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“Holiday in the trees.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Centara Villas Phuket

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Centara Villas Phuket
Ranked #31 of 132 Hotels in Karon
Certificate of Excellence
Saint Nicolas, Belgium
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19 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Holiday in the trees.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2013

The resort is located on the hillside between Karon and Patong. There is no trafficsound and the surrounding is very lush and filled with al kinds of tropical trees.The villas look like treeshouses.
We had the Spa villa, which has a big bathtub on the terras. The privacy is totally garanteed.
The resort has a difficult access to the sea (rocks) but there is a pathway (5 min) to the beach and to the Centara Grand hotel, there you can use the beachchairs and order drinks (the bill is transferred to your hotel automaticly).
The staff does not speak English very well.
The room was good but there were a few weaknesses, it needed some work (the inside bathtub needed new silicones) the airco blew right to the bed, unsustainable during sleep.
The restaurant which has a good reputation, is not very expensive but it is trying to hard to impress. I liked the Western dishes better than the Thai ( and I like Thai food very much).
The location is the major bonus for the hotel. Far from the crowds and close to the beach.
The location is the minor point to because there are a lot of stairs to climb, if you don't order a tuctuc from the hotel what brings you to the lobby and restaurant.

Room Tip: How higher up the hill lthe lesser stairs you need to climb.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank bart H
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Centaravillasphuket, Manager at Centara Villas Phuket, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
Sawasdee krub Khun Bart,

It is highly appreciated that you took your time to share with us and TripAdvisor’s fans a meaningful and useful review. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed the privacy and location of our resort. Concerning the maintenance at the bathtub in your villa it was already addressed to the chief engineer to urgent fix it. For sleep quality we are going to replace our mattresses with better quality ones in the near future.

Thank you so much for staying with us and we look forward to your return visit.

With our best regards,
Sam & all staff
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Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2013

We will be returning to Centara Villas this May. Centara has become our home away from home with this stay being our third visit. Centara Villas offers a unique style of accommodation. The villas are a perfect alternative to the many Mega plex's on offer today. From the moment you enter this beautiful resort, the friendly staff make you feel extremely welcome and are most happy to tend to your every need.
Perfect location in karon. Far enough away when you want peace and tranquility but close enough to the fun that phuket has to offer. During our last stay we had villa 311.just a few steps to the pools and bar, but still quiet enough to relax. Every villa has an amazing ocean view and one of my favourite things about centara is the wildlife amongst the beautiful gardens. Each time we visit, we share our villa with beautiful butterfly's and tiny gecko's of all colours.
Access to karon beach is only a 5 min walk along a track that leads you to what we think is the better end of karon beach. We swim and snorkel at this end and of course have lunch at Kais restaurant with waiter service to our beach chair.
Staff are the best, Food is awesome,especially the seafood BBQ night and the Mini car ride to your villa is great fun. Our villa was always kept spotless by the lovely Thai ladies that leave a plate of fresh fruit in your villa each and every day. I have reccommended this resort to many friends and family and everyone came home in love with Centara Villas.
There are a few steps and a bit of walking but thats the best excercise after the huge breakfast you will devour each morning. Dissapointed that we were not able to secure a pool villa during our next stay but there's always next time.!!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Pearl371
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Centaravillasphuket, Manager at Centara Villas Phuket, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
Sawasdee krub Khun Pearl371,

Warmest greetings from your second home in Phuket!!!

We all ready your review with such a great delight. Thank you so much for being one of Centara Villas Phuket’s family members. This hidden and small resort has become a warm and happy home for many guests and staff based on mutual care and love. It may not offer great products but friendliness and smiles still on and alive.

Khun Pearl371, thank you once again for saving us jobs and paying us salaries for many years. We already look forward to the immense pleasure of welcoming you back home in May!!!

Truly yours,
Sam & all staff at Centara Villas Phuket
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2013

I have just returned from a stay at Centara villas Phuket, just amazing beautiful very clean well decorated accomodation perfect hillside location although it must be said not suitable for less able bodied people, lots of stairs to get around complex. There is a tuk-tuk that goes around the complex if needed. Two pools although I would surgest if you are sun worshipers to use the larger pool as it is not so shaded as smaller pool. Small area for children to play in. We ate lunch time snacks from around the pool a few times and to be honest there was a language barrier with the pool assistant that took our order each time although I am as much to blame as we speak no thai. Karon beach is within walking distance and is a beautiful beach with drinks and snacks available if required. We ate at the Centara one evening and it has to be said that the food is amazing although a little pricey. You can go into Karon or Patong in the evening by courtesy bus, taxi or tuk-tuk there is loads of things to do and meals are very reasonable, loads of shopping to do in local markets. The Fantasea show is well worth a visit it is an Elephant show with a meal included you will be blown away guaranteed. We went on a couple of trips Elephant safari this includes elephant ride how elephants are trained, learn all about the coconuts, see how to make a thai curry, see how rice is grown and prepared, then onto a junk boat for lunch. James Bond island you are taken by speed boat around small islands were you see monkeys, around mangroves, James bond island shopping, floating island for lunch and on to a desserted beach. Really enjoyed these trips great memories. Oh wi fi is good up in reception. We have stayed in Centara Villas in Koi Samui as well they are just as nice. If you feel like splashing the cash you can have a villa with your own swimming pool or jaquzzi pool. All villas are very private. Trust me you will not be dissapointed.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Carol51999
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Centaravillasphuket, Manager at Centara Villas Phuket, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
Sawasdee krub Khun Carol51999,

Thank you so much for your taking your busy time to share with us and TripAdvisor’s fans an honest review. We are all delighted to learn you arrived home safely and brought along fond memories of your holiday at Centara Villas Phuket.

It is highly appreciated your kind support and recommendation on our resort to other readers. We are very lucky to have you as our lovely guest who simply enjoyed everything and very understanding on our staff’s English skill.

We look forward to the immense pleasure of welcoming you back home away from home in Phuket. Until we will meet again, please take best care.

With our warmest regards,
Sam & all staff
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Perth, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

We have just returned from a wonderful week at Centara Villas. Would definitely stay here again. Perfect hillside location with views to die for. Nice spacious, clean rooms, fabulous balcony, two lovely pools. Spa/massage outstanding. The restaurant food and cocktails, what can I say, magnifique. And to Maxim "the little French guy" Je vous remecie de votre conversation et l'hospitalit'e. The staff were very friendly and always helpful. Thank you Centara for a very happy, memorable stay.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Cyn D
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Centaravillasphuket, Manager at Centara Villas Phuket, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
Sawasdee krub Khun CynD,

It is great to hear that you are now safely home. Thank you so much for selecting Centara Villas Phuket for your holiday and we are very pleased to hear you both enjoyed our facilities and services we provide.

Maxime was delighted to receive a lovely greeting and he wishes you both happiness and joys.

We all now look forward to your returned home in Phuket!

Best regards,
Sam, Maxime and all staff
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Bangkok, Thailand
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

We chose Karon beach because I found somewhere from Internet that it is the cleanest beach in Phuket. We focused on hotels as we knew they belong to a big group and believed that they would provide standard service. Initially we booked Centara Karon which is almost directly on the beach. But it was full and we were diverted to Centara Villas. We knew it was on a hill but we had no choice as it was during the Chinese NewYear and it was hard to find another similar one.

It is a 4 star hotel at the north end of Karon beach next to Centara Grand. It is on the hill not close to shops and restaurants. The room we stayed was close to the lobby. The view was great overlooking the ocean with great sunset on one side and the Karon beach on the other. The best view is at the lobby or the restaurant on the top. The room was reasonably big with a big bathroom (although i don't like the position of the bathroom door which faces directly to the bed) Very clean and private. There is a terrace in front of the villa where you can sit to have a drink and enjoy the view and breeze. There were always a few big ants crawling near the toilet bowl and the last night they came up to the bed. It didn't seem they were harmful but just annoying.

The hotel provides golf cart transit inside the hotel and to the beach but not every room can be reached. So you have to walk up the hill to the get breakfast, to the pools... and walk back to the hotel from the beach. The path is not difficut but can be for anyone who have serious problem walking. We had no problem and it was good exercise for us. The only thing bothered me was that the last part near beach was smelly especially when the weather was hot.

There are two small pools overlooking the sea which is nice. Right down is the cliff and someone snorkeled and swim there. But most people walk down to the beach through a small track. Guest can use Centara Grand's gym and pool. We didn't use them but used their beach chairs which was convenient. The beach and water were really nice. Lots of people but mainly from the hotels nearby. It was a rather long walk in the sun to the other part of the beach where there are more activities and shops and restaurants.

All the staff were very friendly and ready to help. they don't understand English well enough except the ones at reception and need more training.

The food has to improve. Breakfast was included in the rate. The quality of food and cooking were not good. There were both western (eggs, ham, bacon, sausage, salmon, salad, bread, tomato ...) and Asian style (rice porridge, soup, fried noodles or rice, buns, ...) dishes, varieties were plenty but not high enough quality. We had lunch at one restaurant in the hotel. My panini was quite tasteless and the French fries were hard and oily possibly refried. The icecream was delicious though.

Luckily we hired a car and went out for our dinners.The places we went were the Italian restaurant at Centara Grand - nice setting and good food, Mom Tri on Kata beach - nice sunset, lovely building overlooking the beach. To my disappointment my mojito tasted like lime juice with alcohol. main dishes we had were great. We ordered Sufflet for desert. The staff said it took 15 minutes but we got it after 5minutes and it was cold inside. We sent it back and the staff came back asking us if we wanted to cancel it. It was strange. the staff except the head guy don't understand english well though most of the guests were foreigners. And Trisara at Naiton beach - best sunset, food and service, nothing to complain, better than 5 star. All these restaurants charge European prices.

(if you like quiet places and have enough to spend $800 a night, Trisara pool villa may be the best choice. The hotel has its private beach, transportation by boat, chic restaurant, great view and excellent service... )

Overall our Centara Villas experience was satisfactory. The view, the room and the beach were good enough to compensate the shortcomings.

Room Tip: For those who don't want to walk up the hill too much, choose a sea view villa near the lobby wh...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank Ellen555
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Centaravillasphuket, Manager at Centara Villas Phuket, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
Sawasdee krub Khun Ellen555,

First of all, thank you very much for taking your valuable time to share with us a feedback after your stay. We are pleased to hear that you found overall stay was satisfactory. The comment on food quality was addressed with our chef and team to further improve. All department heads were instructed to regularly send their staff to attend English classes that we provide day other day at the resort for those needed especially new young team members.

Khun Ellen555, thank you once again for staying with us and we look forward to hopefully welcoming you back to stay with us again.

With our best regards,
Sam & all staff
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

we loved Centara villas was there for 10 days.a very relaxing place.The villas were a good size very clean and modern,great bathroom.We were in 110 our friends in 111,both in a great position,good views of the sea and not far from restaurant and lobby.We stayed b&b,a good choice of food at breakfast very attractive restaurant.We had dinner there a couple of times and found the menu very good,as was the food.
The staff were very friendly and helpful and the tuk tuk drivers were very good.I would recomend cantara villas for a great relaxing holiday.Thanks to SAM for a lovely holiday.

Room Tip: get a room near restaurant at top of hill !!!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank jennifer c
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Centaravillasphuket, Manager at Centara Villas Phuket, responded to this review, February 21, 2013
Sawasdee krub Khun Jennifer,

Warmest greetings from your home away from home in Phuket!!!

I am pleased to hear you are safely home and thank you indeed for taking your valuable time to share your experience with TripAdvisor’s fans.

Definitely, we will never be able to have come this far without our lovely guests’ support, friendliness and kindness as we had received from you. Once again, thanking for loving us and the way we are.

Khun Jennifer, I personally look forward to the immense pleasure of welcoming you back to your home in Phuket. Please take best care and stay in touch.

With our best regards,
Sam & all staff at Centara Villas Phuket
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Wisbech, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2013

We had an amazing Holiday at Centara Villas, everything was perfect and very friendly staff. Highly recommended.... we will be returning.
The villas were very clean and the views were stunning. very short walk to the beach and relaxing pools.
Views from the bar View and the Cliff Restaurants are unbeatable.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Chris J
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Centaravillasphuket, Manager at Centara Villas Phuket, responded to this review, February 21, 2013
Sawasdee krub Khun Chris,

Warmest greetings from Centara Villas Phuket!!!

We all read your brief but meaningful review with such great delights. Thank you very much for your kind words and above of all, for choosing to stay with us during your recent holidays.

We very much hope to have soon opportunity to look after you again. Meanwhile, we all wish you the best!

Truly yours,
Sam & all staff
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Property: Centara Villas Phuket
Address: 701 Patak Rd | Karon Beach, Karon, Phuket 83130, Thailand (Formerly Central Karon Village)
Location: Thailand > Phuket > Karon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#13 Top resorts Hotel in Karon
#20 Spa Hotel in Karon
#24 Romantic Hotel in Karon
#28 Luxury Hotel in Karon
#32 Family Hotel in Karon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Centara Villas Phuket 4*
Number of rooms: 72
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