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Review of Karon Sea Sands Resort & Spa

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Karon Sea Sands Resort & Spa
Ranked #40 of 132 Hotels in Karon
Certificate of Excellence
Canberra, Australia
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17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Hotel and surrounds info”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2012

Pay for what you get comes to mind.  This hotel is not a 5 star but is clean and comfortable.  The staff were great and it is well located for the beach etc.  Although it was self rated at 4star, they are well short of this.

The pool is long and thin and there are limited banana lounges so you will not be finding that secluded corner to relax.  I would imagine this would be much worse in the high season.  Take this as a resort to meet people and have fun rather than a big resort with a pool complex like the Rawai Palm Beach resort designed for relaxation.

Pay WiFi was annoying, they provide a half hour free per room and then charge exhorbitant rates per hour after.  When considered with the price of their washing services you cant help but get the feeling that you are being taken for a ride.  Another negative was the fact they rent out their DVD players, for a $40 item in Australia why wouldn't you just include it in the room ($$$$$$???)  The coffee shop (Andaman coffee) around the corner has free WiFi if you buy a coffee, and the coffee is great.

There are plenty of tailors around this location and we utilised two to get suits and cashmere coats made.  One tailor made errors but came good in the end, the other got most of our order and did a fantastic job, perfect fit and quickly done for 3 ladies buisness suits, 1 men's suit and a jacket each.  He is located in a shop which is in the back of the open air restaurant in the driveway (opposite the massage)' trading ad Harry's fashion and we dealt with Dave.

There is a market about 300m up the road in the opposite direction to the roundabout, it is called the Karon Plaza.  Nothing flashy here, they are just stalls selling the usual t-shirts, sunglasses etc, good if you want to avoid Patong.  Stalls also exist if you keep right at the roundabout.

Mali seafood was a great restaurant we tried which was past the roundabout (straight through)  and around the next corner.  Fresh seafood (on ice!) which you pick and pay for then they cook in front of you.  The food is brought to your table after it has been cooked.  The tables overlook a lake in an open air restaurant, very quite surrounds.  They do all sorts of food, both Thai and Western if seafood is not for you.

GG's restaurant just outside the driveway does great pizzas.

For the cautious diner - Both of these restaurants were great and we did not have any gastronomic  issues after any visits. 

Room Tip: Construction is currently happening next door, jackhammers are in operation throughout the day. It...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Jon-H-2405
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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2012

We stayed at the Karon Sea Sand Resort & Spa from 25 July to 1 August 2012 on a groupon voucher. On checking-in there was jackhammering going on right next door and we could hardly hear ourselves talk. After complaining that I would have to move hotels as renovations were not mentioned when making reservations, and this was not appropriate for a holiday this stopped 30 minutes later to our relief. The rooms were adequate but the beds and pillows were hard. There were five adult family members staying in two rooms and all was fine until day 3 when I was summoned to the lobby by telephone. On arriving at the lobby a doona cover was produced with a blood spot in front of all people present and the housekeeping and reception staff exclaiming that they could not launder this and I had ruined their linen and doona and would have to pay for replacement of these items. I gasped in horror and embarrassment!!!!!My daughter had unexpectedly got her period during the night. This must happen all the time in hotels but they would unquestionably just launder the items and not make such a big deal about it, or try to make you pay for replacement of them. I was SOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!disgusted that I took the doona and its cover and said I would launder it myself. Never before has this ever happened to me and I have stayed in a great many international hotels. After soaking the offending area in cold water I returned these items the next day and presented them to the housekeeping staff to avoid their excessive charge.
Another grievance was the 15% off ALL food and beverage coupon . After repeatedly showing this coupon in the pool bar and area I was told that this would not apply to this area even though the coupon stated 15% off ALL FOOD AND BEVERAGES. After 2 days the pool bar staff changed and I was automatically given the discount. But when I checked-out there were beverages from this area without the discount and they refused to give me the discount. The breakfast was adequate but poorly cooked, pastries stale and flies buzzing around the fruit with cordial for fruitjuice.
At checkout I was continually acccused of souveniring the room service menu, no thanks!!
The price was cheap but the experience terrible and I would NOT recommend this hotel to anyone.
Williams & Jenman families.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Gail W
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Berkeley Vale, New South Wales, Australia
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2012

I stayed in a pool access room in early august 2012. From the relaxed and happy check in to the friendly and easy checkout this stay was perfect. ALL staff I encountered were extremely friendly, helpful and welcoming, the included breakfast was delicious and an awesome range of foods, rooms clean, water pressure perfect, the hotel is off the street enough to be quiet, but close to anything you might need. A manager invited cocktail party on friday night with entertainment and drinks provided was a lovely way to meet other travellers and the staff and management of the hotel. I highly recommend Karon Sea Sands Resort & Spa to anyone. AAA+++

Room Tip: Go the pool access, mirrored windows provide in room privacy and the private pool access is awesome
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Dean M
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Seemant-Raju, Owner at Karon Sea Sands Resort & Spa, responded to this review, September 28, 2012
Dear Williams & Jenman families.

On behalf of all at the Karon Sea Sands Resort & Spa, we would like to sincerely apologize for the problems you and your family had when staying with us at the resort.
We would like to clarify some of the points : about the jack hammering you mentioned, that was done at the next – door hotel and we were also not informed about it, else we would have made sure it was controlled.

We have had a change in management and it happened during the time of your visit so we had a few issues regarding staff and quality as it reflected with regards to your complaint about the doona and the linen. We can only apologize for the way you felt you were mistreated, it should have been handled in a better way.


We have a special discount of 15% for some deals, but they are not to be used in conjunction with other promotions such as “happy hours” deals and “all you can eat buffet deals”. Again our apologies that our staff did not make it clear at the beginning and so causing distress.

We would like to thank you for bringing to our attention regarding the breakfast. We will make sure to look into and improve it.

Thank you for your comments and we hope you will be able to give us another chance to prove that we are deserving of our ranking with Trip Advisor.
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BEIJING
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43 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2012

We have been to Phuket several times and Karon is our favorite for its long and clean beach, quiet at nights. We have stayed at different hotels/resort for each visit and this time we travelled together with another couple and stayed 5nights in this resort for first time. We found this hotel is in very good location for it is only 3minutes walking to the Karon beach, near the food and shoping center of Karon yet quite quiet place from the noises. Rooms are clean and services are good. Only the rate is not quite cheap compared with the hotels around the same location.

Room Tip: The pool is not big and not nice looking.So, the pool side rooms might not be so significant. Howeve...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank JOHNSONLX
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2012

We had a really good stay here for 10 days - apart from the weather! We had connecting rooms - one for my daugher and me - one for the 2 grandsons. We did ask for twin beds in each room but were told that was not possible because they were full - but it was low season and certainly didn't seem to be full - but some rooms were being renovated. Apart from that we had no real complaints. The rooms were cleaned every day, beds completely changed. There was a really good selection at breakfast. Staff were friendly and helpful in spite of their English not being brilliant. So friendly you can forgive them not ordering a taxi when they said they had. Whole resort very clean and tidy. Only complaint would be don't order any Western style food at the restaurant. After a long day trip and slightly having over done the Thai food I ordered lamb rack and mashed potato - I got 3 very fatty, greasy, chops (definitely not lamb rack) one over cooked and one almost raw, one almost edible, and mashed potato that was so lumpy that it was inedible too. We did tell the waitress that the food "wasn't nice" and she brought us a form to fill out. However no effort on check out found we had been charged full price in spite of not eating our meals. But bearing in mind we had bought 10 nights on Groupon for a ridiculous price we didn't really mind. We thought breakfasts were very good, wide range of food and varied each day. Also very close to taxis, tuk tuks, shops etc. Would stay again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Phillipa M
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2012

Our stay at Karon Sea Sands was awesome! Service is great! Will definitely return. Staff ensured that our stay was pleasant.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Elizabeth E
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Adelaide, Australia
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2012

Good standard hotel, clean, comfortable and well appointed. Friendly welcoming staff. Not a wide selection at breakfst, but good enough. Quite enjoyed my stay here and would go back without hesitation. Good position, easy to walk to the main drag just around the corner with its restaurants and bars and just across the road from the beach.
Rooms had plenty of space and the bathrooms were of good size with good amenities.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bayside62
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Property: Karon Sea Sands Resort & Spa
Address: 208 / 2, Karon Beach Road | Karon Beach, Karon, Phuket 83100, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Phuket > Karon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#19 Top resorts Hotel in Karon
#20 On the Beach Hotel in Karon
#21 Romantic Hotel in Karon
#23 Spa Hotel in Karon
#26 Family Hotel in Karon
#35 Luxury Hotel in Karon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Karon Sea Sands Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 87
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Karon Sea Sands Resort & Spa boasts beach front vistas of the spectacular azure waters of the Andaman Sea, endless expanses of golden sand and beaches and awe inspiring evening sunsets. We provide the perfect location & accommodation, offering our guests all the comforts & luxury they have come to expect from the minute they walk through our door. Karon Sea Sands Resort & Spa offers a culturally diverse selection of dining options from intimate a la carte dining to room service and takeaway. Exercise in our fully equipped gymnasium, swim laps of our pool, enjoy relaxing massages & beauty treatments, inspire & develop your culinary skills by enrolling in one of our Thai or Indian cooking classes. At the end of the day, relax in our tropical surrounds enjoying a refreshing cocktail, listen to mood music from our resident entertainers as you watch a spectacular sunset and the closing of another day in paradise. Karon Sea Sands offers guests traditional Thai hospitality complimented with modern facilities & amenities. Our professional, experienced and courteous staff are on hand to look after your every need and to ensure that your stay with us is a pleasurable and memorable occasion. Karon Sea Sands Resort & Spa, your ultimate resort destination, and we are in the right location! Situated on the south western seaboard between Kata and Patong, Karon is 60 minutes from Phuket International Airport, 15 minutes from Patong or a 30 minute drive to Phuket Town. Our resort is situated within easy walking distance of Karon’s shopping centers, markets, tourist attractions and nightlife venues. ... more   less 
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