Wondering about where to stay in Phuket? Guest houses are always a good option if you like to mix with other travellers, get personal service from owners and staff and stay in more intimate accommodations. We almost always choose to stay in guest houses when we travel in Thailand.
Baan Malinee guesthouse is consistently recognised as the top guest house in Phuket on TripAdvisor, with guests awarding it five stars (5/5) in almost 200 reviews, resulting in Baan Malinee being the #1 of 686 Phuket inns and B&Bs on TripAdvisor. In fact, Ban Malinee has never had a neutral or bad review on TripAdvisor! That’s very rare.
Reminded me of Hilton’s Shangri-La: A permanently happy place, secluded from the outside world, where time seemed to slow down and life, for a brief moment, was problem free.
So what makes Baan Malinee guesthouse so good? As with most top guest houses and B&Bs, the owners play a very large part. Eric and Malinee (she who the place is named for) really care about their guests, as do their team: Alexander, Luba and Vera. This is obvious when reading the comments from people who stay there. Great food is also a sure winner in guest houses and B&Bs, so the fact that Eric is obviously also a good cook adds to the charm of the place – his “jungle curry” is highly recommended, as are his cocktails. Breakfasts on the pool terrace are also a big charm factor, with Eric’s freshly baked bread, pastries, fresh Thai fruits, cooked eggs, cereals, yoghurt and fruit juice to get you off to a good start each day. There’s also fresh fruit and a sweet snack waiting when you get back at the end of the day’s touring.
Baan Malinee’s location, a little away from the busy centre of Phuket, means it’s also quiet and peaceful, but it doesn’t mean you’re stranded as Eric provides transport to and from the airport and runs guests into town and popular beach spots every day and brings them back. In fact Eric has built a built of a reputation among guests as being willing to help out with almost any request – transport, forward bookings, sightseeing, tour books, general travel advice, etc. Although there are not many facilities close by Baan Malinee, there is a nice, clean local beach and a good Thai restaurant within walking distance (if you get tired of Eric’s cooking).
What also impresses most people who stay at Baan Malinee Bed and Breakfast is the spacious and comfortable rooms. One reviewer comments: “There are no good rooms, they are all fantastic!” Eric and Malinee think of the small things too, like putting toothbrushes, toothpaste and mouthwash in the bathrooms (which are themselves huge and like something out of a fashion magazine) for guests. It doesn’t stop there … Eric and Malinee also provide guests with beach towels, beach bags, umbrellas and ponchos to use during their stay. They pretty much think of everything.
There are only 10 rooms at Baan Malinee, so booking well ahead is essential. It gets lots of returning guests who book a year ahead. You’ll be asked to pay a 30% deposit on booking (usually charged to your credit card) and the balance at least 30 days before you arrive. Any incidental costs like drinks, dinners, etc can be settled with cash at the end of your stay.
Baan Malinee is styled as a miniature resort with a gorgeous, centrally located swimming pool surrounded by lush tropical gardens and the rooms wrapping around the pool and gardens so all rooms face them. All the rooms are great, as we mentioned above, but if you’re after something really special try to book a suite which comes with a huge bathroom and a jacuzzi/spa.
If you decide you’d like to have your own transport while staying at Baan Malinee (and some guests certainly do find that handy), Eric can arrange to have a scooter brought to the guest house from town. When you’re finished, Eric will return the scooter back to the hire shop. I strongly recommend you read our 10 tips for riding motorbikes in Thailand if you’re planning to do this. Eric can also help out with car hire if you prefer and will mark up your Phuket map with the locations of the best markets, beaches, sights and attractions.
At the time of writing this review, rooms at Baan Malinee Bed and Breakfast start at 2300 Baht (around 60 Euros or USD$75) per night for a standard (deluxe) room in the low season, up to 3300 Baht (around 28 Euros or $33) more during peak tourist season. The Ranat Suite costs around 30-70 Euros more, depending on the season.