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Quiet Relaxation at Kata Beach
During the week of April 7th- April 12th of 2006 our family vacationed at the Kata Beach Resort. We found that for the most part the resort was exactly as promised. Our room was a deluxe room in the main building with a wonderful view of both the pool and the sea. First, we discovered a wonderful breakfast buffet awaiting downstairs in the Atrium Restaurant each morning. This was included in our package and proved to be a great inclusion. The pool was very nice with plenty of lounger, however, the best chairs were always taken by 7 A.M. We did experience some frustration because the chairs would be reserved with towels, however, the towel owners would not show until noon or later. The hotel did appear to be aware of the problem and had implemented a "chair" policy but did not seem to enforce their own policy. Marvelous massages were offered under a covered lanai and the price was right on with only 300 Baht for one hour. The resort does not have a spa, but this was easily fixed with a short tuk tuk ride to Patong.
The Internet unfortunately was out of commission during our entire visit, but there were several Internet Cafes right outside of the resort. The shopping immediately outside the resort should be avoided as the prices are double or even triple those of the "Big Q" shopping in Patong. The only major complaint we had with the resort involved their taxi service. We opted to travel to Phuket City one afternoon and used the Kata Beach taxi desk. The driver was very friendly and offered us the prospect of a shopping opportunity on the way. My husband politely declined and we proceeded to our destination. On the return, he pulled into a warehouse type building and told us to enjoy our shopping. We went inside and it was an enormous Jewelry outlet factory where we were followed around by a salesperson the entire time. It appeared in the end that the taxi driver gets some sort of commission or kick back for bringing patrons to the establishment. We quickly located the exit and opted to use tuk tuks the rest of our trip. The whole situation seemed really shady. Maid service was very good and the tempo apeared to be that of an older more mature crowd or those traveling with families. The bar did have a nice "happy hour" and offered a discount of 30% on their overpriced drinks. The pool had a great swim up bar and the snack bar offered a variety of quick foods and lots of fresh fruit. There were also massages offered on the beach, however, the gal slathers aloe on you and in the absence of a sunburn- it feels unpleasant.
The resort also offers neat themed buffets for around 600 Baht an adult. These appeared to be quite nice and even included entertainment. The resort did a nice job of setting an appropriate atmosphere with music even at breakfast on select days.
The lobby really was breathtaking and the resort places your name on a welcome board, which creates a welcoming feeling and gives the place a "small town" feel- nothing too overwelming.
If you prefer to be in the middle of things- I would not recommend this particular resort. If, however, you desire nothing but relaxation and quiet than I would strongly suggest you look into this resort. Overall, we enjoyed our time here but spent our final two days at the Laguna Beach Resort and found this to be even more enchanting! If we return to Thailand we will book our entire stay at Laguna Beach Resort.
Kata Beach Resort sehr empfehlenswert
Kata Beach Resort habe ich im November 2005 einen sehr angenehmen Aufenthalt verbracht. Die Lage ist excellent unmittelbar am weitläufigen, feinsandigen Kata Strand. Der Zugang erfolgt direkt über die Swimmingpool-Landschaft, ohne dass eine Straße überquert werden muß.
In der weiten offenen Lobby des Hotels haben wir uns schon beim perfekten und zügigen Check-in schnell wohlgefühlt. Die Zimmer (deluxe) sind großzügig und ausgezeichnet ausgestattet, sehr sauber und ruhig. Das aufmerksame Personal ist jederzeit freundlich und hilfsbereit und erfüllt einem auch besondere Wünsche schnell und unkompliziert. Das umfangreiche Frühstück (thailändisch und international) läßt keine Wünsche offen und sorgte für einen perfekten Auftakt des Tages.
Die Swimmingpool-Landschaft ist für die Anzahl der Gäste etwas klein geraten, so dass im Laufe des Tages die Liegestühle knapp wurden. Hier kann man jedoch problemlos auf den Strand ausweichen, wo lokale Anbieter günstig und mit umfassendem Service Liegestühle und Sonnenschirme bereit halten.
Das Hotel verfügt über einige gut ausgestattete Restaurants, die keine Wünsche offen lassen, von heissen Waffeln über internationale Gerichte bis hin zu thailändischer Küche. Allerdings empfiehlt es sich, auch die Angebote lokaler Anbieter am Strand oder nahegelegener Restaurants zu probieren. Hier kann man oft zu günstigeren Preisen hervorragend speisen.
Das Hotel empfiehlt sich für den entspannten Urlaub abseits des geschägtigeren Karons oder des hektischen Patongs, die sich aber mit dem Taxi oder Tuktuk innerhalb von 10 bzw. 20 min erreichen lassen . Um das Hotel herum finden sich einige Geschäfte und Restaurants mit ebenfalls sehr akzeptablem Angebot.
Das Hotel selbst bietet zahlreiche Ausflüge in die Umgebung an, allerdings kann man diese auch bei zahlreichen anderen Tour-Anbietern außerhalb des Hotels z.T. deutlich günstiger buchen. Sehr empfehlenswert sind Kanu-Touren in den Phang Nga-Nationalpark und kombinierte Sightseeing und Schnorcheltouren zu den Phi Phi Islands.
Fazit: Das Kata Beach Resort ist ein perfekter Ort, die faszinierende Welt Phukets kennen zu lernen. Sehr empfehlenswert!!
Room with a pool view
Well i just got back from 11 days at Kata Beach Resort.
Upon arrival we were welocomed with complimentry drinks and towels. Which were both refreshing....
Arrival took all of 5 minutes.
Overall i loved our stay and the positive's out weighed the negatives.
The rooms were above adequate, although distilled water in the form of a fountain ball, which at the time seems nice actually attracted more mosquitos then outside the room, became a problem.
Rooms were cleaned to perfection.
The grounds were always clean. The pools were great. We stayed in a pool view room, overlooking one of the larger pools. The resort is broken into two separate resorts almost. And its treated as two separate resorts, the side we didnt stay at was better. They would have live music playing near the pools,pool bar, the pool was better (ours was beautiful, but in comparison with the other, it lacked something). They were also right on the beach, we would have to cross a road. All the restaurants were on the other side, kids games room, first aid, sauna etc.
Breakfast buffet was beautiful, the only complaint i would have is the bacon. They fry it to the point of no recognition (This happened in Bangkok too, so it might just be the way they cook it). The variety is amazing.
The resort never really notified you of activities or special advents, on our last night we noticed they had set up a special BBQ Buffet near the beach. Guests were never informed, thats probably why so many seats were empty. We were never notified of this, or the fire works that woke us up at 12.30am.
Importantly 3000 baht was given to us as food money, im not sure if the amount changes for how many days your there, id presume so. It was explained in such a way, that we thought it would be used to pay for breakfast. However on departure, it worked out to be an extra 3000Baht on top of breakie. Which could be spent on food in the resort. We were disappointed this was never explained, as we ate else where, as the resort food was although not expensive, was more expensive then the local cusine down the road.
The girls at the front desk dont speak very fluent english, which is why there was the misunderstanding with the food vouchers.
Trying to get drinks around our pool could be difficult at times. (ESPECIALLY IF SOMEONE HAD THERE BIKINI TOP OFF, BUT THEN THATS MALES FOR YOU...)
There is a lovely lady selling pancakes just outside the resort, i would recommend these to anyone. They look and taste more like a crepe, but there beautiful all the same, and she never stops smiling.
The beach at Kata was one of the best compared to other places like Patong. Kata is just cleaner overall and not as busy. I was disapointed in having to pay to sit on the seats at the beach (its not expensive, 100baht for the day) i just felt the resort should have seats there, in such a way that it doesnt cost you.
Overall our time and trip was great, im definatelly going back to Phuket and id stay at Kata before Patong again. I think id try a different resort this time, nothing against Kata beach resort. Just for the different experience.
KATA OVERALL IS SLOWER PACED AND THERE ISNT A NIGHT MARKET, WHICH MEANS ITS REALLY QUITE AT NIGHT.
Relax and rejuvenate in this great location!!
This was our first visit to Patong but 6th to Thailand. The hotel welcome was very efficient. Initially our room was next to the road that leads to the beach and near a parking lot. With a simple request we were moved to another room overlooking the garden. The room had all the usual things(safe, toiletries)
Beds were a tad hard because they are traditional Thai raised wooden base with matress on top. But your back does become used to it after a couple of days!
The restaurant was fine. Breakfast had plenty of choices for all tastes. The evenings had themed meals for approx. A$19 per person. We ate in on several nights because it was too wet to venture out. The food was plentiful but not good selections. The cafes across the road are better and great value( huge plate of Pad Thai for $5)or try the beach cafes next door to MomTri's where seafood is about $3 a serve.
The pool is beautiful with an outlook across the beach to the small island. The pool itself is more for splashing than swimming.
Transport is easily arranged to Patong etc and costs about Baht300 each way. There is a public bus available but no information on times or routes.
Best place to stay in Phuket
I popped the question to my now Fiance on the beach at Kata Beach Resort. We could not have asked for a better location to get engaged. It is one of the few hotels in Phuket that is right on the beach -you can reach out and touch the sand. We wou;dn't stay anywhere else if we went back to Phuket. Kata Beach alone is the best beach for swimming. Lots of great restaurants in the area. the hotel was more than comfortable with typical Thai hospitality.
Best of Phuket
We have just returned from a weeks holiday at the Kata Beach Resort in Phuket.
The hotel is set right on the beach and is by far the best location when compared to Patong Beach and Karon Beach.
We were very impressed with the room. We stayed in a sea view room in the main block with a magnificent view of the pool and beach beyond.
The room was spacious with a balcony and all the amenities you need. One thing though: why do they supply a sewing kit (which I believe is hardly used) but no shaving foam (which at least one guest per room would use)!!
An in-room safe is also provided which is very convenient.
The atmosphere was very relaxed and every request was met with quiet efficiency. The hotel has a gym and a small shopping arcade but, surprisingly, no facilities for children such as a games room.
The pool area is very nice but not adequately sized for the number of guests. The occupancy while we were there was in excess of 500 and it was a struggle to find a sunbed in the pool area after 9.00am. However, for 100baht per day you can hire a sunbed on the beach and be well looked after by the locals.
Also the pool only ranges from 0.9m to 1.2m in depth so is limited in its attraction to swimmers.
The choice of food was impressive. The buffet breakfast had everything from noodles, porridge, american items, eggs any way you like, pastries, breads, fruits, cereals, juices, more than enough to satisfy the biggest appetite.
The a la carte menu is reasonably priced compared to the restaurants in the village and a different themed buffet dinner is held every evening, also reasonably priced.
The beach is by far the best compared to Patong and Karon. It is kept scrupulously clean and the sea is very clear. While we were there it was the tail-end of the monsoon season and the waves were at least 8ft (2.5mtrs) and great for body boarding and surfing.
The immediate area outside of the hotel has small shops, bars and restaurants, enough to provide for a weeks holiday. (try the filet mignon at Flamingo Bar and Grill, delicious and only 360baht!.
Overall the Kata Beach Resort is an excellent place to stay. It is one of the few hotels right on the beach (and what a beach!) and we have vowed when we return to Phuket we would not stay at any other hotel.
Great get away !!!
After a very "hairy" Asian style van ride courtesy of the Hotel driver, I was greated warmly by a cool drink & a refreshing towel upon arrival. Check in took no more than 5 minutes & I was ushered to my room on the top floor overlooking the garden. The room was richly decorated with beautiful dark wood & the bath room ameneties were plentiful. Housekeeping did a great job in keeping the room clean & well stocked.
Food at the buffet was very good with lots of choices. Service was excellent. The pools were gorgeous & bar well tended. I had massages by the pool side all 3 days I was there & also had a mani/pedi in the same place. It was very relaxing.
We went to the Night Market at Patong but did not really find any good bargains apart from locally made slippers. HAGGLE WELL !!! I was able to negotiate a 50% discount when my friends & I bought a dozen slippers. Noticed a more upscale looking shops at the Night Market as well as a couple outside of the resort with better quality goods in several places with a fixed price policy & found out that their prices were the most reasonable of all. MBK Mall in Bangkok & the Night Market in Bangkok were the places that filled up my suitcases. GREAT FINDS there.
Although I was very impressed by the facilities, what most impacted me about the resort was the unexpected help I received from the ASSISTANT MARKETING DIRECTOR. I had brought in 2 suitcases full of toys, school supplies & toiletries for the kids of the tsunami victims & because it was the weekend, did not have the time to deliver it personally to KALANG (?) Elementary School, located in the area most affected in the region, which was about a 4 hour round trip. After wrapping the gifts in individual gift bags while enjoying the KATA Beach sunset, I endorsed the big box of goods to the front desk & asked if the resort could do anything as a sign of goodwill to the Tsunami victims. Although the director was off the 3 days I was there, he personally took the 4 hour trip a few days after my departure & gave the box of gifts to the principal of the local school. He even sent me pictures of the "ceremony".
I am glad that KATA BEACH RESORT looks far beyond customer service & includes Public service in their business ethos. Thanks for a wonderful vacation.
Loved the Kata beach resort!
I stayed at the Kata beach resort in Phuket in January, 2004. The place is absolutely gorgeous. We were originally booked into the Karon beach resort, but my fiance had proposed earlier in our trip and had advised the manager. They upgraded us to a suite at Kata beach resort. The rooms are spacious and well kept. The resort has been renovated and had first class facilities, massive pool/s, pool bar, cocktails are a little expensive compared to phi phi island and bangkok. We didn't get Breakfast at the resort but found an excellent restaurant across the road that we ate alot of our meals at, very cheap. The beach is very clean and one of the best we saw in Phuket, nice location. I would definately recommend this resort, it should be rated 5 star!
Has all you need
I stayed at Kata Beach Resort for three nights in May 2005. I had an ocean view room on the second floor.
Hey, great value for the location and convenience. This hotel probably has the best location in Kata Beach. The beach is just a minute from your room and the small town is a minute walk from the hotel gate. It's true that you can stay across the road behind the hotel at comfortable rooms for at least half the price (800-1,500 Bht), and that's cool, but if you don't mind paying 3,000 Baht for the upgrade and beachfront location then this is the place. The hotel has nice mix of families and couples, very laid back - not pretentious at all. I was very impressed with the beach and the waves. Had a lot of fun body surfing and boarding just 30 meters out and I also enjoyed watching the local kids surf the 2-3 meter waves. Strong currents in some areas so watch your step and don't go out too far during the rainy season. The pool area lounge chairs actually do fill up fast as a previous poster said, but there are plenty of chairs on the beach for 100Baht a day. The local Thai hawkers who walk the beach here were very friendly and courteous. If you simply say no thank you they move and smile - great people. By the second day I was buying things only because I was so impressed with their manners. There are massages offered nearby the pool area, unfortunately I never got the chance to check it out. I did try a massage out in the town but have to say it didn't compare to the massage I got up in Bangkok's Khao San Road. If I went back again I'd check out the pool area massage at the hotel.
Rooms: Well done, space efficient, bed was very comfortable, maid service excellent, a/c was great, bathrooms are a tad old but no problems (I don't like the idea that you can't move the shower head- typically in Thailand it seems), terrace is relatively large with a little rack for drying clothes, mosquitoes got in somehow? No need to use the mini-bar if you like beer, just buy it at the grocery store outside for a third of the price. Fabulous room for the price
Pool: I never use pools, but they did have a nice pool bar for drinks. The pool doesn't have a deep area and might be annoying for tall swimmers. The kiddy pool is tiny.
Beach: 100 baht a day for chairs (the hotel does not control the beach). Couple of stands where you can rent out a body board or by some beers. All inexpensive.
Restaurants: I only had breakfast in the hotel. The breakfast is very typical package tour style and not very good. It lacks fresh fruit, which I found odd in Thailand. It's okay, just take a good look around and you can find a way to scoop out something healthy. Outside the hotel there are a few decent places for dinner. I liked the "Lobster and Prawn" and some of the pizza places, but honestly this a problem in this area. There isn't much good simple Thai food around, and that was disappointing.
Nightlife: Nightlife does not exist. There are no party places in the immediate area and the hotel has more of an early-to-bed family atmosphere. There's one girlie bar in the area, but if you take a short taxi ride to the Kata Town center you can find many places for drinking and partying, although mostly geared towards guy and Thai hostesses. The Dino Park restaurant is about a 100 baht taxi ride away. The kids will like that place but the food is not very good. Of course you can always spurge a bit and take a ride to Patong for various late night adventures. About 800 Baht roundtrip.
Tours: You can ask at the main desk. There are many tours out to other islands, snorkeling, scuba diving, sea kayaking, trips to outer island, fishing. The water was a bit rough and I decided to not go to Phi Phi Island but I did take an early sea kayak/snorkeling trip one morning and it was fantastic.
Shopping: Not very good here. Buy things at the markets in Bangkok. I suggest renting a car or scooter for a couple of days and finding some markets on your own. There's a small shop in Kata Town center that sells Indian rugs from Kashmir. It's just around the corner from the hamburger place that is located on the rounded corner. Great deals there.
Overall I give the Kata Beach Resort 4 stars, great location and beach, and I hope they add more fruit to their breakfast buffet.
Great property, a little isolated, many package tourists
We stayed at Kata Resort in December 2005 a week before the tsunami. We were with our 2 year old.
Rooms: beautiful wood floors, nice duvets and lots of space. Bathrooms were nice compared to other places we've stayed in Thailand.
Breakfast: included in the price and lots of variety, especially breads. Only downside is lack of variety in Asian breakfast foods in case you want to experience what Asians might typically eat.
Other food: overpriced for what you can get right across the street. Very modified for "Western" palates. Pad thai, for example is 180 baht whereas across the street, you can get it for 50 baht or less at a local restaurant.
Grounds: well kept. People were constantly trimming, sweeping, etc.
Pool: there's one pool that is "adults only" overlooking the beach. We almost never saw people using it. The larger pool is nice with varying depths and has a children's wading pool as well. You do have to get out and "claim" your chair by about 7:30am otherwise, chairs are fully occupied until early afternoon.
Beach: like most of Thailand, the beaches are public. The resort actually is built up from the beach so you have to walk down to the beach. Right in front of the resort is a little hut that has fruit shakes and rents out chairs. Water was murky so we didn't spend much time on the beach except to take walks
Location: Kata Beach Resort is in Kata which is secluded. If you want to be in the resort all the time, this is a great place for you. HOwever, we enjoy trying to eat locally and everything around there is way too geared for tourists - Swedish restaurants, German restaurants, steakhouses and few Thai restaurants. Shopping - go to Phuket town instead.
Overall - hotel is beautiful - it's a great place to unwind after a long flight and the hustle of Bangkok. However, 3 days is just fine - I wouldn't want to book a 2 week vacation here - not enough to do.