This reviewer has visited over 250 Thai hotels, and this is the first one that has offered me garlands of fresh flowers upon arrival.
At the southern end of Nai Yang beach, away from the sounds of the airport and within leaping distance of the clear waters of the Andaman Sea, this resort is situated next to an abandoned hotel development that has stood unfinished for 6 years, rather spoiling the ambiance.
The Imperial does not quite live up to its pretencious name, but is nonetheless a reasonable choice. Boasting 2 restaurants (necessaryas it is a long walk to any others), a fitness room and kids club, a multimedia library and wi-fi throughout the resort, it also offers a free shuttle bus to Patong beach and Central shopping centre, which is generously unusual.
These rooms offer reasonably good value for money and are a sound choice.
Luxury Pool Access Room
The Luxury Pool Access room offers the best combination of space, amenities and price; the patio doors open onto a child friendly pool only 90cm deep shaped like the bulb of a snowdrop, with its stalk stretching toward the beachside main pool.
There are no wasted spaces in this room type, unlike the Studio which appears almost barren in comparison. The voluptuous king-sized or twin beds upon hard wood flooring and elegant, well lit bathroom make for a thoroughly pleasant and relaxing stay.
Beachfront Pool Villa
The Beachfront Pool Viila are a classy choice.
They are right on the beach.
Hardwoods gleam and form a muted backdrop on which are showcased costly Thai silks.
The above rates are net per room per night and inclusive of service charge.