we stayed here for 10 nights as part of our honeymoon. Before leaving for Thailand, I was extremely concerned that we'd chosen the wrong hotel in Phuket, as I couldnt quite work out the location of the hotel and how close it was to town etc. Anyway, I shouldnt have worried. Yes, the location is quite far out but only a bus ride to Phuket town and other places.
The hotel is at the top of an extremely steep hill, but the hotel provides a free shuttle bus every 10 minutes down to the village at the bottom of the hill. The hotel also provides shuttle buses to Phuket town, Patong at night and to a large shopping centre in Phuket. We used all three services (at the cost of about £6 each, each way, which is a bargain considering the distance). We did also use the local bus at the bottom of the hill to go into Phuket town, which costs about 50p each, each way. This is a brilliant way to see how the locals really live, and i'd certainly recommend that over a taxi any day!
All the restaurants in the village were great - the best ones were Top of the Hill, Panwa Seafood (which doesnt only serve seafood) and Swasdee. All the food was great, we never had one bad meal (or one bad tummy!). All the locals and staff at the hotel are brilliant. Although I would say that the Guest Relations Manager only seems to speak to returning customers, which is a shame and doesnt encourage new guests to return again.
We also used the tour company next the Swasdee restaurant (in the village). We got a great price for a Phi Phi Island trip, which also included Maya Island and Monkey Beach, a great lunch and another stop at a beach for sunbathing. This trip is well worth the money and is half the price of the tour reps tours, but you get the same package!!
I would say that if you want constant shopping, bars, hundreds of different restaurants etc, then this isnt the place for you. However, if you want relaxation, good food etc and just a few trips out to main areas at good prices, then this is the perfect spot!
All the facilities at the hotel were great - the pools were good, the beach is lovely, although I did miss the beach sellers (although I'm sure this is the appeal for most people).
We had a standard room with a sea view, which was more than adequate. we would have loved to book a pool villa, but they were all booked up. They looked great. We didnt use the hotel restaurant at night, as we felt the prices were way too high. we appreciate that hotels are usually more expensive than other restaurants, but the mark up seemed to be ridiculous. You could eat at all the restaurants for less than half the price of the hotel. Breakfast was great though, lots and lots of choice, eggs made to order etc.
all in all, a great honeymoon and we'd certainly return to the cape panwa.
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- Cape Panwa Hotel embodies tropical luxury in one of the world's most desirable destinations. Tucked away in a quiet corner of southeast Phuket, the villa is renowned for its excellent service, stylish rooms and exclusive swimming pool. Blending superbly with the natural beauty of the area, the hotel is comprised of a selection tastefully decorated suites and pool villas. Thailand's premier luxury chain of Villa and Serviced Apartments. ... more less
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