The hotel is set right at the Northern tip of Karon beach, slightly away from the bustling town centre. Great views over the sea. Hotel clean and tidy and away from main roads.
Lovely room (was in black 8) with a fantastic bathroom.
Staff were happy to help with anything. Lazy river and pools were excellent. Breakfast was as would be expected - a large buffet catering to all tastes.
Downsides - Water from the taps not always the cleanest, sometimes did come out a bit yellow, not a huge problem for me, just used the bottled water (hotel provided 2 bottles each day). Apparently this is an issue with the local supply so not a lot the hotel can do about it. There is a large sewage pipe entering the sea next to the hotel, apparently this is safe treated water, but a little unnerving all the same. The pool/beach bars and the hotel restaurants were very expensive compared to everywhere else (even the other hotels restaurants/bars).
The hotel ran a shuttle into the town, but this was only once or twice a day and could have been more frequent (the walk to Karon town is not a particularly nice one! - either down a busy unlit road, or along the beach where you had to cross a stream so would get your feet wet!!)
Sounds like a lot of downsides compared to upsides but this really is a great hotel and I am just picking holes. I really enjoyed my two weeks here and would definetly go back. From what I saw of the other hotels in Karon this was is definetly the best.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket is a modern five-star luxury resort built directly on the foreshores of Karon Beach. Designed with distinct Phuket colonial Sino-Portuguese architecture, the luxury accommodation comprises of 262 guestrooms and villas. All guestrooms have a balcony and are ocean facing. Room types consist of spa suites, pool suites, deluxe suites and one and two bedroom villas. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket Hotel Karon
- Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket Karon