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Cape Panwa Hotel
Ranked #4 of 13 Hotels in Cape Panwa
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Gorgeous views and a relaxing time”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Stayed at Cape Panwa as part of a wedding group that was held at a nearby resort. On arrival it was a beautiful place with truly amazing views of the beach and surrounding tropics.

The resort is quite large so I loved that you dont feel a crowd when you are there, but the rooms are rather far away from the lobby, pool and restaurants which is good because it's quiet but a little tiresome as well. Staff are friendly and nice but sometimes a little non-existent (e.g. the spa was completely empty when we wanted to inquire and when someone finally came they didnt have any good slots so my BF and I just ended up at another spa nearby).

The rooms are nice - the superior double room was quite spacious but the bathroom was a little small to my liking. I had a beautiful seaview which was very pleasant. Some others in the group had the junior suite which was nice but it had an awfully secluded location which involved a lot of walking and stair climbing from the lobby so personally wouldn't recommend it for the price difference. I saw some of the villas there as well - they dont seem very private because I could look right into their private pools when i was standing at the main hotel swimming pool area.

They have a shuttle bus every 20min that brings you down to the main road (down because it is up a miraculously steep slope but that goes for most of the resorts in that area) which was very convenient. Between them and their sister resort Kantary Bay which is just next door they have plenty of restaurants - the menu seems about the same for the couple of restaurants we tried but that said, the food was pretty good.

The hotel states that wifi is free in public areas but what they dont tell you is that you have to get a unique password and login from the front office every day because it only lasts for 24hours which is a little bit of a pain - then again if you're here on holiday then it shouldn't matter too much unless you want to social media your way through the trip (which was what alot of us were doing).

All in all, a very enjoyable and relaxing stay. I think its quite reasonable in terms of price. The whole area is not particularly near any bustling city so its a great place to just relax and unwind with the beach right at your doorstep (yes I almost forgot to mention, there is a private beach which is gorgeous and you can do water sports and activities there too).

Probably would return.

Room Tip: Dont go for the junior suites they are very very far and you have to walk alot to reach them. The su...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kasemkij_Group, General Manager at Cape Panwa Hotel, responded to this review, November 28, 2013
The Cape Panwa Hotel, Phuket, thanks you for sharing your review with us and our readers after your recent stay. Your informative observations should be helpful to other readers planning a trip to Phuket and we hope to welcome you back again for another stay with us again soon. Many thanks again for your review.
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 23, 2013

We recently stayed here as it was a ideal central location to meet our son who is living in oz . It was our first time to Thailand and didnt really know where to stay so we went on the advice of our travel agent and it was superb .the rooms, The pool , the location, the beach, All beautiful. the food in the restraunts was good but we decided Thai food was not top of our list for favourites. All the staff were superb as is all the Thai people we met , where ever we went be it to patong or any of the busy places did not feel uncomfortable about safety. dont hire a car taxis are very reasonable our driver took us to patong (1 hour drive) waited for us while we shopped & saw the night life at Banglar rd drove us back late that night was less than £30 inc tip . A couple of things about the hotel We were very unhappy about & I let them know too was the WiFi its free in the lobby you have to open a stupid piece of paper for the password every day , if you want wi fi in your room you have to pay ... a lot . out of principle we would not pay it because by no means is this not a cheap hotel . we met a couple of back packers staying in a 200 bht (£4) per night room and they had free wifi !? Come on cape panwa hotel small things to you make your guests happier . another niggle the sunbeds on the balconys are lovely but you cant use them cos the 4 inch thich foam is constantly sodden from the rain & you cant move them to drain cos they weigh a ton. Tim an english expat has a desk in the lobby have to say he is very helpfull & on our side. theres a shuttle bus that goes to all the local shops / resteraunts 2 mins to get you up the hill and down try the sunset bar they good as gold in there but some of the resteraunts are hit n miss on more than one occasion one of our group of 5 was being served mains when another was getting desert . but all said cant wait to go back .....When WiFi is free throughout the hotel . we will be watching & waiting cape panwa hotel

Room Tip: we had 3 rooms ours was r219 other than the sodden sunbed was great view out to sea port
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Kasemkij_Group, General Manager at Cape Panwa Hotel, responded to this review, November 27, 2013
The Cape Panwa Hotel, Phuket, is pleased to have met your expectations, while expressed concerns with complimentary WiFi in room and the balcony sun beds have been shared with our team. The positive mention of our staff and hotel guest relations manager have been shared with them. Thank you for your informative feedback and we can’t wait to welcome you back again soon.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 22, 2013 via mobile


We loved this place.  if there is one part of Phuket that can still be deemed as "unchartered territory"; well, that  is  cape Panwa. Definitively  the  place to be! 
We drove around Phuket on  the first day : patong , surin , kata beach , karon and so on. 
I Can't begin to describe how horrified I was!  everything seemed appallingly busy, tacky, unattractive, commercial-tourist-trap... We got stuck in a traffic jam for 2hours, an endless stream of motorbikes, everlasting traffic lights at every corner. I live in London , that is not exactly a small village , but ( believe me) i have never seen something like this. 

We got back that night to the hotel and locked the car key away.  (we rented a car as we thought that cape Panwa could be a  little bit "remote" ,from the centre  but that was utterly unnecessary.
Tip: save  the 4000 Thai baht for 4-day car rental  and buy yourself cocktails to drink on the beach instead. 

We spent the rest of the holiday in the resort and in the immediate surroundings ; small family-run  restaurants with authentic thai food , nice cafes with yummy ice creams and home made cakes , promenade along the beach   and that's when it felt like proper tropical island holiday.  

Cape Panwa hotel is a well hidden pearl :friendly staff , spacious rooms nice pool   ,amazing tropical private beach,  straight out of some postcard, good restaurant and bar choice for every liking and not too expensive. 
We got complimentary upgraded to a junior suite with private Jacuzzi on our terrace overlooking the beach, that was obviously the icing on the cake. 

If you  want a break from your life and from the world ....DISAPPEAR HERE! 

  • Stayed November 2013
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Kasemkij_Group, General Manager at Cape Panwa Hotel, responded to this review, November 27, 2013
The Cape Panwa Hotel, Phuket, thanks you for your positive endorsement of the pearl of our self-contained property and location as a place to disappear and just enjoy one’s stay. The mention of our attentive and friendly staff has been passed on to them. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon for another opportunity to disappear here. Thank you for your review.
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Reviewed November 19, 2013

This was our fourth visit to this hotel, found a lot of improvements to the rooms which have been updated since our last visit, we stayed in a cape suite which was large and comfortable, not sure the jacuzzi is a good idea though. The room was kept clean with some nice touches (the elephant made from towels and orchids )our one niggle was that the balcony was not cleaned throughout the two weeks we were there. The beach was kept nice and although the hotel was full sun beds were always available , we found all the staff were pleasant and friendly maybe reception staff should be more fluent in English but we got by with just a few misunderstandings and after all we were in Thailand. We ate mostly in the village as we found the hotel a bit pricey but visited the lighthouse bar for happy hour at night, overall we had a great time, do think the hotel should drop the Coral Island trip though, that was very poor with the included buffet inedible ( flies all over it ) but we were in a party of seven and overall a good time was had by all.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Kasemkij_Group, General Manager at Cape Panwa Hotel, responded to this review, November 24, 2013
The Cape Panwa Hotel, Phuket, thanks you for sharing your observations with us and our readers after your fourth visit. Your mention of the balcony has been shared with our team while the observation on staff has been noted. We look forward to your soonest return. Thank you for your review.
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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

We arrived in Phuket after 10 days of sightseeing near Bangkok. We were looking forward to the 3 day stay at this hotel to end our 2 year Anniversary trip in Thailand. Our time at this hotel was very relaxing and a much needed getaway from the bustling city life. The room felt very romantic with the jacuzzi and private beach view on the balcony. I loved every second of it!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kasemkij_Group, General Manager at Cape Panwa Hotel, responded to this review, November 24, 2013
The Cape Panwa Hotel, Phuket, is very pleased to hear you loved our secluded beach and that we met your expectations. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon for another romantic stay with us.
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Reviewed November 16, 2013

We spent 7 nights at the Cape Panwa Hotel at the end of October after purchasing a Scoopon deal, and absolutely loved our time there. We stayed in a Cape Suite overlooking the pool, the room was spacious, comfortable, had a big balcony with a jacuzzi and was always cleaned well by staff.
Having read some poor reviews before we went I was slightly worried, but I have to say we really couldnt fault much at all during our time there. Learning a Thai "hello" and "thank you" go a long way - surprised at the number of people who didnt take the time to learn such a simple courtesy and expect the staff to speak their own language....hmmm why not just stay at home if you want a holiday where everyone speaks your language. Having said that, we never had any communication problems with staff, and found them friendly and helpful at all times. We did witness several times other guests speaking very rudely to staff but still staff remained polite.
Some of the highlights of our Cape Panwa stay were the Coral Island trip one day, relaxing on the beautiful private beach of the hotel drinking coconuts, a couple of visits to the gorgeous Cape Spa, a few night time trips to Patong (which made us realise how happy we were to be staying out of the madness at beautiful Cape Panwa!) and cheap massages in the nearby village and along the hill on the way out of the hotel. The food at the hotel was lovely we ate at Cafe Andaman every morning and found it to be a great variety, had dinner one night at Panwa House which was beautiful and we also really enjoyed the meals at Sawasdee restaurant in the village - well worth a visit.
We left very relaxed and happy, with lots of great memories and would definitely return to visit Cape Panwa again!

Room Tip: Definitely spoil yourself go for a Cape Suite!
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kasemkij_Group, General Manager at Cape Panwa Hotel, responded to this review, November 19, 2013
The Cape Panwa Hotel, Phuket, is pleased to learn that we met your expectations and that your stay with us was enjoyable, pleasant, and relaxing.
Your appreciation of our staff has been on passed to them. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon for another peaceful holiday.
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Reviewed November 15, 2013 via mobile

The hotel located on a hill and has a private beach in cape Panwa, a place very far away from noisy patong area. It is traditionally decorated but very cozy, in which I can enjoy the peaceful moment. Hotel staff are very nice as usual and the food was good.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kasemkij_Group, General Manager at Cape Panwa Hotel, responded to this review, November 19, 2013
The Cape Panwa Hotel, Phuket, thanks you for your positive feedback and looks forward to seeing and serving you again soon. Thank you.
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Property: Cape Panwa Hotel
Address: 27, 27/7 Moo 8, Sakdidej Road, Cape Panwa, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phuket > Cape Panwa
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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#3 Family Hotel in Cape Panwa
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Hotel Class:5 star — Cape Panwa Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 205
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Cape Panwa Hotel embodies tropical luxury in one of the world's most desirable destinations. Tucked away in a quiet corner of southeast Phuket, the villa is renowned for its excellent service, stylish rooms and exclusive swimming pool. Blending superbly with the natural beauty of the area, the hotel is comprised of a selection tastefully decorated suites and pool villas. Thailand's premier luxury chain of Villa and Serviced Apartments. ... more   less 
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