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Cape Panwa Hotel
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Reviewed February 1, 2011

We (me, my wife, wife's twin and wife's twin's husband travelled together) stayed at the Cape Panwa Hotel in June 2008 and, to sum, up, the hotel was extra-ordinary. Stroke of luck that it's where I chose to propose to my fiance! Why go anywhere else on your stay when the hotel is so good!? The beach is the best i've ever seen anywhere; in person or on TV. The staff were friendly and helpful (even organised a huge bunch of flowers for me to give to my wife when I proposed...orchids, roses, lilys...probably pay near £100 in england for what we got!). The pool was quiet, warm, big. The rooms were comfortable and air conditioned (there was ofcourse the occasional lizard visitor but YOU'RE IN THAILAND what do you expect!) I had lost nearly £1000 between the airport and the hotel; we think because of paying for a hotdog: An englishman who works at the hotel and who lives on Phuket with his Thai wife was soooo helpful in arranging for me to report the incident to the police so insurance was valid and he took such a massive weight off my shoulders.



Amazing food in hotel and also amazing in the hilltop restaurant at the top of the hill (just outside the hotel). We made really good friends with the family that run the restaurant (they also run the massage parlour next door) 1hr for £10 when we went...bargain! So relaxing. The hotel also has an amazing spa...more pricey but very atmospheric and relaxing.

We paid £749pp incl. flights, transfer, B&B basis and it was more than worth every penny. Once we've seen a bit more of the world there is absolutely no doubt we will be going back to the Cape Panwa.

You will not regret it! Go go go!

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 27, 2011

We recently visited Cape Panwa over the New Year period and had a lovely stay. We asked to upgrade which was no extra charge and had a lovely room but it was in the new block and we felt we were quite far away from the main part of the hotel and the view wasnt great so we paid to upgrade again and had a beautiful room overlooking the swimming pool. The people were very friendly and couldnt do enough for you. The food and restaurants in the hotel were excellent but more expensive than if you ate out of the hotel. If you are looking for relaxation and want to be away from the hussle and bustle then this is for you. It is a very quiet part of Thailand, probably a bit too quiet for my Partner and I although we did go into Patong a few of the nights, getting the hotel shuttle bus there and taking a taxi back, although it is a good 30/40 minutes drive.
We would defintely return again but would maybe stay in a lively part of Thailand to begin with and end our holiday at Cape Panwa for relaxation and to be spoilt .

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 25, 2011

Look at any holiday brochure and you will see that Cape Panwa is very much at the 'lead in' price range and this has to be taken into account. Having said that it attracts a very high level of repeat business and that is always a good advertisement. Sadly the boorish Russians are now in the majority with Scandinavians and Brits making up the bulk of the rest of the guests but there will be Japanese, Koreans and other Asian visitors to ensure a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

On arrival we were upgraded to a junior site with great views away from the Cape over the village. Thios block had only be open for a few months and it showed as a fair bit of snagging work was going on. The room itself was huge and well equipped with a vast balcony from which to enjoy the sunsets. The reason, I suspect for the upgrade was because they are closing down blocks of rooms oneat a time to double the size of the rooms - the owners are moving the hotel upmarket and making one room out of two. But moving a place into another star bracket is more than just increasing the size of the rooms, staff and attention to detail are just as important. At the moment it functions well as a holiday resort type hotel but is somewhat lacking in style and class - room maintenance was a bit hit and miss and some of the staff seem a bit pressurised.

The beach is pretty good (although not of the standard of other Thai islands or the Maldives, for example) although the daily invasion from the sister hotel, the Kantaray, means getting a decent spot on the beach is a bit of a scrum. As other reviewers have mentioned it is very tidal here but the hotel provides a monthly resume of when the best times for swimming are. At very low tides it just isn't possible to swim.

If the Kantaray connection is a disadvantage from a beach persepctive, the shuttle bus that links thr two hotels makes up for it. This is a lifeline to the other side of the hill and Panwa village. Over here are a couple of restaurants and bars along with money changers, tourist offices, and a small supermarket etc. It is also very pleasant to stroll along the promenade in the evening.

Breakfast is good with a wide selection but in the evenings we generally ate out although we did treat oiurselves to dinner at the wonderful colonial house on the beach - worth doing for the great location (and the food is good). Walking up the hill you will find thee restaurants. The first one going up is possibly the least worse of the three - my advice is, if you like Thai food, don't bother with any of them, even if two have great views.. Everything seems to come in a MSG type gravy with none of the typical Thai tastes. Perhaps we were unlucky. On the other side of the hill there is a better choice including the Indian (which made a real change) and our clear favourite, Keang Lay - the furhest away form the shuttle bus stop and therefore not always packed out - it is oppostite the entrance to the navy base and attracts visitors from other hotels in this part of Phuket. Try the fresh fish counter for some wonderful seafood cooked just as you like it.

It will be interesting to see how the hotel develops with its move upmarket. There is a huge amount of building work is going on with new hotels springing up all arond the Cape to create more competition. What Cape Panwa has is a beach and even if it isn't the best this gives the hotel a clear advantage. Overall, the hotel has almost got everthing just about right (in its price range) but it needs to try that bit harder if it is going to go to the next level.

One final thought. What happens to the aforementioned Russians at night?. They pack the breakfast room out and take ove the beach but you hardly ever see hen in the evenings, not even to take advantage of happy hour at the Lighthouse. My guess is they buy their vodka at the supermarket and stay in their rooms/on the balcony. .

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Ronnie90
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Reviewed January 18, 2011

Not for us…!


The General Manager Marc and his right hand Jean do an excellent job keeping all their ducks in a row. They keep this hotel on the right track.
Cape Panwa has a beautiful beach, unfortunately shallow with a bit rough waives, a large scenic garden and a superb breakfast.
They have different themes for dinner and BBQ stake night was over the top supervised by a real chef. Best stakes( of Austrian/ New Zealand decent) I have ever had in Thailand.
Its clean, safe and a bit boring. The common areas are a bit run down, the same with the sunbeds and the reception area.

We had prepaid 14 days in the superior room witch was of so low quality that a Motel 6 in New Mexico would be of better quality. We had to upgrade or just leave this place all together even before we checked in. The newly renovated upgraded suites was much nicer and a escalated our impression of this hotel.

Unfortunately there is not much to do in Cape Panwa so after 7 days we checked out leaving our prepaid rooms to do something else the remaining 7 days of our trip.

The hotel is aware that they are a bit isolated and provides shuttles to larger attractions outside of Cape Pan-wa witch is a real plus.

We liked this hotel but for what we paid this did not meet expectations and we will not be back to this resort but had a good time never the less.

This is a Russian package hotel so beware to meet Russians dressed in Speedos drinking beers,eye balling, talking trash, at the fine dining where couples are dressed and pressed. Beware to see Russians hog a 4 person table a breakfast and families have to split up and eat a 2 person tables, beware to meet Russians having several plates topped high with food at breakfast and only to set them aside to get more food and leave that un eaten, beware to see Russians lighting a joint a dinner only to put it out after a yelling girlfriend, beware to see Russians cutting in lines, beware to see Russians bumping shoulders with you in hallways, Beware to see Russians not treating the locals very nice…!

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Kasemkij_Group, Owner at Cape Panwa Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded March 16, 2011

Thank you for your comments. We were pleased to read that overall, you seemed to enjoy your stay with us and liked our restaurants. We apologise that your first room did not meet your expectations but am glad to hear you liked our new Junior Suites. All rooms at the hotel have been converted to suites and are either fully renovated or brand new so the room type you found wanting is no longer being sold. We agree with you that our hotel is located in a quieter part of the island and actually actively promote this point. Many visitors to Phuket are looking for just the kind of peace and tranquillity our location and beach offer but we appreciate that this may not suit everyone. We do, as you mention, provide regular, scheduled transport to other, livelier parts of the island such as Phuket Town and Patong.

Your other comments are noted and appropriate action will be taken where necessary. Thank you again for your feedback.

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Reviewed January 15, 2011

I love this hotel amazing service from the GM right down to the gardeners
I feel like I've come home everytim I checkin here and always receive personal attention from the general manager Claude!

For me all the boxes are checked

First class accomodation
The location
Great dining facilities
Staff that really go out of their way to please
Always get a welcome to the Managers cocktail party
Free wi-fi
Nice fitness Centre
Plenty of steps and hills to help shred some weight but they have a monorail if you would rather not

look forward to my visit in 2012

Please IGNORE the odd bad reports about this hotel some people are never satisfied

Keep up the great work KG

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank spec119
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