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Kantary Bay, Phuket
Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Cape Panwa
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Reviewed May 21, 2014

We loved every minute of our stay here. The staff are brilliant very helpful and friendly. Our room was spacious and very clean. We loved being able to use the shuttle bus to the sister Hotel where the private beach was just amazing! The only problem we encountered was at breakfast time when it can be very busy with coach parties and the food goes fast! To beat the crowds have an early breakfast! Can't wait to return again someday.

Room Tip: To beat the crowds have an early breakfast!
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kasemkij_Group, General Manager at Kantary Bay, Phuket, responded to this reviewResponded May 28, 2014

The Kantary Bay, Phuket, is pleased to have met your expectations during your recent stay with us and hopes your return for another stay with us is sooner than you think as we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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Reviewed May 17, 2014

The staff are friendly and are generally responsive and possess reasonable English skills. The fixtures are satisfactorily maintained, however it's not modern establishment. The rooms are definitely spacious, but the appliances are not current generation (the aircon units pumped out serious noise). The breakfast buffet is typical, without being special in any way. The gym is very old school, with several machines not working and the room full of Mosquitos. The pool is clean and well maintained.

Guests staying more than a couple nights should be aware there are limited dining options.

Guests with kids should be aware the resort is on a hill, and children facilities are average.

Room Tip: Go high for a better view and escape the mosquitos!
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with family
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Kasemkij_Group, General Manager at Kantary Bay, Phuket, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2014

The Kantary Bay, Phuket, thanks you for your observations which have been shared with our team in our continuing effort to provide great holiday experiences for our guests. We look forward to your return.

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Reviewed May 15, 2014

Large room in a lovely hotel with friendly, polite staff. The excursion man in the hotel drove us to the botanical gardens and then came back to take us to the zoo and finally back to pick us up to return to the hotel, all for a very good price. It was my friend's birthday while we were there and they gave him a birthday cake but the biggest surprise was on my birthday this year (8 months after we had returned home) when I received a birthday card from the manager. How thoughtful.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Kasemkij_Group, General Manager at Kantary Bay, Phuket, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2014

The Kantary Bay, Phuket, thanks you for your snapshot review and looks forward to welcoming you back again soon as one of our regulars.

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Reviewed May 15, 2014

Think of this hotel as a timeshare with gold crown/5 star amenities and a mom & pop flavor. The rooms are the size of typical timeshares and with four restaurants, a grocery store, 2 pools and access to a private beach, you've got a winner.

Don't expect perfect attention to detail though. It's Thailand. A small business nearby told us that municipal water shuts off on Sundays and that rainwater is collected for use when water is off or low pressure. Run the tub full of water, like I did and you'll see it's not crystal clear with a chlorine aroma. The furniture is in good shape and relatively attractive, but you have 80's style tables with several pieces that look like they were raided from grandma's attic. I find that charming, but not everyone will. Tub grout, baseboards are equally imperfect and you might see some chipping paint or light mold. It's not flawless, but has some equally nice touches, like extra storage in the bathroom and pretty dishes.

Also, it has the feel of a project Uncle Bob built, where he and Aunt Sue added on every few years. Several buildings seem to have been built at different times and have awkward connections. Although the hotel has a couple elevators and ramps, expect to use stairs a lot unless you're handicapped.

We found the area perfect for us because we wanted to experience the beaches, sea caves and temples without the crazy, party atmosphere in more popular areas. We would have gone snorkeling if we had another day.

The hotel provides a shuttle every 15 minutes over the hill to the other hotel. We walked, which along with the stairs, gave us a good excuse to opt out of the gym. The spas and restaurants along that small road are a great deal. Massages start at around 10USD for an hour and sandwiches were about 3.5USD, fresh, green coconut milk 2USD. The aquarium next door is a bargain at 3USD. The little shopping area at the hotel has a nice selection. My husband bought a tailored shirt for 30USD, made in a day.

We booked an excursion to James Bond Island and had a fantastic time. The next day, we hired one of the hotel drivers, Yuff, to take us to see the temple, Big Buddha and a cashew factory. Other than that, we visited the aquarium and the hotel's private beach (He was fantastic, and spoke excellent English). The street vendors in front of the hotel sold yummy Thai food. We especially loved the crispy crepes and spicy fried noodles.

Just a word of advice from a risk-adverse mother of 2. When you go to Thailand, choose a hotel that will surround you with some level of comfort and protection. It's easy to get in trouble. Take an unauthorized taxi and if there's an accident, you could be held liable. Rent sea sport equipment and you could pay exorbitant fees if they claim you scratched it. Carry a copy of your passport just in case of a problem.

Room Tip: Ask for a sea view on an upper level. We were in 208 and had beautiful views.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Kasemkij_Group, General Manager at Kantary Bay, Phuket, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2014

The Kantary Bay, Phuket, thanks you for sharing your observations with us and our guests and it should be helpful to other readers planning a stay with us on Cape Panwa. Your mention of our sister property, the Cape Panwa Hotel, with a shuttle connection is appreciated while we would love to welcome you back again very soon. Thank you.

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Reviewed May 13, 2014

We were there for a weekend stay and had a great time. The location is nice and peaceful, there's a pool that is very clean and well maintained, the breakfast buffet has a decent spread, the rooms are huge and spacious, the staff is very friendly and helpful, and they have a nice choice of restaurants around - Thai, Italian, Indian, a casual pub, plus all of the facilities in their sister resort Cape Panwa are available for use. It is a little far away from some of the more touristy places, such as Kata, Karon, & Patong, but it's great for a peaceful, relaxing vacation.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Kasemkij_Group, General Manager at Kantary Bay, Phuket, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2014

The Kantary Bay, Phuket, thanks you for your positive recommendation and looks forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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Reviewed May 13, 2014

We spent 5 days at the cozy and comfortable hotel. The rooms are comfortable and spacious. A wonderful view to the sea from the balcony. The hotel and rooms are clean and service was reasonable. Full breakfast with a variety of products and fruit is also suitable for children and adults.
The hotel's shuttle work regularly and puts the holidaymakers at the stunning beach of a nearby hotel. There are wonderful restaurants in the surrounding area. Very quiet area with no noise and bustle of the center of the island.
Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Kasemkij_Group, General Manager at Kantary Bay, Phuket, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2014

The Kantary Bay, Phuket, appreciates your highly recommending a stay with us on Cape Panwa, and thanks you for the mention of our sister property, which is available by shuttle between both properties. We look forward to seeing and serving you again very soon. Thank you for your feedback.

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Reviewed May 12, 2014

Stayed at Kantary Bay April 2014. Stayed B&B which was very good and a good choice for all the different niationalities that stayed in this hotel. Staff were excellent, very polite and nothing was too much trouble for them. Room we had was massive with a kitchen and a washing machine!! The pool area was very clean and well kept. The area of Cape Panwa was quiet and peaceful with lots of places to eat, the best one for us was the one we called the Wooden Hut situated on the main street outside the Kantary Bay Hotel. reasonably priced and excellent food served by very friendly staff. We also used the Top of the Reef restaurant which was excellent, bit disappointed in the Andaman Cafe at Panwa Hotel, used it twice but they never had what we ordered each time and had to chose different meals. The beach was excellent with lots of sunbeds and umbrellas and palm trees as weather was very hot and humid. We will return to Thailand as we loved it.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 208 which was on 3rd floor. If you have mobility problems and need a lift you need...
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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Kasemkij_Group, General Manager at Kantary Bay, Phuket, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2014

The Kantary Bay, Phuket, appreciates your sharing your observations, after your recent stay with us, with our readers and us, which should be useful to those planning a stay on Cape Panwa. We look forward to welcoming you back again very soon. Thank you.

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Additional Information about 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 Luxury Hotel in Cape Panwa
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Cape Panwa
#1 Best Value Hotel in Cape Panwa
#1 Romantic Hotel in Cape Panwa
#4 Family Hotel in Cape Panwa
Price Range: $46 - $98 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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