With its Moroccan-Thai deco and elements of unfinished, shabby chic, AliSea Boutique Hotel (formerly known as Alis Hotel) would not look amiss on the pages of a style magazine, though its trendiness is not intimidating. AliSea welcomes all guests, provided they are aged 18 or over – making it the sole adults-only property in Ao Nang – and with only 34 rooms (including 10 suites) the hotel manages to retain a friendly and personal service.
As well as some great design features, AliSea Hotel also offers thoughtful facilities, such as a a pool table and 100″ projector screen showing the latest live sports and movies in the lobby bar – café, as well as chill-out reading and library corners on every floor. There’s also a small rooftop infinity pool and bar, plus a pretty spa with sea views.
AliSea is not a ‘resort’: there are no gardens or bungalow rooms. It’s a city-style hotel, but with the luxury of being in Ao Nang, the architects have kept public spaces as open to the air and elements as possible. Its location does mean, however, that although balconies exist, views tend to be of other buildings (usually hotels nearby). Sea views, while spectacular, are also impeded by roofs.
Ao Nang Beach with its many restaurants and bars is also only a short walk away.
Rooms are spacious and furnished in a mainly neutral palate of beiges, greys and white, with splashes of vivid colour – on one wall, a cushion, a vase, or a bed-runner. They have recently been renovated (Summer 2014).
The Superior rooms are located on the first and second floors. They come with a double bed or twin single beds. Beds are high with old-fashioned bedposts. Balconies are small and narrow.
The ten Loft rooms are small suites located on the top (spa) floor. As well as the regular bedroom (featuring balconies with partial sea view), there is also an unfurnished mezzanine level, leading out to a second balcony with open air wooden tub, for a soak with a view. Connecting rooms are available in all categories.
American breakfast is served a la carte (no buffet). Halal breakfast is available on request.
Last updated: August 25, 2014