Overall, it is good hotel. The managment is a little bit "Thai", i.e. sometimes not careful enough, they may let you wait, forget something - with an excuse, of course - as they did to my taxi, but in general it is OK. Be aware you will be staying on a cliff - i.e. there is a really steep road and stairways. Even though they have a car for picking up a guest, get ready to climb :) It was fine to me, but for a senior or overweight people this might be a concern. Another disadvantage of any cliff is the obvious lack of a beach. But Centara Villas has realtive short walk (pathway) to a beach and it is common in this area to go to a beach by tuk-tuk, taxi or a shuttle bus.
The views are gorgeous. The rooms and the bathrooms are fine, every bungalow has a spacious balcony/terrace from where you can enjoy the sunset - another great option is to do the same is their nice upper bar, where they have a happy hour (2 for 1) exactly by the sunset time. Overall comfort, pleasant environment of leaving under the trees, in a garden made me very satisfied with both my stays at Centara Villas. At the same time, an assosiate of mine was staying in one of the most expensive villas at Centara Grand Karon, just hundreds of steps down from Centara Villas (Cliff) and even though his villa was really fancy (and more expensive, of course!), with a nice private infinity pool, I still liked Centara Villas better - there is more privacy, more environment and it is more a kind of boutique-style resort.
The one important thing - I slept well all nights without A/C on - due to Centara's Villas cliff loaction, the breeze from the sea was cooling the room just enough. It is a great benefit, in my opinon.
The both rooms I was sayin in had nice views. I returned there myself and would defenitely recommend this hotel for anyone, wishing to stay at Karon/Patong area, what is NOT the best location on the island in my opinion - but this point has nothing to do with the hotel. The hotel is good.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Found where lush jungle meets serene sea, Centara Villas Phuket is a romantic hideaway almost lost within a luxurious natural tropical backdrop, yet still only steps away from the sweeping expanse of Phuket's Karon Beach. Each totally private Thai-style villa, nestled within its own screen of green, directly faces the sea from a dramatic inclined perch, ensuring that views are endless and the quiet all-pervading. Some of the villas even offer the choice of either a private pool or Jacuzzi. This unique tropical oasis boasts a complete array of facilities and services including a swimming pool, two restaurants, bars and a SPA Cenvaree, making this a romantic hideaway just made for couples or small groups. With its relaxed pace and warm welcomes, this is a place from which to escape from the every day and find serenity, relaxation and the inner tranquillity that only natural beauty can bring. And all of this is just one hour's drive away from Phuket International Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Centara Hotel Phuket
- Centara Resort Phuket
- Centara Villas Phuket Karon