Upgraded old favourite
The Gypsy has been around a long while so imagine our surprise when we came upon it in 2014 and found not the dingy bungalow haunts of old but a gleaming white hotel with a pool.
Sure, a two-storey, 40-room concrete building doesn’t have quite the same tropical island flavour as a bamboo hut, but the rooms are sparkling clean and modern, and each are equipped with a fridge, TV, safety deposit box and private bathrooms with hot-water showers. WiFi is included. There’s a choice of twin or double beds, and all rooms have sliding glass doors that open to a balcony or a terrace with access to the pool. The brown and yellow colour scheme in the rooms may not be to everyone’s taste, but the white-tile floor keeps it looking fresh and bright. Though it’s found inland with no sea views, it has a spacious, open feel being set on a big plot of green land and views of the surrounding hills. At the time of our visit the restaurant was still under construction, but we were told breakfast would be included in the rates once it opened. We expect it will be a hit with families, especially with connected rooms on offer. Those on a tighter budget, fear not, the old pink concrete bungalows are still going, just across the field from the new hotel. And as a bonus, bungalow guests are given free access to the Gypsy resort’s pool. The service is certainly smoother and friendlier than in days past, too.
Address: 63 Moo 7, Ton Sai village
T: (075) 601 045; (075) 601 044;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º46'44.74" E, 7º44'10.01" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||800 baht||1,500 baht|
|Standard double room||1,300 baht||1,800 baht|
Lana Willocks is a freelance writer from Canada based in Phuket. Her love affair with Thailand began on a university exchange programme in Bangkok, then she returned to Phuket on the auspicious date of 9-9-1999 and never left.
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