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Sugar Marina Resort - Nautical - Kata Beach
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   2/4 Kata Noi Road, Kata Beach, Phuket, Thailand (Formerly Sugar Marina Resort)   |  
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Ranked #11 of 49 hotels in Kata Beach
Singapore, Singapore
1 review
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Sugar Marina - Better than luxury hotels”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

Sugar Marina is a new but excellent resort located on a small hill between Kata Beach and Kata Noi Beach and between August 19th to 24th, treated me and my partner incredibly for our anniversary. Let me break it down for you.

Location

For those who want to experience the nightlife or the city buzz of Patong/Phuket or even want a truly Thai experience, you shouldn't stay here. Kata Beach is far (and one expensive ride) from Patong and is surrounded by restaurants and businesses meant for European tourist consumption. So there is going to be alot of overpriced pastas and fewer pad thais. But those who want to wake up to Phuket's green forested hills, bright beaches and just be far away from the urban scrawl, this place is the perfect location.

The hotel stands between two beaches, Kata and Kata Noi. Kata Beach in the north is larger with a more life, restaurants and development while Kata Noi Beach in the south is quieter, more private and has a unique sandbar that affects the beach geography and waves. Both are less than 200 metres from the hotel and thus gives you two different beaches with distinct characters each morning.

Swimming Pool

There was a small but
respectable swimming pool that glows prettily at night. However, you are more likely to head to the beach. Nonetheless, for some poolside fun, the pool is quiet, clean and a night swim looks fun.

Room

The room is fantastic. I got lucky and was upgraded to a room on the fourth floor that overlooked the beach. The room itself is clean and prettily decorated. There is a good television that has many different language news channels and a few extra English entertainment channels. There are ample towels, lots of bathroom space with both a bathtub and a shower for your choosing. Daily restock of soaps and gels. More clothes hangers would be nice but we managed well. There is also a rather large couch for a third person to stay but the bed is so large, it could comfortably fit three people with space to spare.

I must add however, this is a great couple hotel but has a slight drawback if you are rooming with family or friends. The bathroom has an open space that can be covered by sliding wooden frames. This is awesome for couples who want to lie in the bathtub together while watching TV but might be a bit too public for friends/family members. Because the wooden sliding frame does not provide much sound insulation. Even if frames are drawn and the bathroom has visual privacy, you can hear every sound that goes on in there. You've been warned! Nevertheless, The rooms are still a 5/5 amazing and such a small (if slightly awkward) detail shouldn't bother good friends and close family.

Restaurant

There is a restaurant which serves excellent breakfast. They serve ala-carte food for dinner and lunch. The food quality is good enough and the price is mid-range. I recommend giving it a try if you're a little lazy to walk out for dinner or it is raining. Get the Thai desserts.
Nonetheless, all the good cheap food in Kata are the street carts that zoom around. I highly recommend finding the pad thai drivers that sell great pad thai for 50 baht ($2.00).

Cost & Value

If you book early, you can get their most basic room for S$50.00 a night, which is a great deal if you're looking for comfort and pampering at an affordable price. I've gone through at least three dozens hotels going for this price and it easily is the best option. The staff is friendly, their service great, the rooms and hotel, well-decorated and up-kept. Your room comes with a complimentary drink of Cola, Singha Beer, orange juice and two bottles of water that are refilled daily and breakfast which we did not expect to be so grand. They have a range of European pastries, cereals, hams, bacon, Malay kuehs (cakes), Chinese dumplings, a whole assortment of general Asian and European dishes and an (unexpected) omelette bar.

Cons

Here are a few cons, but do not let that distract you from getting this place. There are relatively minor and are easily ignorable.

1) The wifi is rather weak on the upper floors and sometimes jerky. But I'll rather pick a room with a view than good wifi connection.

2) In the open-air restaurant, during breakfast, can get a little noisy when the passing large truck goes by the building.

3) The air-conditioning in the hotel room takes awhile (20 minutes-ish) to properly cool down a room when just turned on. After that, it works well.

Conclusion

All I can say is: Book a room here.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Guangzhou, China
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

I chose to stay 2 nights at Sugar Marina Hotel before moving to Club Med. After reading many reviews, I confirmed my booking. Dude, we were impressed with the truthfulness of all the comments mentioned about the hotel. Rooms are excellent, elegantly decorated, wifi, elevator, friendly staff, delicious food, a short walk to the beach, and shopping places on both sides of the streets. We were super impressed by the amenities provided and location. We will definitely book there again when we visit Phuket. Way to go Sugar Marina Hotel!

Room Tip: A great place to stay in. Very simple with a marine theme that can put u in a peaceful mood.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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mumbai
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Pros: All that you can think of - great location - relatively secluded from the main market but close enough, wonderful staff, great morning breakfast, swimming pool, water and beverages in the room added everyday free of cost, great facilities.

The only cons that i can think of:
1. Salty water in the pool 2. Pool closes relatively early at 8:30 3. Poor choice on television - most channels were not working (but thats not what you're there for right) 4. Travel counter is expensive

I would recommend this place to everyone. Its a new establishment and looks and feels new. From the time of entering to when we left, we were treated well and it was our best accomodation on the entire trip. Fabulous.

Room Tip: Choose the pool view rooms on the higher floors - 1. you will not be disturbed if someone is in the...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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auckland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

Stayed there recently for eight nights. It was a great experience. A very new facility so still very clean and nice. All the staff were exceptional. One in particular stands out. After just a few days, she remembered out breakfast likings and each day, we got our breakfast served, exactly as we liked it, with a great big smile and a lot of enthusiasm. (It is a buffet style breakfast but the staff are very eager to add a high level of personal service also.) We have stayed in other facilities, in Kata, operated by the same Corp. on previous visits. They too are good but they dont match the enthusiasm of the Sugarmarina staff. Also during breakfast, towards the end of the service, a gentleman was circulating and I am guessing he was the Captain. He enquired as to whether everything was to our satisfaction overall. Seldom I have I encountered this level of customer interaction in Thailand. (And for the record, I concluded he was the captain, not because he was male but because he wore long trousers and EVERYONE else wore shorts. My conclusions may still not be correct !!!)

SugarMarina is only a very short walk (3-4mins max) to the beach, several good restaraunts and the Ska Bar and less than a pleasant 10 min stroll to the centre of Kata Village via the Road or the beach. There is a family mart just a minute or two away and almost anything else one could need close by. On the negative side, the last 50m or so to SugarMarina is quite steep and this could be a show stopper for anyone with a disability in their lower body..

The wifi worked and the pool was great . Suagrmarina not only matched but markedly exceeded our expectations.

Room Tip: A pool view room provides a little buffer from the noise of the pool especially early or at night.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
1 review
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

This new resort has so much to offer those traveling to Phuket. First, the front office staff greets you with smiles upon your arrival and each time you enter. When my tour bus was just 5 minutes late, one offered to call the company for me (thanks Ae)! I always felt well taken care of and welcomed. The rooms are especially clean with big, cozy beds, a wonderful shower, and free water/beer/juice. Additionally, the walk to Kata beach is a quick two minutes. The location allows easy and worry free access to restaurants, shops, and entertainment. Sugar Marina Resort is a quiet and well taken care property that I would recommend to all! Simply wonderful!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Very clean & quiet decent size rooms with all the facilities you would expect: safe, mini fridge with complimentary waters, cokes and 2 fruits, hairdryer, flip flops, umbrellas... Even though the hotel is not by the sea, the location is good in between two great beaches: Kata Beach & Kata Noi, and close to shops. Breakfast more than adequate.
Staff were friendly and professional. I would have no problem recommending this hotel and would happily stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

As its new got a really good rate. Staff very friendly throughout and rooms comfortable with a nautical theme. Breakfast a bit limited but nice enough. Pool quite small but nice enough It's probably three and a half stars and good value overall.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Sugar Marina Resort - Nautical - Kata Beach Phuket
Address: 2/4 Kata Noi Road, Kata Beach, Phuket, Thailand (Formerly Sugar Marina Resort)
Location: Thailand > Phuket > Kata Beach
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#10 Family Hotel in Kata Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sugar Marina Resort - Nautical - Kata Beach 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Sea Lovers’ Destination – a unique boutique resort, designed with sea lovers in mind. A new port of call for holiday makers with a sense of adventure and a taste for life on the high sea while enjoying all with modern comfort and convenience of a contemporary resort. ... more   less 
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