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Sunday 21st February:
Waking around 10am the girls and I quickly packed to then scramble to the airport for our midday flight to Phuket in southern Thailand. Once we reached Phuket we immediately felt the difference of being closer to the equator. Phuket was so hot, but so welcoming also. We caught a minivan to Arimana hotel in Patong (weste...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsCape Panwa Hotel
Great service. Stayed in new Cape Suites which were comfortable and had everything you could need from music to TV to whirlpool on balcony.
Private beach under palm trees. Great food. Very quiet part of Phuket but there are enough small local restaurants to give good variety for meals. Lots of tailors and massage shops and a supermarket.
Its my favourite place for relaxing.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Cape Panwa Hotel
We have just returned from thailand. we stayed 4 nights in bangkok then flew to phuket. the cape panwa was the first of three hotels we stayed in phuket and was the best. it really is paradise.
the beach is lovely, nice sunbeds with towels staff waiting on you, beach snack bar all reasonably priced.
the panwa house restaurant was one of the best meals we had, there is two happy hours one early evening and one late 9.30-10-30 in the light house which had its own band.
the hotel was maybe not as luxurious as our others but you felt more at home and they had tried to think of all the small things that make your holiday.
we went to coral island on the hotels own boat which was amasing lots of fish to see.
this hotel was not damaged by the tsunami at all. we travelled all over phuket and stayed in patong, you only see things if you really look hard.
there is some building work on the island as there would be anyway.
If you want a holiday where you can just relax and let the world go by this is the place. wonderful attention by the staff beautiful surroundings and sun all the time, food excellant and cheap bargains in cloths etc. perfect.
the hotel is tucked out of the way so you can have privacy if required and yet just a cheap cab ride to the main shops.
Unaffected by the tsunami, needs repeat business
I serve in my country's Embassy in Bangkok. As part of my country's tsunami relief effort in the Phuket area, a number of us stayed at the Cape Panwa. It remains charming, isolated and completely unharmed by the tsunami. In fact, as many of you know, the vast majority of Phuket was undamaged. The hotel, however, is starving for guests. At one point during our three-week stay, our twenty man team made up 90 percent of the guest list of the entire hotel. The Cape Panwa -- and Phuket in general -- rely on tourism and need foreigners to return. If the service we received is indicative of the normal service at the hotel, you'd have a great visit coupled with the assurance that you are helping friendly people get back on their feet financially.
Stop writing or everyone will want to come here.
I have visited the Cape Panwa with my family twice,once in 2001 and 2003 and intend to visit again in 2005. I have 2 teenage daughters who adore the place. Yes i said teenagers. They didnt need discos, night clubs because they had the freedom to do as they liked, its that safe and friendly for them. I thought this year it would be just me and the wife going back, no chance, once the girls, aged 20 and 17 found out guess whos coming with us again. The Cape Panwa just grows on you there are no hoards of kids, no here we go here we go larger louts, no time share pests, no one ripping you off (although if you go to Bangkok first you may have to drop you guard because the locals are being friendly and do not rip you off). The people are fantastic the restraunts are outstanding, the service is second to none, the pools are empty most of the time and the beach is a picture post card. I hope the Cape Panwa and its staff have not been affected too much by the Sunarmi.
Cant wait to go again.
My partner and I stayed here for 12 nights in august 2004. The facilities and scenery are second to none for pampering and relaxation- although if you want discos and clubbing-forget it- that's the beauty of the place.
The hotel restaurants are good and service excellent- but for value and to try real Thai food catch the shuttle bus into the small village- all restaurants are worth trying.
The best trip is the John Gray sea Kayaking- make sure you book the sunset cruise- you are paddled by canoe through caves into lagoons within the caves- the experience is mindblowing like going from one world into another
Finally if you go- be sure to say hello to Jenny and Sandy at the beach bar
Great value,peaceful location
great hotel if looking for a peaceful location,lovely beach,staff are friendly and the food was lovely in all the restaurants i can not understand why anyone would say phuket is expensive,there isnt a single thing expensive about any of thailand,a 4 course meal for 2 cost us £40,since when was that called EXPENSIVE!.
Me and my boyfriend just came back from penang in maylasia ,lovely country but thailand is much better.
What a place to unwind!!!
We have just returned from our third visit in 3 years, the friends we travelled with it was thier 3rd in 5 years. This year with some trepidation we took our son's (16 & 18 yrs) who found there was plenty to do to keep them entertained. Talking to other guests we found that many were return visitors or plan to return, such is the effect of this magical place!
The staff are all very friendly and cannot do enough for you. They all speak some English and are keen to learn more.
Whilst food and drinks as you would expect are cheaper in the local bars and restaurantes @ £9 for a 3 course set Thai or western meal/ fish/meat barbicue- eat as much as you can? including a beer/glass of wine & coffee is good value( see special voucher offer -buy 10 get 13 ie- 3 free meals). You can barter a taxi for up to 10 people from just up the hill for £20 for the day! The beach (towels are provided) is just fantastic with beautiful fish to feed from the pier or the walk-way( low tide only) in front of Panwa House. The management are upgrading all the rooms to now include DVD, new furnature for the balcony, poolside & soon the beach.
Believe me this place takes some beating.
Try also the Landmark Hotel as a stop-over in Bangkok especially if you can get a upgrade to Junior Suite.
Unwind in style!
I stayed in the Cape Panwa Hotel in December 2003, having stayed their previously in December 1999. Cape Panwa Hotel is spread over a hill on the Cape Panwa penisular. It has it's own white sandy beach, with a funicular railway to take you to and from the main hotel building if you don't feel up to the walk up the hill. The hotel boasts several excellent restaurant, while, at the bottom of the hill, are other good restaurants. Breakfast is best taken in your room for maximum luxury. This is ordered via an order card that you hang on your door handle before bed. The staff throughout the hotel are friendly and efficient.
The hotel runs a minibus to the fleshpots and Phuket town, though the local taxi service, just outside the hotel is a cheap alternative. Trips from the hotel will take you to diverse destinations as James Bond Island, to the Simon Caberet, featuring stunningly convincing dancers, all of whom feature gender modification...
The Cape Panwa's only draw back is it's hill top location. You will certainly build your calf muscles during your stay, if you miss the courtesy "bus" to the bottom of the hill...
Amazing Holiday!!!! Beautiful!!
We stayed at the Cape Panwa In Feb 2004 for 11 nights (having been to Bankok for 2 nights prior) The hotel is situated in a beautiful part of Phuket, tucked away from it all. My boyfriend and I just wanted to relax for the time we were there and thats what we did!
We didnt feel the restaurants were expensive at all and we ate in them every night as the food was really lovely. We especially liked the thai restaurant in the converted manor house which was lovely in the evening - the staff were so friendly and the boys love talking about football! Look out for Bobby the otter next door - he's a resdent there.
I did feel the rooms needed updating cosmetically (the shower was very old) but they were spotlessly clean and very comfortable.
We brought back some paintings which a lovely man just up the hill painted for us, he has a small shop on the right hand side, his name is Kissapong (the mighty - as he calls himself!) and sadly his hands are deformed but he paints the most amazing pictures and is the sweetest man! If you go, make sure you pop in for a chat - he will paint to order on canvass which you then roll up and take home for about £40 - its well worth it to see your picture develop over a few days and that amount of money is loads to him - its so worth it.
One last tip - look out for the resident monkeys at the hotel, when we were there, there was a small family wiht a tiny baby - it was amazing.
My Boyfriend and I stayed here, we got it for a deal and as we read the reviews were amazed that the likes of Leonardo Di Caprio stayed here Catherine Zeta- Jones. Its a long old drive from the airport just over an hour when we arrived it seemed like the hotel was in the middle of nowhere but it is at the end of the cape so it's to be expected. The Hotel is really nice, the staff where really friendly. The rooms where superiour and very clean and nice the bathroom was fine shower and a good bath. We had a really nice, view from our balcony. The hotel didn't have much by way of entertainment but after a days excursions we didn't really mind. One thing I can say is that the food in the hotel is very very expensive we paid thru the nose to eat there. If you go there you should take advantage of the local restaurants what you would pay for 2 people at the hotel you could pay for 20at local restaurants!!! There were some good facilities in the gym, you could have a pamper session and the staff there were really friendly. The beach was really nice there was an electric tram that took you down there or you could walk so for those like myself who have a bit of trouble walking it's no problem. There was also a bus that takes you up the hill to a small shopping area. If your looking for local nightlife don't look here you have to go into Patong for that, there is a daily shuttle bus but it returns to the hotel early so you would have to take a taxi back or a tuk tuk whihc can work out quite expensive. As its a secluded hotel it served its purpose and we really enjoyed and relaxed there just make sure you bring loads of Baht as Phuket is very expensive!!