Hotel Review: Proud Phuket, a Charming Hotel with Chinese Characteristics

Proud Phuket is a family run hotel located in the Nai Yang section of the Southern Thai island of Phuket. With a distinct personality and unmistakable Chinese cultural elements, the hotel has 101 rooms, four food and beverage outlets, and a lovely spa. 

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The Proud Phuket is a family run hotel near Nai Yang National Park in Phuket, Thailand. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

I was hosted by Proud Phuket for two nights during a seven-night stay in Phuket, Thailand.

A family run hotel, Proud Phuket had a distinct personality reflecting the family’s Sino-Thai roots.

Chinese cultural elements were evident throughout the property, especially in the hotel rooms and in the hotel’s lovely spa.

Gardenia flowers and sea turtles were recurrent – if subtle – themes.

There was a consistent white, orange, turquoise, and brown colour scheme throughout the property.

The Arrival …

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Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa, Nai Ynag Beach, hotel limousine. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

I was driven to the Proud Phuket by a limousine arranged by the Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach, which was the first hotel I stayed at on my visit to the island.

The Welcome

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Front desk staff at the Proud Phuket. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

Upon arrival at the Proud Phuket, I received a warm welcome from the hospitable staff at the hotel’s front desk.

I was served a delicious welcome drink in the hotel’s open-air lobby before being escorted to my hotel room.

My Room…

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Superior room a the Proud Phuket. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
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King-size bed at the Proud  Phuket. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
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Desk at the Proud Phuket. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

I was escorted to room 217 on the second floor. A superior room, my room measured 30 square metres.

My room had a soft beige and off white colour scheme with orange and turquoise accents.

There were several playful touches, such as the towels that were placed inside a traditional Chinese-style wicker suitcase.

There were also two tortoise-like cushions placed on the bed.

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Staff delivering tea at the Proud Phuket. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
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Staff delivering tea at the Proud Phuket. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
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Staff serving tea at the Proud Phuket. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

Within moments, there was a knock on the door. It was a butler carrying a Chinese style basket.

He removed the lid and took out a Chinese style tea set with a teapot and two small teacups.

He poured me a cup of tea, asked if I needed anything, and then left.

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Mini bar in the Proud Phuket. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

There were tea-making facilities and an empty refrigerator – no over-priced drinks or snacks to tempt you.

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Second floor swimming pool for hotel guests staying in superior rooms with direct swimming pool access. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of all was waiting for me outside: direct access to a private swimming pool, which only nine rooms on the second floor had access to. It was PERFECT for doing laps!

A Superior Pool Access room, my room measured 30 square metres, had  one king size bed, a day bed, and a private terrace with a swing and direct access to the pool. Sleeps up to two adults and a child.

Superior Pool View rooms measure 33 square metres, Deluxe Pool View rooms measure 53 square metres, Junior Suite Pool View rooms measure 61 square metres, Junior Suite Pool Access rooms measure 61 square metres, and Two Bedroom Suites mesure 78 square metres. They have  two king size beds and an opium bed and sleep up to four adults.

The Food …

The hotel has four food and beverage outlets. One overlooks the swimming pool. This is  where most guests have breakfast.

Another one faces the street, and this one is popular with both in-house guests and passers-by.

There is also a bar next to the main swimming pool with in-pool stools and a rooftop bar, which is popular with hotel guests at sunset.

Yai Yai Kitchen

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Dining room of Yai Yai Kitchen.Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

Yai Yai Kitchen – Thai for Grandma, Yai Yai kitchen features the kind of healthy but tasty dishes a Phuketean grandmother would serve.

Indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the Proud Court and the swimming pool. Serving a buffet breakfast and a la carte dishes at lunch and dinner.

Click on the following link for my first-hand review of the restaurant …

Ang Ku Tea House

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Entrance of Ang Ku Tea House. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

Ang Ku Tea House – named after Phuketean celebration cakes, Ang Ku Tea House serves a selection of blend teas, coffees, pastries, organic salad, light snack, raw juices, local delicacies and more.

  • A complete first-hand restaurant review with lots of pix is coming!

Lao Teng Roof Bar – meaning upstairs in the Hokien dialect, Lao Teng Roof Bar is located on the roof, and it serves signature cocktails and tapas with local flavours.

Tao Pool Bar – a swim-up bar, Tao Pool Bar serves snacks and beverages.

The Courtyard …

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Courtyard of the Proud Phuket. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
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Courtyard of the Proud Phuket. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
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Main swimming pool of the Proud Phuket. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

The hotel is built around a lovely landscaped courtyard, with lawns, swimming pools, and covered space,.

The hotel has three swimming pools, including a children’s pool and a private pool for the exclusive use of hotel guests staying on nine rooms on the second floor.

The Fitness Room …

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Hotel gym as viewed from the swimming pool. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
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Cardio-vascular equipment in the hotel gym. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
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Weight-training equipment in the hotel gym. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

The hotel has a small gym overlooking one of the swimming pools. It has floor-to-ceiling windows along two walls.

The gym has a treadmill, a cross-trainer, a weight-training machine, dumbbells, and an adjustable bench.

The gym is open daily from 6 am to 10 pm.

The Spa …

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Nyona Spa at the Proud Phuket. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

Full of stylish Chinese cultural elements, Nyona Spa offers a full menu of spa treatments.

  • A complete first hand spa review with lots of pix is coming!

The Other Facilities and Activities …

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Here I am getting ready to explore the neighborhood by bicycle. iPhoto Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

The hotel has a fleet of bicycles, which can be borrowed at no charge.

I made good use of the the bicycles during my two night stay, usually borrowing one for a spin through the neighborhood after breakfast and taking another spin in the late afternoon before dinner.

I tended to spent the afternoons in the hotel’s lovely tea house working at my computer, sipping coffee and eating the mouth-watering pastries that the hotel is famous for.

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Proud Phuket hotel shuttle bus. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

The hotel has its own open air shuttle, which can take guests to the beach and nearby tourist attractions.

The hotel can arrange Thai cooking classes, and a class was arranged for me during my stay.

  • I will share the recipes I learned how to prepare in future blog posts. 

The hotel also has a library stocked with books, games, and desk-top computers and a kid’s club where children and hang out and have fun.

Location, Location, Location …

Proud Phuket is located on the northwestern coast of the Southern Thai island of Phuket.

There is a lively commercial strip along the beach with lots of restaurants, day spas, and boutiques.

Click on the following link for a first-hand review of some of the restaurants I ate at …

There is a street market directly behind the hotel three days a week.

Click on the following link for a first-hand account of my visit to the market …

Nai Yang Temple is located a short walk from the hotel, and temple visits can be arranged.

Click on the following link for a first-hand account of my visit to the temple …

The hotel is a short walk or bicycle ride from Nai Yang National Park, and I took many leisurely bicycle rides through the leafy park during my stay.

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Proud Phuket hotel limousine. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

The hotel is a short drive of Phuket International Airport, and a complementary shuttle service to and from the airport is provided.

The Verdict …

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Prop for photo opps at the Proud Phuket. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

From my arrival to my departure, I totally loved this charming hotel.

Things started out with a very warm greeting at the front desk. Even as a travel blogger, it’s nice to be made to feel that you have been expected!

A lot of thought had obviously been given to the hotel’s colourful – and at times quirky! -interior design.

There was a consistent theme running through the property – from the hotel rooms to the public spaces – that reflected the obvious pride that the family running the hotel had in their Sino-Thai cultural heritage.

I particularly liked the food and beverage outlets. Both the Thai and Western menus were well-thought out, and the a la carte dishes were delicious. The pastries at the tea house were particularly yummy.

Best of all were the staff. They were usually friendly – especially the food and beverage manager!

I really felt that I was more like a guest being welcomed into someone’s home rather than a travel blogger being hosted by a hotel.

If I had three thumbs, I would give this hotel three enthusiastic thumb’s up!

Next Stop

After checking out of the Proud Phuket, I was driven in the hotel’s limousine to my next stop, the Cachet Resort Dewa Phuket, where I spent one night.

The drive only took a couple of minutes. The two hotels are practically next-door neighbours.

After that, I moved on to the Naiyang Park Resort, an ecologically friendly retreat, where I spent my final two nights in the beautiful Southern Thai island of Phuket.

Then it was quick flight back to  Bangkok, where I spent another five nights before returning – a bit reluctantly – to my home in Hong Kong.

Where to Stay in Phuket, Thailand

Proud Phuket – 135 Soi Naiyang 2, Naiyang Beach, Talang, Phuket, Thailand.

Check out your favourite hotel booking website for guest reviews and hotel room rates: Expedia.com or TripAdvisor.com or Hotels.com

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