did a quick 4 day getaway after bkk and chiangmai. found karonphunaka. i like that it has seaview rooms exclusively. i like that its not right on the beach (traffic noise, hawkers etc). rooms are top notch...very 5star-like. very decent tub and generous bathroom. however the layout is not for everyone. its hillside location makes for beautiful layout but stairs, stairs, stairs everywhere. there is a cog-rail sort of elevator which is slow, but frankly if youre here you need to throttle back a gear or two anyway. if youre wanting to go full throttle, you need to be at patong beach, not karon.
i have cardiac issues but do just fine, however, if you are mobility limited, this may not be the place for you. also, if you think youre going to dash in, dash out to/from your room all day....think again. we rented a jeep and leave in the morning to explore, hang out at all the beaches on the island, shop etc etc and find this a great place to start and end our day.
the restaurant is quite passable with a little bit of everything available. lamb chops were pretty good and caesar salad, while not earth shattering, was pretty decent. the help really care and do try to make your stay a nice one.
i heartily recommend this as a great couples retreat sort of place...romantic, spa-like anbiance at a really competitive price. we loved ending the day looking at the sea with cocktail in hand before heading down the cogway to the restaurant
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hide yourself away from the world in a hillside paradise in Phuket, Thailand. The individual villa-style buildings of the Karon Phunaka resort are set amidst a lush forest and scattered down Naka Mountain in true tiered wedding-cake style. From every almost every point in the resort, you'll have sea views to die for, floor-to-ceiling windows in your Deluxe bedroom that bathe the room in natural sunlight and a balcony with your own private Jacuzzi tub. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Karon Phunaka Hotel Karon
- Karon Phunaka Resort Phuket