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The Boathouse Phuket
Ranked #5 of 56 Hotels in Kata Beach
Certificate of Excellence
SW UK
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37 reviews
23 hotel reviews
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“A joy to be back”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2012

I can't remember when we first discovered the Boathouse, but it must have been well over 20 years ago. We found it in a Travel Brochure which listed it as "Something Special". It still is all these years later (and a change of ownership). The new deluxe rooms have been tastefully renovated. The Restaurant as ever superb (except the wine prices!). The beach in front of the hotel gives you fruit kebabs and iced water and cold towels.... In the "old days" they would rake the beach so you felt you were settling down on a pristine surface. Perhaps that could be reinstated?
I celebrated my birthday there and was presented with a special cake and flowers. A joy to be there, and we will be back

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2012

From the moment you check in you just know when you have chosen the right hotel for you, the GM welcomed us upon arrival (a nice touch to make you feel special) we were shown to our room, we chose a delux double , it had the biggest most comfortable bed with fluffy pillows, plenty of space, the bathroom was a little small perhaps but had a great rainshower. In general the room was well furnished and had an expresso coffee machine and they were very generous with bottled water.
We had a small terrace and a huge communal sunbathing area with a large "sala" where even the wifi worked very well.
At the Rekata club area there are plenty of sunloungers and VERY attentive service,(special mention to MOD for looking after us) a small pool and just steps from the beach where there are the hotels own chairs and parasols and again with great service, lots of cold water and beach towels.
The beach is public and although the guys there keep it relativly clean, Kata beach is rather dirty, I found lots of broken glass . The sea wasnt calm, big waves at low tide but most people seemed
to like jumping in the surf.
Breakfast was super, a small buffee with juices, smoothis,pastries etc and you get a fully cooked breakfast made to order.
We ate just once at the Boathouse resturant, it was fantastic, we had the Thai tasting menu, it was just perfect .
If coming to Kata again this would be our number 1 choice.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank SwedenAngela
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2012

Check in was great and we were taken into the lounge which overlooks Kata Beach where the General Manager introduced herself to us. A nice touch - I was impressed to start with. Our room was on the ground floor where we stepped out to the pool area and beach access. The bed was huge in fact too big and really uncomfortable - too hard for me. It really encroached on the space. The bathroom was compact with modern clean lines but unfortunately did not have a bath. I believe a bath is essential for a property of this price. (AUD260+ per night) It is lovely to soak in the bath at the end of the day. The facilities in the room were fine. Coffee lovers will like the coffee machine however we did not use it. The buffet breakfast was limited and the same each day and you choose your main from the a la carte menu again it was limited for a long stay. I found the staff to be friendly and nice but didn't explain what to do and stood around and chatted a lot of the time. I would say breakfast was the busiest meal of the day. The Re Kata Beach Club was great and the pool area the best. Fantastic music played all day as you sat in the sun by the horizon pool and then at night out came large cubes and seats that they lit up. Very pretty. The beach area was good and the staff attentive bringing cold water and nibbles during the day. My husband had booked the 2 day cooking class but it was not of the standard they all expected. The chef was not a good teacher and they were most disappointed and cancelled the second day. A bottle of wine was in our room at the end of the day. Again a nice touch. It was disappointing that the Beach Club did not attract people at night time. We were told that it was a quiet time however the hotel was full as we had to change rooms on the last night. There are only about 38 rooms so it puts it into perspective. The second room we had was upstairs and next to the main airconditioning vent so was noisy. As it was only one night it was OK. We checked on the cost of the hotel transfer to the airport and it was double the cost the same company charges. You are better contacting the company directly. It leaves a bad taste really. We had a complimentary massage the hotel offer in their spa and when we went for it they tried to get us to purchase a longer session. Overall we enjoyed our stay as we have been to Kata Beach before but we were disappointed with the hotel as it is expensive and didn't live up to the hype.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank LMN327
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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2012

definitely this is the best hotel on Kata beach, recently renewed, all rooms are decorated now in white color. new SPA Recata is open. wonderful restaurant with sea view. lovely music and dj's. tasty breakfast.

Room Tip: no fitness, but SPA!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012 via mobile

This review is dedicated to the wonderful staff at the Boathouse, the superb location in beach front of Kata and the unique atmosphere surrounded in this five star accomodation:))
We are a family with 3 children ( 2,5,7 ) pre-booked for 7 nights in a family-suite. The room was lovely with seaview, including a day-bed easily transformed to a night bed for the oldest sibblings and a baby cot for the youngest. Still the suite has space and great comfort! The bathroom is BIG and tastely decorated:)

ReKata Beach Club, an challenging task in the makeover of the original Boathouse has an first class location and a breaktrough arcitecture situated on the beach! The staff offer an children safe and delightful menu.
The infinity pool is a great place to cool down before or after entering the lovely Andaman Sea:)
You may not stay at the Hotel without eating at least One dinner at Boathouse Wine And Grill! A frequent award winner of it's excellent cuisine! You should try the French Onion Soup as a starter;))

We stayed 16 nights in Thailand, original schedule included 7 nights at Boathouse and then traveling to other areas. At day 2 we decided to stay! Why should we leave?
The Hotel has everything!
- including choco pop for breakfast!!

Best regards from
Mr Nils Terkelsen and family( Norway )


  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Norwayfam
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2012

I fell in love with this hotel as soon as we arrived for a romantic holiday for 5 nights, greeted by smiling helpful staff, who gave us a free drink and then showed us around the hotel, explaining all we needed to know to start our wonderful holiday here. The hotel is right on the beach, with breath taking views of the beach and sea. We had a Sea view room with views of the beach and sea and also a balcony with two chairs and a table. The room its self was a good size with comfortable beds, your very own coffee machine, which is so fantastic to be able to make fresh coffee, when ever you want. Fresh fruit provided everyday and a mini bar fridge full with everything from water, milk, soft drinks to beers and eats.
There is a safe provided for your valuables and also cupboard space for your clothes.
The bathroom and shower were very good.
The air conditioning was also very good.
The maid service was fantastic, with clean bed linen daily and the room cleaned everyday, with nice touches.
There are two restaurants, the main restaurant being in the main building, with the ambience of a top class restaurant, with someone playing a piano and beautiful views looking out into the sea, with the sun setting in the red shy at night. How romantic is that. Wow.
The food is extremely good and very well presented, with a choice of either French or Thai cuisine. Chef Rattana specialises in Thai food and she is exceptional in creating wonderful dishes. The choice of wines to choose from, are incredible, but they come at a cost.
The other restaurant is in the newly built RE KA TA CLUB ON THE BEACH. This is where you get your lovely freshly prepared breakfast everyday. They also serve Lunch and dinner here and this is prepared by a new chef from South Africa. The food here is also of very high quality with good presentation and very tasty. The Tenderloin, Sea bass and soft shell crab were wonderful.
The staff at both restaurants were fantastic and always smiling and very helpful.
The bar staff at the club on the beach are really very good and you might be lucky enough the see the barmen make cocktails, like u have never seen them be made before. Throwing and catching bottles and glasses in the air, while making your favourate cocktail. What fantastic entertainment.
The Spa is really very very good indeed and its not that expensive.
The music in the beach club is organised by their own DJ with a mix of colombian and spanish music.
Overall I think this has been the best ever romantic holiday ever in one of the best hotels in Phuket, with the most wonderful friendly staff you could ever meet.
Thank you very much to the staff and management at the Boathouse Hotel and giving myself and my girlfriend the best time ever.
I will be back without a doubt and I recommend this hotel to everyone.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Manalive57
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2012

SERVICE WAS ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC and resort was lovely not to mention the restaurant was enjoyable!

Arrived, stayed for 2 nights, we had the travel agent “tripasia tours”” to book our room
Upon arrival, after the staff verified our RSVP, the GM on duty came out and greed US with a very warmth and welcoming smile that made us impressed.
Jen assisted us in touring the resort and informing us the location for bkft, where pool is located not forgetting the SPA, which is complimentary, which we decline thereafter due to our time constraint

Our Room was lovable, RIGHT OUTSIDE where the Jacuzzi is and followed by the Beautiful BEACH! All this are steps away… Next to our room was the Wine & Grill Restaurant “deluxe beachfront” it would have been even better if the Jacuzzi would have a heater

Wi-Fi works amazingly

Overall, it was GREAT. I could not as for more

One of the door men, in green/brown kind uniform help us to navigate the traffic in the heavy rain without covering himself in order for our driver to reverse his car. Great Effort right!
Breakfast, was al carte menu, and small buffet corner, but they have everything, ask and they will do their best upon any request!!
The F&B manager “Santi” greet and acknowledge almost the entire guest, including us over the breakfast. Great isn’t it? Friendly and you feel welcoming
Dinner at Boathouse Wine & Grill was superb, food was fine, thou the price might be a little steep compare to other restaurant but I guess it was ACCEPTABLE. For the SERVICE, FOOD AND AMBIENCE and yes the rose.

Unfortunately, we only stayed for 3 days, we will return pretty soon.

regards
Irin

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank SinfulVacation
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Property: The Boathouse Phuket
Address: 182 Koktanode Road, Kata Beach, Karon, Phuket 83100, Thailand (Formerly Boathouse by Montara)
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Location: Thailand > Phuket > Karon > Kata Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Kata Beach
#3 Spa Hotel in Kata Beach
#3 Romantic Hotel in Kata Beach
#4 Luxury Hotel in Kata Beach
#6 Family Hotel in Kata Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Boathouse Phuket 4*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Boathouse Phuket, Thailand, has been an architectural and culinary landmark on Kata Beach since 1989. A favorite with discerning visitors, it appears on numerous lists of the world's best small hotels. The Boathouse Wine & Grill has been distinguished with Wine Spectator Awards since 1995 and has been credited with the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since 2006. New additions to the property include extended family suites, a 2-bedroom beachfront Penthouse suite and a rooftop Sunset Lounge. A beach club and spa and a chic boutique shop with a gourmet café. The fantastic beach location, personal friendly service, intimate atmosphere and stylish gourmet restaurant with one of the best wine cellars in Thailand make it the ideal location for beach, food and wine buffs. Weekend Thai cooking workshops from 10 am - 1 pm. ... more   less 
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