Stayed 7 nights in early January 2007 (should have stayed more!)
Resort dominates the Kat Noi Beach, with a scattering of small budget "pensions" and holiday homes back from the beach behind the hotel.
The clientele is truly international and my best guestimate on nationalities were as follows
Russian - 35%
German Speakers (German and Swiss) - 25%
French Speakers - 10%
British - 10%
Aust / NZ - 5%
Singaporean - 5%
Spanish Speakers - 5%
Others - 5%
Stayed in Family Superior in the Bhuri Wing set back from the beach across from a dead-end road. Rooms were spacious and easily fit 2 adults, 1 seven year old and 1 two year old. Air conditioning was set to freezer like temperatures and we were able to switch it off at night and sleep comfortably. Rooms were quiet with little noise heard from neighbouring rooms or roadside. 40 channel TV (5 in English)
There are about 6 pools in the resort, with the best family orientated pool in the Bhuri Wing. As it was New Year there were kids everywhere in all pools, so the fun, noisy atmosphere prevailed throughout from 9am to sundown.
The beach was clean with deckchairs and umbrellas available for 200THB per day. Hotel guests would normally just leave their towels on their hotel lounges beside the pool and venture down to the beach. Snack vendors provided cheaper drinks and snacks in their shacks along the beach.
Meals were good, but not fantastic. For families who want to watch what their kids eat and make sure they don't get any upset tummies - the hotel food was fine, the kids menu had about 8 simple dishes which kept my young ones happy. The nightly buffet was waste of money, better to order ala-carte. Dining is casual excpt for the Royal Thai and Scala Italian restaurant where I would suggest you dress up from thongs/shorts and singlets.
Breakfast was fresh and extensive - 6 cereals, hot breakfast, pastries, doughnuts, asian selection, fresh fruits and cold cut meats plus "special of the day" - baked ham or fresh proscuitto (depends on the day)
There are popular eateries behind the hotel that seemed to be frequented by hotel guests and other tourists staying in the area.
Tuk Tuks were 100THB to Kata Beach Interchange / 150THB to Kata Centre and approx 300THB to Patong. Don't expect to bargain much under that. Hotel has 1 free 1pm shuttle to Phuket Town that also stops and picks up at the huge Central Festival Mall ($$$$ brand names)
Kids Club was small but popular, catering for those aged 5 and above. TV, Playstation, Ball Room, outside play area, puzzles and organised (some free some not) craft and other activities.
Babysitting was available with 3 hours notice at 200THB per child per hour - in cash.
Hotel exchange rate to the AUD was approx 25THB, down in Kata it was 27.5THB (as at 10 Jan 07)
The hotel is beautiful, the staff excellent and very friendly with all the children. The resort is quiet, an enclave away from the hustle and bustle of Patong and the other popular beaches - after seeing other resorts during our daily forays, we were extremely pleased with our decision - especially for the kids and their first introduction to Thailand.
Internet Access is 200THB for an hour
Mini-bar beer is 60THB
A triple decker club sandwich is THB280
Laundry at mini-mart next to hotel is 65THB a kilo
Day trips can be booked through the hotel or at a discount at the minimart
1.5litre bottle of cold Nestle water were 25THB
Hotel to Airport Taxi transfer 750THB (organised by hotel)
Foot Reflexology (45 mins) was 250THB across the road from main hotel entrance or 350THB within the hotel grounds.
Hoping to return in 2008 (but staying longer - maybe 2 weeks)
- 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
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