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Cape Panwa Hotel
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belfast, ireland
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Reviewed February 28, 2006

Okay, first the good things: location of hotel is pretty good if you want to be away from the madness and tackiness of the main resort areas (about 25 mins to Kata and 40 mins to Patong). Its peaceful and has reasonably well kept grounds and there are a few nice vantage points around the Cape Panwa area itself to watch the sun go down. Suites (although slightly dated looking) have fabulous views of the Andaman sea and the lush tropical vegetation that surrounds this area. A visual feast for the senses first thing every morning when you pull back the curtains. Hotel bus services to Phuket town/Patong are reasonably priced and regular but be careful about ordering taxis from the hotel, they can be got cheaper further up/down the hill.

Now the bad things: Personally we thought the food in this hotel was very unexciting, bland westernised versions of Thai food and a staff whose attitude left alot to be desired most of the time (so much for the land of a thousand smiles...more like land of a thousand false smiles). God forbid if you complain about anything at Cape Panwa, you'll be punished for it for the rest of your holiday. It seems to me that most of the people who come to this hotel do so on a regular basis and eat in it all the time as well(for reasons beyond me). It seems to suit older people on packages whom I must admit staff seemed to get on with quite well, given that they see them everyday for about 3 meals, two or three times a year you'd like to think they'd get on. Anyway, we complained about our first two rooms: ants all over the bathroom (I accept in the tropics you'll get a few but they were absolutely everywhere including the bed...yuk), a rock hard bed (and I mean rock, there are more springs in a biro pen)not to mention the view of a building site. Eventually we felt we had no choice but to upgrade to the suite which did turn out to be much better. By that stage however the damage was done, stony faces all round every morn at breakfast (another depressingly dire event...Butlins in the sun anyone...anyone?). Overall this hotel could do with a good makeover, dated and shoddy round the edges I don't think it warrants the glowing reviews unless you've nothing half decent to compare it to and you want a package type experience looking at the same people each and everyday over breakfast, lunch and dinner. The beach is tiny and not that great, certainly not one of the best on an island of plenty although it does have the advantage of being private. Phuket itself: if you want tack you got it, however, you might want to consider the Canaries then which are only 3-4 hrs away instead of 12-13. If you're looking for that Thailand which appears on the front of travel books etc, forget it, Phuket is well and truely ruined beyond redemption. Furthermore, you'll have to haggle/barter for everything (except restaurants and shopping centres)which becomes quite tedious after a while; make no mistake, most people you encounter on this island want to rip you off or make a buck out of you. You'll need to get out around the islands and other parts of the country to glimpse paradise...I can assure you it exists and is just a boat ride away. On the food front, Kata has the best restaurants...try On the Rock and Mom Tri's Boathouse, one of the best restaurants we've ever been in (one reason to come back to this tack ridden island).

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Reviewed February 27, 2006

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Reviewed January 31, 2006

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Reviewed January 29, 2006

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Reviewed December 28, 2005

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