We normally choose a high quality 4/5 star boutique hotel as our perfect choice and this was not far off the mark. It's located just outside Karon (1.5/2 km) up the hill but you cannot walk along the road as it's far too dangerous as there is no footpath. The options are to take a tuk tuk or taxi and prices are officially 200 THB but try to haggle for 150 THB to Karon and 250 to 300 THB to Patong.
All villas are sea facing but not necessarily with a sea view. We paid the extra to get a sea view villa but we don't think you will be disappointed with just taking potluck. There are about 75 villas all blending into the leafy tranquil hillside. Our villa was 104 at the top of the hill hence easy access to the restaurant and transportation. The numerous steps to the pool and beach walkway provided some regular exercise for us. There is a tuk tuk shuttle run by the hotel for free if you are feeling lazy.
You can take the hotel walkway by the pool during daylight hours to Karon beach (10 mins) or the central roundabout a further 10/15 mins along the beach. There is a huge new hotel being built as you walk along the beach but this does not detract from the relative pleasantness of this quieter section of Karon beach.
Hotel breakfast is excellent in a great location - high quality fresh fruit and juices plus usual choice of western or Thai cooked breakfast, we could not fault this in any way - it's as good as it gets !
We did not have dinner in the hotel as a typical price of 700 BHT ++ price per person seems a lot without overpriced drinks. Our favourite place in Karon was the Papaya Thai restaurant and we paid on average 800 BHT for the full works including drinks for two! The Red Onion (recommended in the guide books) we felt was not as good (service without a smile, very busy and poor location) but similarly priced.
We visited the Simon Cabaret in Patong, we'd probably rate it as 7/10 for entertainment, 9/10 for costumes but most performers were quite poor though 3/10, 800BHT each, book in advance, 1 hr show.
For a bit of local adventure take the blue local bus to Phuket town which stops near the roundabout in Karon on request, every 30 mins, 30BHT each. The ‘Central Festival’ shopping centre (2km) just outside Phuket centre is worth a visit and the blue bus stops close by, it more refined and enjoyable then the touristy Patong shopping centres.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Centara Hotel Phuket
- Centara Resort Phuket
- Centara Villas Phuket Karon