Glampers Gonna Glamp
Updated: Sep 22, 2020
Roost Glamping - A True Portmanteau of "Glamorous" and "Camping"?
So, what ticks the boxes when you want to get back to nature, but are not willing to compromise on comfort? Make way traditional camping, we are off 'glamping' for the weekend to get our fusion of adventure with quality amenities.
Roost Glamping located just moments from Rawai beach in southern Phuket was the obvious choice, especially given that their vision is to encourage off the beaten track experiences to reconnect their guests to nature and the outdoors. With those boxes ticked, off we set to explore further.
Back to Nature
An oasis of peace greets you on arrival, and we were swiftly checked in by helpful staff and shown to our Tikaokao private en-suit tent with air conditioning. They were also accommodating on extending our check out time until 12pm the next day vs the usual 11am. We did spot their E-bikes at check in, but these were out of service for now (hopefully back in action by the end of September 2020).
The carpeted tent featuring a queen sized bed and was a generous size. It was situated just next door our bamboo walled private bathroom, complete with rain shower which oozed rustic charm. We got settled in before heading out to scout the surroundings and glamping facilities.
We came across the charming and scenic campfire area, and were delighted to find out that after sunset we would get the opportunity to gather for marshmallows by the fire. Evening activities most definitely decided, we headed to find some food.
Focusing on all day breakfast and Thai food, the cafe is currently open 9am to 6pm (as of August 2020). The menu was reasonable and varied, with some yummy smoothie bowls, Thai salads, stir fry dishes plus a number of inviting breakfast items including pancakes, avocado on toast with poached eggs and breakfast quesadilla:
The indoor / outdoor intimate setting has been created with different zones allowing for a more spacious feel (high bar table, bean bags, sofa area, outdoor seating). We settled on the beanbags and gave the wing bean salad, prawn fried rice and chicken wings a go, (which we naturally watered down with their cocktail of the day). Their signature wing bean salad with chicken was incredible, no surprise it is one of their recommended dishes; and we were pleasantly surprised at the quality of food, and refreshingly reasonable price of alcohol (a bottle of wine was 700 bht and beer 80 bht).
Thomas (one of the co-founders) was on site, so I took the opportunity to quiz him about his favorite dish. His mouthwatering description of the refreshing and light Ika mata; a raw tuna salad marinated in lime & coconut bringing flavours of the South Pacific to Roost sounded delightful and I added it to my list. The all time classic Smashed Avocado was revealed as a favorite among fellow glampers too.
To Infinity, and Relax
Time for a dip, the infinity swimming pool was calling us with it's tropical charm and well positioned location - you could position yourself at Roost Cafe for a perfect pool view
We felt that the pool had been well thought out for families; with smooth edges and steps, some shaded areas, plus the fact that you could see your child swimming from Roost Cafe or the sun-loungers. We literally spent hours enjoying the pool, where we met and hung out with a lovely family over from Bangkok. Win, win our children got to play and we arranged to meet up for the bonfire later also.
Light it Up
Sunset was upon us, so off to the campfire we went with a glass of house white wine in hand (very palatable at 150 bht per glass), chasing after our son who was beside himself with excitement over meeting his new friends at the campfire. After a few hours chatting and eating too many burnt marshmallows, the darkness grew and fire faded so we all headed back to glamp. I'm fairly smug that I packed a mini projector, (thanks to my girlfriend who had done this on her last trip), as the tent canvas provides a perfect 'screen' and allowed our son to get some chill out time before bed.
Although comfortable, our nights sleep would have been enhanced had I known that a rollaway bed (suitable for under 12 years old) was an option. Unfortunately I was unaware of this, so the queen bed was a bit of a stretch for 2 adults 1 child. The covers were also a tad on the small side so there was a bit of sheet wrestling in the night too. Despite this, we woke up to the chorus of birds chirping away and were refreshed nicely after our rain showers. It really did feel like waking up in a little paradise of nature's sounds and sights with beautiful birds, butterflies and banana blossoms to appreciate all around us.
Mirror Mirror on The Wall
What does the future look like for Roost Glamping? Well, to start with there are 5 brand new tents on order, so the slightly discolored ones will get replaced (at just 1 year old, the tropical weather causes havoc with the pale tent material and Roost's plan pre Covid was to replace them once per year). Obviously these plans have been delayed as we can appreciate, but they have been ordered so it will be looking squeaky clean again soon. Thomas informed us that they planned to get the E-bikes ready by the end of this month (September 2020), so guests will can explore Phuket, the beaches and view points, etc. at their own pace again.
They have also just launched a new BBQ menu for group bookings which looked really flavorsome (minimum 5 people), with meat, seafood or vegetarian options plus a 2 hour free flow choice (beer, wine, cocktails, soft drinks) - check out their FB page below for more details and offers. To celebrate this, they are giving 20% off the entire menu for September and October 2020 so I would say this is a great time for a visit.
The Bottom Line
Are we converted? Yes, I'd say we are now happy little glampers and would love to return to Roost in future when looking for the perfect balance of nature and adventure without trading on our comfort levels. All ages benefited from the natural beauty of Roost, along with the novelty factor that sleeping in a tent brings.
+ Helpful, friendly staff and management / Location near Rawai beach / Relaxing infinity pool / Kid friendly / Great value for money / Food quality was excellent / Alcohol was reasonable and the house white wine was decent / The campfire experience / Natural surroundings
- Some of the tents are looking a bit discolored / I wish I had known about the rollaway bed
The Deal - Discounted rates for groups are currently being offered, see their FB below for more:
Roost Contact Details
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