Sugar Palm Grand, Hillside
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We stayed at Sugar Palm Hillside @ Kata Beach. A second time to Phuket and we chose to stay at Kata beach instead of the commercialized Patong. A very nice experience in a lovely hotel on the hill. Steep steps within as we stayed at one of the highest floors, it was 5-10 minutes walking distance to massage/ restaurants/ the beach and Kata town …
... Cha (nicknamed Cha Cha Binks). There is currently a slight fault with the air-conditioning (very bad news) so it's very sticky. For the remainder of the day, we finished unpacking
The first night called for a celebration so went out for a few beers and a lovely meal at a little restaurant on the marina side called The Haven.
... training’ in domestication, please look up ‘Phajaan’ in youtube. I spent about an hour watching videos, reading information and crying about it all; sometimes you need to shock yourself so that you will always remember you wont be involved in anything like that!
Anyway, zooming through before this blog entry starts getting more out of hand than my usual babble; Yan is an interesting chap; not the best English speaker we coined the term ...
... rest hiked and climbed along the path. I amused myself with exploring yet another ‘stand alone’ bathroom...only to find out afterwards that there was a modern, ‘have a seat’ restroom around the corner. Oh, well...
We chose this as our day of rest...walking along beside the water, having a massage on the beach with the sound of the waves in the background, feeding a baby elephant that ...
... temple complex about 30 minutes drive from the hotel. The sheer magnificence of the temple structure with the intricate carvings on the temple exterior left us spell bound to say the least.
There were several structures within the temple complex and we made it a point to visit each and every one. We spent about an hour in this place and shopped for some souvenirs in the complex before heading out.
2. The Big Buddha - Our next stop was the Big Buddha. This is ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsSugar Palm Grand, Hillside Kata Beach
Exactly what the others have said, there is a 40degree incline to the entrance of the hotel. It is actually about 100m and takes 5 minutes to walk. An issue if you have elderly, difficulty walking or lots to carry. The other con mentioned was that the hotel was undergoing renovation. The last con mentioned in the other reviews were having to change lift which I will elaborate below.
The above two were not applicable to us, as I travelled with my 50-60s parents who are healthy and fit and had no difficulty walking. Our taxi brought us directly to the lobby of the hotel bypassing the slope so we only walked up & down that slope when we went out for meals or to the beach so no luggages and it was fine.
The hotel is 5-7 minutes walking to the beach and food and shops are 5 minutes away as well. Various types of restaurants & massages around and you can choose accordingly to your budget. Recommend Darin massage which is 5 minutes from the beach and we just walked and tried different restaurants for meals. There were night market stalls at night, selling clothes, fruits & food which is also walking distance from the hotel.
We requested for high floors and got the highest non-pool access rooms. This was accessible through the first lift that takes you to about 8th floor and then you have to change and then climb another slope. Again, this depends on what you want. If you find it a hassle to change lifts, you can stay on the lower floors. We were okay so we were happy to get a very high floor though it was cumbersome to get to our rooms via changing of two lifts and climbing up a relatively steep slope which my daddy was quite tired to climb by the second night. So just to take note of this if you want to request for high floors. If not, you can request for relatively high floors that you will only need to change lifts and not climb. However, they have a buggy to bring you and your luggage but only for check in and out.
About the room:
Our rooom was newly renovated and very nice and big and new. Everything was perfect about the room. Basins were outside the toilet and there were two so convenient to use it while someone is in the toilet. Basic complimentary mini bar and drinking bottle/pax provided daily. Hair dryer, toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothbrush) were provied. Both bath and beach towels provided. And they also provided both bed time slippers as well as beach slippers which was so convenient! Umbrellas were also provided in the room with a safe.
Breakfast was basic for asians' standard but sufficient. An egg station, bread, salad, fruits and some hot food. Please try the fruits, its so fresh and sweet because this is Thailand!
The main pool was small but good enough. We did not use it as we were at the beach most of the time. There were also various small pools for the pool access rooms ...
We had 3 people and they charged us extra per night... FYI
The hotel also had local tours etc if you want to sign up but we did not join any as we just wanted to relax by the beach.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.