Stayed: Ocean Rock Kalim
Words & Photos: Jeremie schatz
The pool deck at Ocean Rock Kalim offers a tantalising vista as the Andaman meets the sky on the far horizon. The skyline of bustling Patong is visible just down the coast, but since you’re perched high on the jungled mountainside, you can only hear the sounds o the forest.
Barely a couple of years old, Ocean Rock Kalim is a small resort comprised of just seven serviced apartments and one villa. The location is ideal, accommodation spacious and atmosphere peaceful.
Though Patong is nearby, with its buzzing nightlife and an eclectic bunch of international visitors, Ocean Rock Kalim and a few other resorts nearby give you a chance to escape, avoid sensory overload and recharge.
A serviced apartment instead of a full-fledged resort has its benefits. Of course, you won’t find people at your beck-and-call, but the services is more personal. Your room is still cleaned every day, and someone is at hand to offer advice and help plan excursions. Each apartment is equipped with a smartphone, so guests can directly communicate with the general manager or order food and transport. Staying at Ocean Rock Kalim is more like staying at a friend’s place instead of being a stranger in a hotel.
The rooms are ultra-modern with subtle, classic touches. At 173 square metres, even the smallest unit offers plenty of room to laze about. The furniture is eye-catching and comfy, the fittings of top quality, with ample storage space and very tasteful décor and colour combinations – everything you can possibly need to feel right at home. In fact, many bookings are for longer stays.
On the roof you will find the infinity pool and lounge area with a stocked cooler that works on a help-yourself honour system, not to mention the barbecue – good excuses to organise your very own pool party.
If you’re travelling in a group, you may want to consider the Cube – a huge, 800sqm villa boasting three bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, a 90sqm saltwater pool and a dining table that can seat 10.
It is advisable to book yourself a getaway at Ocean Rock Kalim soon, because it is quickly establishing itself as a luxurious but affordable hideaway that is impossible not to fall in love with.
Ocean Rock Kalim
9/4 Phrabaramee Soi 7, Kalim Beach, Patong,Kathu, Phuket
+66 (0) 94 801 9494