I don’t usually write reviews on TA, but having read quite a few negative reviews prior to my holiday, this has inspired me to write one of my own (not negative – far from it).
We spent 2 weeks at the Katathani at the beginning of April and had the most amazing experience. Before our holiday we spent many months researching different resorts in Phuket, and I guess our choice was somewhat limited as we wanted a resort with beachfront access. However, the Katathani ticked all the boxes for us, and I’m sure the reservations staff were sick of me before I even arrived because I kept asking so many questions but at least I knew when I arrived exactly what to expect and what sort of room we were getting. Theres a lot to be said for booking direct with the hotel rather than through travel agents.
I highly recommend organising airport transfers before you arrive. We organised this through the resort and were charged TB800 one way in a private air conditioned taxi, which I didn’t think was too bad, considering its a 50km trip to the resort. There may be cheaper options when you arrive but believe me, Phuket airport arrivals is a complete shemozzle, people coming and going everywhere and loads of taxis, minivans etc. To arrange transport when you get there, you wouldn’t know where to start. We were so glad we had organised it before we arrived. Our pickup was waiting for us and before setting off, we were given some bottled water and an icy cold towel which was a nice touch.
I’ve read on TA people moaning about the distance to the resort, well again, I did my research so no nasty surprises. In fact, the journey was quite pleasant, just sat back and enjoyed the ride.
If I have to have one gripe, it would be make sure when you leave the resort for the return journey to the airport to double check the airport transfer. We had given the resort our return flight details and had advised we would need return transfer, and quite naively on checking out were waiting for a car that hadn’t been booked!!! Luckily concierage were able to get us one quite quickly and we just paid the taxi driver. It was probably our fault as well, we probably should have checked.
The check in process was done quite quickly and efficiently and all the staff were very friendly. We were shown to a seat where all the formalities were completed and were given a lovely cool fruit drink with a lei garland , and then taken on a golf buggy type vehicle to our room.
We booked an ocean front Junior Suite room on the top floor which was lovely (2303). It was comfortable, very spacious, clean, the bathroom was gorgeous with a huge shower and bathtub, and a view from the balcony to die for. Plenty of amenities were supplied with the room, i.e. bathrobes, slippers, beach shoes, umbrella, iron, ironing board, and beach bags. Also the bathroom amenities were replenished every day. Beach towels are provided in the room and these are changed every day.
There is no mini bar in the room, but a fridge is supplied, which I think is a much better option, as there is a mini mart across the road from the hotel, also the resort has its own mini mart near reception and they are all over the place in Kata, so we used those to stock up with drinks and snacks, etc, a lot cheaper option.
The resort grounds are absolutely beautiful. Everything is so green and lush, lot of palm trees and native plants. At the back of the resort near the games room, the gardens are even lovelier, with little ponds, water features, a little bridge to add character and the lush gardens. There are technically 6 pools at the resort, although 1 of them has 2 smaller ones sort of joined on, so giving the impression of just one, but all the pools are gorgeous. Our favourite and furthest to walk for us was the infinity pool, it was just lovely. Unless you are around the pools quite early it is somewhat difficult to get a lounger by the pool, but there is usually some free loungers on the grassy areas. The loungers on the beach are not provided by the hotel and cost I believe TB200 for the day, but quite honestly, sitting on the grassed areas of the resort with that wonderful view of the ocean without getting sand in your feet was more appealing than actually sitting on the beach. The massage ladies are really good value as well. They come out about 10 ish and are still around well after 4.00. Despite what other TA reviewers have said, they will ask you if you want massage. Reviewers have said on here that the hotel policy won't allow them to ask, well that is not the case. I also used the Tewson Spa as well, which obviously was a lot more expensive but well worth it. Sitting in the Jacuzzi looking out to the Andaman sea was just magic.
Kata is only a short walk from the resort. Our room was actually right up the very end of the resort so for us it was only about a 7 or 8 minute walk, however, if you are staying at the other end of the resort, it can be a 5-10 minute walk just to get to where we were, so into Kata, probably more like 15-20 minutes, I would imagine. There are a couple of hills to negotiate into Kata, but there are some steps right at the end of the beach, which are quite steep, but if you can manage them, then you are already half way into Kata, otherwise, it would be a longer journey walking around the road. After the steps, just another small hill. At night time I would recommend taking a torch. We did this walk several times at night and found it to be perfectly safe.
Despite reading many reviews on TA that the internet is not free, well after 3 days, I decided to find out for myself only to discover that the internet at any of the terminals in the 3 locations around the resort is 100% free! If you want WIFI in your room, then yes, you will have to pay, but quite honestly we found the free internet more than adequate for our needs. Theres 4 terminals located near to reception, another room, which I didn’t use just near the resort minimart, and 2 more terminals in the recreation room, which I used all the time, and never once did I have to wait! To use the free internet, you just need to obtain a password and username from reception. It gives you 24 hours of internet time, when it runs out just go and get a new password, simple!!
The beach, although beautiful, can be very unpredictable. I am not a confident swimmer in the ocean and give the sea the respect that it deserves, but we found it, most of the time, to be safe to swim in, and that is saying a lot coming from me. There were days when it was like a millpond and other days when people had their surf boards out, so you just have to pick your day and judge it accordingly. Most of the time it was lovely. If you get a chance, take a walk up to the very end of the beach and you will come across a beach bar called “on the rocks”. I don’t think they get much business, and when we turned up one afternoon for a drink, it really made their day.
First thing in the morning the beach does have a fair bit of debris washed up over night, but the resort are right onto it and organise a beach patrol every morning from one end to the other gathering up all the debris.
Overall, we had a wonderful holiday at the Katathani and look forward to returning one day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Resting along 850 meters of unspoiled white sandy beach, embraced by lush green hills and sparkling blue ocean, Katathani Phuket Beach Resort recalls a tropical dream. Warm sands, the soft rhythm of lapping waves, and gently swaying coconut palms relax your senses—while our six swimming pools, six restaurants, and full-service spa delight them. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Katathani Phuket Beach Hotel Kata Beach
- Katathani Phuket Beach Kata
- Katathani Beach Resort
- Katathani Phuket Beach Resort Kata Beach