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“Saved our Vacation!!!!!!!!!!!! on a moments notice!! Heaven!!” 5 of 5 stars
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Karon Sea Sands Resort & Spa
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   208 / 2, Karon Beach Road | Karon Beach, Karon, Phuket Town, Phuket 83100, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #9 of 72 Hotels in Karon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
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3 hotel reviews
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“Saved our Vacation!!!!!!!!!!!! on a moments notice!! Heaven!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

My wife and I were staying at another 5 star hotel in Chalong Bay(Chalong Bay Beach Hotel) which was wonderful, but decided that we wanted to explore more of Phuket by car, and decided to move up to Karon. Closer to Patang, but quieter! We had booked online into another Hotel( the
Rattana) but, thats' another horror story!! The room at the Rattana was $100+ /nite, and the room which was on a side street, smelled of fish as,we found out th room(small) was situated beside the Kitchen outvent! When we checked the bathroom, the toilet still had the last visitor's deposit in it...unflushed!!! We demanded our money back, and left. We had no idea where we were going to stay,and I went online, and discovered a room was available at the Karon Sea Sands Hotel,for $10 more than we had paid! I took it and we went over.
I cannot describe adequately ,the difference!! When we entered the spacious Lobby area, Sarah McLauglin was Playing thruout the area, friendly staff greeted us like old friends, we were offrered the opportunity of two different rooms,both over looking the beautiful Pool area, and we chose the ground floor. Because it was a Friday,there was a meet and greet party, compliments of the Hotel for all of the guests checking in on that day(a good thing to remember) and it was Heaven!!!, especially given the horror story we had come from (the Rattana) This was, without a doubt, one of the highlights of our entire vacation in Phuket. They treated us like family, and when we return to Thailand, (which we will) This, is where we will land.....Period!!!
On the Beach.close to everything, and, very few Russians! I say this as when we had stayed at Chalong Beach Hotel, and 80% of the guests were Russian, and were extremely unfriendly, which was part of why we decided to move in the first place. I don't say that all Russians are unfriendly, but that was our experience. At this hotel, we found alot of English,Australians, and ex-pats!!! Friendly!!!!!

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  • Stayed November 2012, 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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Seemant-Raju, Owner at Karon Sea Sands Resort & Spa, responded to this review, March 7, 2013
Thank you for your comments. Our staff were delighted to have you and comments are always passed on to them.

We try hard to please our valued guests and we do hope you stay with us again in the near future.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Khabarovsk, Russia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Had to stay there for two nights as our main hotel we spend 13 nights in, was fully booked.
Got the deluxe room and was very disappointed - it was very small. Probably it was just an impression after staying in a private villa for two weeks - but twice cheaper than Karon Sea Sands
I also did not like Karon beach at all- too crowded, too noisy. Kata Noi is way better for families with young children.
Back to the hotel - the amenities are aged, but the location is very good - you just walk 100 meters across the street and get to the beach. The sunbeds cost same as everywhere in Phuket - 100 Bhatt per day. You also do not have to climb any hill when getting back to the hotel - when it is hot outside, this is a great advantage.
Breakfast is very good, they had something new every morning, very delicious. Have not tried their restaurant for dinner, but i am sure it was good.
They have one hour of complimentary wifi per day, the full day charge was 200 bhatt
The staff at the front desk spoke good English, we had no problem communicating with them. I booked a taxi for the airport and it was a minibus for just 800 bhatt which is very good

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Seemant-Raju, Owner at Karon Sea Sands Resort & Spa, responded to this review, March 7, 2013
Thank you for staying with us. Your comments are noted and passed on to our staff.

During the high season, it is easy for the beaches here to get crowded. However, the beach at our location is one of the nicer ones for our guests.

We cannot compare our rooms to a villa, but we do keep our rooms updated and clean.

Thanks again.
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Geoje, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Proper family resort, which is just the right size for families.
Arrived just before Christmas & received just the right type & size of double bed rooms with interconnected door as requested. Ideal for families, were Children can sleep undisturbed while Mum & Dad can have a drink on the balkony!
Good pool size & ideally for the routine swimmer with a 50m long pool, as well as for the children with pool size depth between 0,91m in one end & slowly getting deeper ending at 1,65m. Built in whirlpool & bar, just what you need, if there is too much wind at the beach !
Good selection of Asien/Amercian & Europe based breakfast & Indien food if you want!
Location within 5 minutes from the beach, ie. just across the beach road & entrance of Resort slightly away from the busy beach road.
Evening & night time noise from adjacent areas outside resort only little, based on it was Christmas season, as well as resort well protected from main noise sources.
Resort was built back in 2003 & based on the age, well maintained & driven by the proud staff!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Seemant-Raju, Owner at Karon Sea Sands Resort & Spa, responded to this review, January 19, 2013
Hello. Thank you for your kind comments on the resort and your stay with us in Karon.
Please check our facebook page to see if you are in any of the photos. We would love to add a name to them, if you allow us.
We hope you come back soon.
Jaspal
Owner / Managing Director
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Bangkok
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

So a smallish pool, but right across the street from what I think is the best part of Karon Beach (right on beach road and across from the grass volleyball), and right next to the main road that leads down from Patong - with a mini-mart and pharmacy on the corner). There's a Subway sandwich place within walking distance in the other direction down the beach. The breakfast was good and the room was a good size including bathroom. Overpriced, but we were there at peak season. Like most places in Thailand beach resorts, and due to the country's poor public education system due to decades of military and elite rule that cares little for the majority, there is a shortage of staff who can speak english so they hire Philippines' migrant workers.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

The hotel is great, actually it was the best hotel we stayed in during our journey. Located in Karon 1 minute walk from the beach in the quiet area and close enough to many restaurants, shops and markets. We stayed in the pool access room which is great but with some limitations like swimming is not allowed after 19.00. Room was clean the same as it is present in hotel picture gallery. Personell is friendly and have good English. Breakfast was good, had good quality and quite big variety of food. We have been in Thailand as a couple without our kids. For the next time if we travel with kids we would like to stay there.

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Jalandhar, India
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

Bad Hotel. Stayed here 2 nights. Stole my wife's IPhone right from the table in the restaurant. My wife took our baby to the restaurant for a snack. While eating/feeding went running after him and when returned after few minutes, the phone was missing and turned off. She went to the reception and complained but no real response but fake questions and assurance. Firstly they said that they will show us the CCTV footage but later claimed that they have no camera running in that section. Secondly, my friend paid around 3000 extra per night ( for booking of 3 Nights) for his child for extra bed and breakfast but was not provided extra bed for either of the 3 nights in spite of repeated requests. Only thing good was that they are across the road from the beach. Way Expensive for what they have and what they give.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Seemant-Raju, Owner at Karon Sea Sands Resort & Spa, responded to this review, January 19, 2013
First, my staff and I would like thank you for staying at our resort. All our guests are important to us and we take any and all comments and suggestions very very seriously.
In investigating this unfortunate incident with the phone, we acknowledge that we do not have cctv installed within the restaurant. All cctv equipment is aimed towards the length of the hallways and reception. My staff take any complaint by a guest extremely seriously and it is passed on directly to my operations manager or myself.
Let me assure you that this is a very rare incident to have occurred within our resort. In fact, it is the first one ever and we do not take this issue lightly.
With regards to the extra bed, please accept our apologies for not taken care of your friend.
Both issues have been mentioned in staff meetings and we can ensure that both issues do not happen ever again.
Jaspal
Owner / Managing Directory
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

The hotel isnt the greatest but the place kind of grows on you hour by hour. The pool has its unique layout which is cool but I think the location of the place is the best part. The city of Karon is really busy and I wouldve hate to stayed at a hotel in the downtown area.. The location is across the street from the public beach and is chilled. You can walk 10 minutes into the hustle and bussle of the city and get a good meal and drinks but its a short of walk to be just far away. The rooms are good and not great, the brunch is good but not great, but for the price its a great value to stay here knowing what we paid and what we couldve paid somewhere else in town.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 208 / 2, Karon Beach Road | Karon Beach, Karon, Phuket Town, Phuket 83100, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phuket > Phuket Town > Karon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Karon
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Karon
#9 Romantic Hotel in Karon
#15 Family Hotel in Karon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Karon Sea Sands Resort & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 87
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