Sawaddi Patong Resort and Spa is unique among hotels in Patong for its authentic Phuket style design inspired by the rich heritage of Sino Portuguese architecture still found in the original shophouses of old Phuket town. Known for its harmonious blend of both Chinese and European motifs this style is perfectly adapted for comfortable tropical living.
From the outside the louvered shuttered windows on the upper floors reflect the European colonial influence of this style. Our covered entrance mimics the front verandahs of typical row shophouses that join up to form a sheltered arcade called a ngor kah kee (five-footway).
The ground floor lobby and lobby lounge represent the space where business is conducted in a classical shophouse. Portuguese floor tiles and other decorative elements recall old Phuket’s historical roots and give a real sense of place. A wide passage behind the lobby leads to the resort’s interior courtyard with its swimming pool and Roydi restaurant. In Sino Portuguese architecture this area is called the tianjing (skywell) where the family had its communal water source and kitchen. Open to the sky, the courtyard provides both light and a refreshing circulation of air.
As in a typical shophouse the guest rooms face the courtyard creating an intimate and private space in which to relax. Photographs of old Phuket are displayed in the common areas to provide a fascinating glimpse into the past.
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