If you want a great family holiday or you are a oldie that loves the water parks, this is a great place to stay.
As a time share member, what a great surprise to actually exchange to a great apartment at Centara Phuket. Though the resort is only a stones throw from the airport, it is a 10 to 15 minute drive. Yes you can hear the planes, but only for 10 seconds and only the ones taking off. They will only wake you if you are a light sleeper.
The resort itself is well maintained and very clean. the resort is proud of its drive to improve energy efficiency and recycling. They are even planting and growing Pineapple trees on the resorts spare land.
Attached to the resort is the "Splash Jungle" water park. There rides that will suit everyone, from the thrill seekers (use the rides at the top of the tower) to small children. There is a lazy river ride, but remember to slop on the sun cream, a kids play area, that has the tipping water bucket and small slides and also a wave area. All areas are manned by life guards and are very clean. The park has a no food and drink admission policy(though you can smuggle in one of the free water bottles that are left daily in the rooms/apts). Never tried the food or drink at the park as we found that 2hrs in the morning (opens at 10 and closes at 6) was enough before return to the apt for a lunch and back in the afternoon for another 2 hours).
Admission to the park is free for guests staying at the resort and there is a shuttle buggy that will take you to and from the park to your apartment/room. A great idea, was the free towels (and actually bath sheet size). This allows you to turn up at the park with just your swimmies and your camera, as they also supply a free locker(per person if required), which are very close to the rides. The locker keys are enclosed in a wrist band, like a watch, which was a good idea.
The resort has numerous restaurants, a small food mart and ATM. There are also two out door pool areas within the resort, with the main one by the beach front restaurant.
Our apartment was a beach front (have I already mentioned that) 2 bed unit, with a enclosed 20mt x 8mt pool. As it also had its own kitchen, this allows us the facility to eat in as we required. The resort offers breakfast at one of its restaurants, but means getting up and dressing.
As we normally hire a car when we visit Phuket, a trip to Tesco is a must. It is about a 20 minute drive from the resort along the main road. The supermarket has all we needed for our stay, plus the shop is incorporated in a shopping Mall, which also allows for other purchases.
The staff at the resort are all very helpful and have a great understanding and use of the English language.
The cost of the Taxi to and from the airport is 500Baht (approx US$16).
The whole 5 days of our visit was totally relaxing and Exchange permitting, we will definitely plan another visit to the resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centara Grand West Sands Resort & Villas Phuket is located on the west coast of Phuket and set in 47 acres of land with 500 metres of pristine beach frontage on Mai Khao Beach, the longest and quietest stretch of beach on this side of the island. The resort has been designed to blend in with its ecologically sensitive environment, and has its own green systems that ensure the natural resources of the area are conserved.The design focus of the resort is an extensive water park with swimming pools, a lazy river and waterslides, including a huge Super Bowl slide. All rooms, suites and villas are of modern design and are carefully sited to take advantage of the stunning views of the Andaman Sea and Phuket’s dramatic hinterland.Although this part of Phuket is renowned for its extensive areas of natural and undisturbed beauty, the resort is only 15 minutes away from Phuket International Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- West Sands Hotel Phuket