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New York Steakhouse @ JW Marriott Sukhumvit: Price and quality mismatch

It is difficult not to question whether it is the lack of outstanding steakhouses that allowed the New York Steakhouse to sell at inflated prices, or whether it was my mistake of coming down for dinner late that has left me severely disappointed. In short, the atmosphere was good, but the food was awful. The dining room certainly felt right – large hefty chairs that are comfortable, with high enough backs and table layout that makes you feel somewhat isolated…

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JW Marriott Sukhumvit Hotel: The little problems add up.

There is a lot to like about the JW Marriott Sukhumvit Hotel. Being on the edge of Sukhumvit that is not quite the severely-jammed bit was one. The very friendly staff that made me felt right at home was another. That said, it’s problems unfortunately out-weights the hard work of its staff. 1) It’s location is not the best. Being right between Phloen Chit and Nana BTS stations means it’s near neither. Although the walk to either station is not…

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Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit: Great location

I had to visit Bangkok for business and stayed at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit for three nights. The location of the hotel is superb, right next to the BTS Asoke station with footbridge connection from lobby level.  For those who happen to stay here and wish to use the BTS, don’t make my mistake of leaving via ground level exit to climb the stairs at the BTS station in the hot and humid Bangkok weather, as the hotel has direct…

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Basil Restaurant: Maybe not traditional Thai, but good enough for me.

I have had dinner at the Basil Restaurant twice during my stay at Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit. Whilst others have commented that the food here is too tame, not spicy enough and modified to suit the taste buds of tourists, the food here was good for me (as a tourist). The satay ruam – mixed grilled satay of chicken, prok and beef served with peanut sauce, was properly grilled, moist and succulent. Well seasoned and flavoursome. The stir fried lobster with cashew…

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SALA Phuket Resort & Spa: Quiet and tranquil resort

In short: Stayed 3 nights, loved this resort. Strongly recommended for those who want a quiet and serene environment. We visited Sala Phuket for a brief 4D3N break in early September and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Yet, I think this resort is not for everyone – I’m sure some will dislike it for a myriad of reasons especially its distance to Phuket Town, but here’s why we loved it. Location. Sala Phuket is located on the west coast of Phuket,…

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Enjoy the lack of tourists: Mai Khao Beach

Located along the west coast of the northern bit of Phuket, the 8km long beach is away from the busy tourist center of Phuket Town. There are resort hotels along the beach (Renaissance, Sala Phuket, Anantara and the like) but whilst most of these have direct access to the beach, they are located far from each other. Combine that with the fact that Mai Khao Beach is considered unsuitable for swimmers due to strong currents, this is one of the…

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A sorry excuse of a shopping mall: Turtle Village

Turtle village is perhaps the only shopping mall on the strip of resort hotels along Mai Khao beach. This might make some visitors to feel urged to give it a visit – don’t! That was exactly what we did and here’s why you shouldn’t. Transportation to the mall is usually provided for, as there’s a sole tuk-tuk dedicated to ferrying shoppers from the nearby resort hotels to the mall. As there’s only one tuk-tuk on the job and the journey…

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