Hoping you guys can help me with your wealth of knowledge finally coming to a decision re one of these 2 hotels for our trip next year April/May.
The deals we can get through our TA are making both places pretty much the same in price.
The trip will be me and my partner mid to late 20's and my parents this trip also together.
My partner and I have previously stayed at Patong Merlin and Centara Karon and liked the ease of going out for dinner and shopping but also relaxing.
My parents have stayed at Patong Merlin a couple of times and love their happy hours and meeting people etc.
But the Kata Beach Resort is obviously right on the beach, has its own bar and swim up bar and looks great for relaxing.
I can't split the trip between destinations either as I believe there are great deals like pay 5 stay 10 or similar, so splitting trip will make it more expensive.
Has anyone stayed at both places that can advise their opinion of pros and cons and their personal preference to stay at, from occurrences etc? Don't want to be secluded and have to catch tuk tuks whenever we want food or to go have a drink...but also want to relax as well, as we go to Bangkok for 3nights prior as well.
I know these places are very different which is what is making my decisions harder :)
I appreciate any insight people can advise and how great a forum this is.