We chose the Rising Sun Residence because we wanted a quiet place in Phuket to relax and it turned out to be exactly what we were looking for. We stayed for three days in March in one of the one bedroom villas (number 4 if I remember it well) which are clustered around the main swimming pool in the lower part of the property. The down side of that location is that the view to the sea is fairly limited and it is quite a climb up the hill to get to the reception area (the staff use a fleet of mopeds to shuttle up and down). However the surroundings of lush vegetation are very nice and the swimming pool area is really beautiful. The villa itself is comfortable with a bedroom of medium size, a large living room and a bath room with both a bath tub and a shower stall. Only the bedroom is air conditioned and the rest is cooled through cross ventilation and a ceiling fan (also available in the bedroom). Though it was fairly hot during our stay, we never suffered from the heat inside but I would have preferred a quieter air conditioning system in the bedroom (it was not that bad but you could definitively hear it). WiFi is available (fairly slow at time but workable) and the TV comes with a zillion channels. Breakfast is provided in the villa by one of the staff who finishes the preparation in the villa itself using, among other things, the espresso machine which is part of the equipment of the villa.
We would have felt fairly isolated, had the residence not provided us with a car and a driver for nine (consecutive) hours each day as part of the package. That allowed us to have a fairly relax morning in the residence taking advantage of the swimming pool and then tour the island in the afternoon before going to diner. That was organized every day by Wipa who ensured that we had an interesting day followed by an excellent diner in various part of the Island. Wipa and her staff are really outstanding making sure that the residence in maintained in top shape and that the guest are well looked after. This aslo applies to our driver who was punctual, smilling, accomodating in addition to be a prudent driver
Our only regret after staying at the Rising Sun Residence is that Phuket is too far away from our home base in Montreal for us to be frequent visitor.
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- Also Known As:
- Rising Sun Residence Hotel Chalong
- Rising Sun Residence Phuket/Chalong