Just got back from 10 nights spent at Centara for our honeymoon. We absolutely loved it! I spent a long time researching where to stay beforehand (we wanted somewhere hot and beachy with individual villas - not a room in a hotel block) and we were so pleased with our choice!
Our Spa Villa (338) was gorgeous! A completely private balcony and jacuzzi was a real benefit - lots of balconies aren't so private so maybe ask for this specifically if it would bother you. The jacuzzi water was a bit too warm by the end of the day so we only used it a few times. But it was lovely to have the option there.
The bed was massive and very comfy. The room was a nice size, and had everything you might need (including TV and DVD player in case of bad weather - DVD's can be borrowed from reception)
The bathroom was lovely and big. The walls are thin but personally this didn't bother me. And it's not air conditioned - but again, this didn't bother me as you don't need to spend too long in there.
And the room is cleaned every day which was great.
The room gets warm when you leave it for a while (the air-con only works when you are in the room to save on electricity) but it cools down in about 10 minutes once you start the fan again. So no problem there.
The steps weren't so bad in the end - some other reviews made me a bit nervous about how many steps there were up to the room. Our room was about halfway up, and the steps were fine for us.
The food was great.
Breakfast had everything you might need - choices of juice/ cereal/ pastries/ toast/ fruits/ and a buffet of hot food (hash browns/ pancakes/ eggs etc)
Lunch you chose from a varied menu - from traditional Thai dishes to cheese burger and chips.
Dinner - you either choose from a similar dinner menu or choose the buffet of the day (eg. seafood night/ Thai night/ Italian night)
All delicious and plenty of choice.
Tip for Centara: Less spicy Thai meal choices would be good!
The prices were like normal English hotel prices. The buffet was equivalent to £15 a head. A two course lunch with drinks would be about £15 a head.
Obviously this is expensive for Thailand, but if you're watching your money a bit then just go down the road to the Fisherman's or Barracuda restaurant. The food is just as nice, and it's cheaper.
Personally, we didn't mind paying the prices because it was honeymoon, plus the walk down the hill to the other restaurants, though only about 5 minutes, was a bit hot!!
Plus we did the Baht Bonanza - I'd really recommend using this service if you plan on eating in the resort a lot. I can't remember the exact prices but we gave them about the equivalent of £400 and they gave us £100 free. We ate A LOT and used the spa twice and still didn't spend more than £500 in ten nights. It was great to not have to worry about handling money - everything got charged to your room and we could really treat ourselves.
The restaurant/ bar:
Brilliant. All the staff were smiley and helpful. Really good service ALL the time. Happy hour at the bar twice a day was greatly appreciated. Loved the Thai dancing/ music show one night. And the house band duo who played cover songs each evening were lovely to listen to.
Tip for Centara: The western pop songs played in the restaurant all day got a little bit annoying. We would have liked to hear some Thai music as well, or maybe a variation of music from around the world.
The beach/ sea:
Beautiful!!! Plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas to go around. Plenty of sand - the shore doesn't seem to recede when the tide goes out so there is always the same amount of beach which is good.
A few patches of rock under the water but the water is clear so you can easily avoid them. Other reviews made this seem a lot worse so I took sea-shoes, but didn't need them. It doesn't get particularly deep unless you go quite far out, but the water is perfect for bobbing around in and cooling down. The water is deliciously warm any time of the day, but it still cools you down from the sun which is lovely.
3 pools. One beautiful one with a waterfall which was always less busy which is nice for couples.
One larger one by the bar and beach which was more popular, great for a quick dip before breakfast and for sunbathing in the shallows!
Tip for Centara: More shade please! If you could build another couple of wall-less huts or something, because it would be nice to have some shady areas in the pool!
Just bliss. Wish I'd gone earlier in the week and used it more. Great choices of treatments, beautiful facilities, skilled staff. Can't fault it.
Late April is HOT. On reflection, perhaps a bit too hot. We got lovely and brown (don't push yourself with the sun-bathing or you'll burn!), but we would spend a couple of hours in the afternoon in our air-conditioned room, especially in the hours when there was no shade in the pools.
The fans in the restaurant were good, and the pools were beautifully cooling, and the air-con in the villas was lovely. But if you're not great with constant heat then April might not be the best month for you to visit.
It was stormy and rainy a couple of nights but this was just beautiful and didn't bother us one bit.
We didn't get out much as we just wanted a relaxed beachy time! But we did get the shuttle bus to Chaweng one day. Definitely worth a visit to the town even if just to experience the busier/touristy way of life. But the sister hotel in Chaweng was great - nice to use a different pool and swim in a different sea for the afternoon. Would recommend going there.
Just such a lovely atmosphere. Was a really great place for a honeymoon. Beautiful moonrises each night. Beautiful sunrise over the sea if you wake up for it. Rosie the stray dog is very sweet. The staff are all so friendly. A perfect choice for a relaxed and secluded hot beach holiday.
Thank you Centara!!
Request a secluded balcony because not all of them are private.
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