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Centara Villas Phuket
Ranked #31 of 133 Hotels in Karon
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Melbourne, Australia
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“I said we'd be back!”
Reviewed April 17, 2013

And we did! This is really a gorgeous place to say. We had 9 nights here, each in his/my own villa. We had villas 308, 310 and 311. Mine was 308 and what I call a long villa. When you walk in, the end of the bed is facing you, and seems to have more room than the sideways villas, where you walk in and the bed is sideways. My 308 villa shares a balcony with 309 (twin beds), but that didn't worry me. Our rooms were near the pools. My cousin has problems with knees, back, hips, etc. We called for the hotel's tuk tuk to take us from our villas up to breakfast and back again. There are always a few steps (he was in Villa 311) and from there down to the pool, but if he can make it, so can most people, unless they are disabled. Happy hours -2 drinks for the price of 1, served at the same time - really good value. The restaurant is really good, and we had all night meals there. On the banquet nights, you can also order a la carte which is great if you're not that hungry. Lunches at the Pool Bar were very good too. Breakfasts are marvellous. Between my crispy bacon sandwiches for breakfast and 6 pina coladas a day, I gained only 3.5 kilos! While our pools are nice, it is only an 8-minute walk to Karon Beach. Even my cousin walked it easily - there and back. It is an easy walk, with about 20 steps at the beach end, but there are very strong handrails. What more can I say? We've chosen our new villas for next April. We'll be back. Oh, and I forgot to say, the staff are absolutely wonderful - first class.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Centaravillasphuket, Manager at Centara Villas Phuket, responded to this review, March 5, 2014
Dear Guest,
Thanks for your positive rating and kind comments.
We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future!
Safe Travels
from the Centara Villas Team!
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

We had six wonderful nights staying at Centara Villas. Staff are very friendly and helpful and everything ran very smoothly. If you have problems with steps then this may not be the place for you. Fantastic view over Karon Beach and a good view of this from bar watching sunset sipping cocktails during happy hour.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Centaravillasphuket, Front Office Manager at Centara Villas Phuket, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
Dear Palmessex,

Thank you very much for taking your time to pass your comments on to us. We are very pleased you found your six nights stay in Centara Villas Phuket and enjoyed our hospitable and friendly staff.

Yes, the view from our hillside compound restaurant and bar “the Cliff” is unique and to keep it this way the stairs are a necessary evil, but well worth it as you said. Don’t forget you could also take advantage on our complimentary “Tuk Tuk” service.

Once again thank you for your writing and we look forward to your next visit with us.

Yours sincerely,

Ross and all the Staff
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

I stayed at the Centara with my partner in November to celebrate his 50th. My son and his partner who are both in their early twenties also joined us on our first trip to Thailand!

We all agreed it was a beautiful hotel in the most perfect location! Away from all the hustle and bustle but a short taxi ride to the main town of Karon or Patong!

There are two pools which are both lovely and have amazing views of phuket!

The beach is about a 5 minute walk from the hotel!

The staff are so friendly and polite...they really cannot do enough for you!

We ate at the hotel for a couple of nights and found the food to be excellent and the prices were very reasonable for a hotel!

Breakfast is fantastic, so much choice to suit everyone!

On my partners birthday, we returned to our room after a night out to find a delicious chocolate birthday cake in the fridge with a card from the management! He also received a birthday card from the maid with lovely messages on our pillows!

As the hotel is set in the hills there is alot of steps to the restaurant and poolside but we really didnt find it a problem at all! If your really not up for all the steps then they have a fantastic tuk tuk service! Basically you call reception as your leaving your room and they will pick you up in a couple of minutes!

I really can't fault this hotel at all! If I return to Phuket then I would not want to stay anywhere else!! My son and his partner were so impressed by Centara they have already booked the Centara in Koh Sumai!

Based on Tripadvisor reviews I decided to try the Red Onion restaurant in Karon! Fantastic restaurant! Dont be put off by the basic decor and plastic seats outside with numbers on! This is because there is normally always a queue, so you have to sit on a numbered seat until your table is available! We ate there 3 times and everytime is was delicious, fresh and incredibly reasonable!

We paid a little extra and had a Deluxe Ocean View Villa. Room was spacious and lovely, bathroom was huge with a brilliant shower! Would definitely recommend our room as the view and sunset is beautiful!

Enjoy...you wont be disappointed!

Room Tip: Deluxe Ocean View!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Centaravillasphuket, Front Office Manager at Centara Villas Phuket, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
Dear Kimvanders,

Thank you for choosing Centara Villas Phuket to celebrate your 50th and we are pleased you found your entire visit to your satisfaction. We agree our resort is unique and although secluded from “the bustle and hustle” but close to everything if you choose to indulge.

Since we are so self contained our entire staff are able to focus and provide you with individual service.

The Cliff restaurant enjoys a fine reputation and we are pleased you enjoyed the cuisine.
Thank you again for taking your time to pass your comments on to us and we look forward to welcome you again to our unique hillside properties for your next visit.

Yours sincerely,

Ross and all the Staff
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Centara Villas is one of three Centara Hotels in the area and likely the smallest one. The setting is quite charming on a steep slope towards the ocean but it plenty of narrow stairs for those not so mobile. The pictures on the web are very favourable to the property which is relatively cramped with small houses and a limited pool area. Staff do what they can but the hotel overall borders between 3 and 4 stars. Walking distance is the huge Karon Beach with an abundance of tatooed holidaymakers.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Centaravillasphuket, General Manager at Centara Villas Phuket, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Thank you for staying with us recently and for highlighting the charm of the resort. Due to its configuration being located 35 meters above the sea level with spectacular view of the Andaman sea, this hotel is offered to guests who do not mind the series of steps. most of our guests rate the resort being closer to 5 star than 4.
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Denis
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

After traveling for over 24 hours to arrive in Phuket, Centara Villa is the perfect place to land. The hotel is located at the top of the hill overlooking Karon beach. Upon arriving we were welcomed with a refreshingly cold coconut drink and taken by tuk tuk to our villa. The villa was simple with small patio and well appointed bathroom. The room was clean and tidy, not that it mattered as we spent most of our time at the pool or the beach. Every morning we would enjoy the buffet breakfast in the restaurant overlooking the ocean. The buffet had a huge selection with a large variety of fruits, toasts, egg station as well as Thai and Western style breakfast options. Probably one of the best breakfast buffets we experienced during our month in Thailand. During the day we would lounge by the pool (which was empty...hardly anyone there) which was overlooking the ocean...it was fabulous. If we felt up to it, it was a very short walk (5-10 minutes) along a trail to the beach. The only slightly annoying thing was that the gate would be locked at 6pm and you would have to take a cab back to the hotel...though not that big of a deal. The staff were overall quite friendly and helpful....everyone always had a smile on their faces. We found Centara Villas to be one of the best places to relax and recover from the jet lag of long travel. We only ran into a small problem on our day of check out. We had missed the ferry to our next destination and were trying to inquire about taking a car/private taxi, when we asked the concierge we were told that all the taxis were booked and our only option was to see about spending another night and leaving in the morning. We chose to go down the tourist area by the beach and managed to find tourist agent who found us a taxi within an hour. It was a little disappointing that the hotel hadn't been able to make these arrangements for us. Overall we had a great time and wouldn't hesitate to stay there again or recommend to friends!

Room Tip: We booked a day trip through the tour operator that works from the hotel, and were a disappointed, d...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Centaravillasphuket, General Manager at Centara Villas Phuket, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Thank you for staying with us and for the great review posted recently.
We appreciate the general recognition on the beautiful location of our resort, its proximity of one of the very best beach of Phuket, the friendly staff and best Breakfast buffet experienced during your month of holiday in Thailand. I have shared your appreciation with the staff.
We will review the time we lock the door to access the beach path keeping in mind the safety aspect of the resort.
It is disappointing to read the short fall of service on taxi booking, surely an area which needs improvement.
We all looking forward to welcoming you back soon and again thank you for recommending our resort.
Warmest regards,
Denis
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

My wife and I along with five family members (inclusive of a 23 month old toddler) have just returned from a 6 night stay at Centara Villas and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The deluxe ocean facing villas we occupied (109, 115 and 116) offered stunning views of the Andaman Sea while the natural surroundings provided a level of privacy often lacking at many upscale resorts.

Our villas were spacious and clean with large bathrooms that allowed natural light to filter through. The villa balconies were a good size and provided a comfortable place to take in the natural beauty and sounds of the surrounding environment particularly in the early morning.

The breakfast buffet was more than adequate with a mix of Asian and Western options. We had dinner a number of times at the 'Cliff' restaurant and the staff were always accommodating particularly Khun Ti who was always attentive and consistently greeted us with the famously warm Thai smile.

As for the Cenvaree Spa, we all took advantage of the different treatments on offer on more than one occasion. The staff were extremely professional instilling a sense of tranquility after each visit. A special thanks to Ki, Nee and Nang for their kindness and professionalism.

Having been to Thailand on a number of occasions (1st time staying in Karon) my wife and I will certainly stay at Centara Villas in the future. A big thanks to all of the staff for making our stay a pleasant and memorable one.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Centaravillasphuket, General Manager at Centara Villas Phuket, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
We took great pleasure to look after your wife, yourself and 5 members of your family during your recent stay with us at Centara Villas Phuket.
We thank you for staying with us as well as for the great review posted April 03 including your appreciation for the staff who made your stay a memorable one.
Our mission has been accomplished, we are looking forward to make you experience more pleasant and memorable stays in the future.
Warmest regards,
Denis
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

Centara Villas is amazing. Most notably the grounds of the hotel. They're overflowing with lush foliage and beautiful flowers.

Pros:

1. The hotel is located at the top of a hill. It's pretty much secluded, which is nice if you're looking for that type of experience.

2. Villas themselves are spread apart and pretty secluded. There are some villas that are along the main path, like 112. I wouldn't personally want that one as people walk up and down and your deck is on the path. But the one we stayed in 307, was well isolated.

3. Breakfast is amazing. Great buffet, and a GORGEOUS view while you're eating.

4. A quick walk to Karon beach. They have a path to Karon beach that's a bit beat up, but easy access. We went there EVERY morning. The path isn't for the faint of heart, as it has some steep steps, but all-in-all, it's a great feature of the hotel.

5. Spa is ok, not great. We had a couples massage and milk bath, which was really cool.



Cons:

1. Staff wasn't overly friendly, especially in the restaurant. I had to repeatedly find someone to bring coffee and they seemed kind of put-out.

2. They do recycle the water to use on the grounds, which is super eco-friendly. With that, sometimes you'll walk on the path to the lobby or restaurant and catch a smell of something unpleasant. But it's rare.

3. STEPS. Lots of them. If you have mobility issues, this place is NOT for you. But for us, we found it great exercise to walk up and down. We loved it.

Room Tip: Don't choose 112 if you don't want to have people seeing you on your deck.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Centaravillasphuket, General Manager at Centara Villas Phuket, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
Thank you for staying with us and for the very constructive review highlighting the Pros and Cons of our Resort .
The Restaurant Manager has been made aware of the staff who was not that friendly, perhaps due to language barrier with the youngest and will work on making them more attentive.
We appreciate the feed back and look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Kindest regards,

Denis
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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
#21 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
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in lush tropical greenery and overlooking Karon Beach and the Andaman Sea, the four-star Centara Villas Phuket is a romantic hideaway located steps away from the sweeping expanse of Phuket’s Karon Beach. Each romantic, private 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. The minimum villa size is a generous 46 square metres and some come with the option of a plunge pool or a Jacuzzi. The large two-tiered swimming 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 foot and body massages. The resort also offers hands-on Thai cooking classes, and two restaurants and a bar that boast sublime ocean views. For those who wish to venture out of its oasis of serenity and tranquillity, the tour information desk will be delighted to arrange activities such as island-hopping, bungee jumping, and family treks. For a change of pace, a complimentary scheduled shuttle service connects the resort with the fabled nightspots of Patong and Karon. Centara Villas Phuket is just one hour's drive away from Phuket International Airport. ... more   less 
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