This is a glorious hillside villa resort.
The lobby is at the highest point with all other areas & rooms reached by descending steps. A tuk-tuk is provided to take guests between villas, pools & spa. Villa views are just spectacular especially at sunset. The pools are delightful if on the small side. That said, there's a jungle pathway that links the lower pool deck to the north end of Karon beach. It's just a 5-10 minute walk but take care; some steps are very steep.
Villa guests can use facilities at the Centara Grand Resort, close to where the pathway ends. While the Grand is enormous and a little impersonal, Centara Villas is small, friendly and above all Thai in spirit. Any language issues are resolved with patience & a smile. Relax; you're on holiday!
Our room (109) was more than adequate, if slightly short of storage space. More wardrobes and drawers would be useful. Some additional Thai decorative items (paintings, carvings etc) would enhance the villas but maybe I'm being too critical. The room was impeccably clean and well-serviced daily. We asked for softer pillows which were produced at once. This is typical of the excellent level of service in the hotel. Staff competence & friendliness were brilliant. We were greeted by name within a day or two of arrival; a nice touch. We felt we were among friends.
Happy Hour at the viewpoint bar can be a little chaotic so plan ahead during this busy period. Again, you're on holiday. The staff work really hard to make you welcome & happy. Some things take a bit more time than others!
Buffet breakfast is superb with daily variation. Again, views from the restaurant are stunning. What a great way to start the day!
We both had a massage at the hotel spa; worth every penny. Our masseurs were professional, polite & well-trained. Don't bother with beach masseurs even if cheaper unless you like risk of injury and being 'talked over'.
Karon is about 5-10 minutes away by taxi; plenty of restaurants, bars & shops. Money changing is easy although travellers cheques are not as easy to change as in recent years.
Kata is bigger with even more to do; 10-15 minutes by car.
Patong is also 10-15 minutes away so Centara Villas is very-well placed.
Don't miss a trip to Big Buddha which overlooks Karon/Kata. We befriended a tuk-tuk driver who agreed a fee for the round trip; a memorable sunset.
The only downside is that Centara Villas is unsuitable for the elderly or infirm due to the large number of steps throughout the property. That said, we (both well north of 50!) had no problems with steps and were grateful of some 'enforced exercise' after a lazy day on the beach!
We've stayed at many hotels on Phuket and this one ticks all our boxes.
To summarise, if you like a small friendly authentic Thai resort where you'll be a friend, not a number, in a stunning location, this is for you. We're already planning our next stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in lush tropical greenery and overlooking the Andaman Sea, Centara Villas Phuket is a romantic hideaway located steps away from Karon Beach. Each private villa, nestled within its own screen of green, directly faces the sea from a dramatic inclined perch, ensuring that views are endless. The villas (min 46 sqm.) offer the option of a plunge pool or a Jacuzzi. The large two-tiered pool, with its fabulous ocean views and shady spots, is the epicentre of relaxation. For another form of relaxation, Spa Cenvaree is a refuge for the senses offering a choice of therapeutic treatments including traditional Ayurvedic methods and Thai massages. The resort also offers hands-on Thai cooking classes, and two restaurants and a bar that boast sublime ocean views. The tour desk can arrange activities such as island-hopping and family treks. A scheduled shuttle service connects the resort with the fabled nightspots of Patong and Karon. The resort is just one hour's drive away from the airport ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Centara Hotel Phuket
- Centara Resort Phuket
- Centara Villas Phuket Karon