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The Shore at Katathani
Ranked #2 of 56 Hotels in Kata Beach
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

It can't be denied that The Shore has a magnificent vantage point over Kata Beach. Although I can't say that Phuket has ever been on my 'must-do' list of travel destinations (and after having visited, I haven't changed my view about that), we did enjoy our wonderful Sea View villa at The Shore. We spent most of our stay enjoying our room and admiring the view from our infinity pool. The communal pool was nice, but we preferred the privacy of our room.

The daily breakfast was fine - standard hotel fare. I would have liked to see more traditional Thai menu items available for a la carte dining, and I felt that those that were available were not of a high standard. Having said that, there are some great restaurants nearby to get your foodie fix from (we dined at The Boathouse, Mom Tri's and ReKaTa, and thought each was superb), though it would be nice to have a higher standard of food available 'in house'.

We stayed on Turtle Alley, which was reasonably high up the hillside. In heels, a golf cart ride back to our room was a must. However, during the day we mostly walked back up via the internal staircase. I must confess that this was not because we're athletically inclined, but rather because we found the cutest little cat and kitten family living under the stairs on Nautilus Alley! I do hope that they're alive and well.

All in all, while Phuket wasn't my cup of tea, I can't fault the accommodation at The Shore. If I had to return to Phuket, I would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

We absolutely loved our relaxing stay in this resort. Our personal infinity pool was such a novel thing and we spent at least a few hours in it each day, often going for a swim in the morning, afternoon and after dinner.

One word of caution...you may want to turn off the lights under the water at night because we ended up with bats dive bombing the water trying to catch the bugs that were attracted to the lights...happy feelings gone!

This is a resort along Kata beach, which is picture perfect and warm all year round. The Katathani hotel just down the hill is also nice and the restaurants are additional options if you want to venture off the Shore property. It's a bit of a hike up and down the hill, so we often would walk down and get the golf cart back up. They go very fast in those carts, so hang on!

We were in heaven with the soft bed. Most of the places we stayed at throughout Southeast Asia had very hard beds which were not to our liking, but here the bed was so cozy it was hard to leave!

The service at the hotel was very good, with evening fruit and a little banana candy with a bedtime story. We especially appreciated the large bathroom with a mirror in the shower. The soaps were also very luxurious and they even had some natural bug repellant to use in the room because the suites are definitely not critter-proof.

This wasn't a huge issue for us, but if little lizards and a few beetles creep you out, be prepared to grapple with them, in the bathroom especially. The best way to avoid these issues is to keep the doors to outside and to the bathroom closed as much as possible. We did have some overnight surprises (like a large beetle), so tread carefully if you need to make a bathroom run in the middle of the night.

The beach and restaurant are just perfect and although we did try the breakfast in the room we liked being able to eat while looking out over the infinity pool and beach by the restaurant. Our room included breakfast and that was a great way to fill up and start the day.

This hotel is definitely off the beaten path in that it's a good hour from the airport, but the journey was worth it and since we planned to relax in our room or by the beach we didn't need the night life or business of the more developed areas. This was a great way to end our two-week tour of Southeast Asia!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

Having 3 days full of island hopping around phuket, elephant trekking in PhangNga, ATVs, Water rafting activities and joying around Patong area, me and my wife looking for a relaxing ending for our phuket trip. Searched online and decided on The Shore at Katathani.

My god our decision turned out to be one of the best decision that we ever made. From the entrance gate guard to bell boy, to receptionist, to butler, all treat us accordingly with warm Thai smile. Check in is quick, with beautiful reception area with proper air-conditioning. We escorted to our Sea View Pool Villa and immediately awe once the assistance open our villa door. The room already in cool temperature. The view from the bed to the private pool towards to sea is breathtaking. They place the bed in such way that once u open your eyes from sleep, you'll straight away see the amazing view of its private pool towards the sea. The room is nicely decorated with contemporary and classic touch. The condition of the room is almost new. Bathroom is clean. The private pool is big enough for 2 people to swim for few strokes. And again the view is amazing.

Bed is comfy enough for us; neither hard nor soft. One of the best we ever experienced.

Resort location is amazing with breathtaking view of the sea. Only resort guest is allowed to roam around.

The only reason we giving 4 stars is their food quality. Our breakfast is just average. and our lunch in their Harbour Restaurant is just average. It does not match the resort. Food was tasteless and limited selection. Their Thai food selection is just average. We taste better Thai food in Patong for 1/3 of the cost they charge us. So this is the only area that they can improve on.

As conclusion, even with average food, we still dreaming to return back to The Shore at Katathani. The relaxation and luxuries that we experienced from the resort was one of the best we ever had. Me and my wife believe we had found our favourite resort.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Katathani1, Manager at The Shore at Katathani, responded to this reviewResponded April 7, 2013

Dear apisgogo

Thank you for your review on Tripadvisor.

I am glad to read that your decision to stay at The Shore was one of the best decisions you have ever made! Thank you for your kind compliments towards our facilities and our staff. We are very happy that you enjoyed the overall stay with us.
Your feedback regarding the food quality has been brought to the attention of our Executive Chef and the concerned Management who are working on a solution to improve our overall cuisine service. I do apologize that it didn’t meet your expectation.
We are all looking forward to welcoming you back “aShore” soon!
Thank you again.
Sincerely yours
Resort Manager

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Reviewed March 31, 2013

The Shore at Katathani is an amazing place. From the moment of check-in, to the sad day you have to leave, you'll love The Shore.

We arrived to The Shore and were greeted by a super friendly staff who adourned us with flowers and provided us with a freshing drink. They were simply amazing, and the most professional, friendly staff you will find anywhere.

What you need to know:
1. Ocean View Villa with Infinity Pool: An amazing experience. If you haven't had an infinity pool before, do it now. We were in villa 8882 and absolutely couldn't have had a better spot. Lovely view of Kata Noi beach from our deck or from our refreshing pool.

2. The views: the hotel is siutated on a hill. It gives awesome views of Kata Noi beach and most villas appear to get direct sun by mid afternoon. It's beautiful. Sunsets are epic.

3. Food. You can get breakfast served to your room for free, but choices are limited. I suggest you opt for breakfast at The Harbor. Breakfast is included, so either option won't end up costing any more. But The Harbor offers so much more in terms of choices and you're pretty much right there on the beach.

The Shore is connected to the main Katathani hotel. As guests of The Shore you can use all of their facilities and restaurants, BUT guests of the Katathani main hotel CANNOT use The Shore facilities. This is very nice, since the main hotel is much larger and has many more guests.

4. Getting around: The Shore has a number of "club cars" which are electric golf carts that will come to your room and transport you anywhere on the grounds, and in some cases, even off grounds. The driver took us to a currency exchange off the property in the golf cart, to get a better rate on exchange.


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1. The restaurants were good, but not great. Try the local town. We walked to the Kata Beach town and ate there most nights. If you want a change of pace, go to "The Horn Grill" for America fare. It's amazing. if you don't want to walk there, a taxi is 200 Baht. Really cheap.

I also recommend Cafe Opera Live in Kata Beach, very close to Horn Grill. It has live music and excellent Thai food as well. It was a super fun experience.

We didn't try Mom Tri's restaurant which is situated right there at Kata Noi beach but it has good reviews on Trip Advisor. Try it.

2. 2 for 1 drinks at happy hour at The Harbor restaurant onsite. Happy hour is 5:30-7pm. there's a Beautiful lawn with all type of chairs and recliners to use AND an infinity pool there as well. Do NOT miss a sunset there. Gorgeous. We made sure to catch happy hour every day we were there just for the sunset. They also provide free banana chips and roasted nuts to everyone. A nice snack.

3. Kata Noi beach is gorgeous. If you're like us, and hate overcrowded Patong, then Kata Noi is the place. People complain about garbage that washes up on shore overnight, but the hotel cleans the beach at 8am. We walked the beach EVERY morning before sunrise and saw very little trash wash up.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

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My wife and I arrived at The Shore for a 6 night vacation from 18th March 2013. - At reception at 1-15pm our Villa was not ready but Sylvia the receptionist was very charming and treated us to a free lunch whilst we waited - Eventually we were taken to our villa at 2-45pm - we stayed in villa 8821 - Wow! what a delight when we entered our villa - Idyllic view , very clean and all the amenities you could wish for - Our own infinity pool and plenty of space - Very clean and a birthday cake waiting for my wife , whose birthday it was during our trip - All the staff we encountered were very friendly and the facilities top class.
It is very difficult to find fault with this Hotel , and if any criticism , not of the Hotel , but the surrounding area is quite limited to a couple of basic restaurants , massage and tailors. But it is only a 10 min taxi to Kata Town where there are Restaurants , shops aplenty. We also visited Mon Tri restaurant at Villa Royale and The Boathouse in Kata , wonderful food and experience.
Well done The Shore and all the staff.

Sam Higgins UK

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

I got married at the Katathani hotel and stayed in The Shore. The wedding day couldn't of been anymore perfect. Everything was fantastic on the day, the staff were brilliant and the lay out of the wedding was perfect. The rooms at The Shore are out of this world and without doubt an experience. 10 out of 10 for everything ( Breakfast, Staff, Rooms, Beach, Bars on Beach, Food )

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Ry17_13
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Reviewed March 26, 2013 via mobile

I spent there the first 5 days of my honeymoon it was a wonderful experience... rooms are very clean and private. The view from the room and the pool was awesome. They planned day trips for us. Food was very good (a bit expensive).
We rented a motorbike from a shop in front of the hotel to make it easier exploring the city as it is far from city center.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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1  Thank Szanaty
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Address: 14 Kata Noi Road, Kata Beach, Karon, Phuket 83100, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Phuket > Karon > Kata Beach
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Kata Beach
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Kata Beach
#1 Luxury Hotel in Kata Beach
#1 Romantic Hotel in Kata Beach
Price Range: $454 - $1,351 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Shore at Katathani 5*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A luxury beachfront pool villa resort on Kata Noi Beach in Phuket, Thailand. This adult only resort is a natural fusion of indoor and outdoor living where time has no meaning beyond the pleasure of every moment. ... more   less 
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