Our first trip to Phuket and we were looking for a family friendly resort (Kids 4 & 6) in the less hectic area of Karon. This hotel came up as being near the top of the list. Research here and on the hotel website suggested Centara Karon Beach would be a good fit for what we wanted out of this family holiday and this proved to be true!
When we confirmed our booking a via email a couple of days before travel we were offered the opportunity to upgrade from a Tropicale room to a 1 bed Cabana which elected to do - this turned out to be a very good choice for our family and I would highly recommend it if you are able to stretch the budget a little bit further. Having a larger room and the small courtyard with Jacuzzi was excellent for the kids (also a little bit quieter for the neighbours as well I would imagine). The 2 Queen size beds were quite close together but allowed the rest of the room to stay quite spacious. The bathroom was also quite large which was good for the shower shuffle and there was plenty of room for suitcases. Dang looked after our room at night and always had kind words with our kids.
As part of our package we had the Premium Club but with the kids found it difficult to take advantage of most of the perks, we thought it unreasonable to take the kids to the lounge where others were there to enjoy some peace & quite. We used the Laundry service the first couple of days until the provided bags ran out and were not replaced.
Having small kids we spent most of our time in the lagoon pool and didn't have any problems getting sun loungers in our desired position or towels (although a bit more work needs to go into removing from service some of the badly stained ones). A bit more parental supervision of some kids around the pool wouldn't go astray to make sure both they and others using the pool stay safe. During our stay participation in the nightly 'happy hour' by other guests was quite poor - I though that the drinks were quite reasonably priced...Kids used the Kids Club a few times but if they want to do the advertised activities you will have to ask. Also the 150B to paint a plastic pot each was a bit steep. Kids were said the staff were friendly.
We had breakfast the first couple of days at the Lotus but then moved to Azure were I thought everything was to a much better standard, especially the omelettes & coffee (perhaps more care able to be taken due to less guests).
We had 2 dinners at Azure and both were very, very good. Unfortunately on both nights there was only 1 or 2 other groups in the restaurant which was a real shame given the quality of the meals and the pricing which again I thought was quite reasonably given what you were getting. The steak I had on 'BBQ' night was Neil Perry worthy!
We had a great stay and wouldn't hesitate to stay here again if returning to Karon.
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