us everything we needed to know about the villa. We exchanged contact information and he even dropped us off to a local restaurant and grocery store. He even arranged for a taxi to return us to the Villa.
The Villa was exactly as described in the pictures. Very nice and updated appliances and decor. The pool was GREAT. Overall the villa was very clean and comfortable with plenty of space. The TV worked and the air conditioners kept us very cool. Be sure you turn off the AC when you leave as there is a max per day electric usage. The host arranged for us to use his motorbike and we used it the first day, but we ended up renting a car for the remaining days that we were in Phuket.
Although we didn't have to talk to the owner of the unit, his manager was VERY helpful and we contacted him whenever we needed something. Overall we had a great time in Phuket, thanks to the accommodations we were in.