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Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket
Ranked #15 of 137 Hotels in Karon
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 18, 2012

We stayed at the Grand Centara Resort Phuket in a Deluxe pool suite. We where traveling with our two children 3 & 6. This resort is perfect for kids the pools are excellent and our kids loved the kids club (the kids club staff where very nice), every morning they asked if they could go in the kids club for a few hours which was great for us as we could relax by the pool!! The only downside is that this hotel is quiet expensive we got a pizza, and two kids bowls of spagetti and a coconut milkshake and it came to $35.00 Aus dollars quite expensive for thailand!! They also have a free shuttle bus to Patong you need to book at reception a few days before you want to go they drop you off at 2.00pm and pick you up at 5.30pm just enough time to look around. The pool suite was really good, however we didnt use the pool that much as the pools in the resort where lots of fun!
Would recommend this hotel for anyone who has kids, they will love it! and the pool fun for adults too!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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5  Thank M D
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Reviewed March 16, 2012

Super resort, especially if traveling with kids, as they would love the mini water park. Friendly and smiling staff and not "undertrained" and lazy as other reviews might suggest - this is Thailand, this is how things are here, and is a lot worse at other hotels.
Great quiet location at one end of Karon beach away from the hustle and bustle at Karon center, yet just a 10 min stroll along the beach to all the shops and restaurants.
One of the better breakfasts I've had at a 4-5 star hotel in Phuket.
BUT don't go here if you don't like Russians! My estimate is that while staying here in march, 50% of the guests were rude and non smiling Russians...

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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5  Thank Caxe
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Reviewed March 15, 2012

In It's beautiful surroundings, this resort can not be faulted. The pools and mini water park was a blessing when travelling with a large group including 9 children.
The restaurants were fantastic, with a different theme at the buffet every night. The children absolutely loved it.

Room Tip: Choose rooms in the first or second block to have full view of the ocean.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 10, 2012

We are still here for 2 days out of 8. Excellent hotel. We took premium deluxe spa room. Good choice. However try to ask for buildings 7 to 9, they are further away from the road, which is at the back of the resort.

We had some minor issues with invoicing, but the staff was very helpful and sorted everything out.

Cooking class definitely worth the money for those who like cooking. Half day adventure. Breakfast is rich lots of thing to choose from. Ends up at 11 am, we usually skipped lunch. We had dinner at Italian restaurant twice, which was so so. Did not try other restaurants. Luna bar has happy 10pm to 11pm, offering coctails 2 for 1 and very nice live music, magnificent views. Just Bellini and Mojito are not what you would expect, not original recepies.

Karon town is 10 min walk on the beach, Patong 10 min drive by taxi. The resort is good for those who like to be away from city noise and hassle.

Bogdan, Ukrainian guy, works for the hotel was extremely helpful with getting oriented with the things to do in the hotel.

All in all would like to come back for sure.

  • Stayed: March 2012
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3  Thank Jonasbie
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Reviewed March 8, 2012

I was here for five nights. This property is very pretty and uncrowded (except if you go to breakfast during peak time). Rooms are in excellent shape and the view is great.

The food at the two restaurants are quite good (but seems overpriced).

The gym is quite spacious.

Best thing about the property is that it is away from the sleaze and crowds of Phuket. Downside is that you are a bit tied to the restaurants onsite if you are feeling lazy. (though it it easy to walk to some local restaurants or take a tuk tuk into the city (about 20 min))

I nearly gave this place three stars though because of the service. People are friendly (it's Thailand!) but they need better training. They just seem to disappear, not know how to get around, take a long time to get orders and bring drinks. Just seems like an undertrained staff.

Room Tip: higher floors as the first two do not seem to have any view - ask to the see the room first if view...
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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 4, 2012

his is the most wonderful place for a great summer holiday. The resort has every little thing anyone could want for a great beach holiday. The beach is wonderful, over 3 kms long, & very walkable, especially erly in the morning or eary evening. As the horizon is to the west the sunsets are just magnificent. The resort sit nestled right on the beach beow a big hill & is very private from the road above, unable to be seen. The sea is always azure blue/green & swimming is wonderful. Of course the Resort, with its magnificent pools, spas, landscaping & lazy river that winds round the whole property that you can ride a float & wind round all day long, is a must. The rooms, suites, villas, many having their own spa pool, are magnificent with just eveything one could wat availabe in the spacious accommodation.
The staff are wll so wonderful & friendly, alway willing & with a ovely smile to help and oblige with whatever your heart desires, whether it be the housekeepers, or the restaurant or pool stafff & of course themanagerial staff are where it all counts. I realy must mention The Cub Lounge which we went to for breakfast a few times, as well as every evening for drinks, was great. The girls, in the Club Lounge were wonderful, Bea & I can't remember all their names. But most of all I must mention the Guest Relations girls team in the Club Lounge, including especially Ing, who just couldn't do enough for us & Nan & Mai. 
Also I just must mention that this is a great place to bring children of all ages. we will definately bring our family next time, all being well. There is plent for them to do as well a kids clubs for all the ages.

  • Stayed: February 2012
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3  Thank LKNL
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Reviewed March 3, 2012

Stayed for 5 days here. Beautiful hotel, excellent staff and service. The hotel is new and everything is pristine. We had an ocean facing room with our own plunge pool which was delightful. Go for the clubroom package here, you get a really good selection of food and drinks which are complimentary throughout the day along with evening cocktails and nightcaps. The restaurants are excellent quality, perhaps a little on the pricey side but if this worries you try Daengs on the beach which is outstanding.

Only one thing I found annoying! The beautiful swimming pools and canals that they have on site are surrounded by sand. Please get rid of this stuff and replace it with stone. If you want sand between your toes, you can always go down and walk along the beach.

Overall a wonderful break and I would not hesitate to return there in the future.

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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Address: 683 Patak Road, Karon Beach | Muang, Phuket, Karon, Phuket 83100, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Phuket > Karon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Karon
#8 Spa Hotel in Karon
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Karon
#14 Luxury Hotel in Karon
#19 Family Hotel in Karon
#29 Romantic Hotel in Karon
Price Range: $135 - $834 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket 5*
Number of rooms: 262
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Drawing its design theme from the Sino-Portuguese architecture that characterises Phuket Town, the five-star Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket is right on the sands at Karon Beach. The resort is backed by a green hill, and grouped around its own landscaped water park which features a meandering lazy river, waterslides, a kids’ pool with a waterslide, a cliff jumping platform, and an adults-only pool with its own pool bar. You will love the other exhilarating leisure activities on offer, including water sports (kayaking, windsurfing and sailing), snorkelling, tennis, and Muay Thai (Thai boxing). Diving can also be arranged, and there’s a fully-equipped fitness centre. Relaxation seekers will head to the award-winning Spa Cenvaree, a refuge for the senses which combines ancient healing practices that reflects Thailand’s wellbeing heritage with modern rejuvenation techniques to nurture and rebalance the body. The resort also has age-specific kids clubs, free Wi-Fi, and seven restaurants and bars, including COAST Beach Club & Bistro. Each of the spacious rooms, suites and pool villas (49 to 209 square metres of total living space) is designed in a Sino-Portuguese décor and features a balcony or terrace with soothing views of the pools, the gardens or the sea. A number of rooms come equipped with an outdoor Jacuzzi while the suites comprise a plunge pool. Phuket International Airport is less than one hour by road from the resort. ... more   less 
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