The Kantary Beach is like a lovely little village dropped into paradise, with an impressive entrance to the villas and apartments, a main road with shops in the middle and restaurants and bar at the end. We had a suite on the top floor of the block nearest the beach and had a wonderful view over the palms to the sea which was perfect to watch the spectacular sunsets. The location is heavenly with clean white sand and warm turquoise sea.
We went in mid April and the resort was very peaceful. We often had the pool to ourselves and there were always plenty of empty loungers along the long stretch of beautiful beach. Whether this was because it was at the end of the season I don’t know, but it was during the Easter holidays so I would have expected it to be a busy time. Certainly there was none of the raucous kiddy behaviour others have mentioned.
The suites are well furnished with lovely bathrooms and spacious balconies which give a generous amount of living space. We are a family of 3 and did not experience any shortage of hot water, even having simultaneous baths and showers. Also the suite was spotless; no cobwebs behind our TV – I checked!
I couldn’t decide whether the landscaping between the hotel and the beach wasn’t finished or if they are deliberately leaving it a bit wild; whatever, the ocean pool has an infinity aspect which gives the impression of a pond in a natural beachside setting and it is really quite charming. The garden pool with swim up bar is also very nice, though both pools are bathwater-warm which makes it difficult to cool down in the very hot weather.
The food in the main restaurant is fine, but the Similan fine dining restaurant is much better. There are 3 restaurants a short walk along the beach to the right (our favourite was White Sands Beach), and one to the left (The Boatyard). However, a must-do dining experience is in the beachside restaurant of the Sarojin, next door. It is expensive, but features the best of Thai food and hospitality and is an experience you won’t forget. They don’t allow children under 12, but our 11 y/o managed to slip under the radar and I am glad he did as it was the best meal of our holiday. Also try the Hill Tribes in Bang Niang for Northern Thai dishes - 100bt per person for a taxi (walk to the taxi rank at the end of the hotel drive – much cheaper).
Granted this is not an ideal resort for honeymoon couples, but for families it allows a bit of luxury for Mum & Dad whilst providing a safe and fun environment for the kids. What would make it better? Well a jacuzzi would be nice, and maybe a bit of entertainment in the bar at night to draw people in and give it a bit of atmosphere would make it perfect. For the moment it remains just nearly perfect – but we’re still going back next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on one of the few remaining stretches of pristine beach in Phang Nga, just north of Phuket, the Kantary Beach is simply breathtaking. Comprised of elegant and modern suites and serene and private bungalows, the hotel fronts a stunning beach and is surrounded by lush, tropical foliage, two relaxing lakes and the hills of Phang Nga. ... more less
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