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Centara Karon Resort Phuket
Ranked #19 of 136 Hotels in Karon
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 May 2011

what a lovely hotel. we stayed in a cabana room, a family with two small children (aged 1 and 4). the room was big with two fullsize beds (one for us and one for our child) plus a baby cot. it had every thing that you would like in the the room, flatscreen TV, DVD player etc. you arrive to the room through your walled private terrace that was a nice size with two sun beds shaded with lovely vines and plants. we booked a very reasonable priced (about £30 for two people plus 25% off wine if ordered in advance) surf and turf BBQ, which the staff set up in the private terrace, complete with table, chairs and white linen etc and we cooked for a romantic relaxing evening (please note that they need 24 hours notice). in the rear of the property accessed through the bathroom (but not a bath just shower) the again walled secluded large jacuzzi/ pool terrace which was nicely warmed by the sun. the jacuzzi/pool was walled which again was great for the small children, but also sunken to give some depth. each evening you phoned room service to order your complementry evening cocktail which they delivered with nibbles. it was worth paying the extra money for this room, it was soo nice having put the children to bed to relax in the the pool looking up at the twinkling stars above. the service was very good, the people couldn't do enough to help. the man who drives the electric buggies around deserves a special mention (sorry I dont know your name) who remembers at all times which room you are staying in, frequently gave us rides to the kids club/ swimming pool etc if he saw you around.
The cabana rooms dont come up on many websites so we had to book directly with the hotel on thier website but we still got a great rate.

Room Tip: stay in the cabana room
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  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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9  Thank Mrssjp
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Reviewed 7 May 2011

We have just returned from a 2 week trip on a bed and breakfast basis at this hotel. We went with another family with three children. The hotel is in a good location, a few minutes walk from shops and the lovely beach. We went to Kata beach first as we thought this was better than Karon beach according to reviews, but they are both lovely and clean and quiet. Our children all did the paraglidng off the beach. The restaurants we liked best were Family Seafood, excellent food and friendly staff. also went to Red Onion because of the reviews, had to queue, food good but Family Seafood opposite was better in our opinion. We also enjoyed Up Seafood further down the road. The Skylight bar was fun and the staff very welcoming including the children ages from 8 to 15 years, they could play pool and board games. We also liked the Terrace bar, upstairs off the street, lovely staff.

Our room at the hotel was really spacious for the four of us and very quiet, hotel pools clean and the grounds are really beautiful.

Happy hours are good too!

We would definately return to this hotel.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank Princess90
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Reviewed 5 May 2011

Hotel was everything I hoped it would be. Very clean, very friendly, lovely breakfast, lovely weather, other teenagers to keep my one busy, happy hour (or 2 hour) cocktails, happy hour for ice cream, lovely resort, lots of massages - just perfect. It is sometimes difficult to get 2 hotel rooms with a connecting door (who wants to spend 2 weeks in the same room as a messy teen?) but this hotel managed it and they both had lovely sea views. O'Tooles does the best chips - I love Thai food but teenager had a bad experience with a hot Green Curry and wanted chips - and I must admit they were divine. Go to Mama's road side cafe- it is opposite the Mermaid Hotel - it is a couple of plastic chairs and tables under a collection of umbrellas - the best Pad Thai and Spring rolls ever - food for 3 people plus 2 cokes and 2 beers - £12. You have to sit by the road but it is so authentic and delicious. I am sitting at my desk wishing I was back.

Room Tip: We had a supreme rooms with sea view - lovely
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  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank Trudi H
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Reviewed 2 May 2011

This hotel is in a great location in Karon - 'right in the thick of it!' Phuket was a bit too touristy for us but if you like being in a town, near restaurants, bars and the beach this hotel is in an ideal location. Although close to all the bars and restaurants we did not hear any noise in our hotel room and it was located in the main block at the front. We stayed B&B and the breakfast was really good. We had to wait in a queue every morning to be seated but this was not a problem and we never waited more than 5 mins. The pools are nice but the sun beds are very close together as there is not much room around the pools. The room was okay (a bit tired and towels grey) and clean, although we did have a problem with tiny ants.
The Irish bar opposite the hotel was good and although we did not eat there as we prefer local food, the meals looked great.
Just outside the hotel on the right is 'Eco Divers'. My partner booked a dive and thoroughly enjoyed it, seeing a turtle. Matt gave a real one-to-one service. I went along on the trip, although I don't dive and enjoyed the boat trip - although it was bit a rough on the way out. The lunch was lovely and there were only a few of us on one of the biggest dive boats that headed out that day. Would thoroughly recommend Eco Divers – Matt really looks after you. He also took lots of underwater photos and downloaded them onto our memory stick free of charge.
Most evenings we went to Karon Tropics bar/restaurant and guest house (just round the bend in the road opposite the temple and market) for an early doors aperitif. Rocky runs the place and plays great music - pizzas are really good as well! We were going to eat in the Red Onion on several nights but there was always a long queue - I guess too many trip advisor comments! So did not make it there but all the other restaurants we ate in were great - best local food was in the fish restaurant opposite the Red Onion (can't remember the name!)
We hired a jeep one day as the weather was not great - only for the brave! The rule on roundabouts is who dares who wins! Drove to the north to visit the Gibbon Rehabilitation centre and visited a temple.
Booked 'Simons Cabaret' one evening - it was quite a good show - if not a bit cheesy! The lady boys are absolute gorgeous, they all line up outside after the show for photos but beware they do want tipping if you want a photo.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Albie_Greywhite
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Reviewed 30 April 2011

Just back from a trip to Thailand with my boyfriend. We started off in Phuket and stayed in Centara. We could not have asked for more from a hotel. It is in a perfect location, right in the centre of Karon. The rooms were fab, service perfect, and facilities amazing! There were 3 different pools, 1 with water slide etc for kids which kept the kids away from the other pools (nice and peaceful!) Pool bars were great and towels supplied. The beach is a 3 minute walk away, through the town. Pubs and restaurants and of course shopping are right outside the gate of the hotel! Karon is a lovely small town perfect for couples and families....not great for nightlife. I cant wait to get back there and Ill be staying in Centara for sure!

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4  Thank Katie D
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Additional Information about Centara Karon Resort Phuket

Address: 502/3 Patak Road | Karon Beach, Karon, Phuket 83100, Thailand (Formerly Central Karon Beach Resort)
Region: Thailand > Phuket > Karon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Karon
#7 Top resorts Hotel in Karon
#10 Spa Hotel in Karon
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Karon
#12 Family Hotel in Karon
#17 Luxury Hotel in Karon
#18 Romantic Hotel in Karon
Price Range: $78 - $357 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Centara Karon Resort Phuket 4*
Number of rooms: 335
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the heart of Karon Town, with an abundance of eateries and entertainment options at its doorstep and Karon Beach a short stroll away, the resort is perfectly located to experience the many facets of Phuket. As a destination in its own right, Centara Karon Resort Phuket fulfils every holiday aspiration, from pure bliss at Spa Cenvaree to active holidays and family fun with activities galore, yoga sessions, three swimming pools, waterslides and a kids’ club. This four-star resort, laid out within beautiful gardens backed by green hills, is comprised of four very distinctive residential zones. Couples and small families will find the rooms and Honeymoon Suites at the Terraces a comfortable retreat, and enjoy the option of ocean view or a private outdoor Jacuzzi; while families and groups of friends are spoilt for choice with spacious guestrooms set moments away from the waterslide and games of the Lagoon pool. The generously-sized one- and two-bedroom Cabanas feature a private terrace with a plunge Jacuzzi. As a fun place for families, the resort has a kids’ club with daily activities and three expansive swimming pool areas complete with three children’s pools for the younger ones to splash in, two waterslides and pool games. Pool parties are held regularly, and other activities include tennis and football. The resort also has two restaurants, a sports bar, and three swim-up pool bars A scheduled shuttle service takes guests from the resort to Patong, and Phuket International Airport is reached in less than one hour. ... more   less 
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