Beautiful hotel and location, with gorgeous landscaped grounds and impressive breakfast, but over priced for other meals compared to local restaurants. Cape Panwa is quiet but very relaxing with lots of nice local restaurants (Sawasdee, Live India and sea breeze, would be our recommendations, Sea Breeze been our favorite so far with beautiful steamed whole fish with lime).
Easy reach and 400 baht taxi to the night market in Phuket which is worth a visit on sat or Sunday night. Leave at 4pm to arrive for 4:30pm before it gets busy, 2-3hrs is ample and plan to eat there too as there are lots of food stands.
It has rained a bit this week (3rd wk November) but it is still very warm and we are told the rain is not typical of this time of year. Yesterday a low level tropical cyclone wiped out almost all of the small boats moored at the Cape. It was quite dramatic to watch while we had breakfast at the hotel.
We've been out on a long tail boat to banana beach for snorkeling, ask for Suki, he was great at navigating any waves, we left at 10am, came back at 3pm, 2500 baht for the boat for the whole day, 150 snorkel hire (take bread to feed fish), 200 for subbed or less for deck chairs, there's a bar, food and toilets there, plus a dive centre if you want to dive. There is coral and a variety of fish that will surround you if you feed them. Very shallow water, safe for children. Quiet beech.
Russel, owner at the Sunset Bar, great cocktails, chat and service, has lots of great travel advice and put us in touch with Suki for our boat trip.
Today we go elephant trekking, picked up from the hotel. And tomorrow we go out for a bit of island hopping and sea kayaking. These were booked with the local agent (cheaper than hotel our our travel agent in the uk for same tours) who is situated next door to Star's fashions in Cape Panwa where we have also had suits made. Very professional service and fluent English.
There are street food stalls in Cape Panwa too, the fresh fruit is lovely, the roti (a bit like pancakes, ask for them crispy) are yummy and cooked while you wait. Kebabs cooked on a BBQ right in front of you and a Pad Thai stall where everything is cooked fresh to order. You can get a three course meal from across 3 stands for around 250 baht (£5) for a couple, definitely eat from the stalls while you are here.
No tummy troubles from any of the restaurants or street stalls, we picked stalls where the food is cooked in front of you.
There are also boat charters and opportunities to learn to sail, which we wish we would have known about as we won't have time to do them now, check out www.sailinasia.com