As proof that Travel Bloggers are influencers on purchasing behaviour, despite a lot of research and talking to friends who had stayed at cheaper, perhaps more conveniently located and still 4 or 5 star accommodation, it was The Westin I booked several months later.
I was not disappointed. From arrival (via a 750 baht set price taxi from the airport with a driver who took corners like Michael Schumacher and hit a top speed of 130kmph in a 50kmph zone) the staff were amazing.
Name tags included their passion (eating, guitar, cooking movies, football, travel, Mickey Mouse) which makes for a fun conversation starter.
I booked a 50 sq. m Deluxe Sea View Room with a massive early bird discount off rack rate directly, with breakfast included.
The room had an amazing bathroom, super comfortable bed and a daybed on a private balcony looking out over the bay.
Rooms with access to shared pools were available for a little more but I opted not to upgrade based on advice read online that all the rooms are close to a pool.
The entire Westin Siray Bay complex is perched on a cliffside over the bay so paths and flights of stairs between buildings are steep. Thankfully here are golf buggies hooning around you can catch a ride in.
Mike and I spent our mornings lazing by the three pools, each of which has a totally different vibe.
There is also beach access, but while picturesque and quiet there were gravely stones and bits of coral walking into the water.
There are Italian, Pan Asian and Western restaurants at the resort. Room service makes for an easy compromise.
The daily breakfast buffet at Seasonal Tastes was amazing with pastries, fruit, an omelette/ egg cooking station, salad bar and much more. We were even served sparkling wine as well as the typical tea, coffee and fresh juices.
It was unfortunately cloudy when we attempted to watch the sun set over 2-for-1 cocktails from the balcony at Mix and Mingle.
The welcome cocktail evening at Prego is well worth attending.
The Westin Siray Bay offers a regular shuttle service to and from Patong Beach with was 200 baht each way per person.
We also took the shuttle service into Phuket City (100 baht each way per person). Both options were miles cheaper than what we were quoted for a taxi.
If this is your first time in this part of Thailand, here are some great suggestions of what to do in Phuket.
I spent fewer than 10 minutes in the gym but it was really well equipt and I was impressed with it. The steep terrain of the 3.5km running loop put me off but if lack of gear is your only excuse you can hire New Balance work out gear delivered to your room for $5US.
A range of classes are also scheduled throughout the week.
I didn’t try the spa, opting for a cheaper massage in town but the menu looked awesome.
I loved staying at the Westin in Phuket, especially given how quiet and peaceful it was compared to the crazy bustle of Patong Beach and Phuket Town.
Have you ever made a major travel purchase decision on the advice of a blogger or social influencer?