Upon arrival we are greeted by smiling front desk staff with two large coconuts as welcome drinks. This was a great surprise as usually hotels give only a small glass of some herbal/fruit juice.
When we checked in, we had to pay on the credit card right away because we had gotten a great deal online. this was understandable but then they asked us to put down a 3,000 baht deposit as well. This usually happens in lower-end hotels so we weren't expecting it.
They have shuttle tuk tuks to drive guests around the resort and our villa was number 215 which is located quite high up from the beach. Although walking back and forth to breakfast/beach/spa/pool was a bit of a hike, the view from the rooms are really beautiful.
One time we came back from dinner and took the tuk tuk back to our room. our driver was sitting in the front passenger side of the parked vehicle and was on his cell phone. we waited awhile before approaching him to ask if he would drop us to our villa, he looked up, slammed the door of the passenger side and walked over to the driver side. he drove us down like a mad man, hardly braking on the curves of the hills. perhaps he was having a fight with the wife, but i find that if you're having personal issues you should ask for a break from work, and definitely never allow your emotions to create a bad image for guests.
We had dinner at The Cliff and loved the tom khaa kai (coconut soup with chicken and other herbs) and the thod mun plaa (fried fish cakes served with sweet tamarind sauce).
The Spa was also really nice, the masseuses definitely knew what they were doing. and prices weren't bad either. The treatment rooms overlook the bay so it's a really nice atmosphere.
The resort also has a path that leads to the Karon beach. This beach is really nice, lovely calm (it was calm the few days we were there, before the tsunami warning) with food, drinks, water activities.
Overall, a decent place, for a reasonable price, some good food, nice spa service, the only things i would change are the service (tuk tuk driver temper tantrum), better service from staff, and more tuk tuks to take guests around the resort. (sometimes we had to wait a very long time, as apparently they only had one tuk tuk to cater to all guests).
- Also Known As:
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- Centara Resort Phuket
- Centara Villas Phuket Karon
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