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Kantary Bay, Phuket
Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Cape Panwa
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful honeymoon holiday”
Reviewed November 10, 2011

We stayed at the Kantary bay hotel last summer as part if our honeymoon. We stayed here for 12 nights, and had a lovely room, with a balcony overlooking the gardens and sea- what a fantastic view to wake up to! The rooftop pool was amazing, and very quiet most of the time, with amazing views over nearby islands.
The staff were very friendly and helpful, and breakfasts were nice.
We ate out in surrounding restaurants most nights, the Sea Breeze been our favourite. We also spent a few nights in the Sunset bar, the owner was very friendly.
We had the most awesome time here, just what we needed after weeks of getting ready for a wedding!! Can't wait to go back again!

  • Stayed December 2010
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Reviewed November 6, 2011

Awesome place even their hotel rooms and really perfect for everything...like services, food, transportation from one place to another..- outside there is hotels and safe place to walk around and a lot of options what to eat. Its really amazing and we will come back again in the same place as soonest as we can. -Rico&Rina :) (stayed Nov 2 to 5, 2011)

  • Stayed November 2011
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed October 30, 2011

I chose Cape Panwa as a quiet place to finish off our Phuket holiday after 11 days at Karon Beach. I chose the Kantary Bay Hotel based on all the excellent reviews on Trip Advisor. I chose to ignore the poor reviews and thought with the sheer weight of numbers of positive ones I couldn't go wrong.

Firstly only go to Cape Panwa if you are looking for somewhere VERY quiet. Apart from the Hotel and Aquarium there is basically nothing there including a beach.

The Kantary Bay Hotel is extremely dated. We stayed in room 209. I'd requested a room with a view and it had that, however its in a wing with no lift and it takes six flights of stairs to get there. In fact the whole complex is like a labyrinth of stairs and dark, dingy passageways. Other comparisons on trip-advisor to a prison are not far off the mark. The place lacks any atmosphere at all...in fact its quite depressing.

The room was a family suite which was just as dated inside as it was out. The sea view was great however it was the only positive thing about this place. The kitchenette was incredibly small and for a family suite the living area was very cramped.

There are two pools, both of which are pretty unremarkable. The rooftop pool is very small but has a great view. Neither pool is serviced by any staff so dont expect that you can lounge around and order a drink or a snack because you simply wont see anyone to serve you.

The hotel does not have a Thai feeling at all. The breakfast room is very cramped and totally indoors. It has a feeling of being in an English hotel, as does the rest of the place.

The sister hotel was much nicer (but much more expensive) and you can get a shuttle over the hill to get there. You then need to walk down to a tram and get on it to get to the beach. Be warned, even though this is a coastal location its basically a 20 minute journey to get from your room at the Kantary Bay to the sand.

Once you're on the sand, beware of the rocks and dead coral in the water which are impenetrable at low tide. You'll need to lay in the shallows and roll around if you want to get wet. The beach is only swimmable for a few hours per day, however it is beautiful to look at.

After having had such a great time at the Karon Sea Sands we didn't want the whole memory of our time in Phuket spoilt by this experience so we checked out two days early and found a much nicer place back on the west coast.

I simply dont get the wraps that are on this place. I know I sound like a whinger but I consider myself pretty easy-going. The Kantary Bay is cheap but its not got the lovely warm, friendly atmosphere you expect from a Thai hotel. I think there are plenty of better choices.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Kasemkij_Group, General Manager at Kantary Bay, Phuket, responded to this review, November 7, 2011
Thank you very much for taking time out of your day to leave a review of you recent visit to Kantary Bay Phuket. We are quite disappointed that our hotel didn’t fulfill your expectations but please allow us to clarify the following,

In regards to room #209, it is on the 2nd floor of a two-storeyed wing of the hotel not on the 6th floor as you must have mistakenly typed. Kantary Bay is located at the tip of Cape Panwa in southeast Phuket with spectacular views of the Andaman in an area that has luckily been spared the commotion and hustle of full blown tourism experienced on other parts of the island. This increasingly hard-to-find serene, laid-back atmosphere is why most of our guests choose to stay with us – to get away from it all and totally rest. And if they feel the need for a bit of lively excitement, we offer a regular shuttle service to the hectic tourist filled west coast, from our sister hotel Cape Panwa. Otherwise our guests are quite content enjoying the extensive recreational facilities shared between Cape Panwa and Kantary Bay, including a luxury spa plus 5 restaurants and 5 bars, which offer everything from European fine dining to Thai and seafood cuisine.

The secluded palm-fringed beach at Cape Panwa, like all beaches, is susceptible to daily high and low tides. This usually allows for at least 5 hours of good swimming conditions per day. A monthly timetable of the daily tide times is provided for Cape Panwa and Kantary Bay guests, detailing the best times of the day for swimming. These periods can on some days last for almost the entire day – we are sorry this wasn’t the case during your visit. Also because of its sheltered bay location our beach offers year-round swimming conditions.

Once again we appreciate your comments, as we use all customer feedback to evaluate our performance and make adjustments where necessary and possible.
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 29, 2011

We have enjoyed great holidays at the sister hotel Cape Panwa over the last 10 years but this is the first time we have stayed at the Kantary Bay. Each hotel has its own character and I can safely say I was not dissappointed this time either. The hotel was clean throughout with attentive staff at all times; they were friendly and helpful when needed but not intrusive. Rooms provided exactly what we were looking for on this visit as we were a family party of ten. All enjoyed a great stay and we will definitely be back at the Kantary Bay in the not too distant future.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 22, 2011

Another great holiday amongst friends. Although we really don't want too many people finding our little piece of paradise. The management and staff are the reason so many guests return. They are all helpful and friendly so thankyou again to all at Kantary Bay.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 20, 2011

Although I was so diasappointed by the havy rain and storm Kantary bay Stuff convinced me by friendliness and a very good work Especially reception,housekeeping ang gardeners where very guest-oriented and extremely friendly. I would love to go there again, especially in room 241 with beautiful garden and bay view. Although some renovation will be necessairy soon, the equipment is nice and relaxed and from my point of view everything you need is there.
I will come back
Beate

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 20, 2011

We stayed at the kantary bay for ten nights at the end of september and after reading all the excellent reviews on here, we were wondering if they were too good to be true.. however, as soon as we stepped out of our taxi we knew we had come to the right place.
Although the hotel itself is not the most visually stunning building, once inside it is immaculate, clean and very well looked after.
We were given a studio apartment on the first floor which was very spacious and perfectly adequate which included a cooker, washing machine, microwave etc.. but do try and get a room higher up as you are guaranteed a stunning view across the bay. The room was always left spotless by the cleaners with fresh towels and 2 free bottles of water a day.
The main pool is a decent size with lots of sun loungers but we used the roof top pool due to those amazing views of the bay and all around.
There was plenty of variety at breakfast, egg station, cereals, breads etc which was always fresh and the all the staff were extremely friendly, helpful and genuine.
We didn't eat an evening meal at the hotel but other guests said that the food was really good. Instead we ate out every night and we have to say that our favourite restaurant was the sawasdee, right outside the entrance to the hotel. Really tasty authentic thai food with very reasonable prices! The owner even ordered in lobster for us for our last night! Also there is the sea breeze around the corner which again was delicious and reasonable. There are other places to eat too, we just didn't get round to trying them, you will never go hungry!
The shuttle bus runs up the hill to the sister hotel every ten mins and you can use all their facilities. We often visited the beautiful private beach. Towels and sun loungers and umbrella's are provided and the food at the beach bar is nice and very handy for a midday snack.
We booked our excursions through the hotel and we found them excellent quality and reasonably priced. We went elephant trekking and visited the phi phi islands etc etc.. there is so much to do!
Although this is a quiet area of phuket, you are no more than 25 mins away from phuket town for the weekend markets and 40 mins to patong for the nightlife. Buses run from the hotel but you can also get a taxi outside. We loved the sunset bar just around the corner from the hotel and Russell the owner is the perfect host. Its a perfect little place to have a nice relaxing drink and to catch up with other guests to share experiences and have a good laugh.
This hotel was extremely good value for money. Most people we spoke to were on their 3rd or 4th visit and now we know why! We will definitely be going back and there's only one place we will be staying, and thats the Kantary Bay.

Gary and Kelly

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Kantary Bay, Phuket
Address: 31/11 Moo 8, Sakdidej Rd, Cape Panwa, Phuket 83000, Thailand (Formerly The Bay Hotel)
Location: Thailand > Phuket > Cape Panwa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Cape Panwa
#1 Luxury Hotel in Cape Panwa
#1 Romantic Hotel in Cape Panwa
#1 Best Value Hotel in Cape Panwa
#4 Family Hotel in Cape Panwa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Kantary Bay, Phuket 4*
Number of rooms: 104
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Kantary Bay Hotel is a charming seafront property within a short ten to fifteen minutes drive from Phuket town. This is a hotel with a difference; following a new trend that is becoming more and more preferred around the world, each room makes the most of its surroundings, breaking away from the traditional "standard" hotel room design to offer you a unique hotel experience. Kantary Bay Hotel offers spacious, fully furnished studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom suites. Each room type is furnished with a living room, kitchenette and separate sleeping area. You will find terra cotta tiles and wooden floors instead of the usual carpet. We also provide our guests with full facilities including a fitness room, swimming pools, scenic gardens, reading lounges and more. And of course the service is impeccable, after all The Kantary Bay Hotel is the sister hotel of the world renowned Cape Panwa Hotel. ... more   less 
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