We stayed at the Cape Panwa for 8 nights and were very happy there. Our interconnecting rooms were in a quiet corner of Block N overlooking a deserted beach and the sea beyond rather than the view through the trees to the hotel's beach which others have criticised.
Whilst our rooms had not been renovated they were still very spaceous and comfortable with DVD players in each room - perfect for keeping the kids quiet in the mornings. We had a peek at one of the renovated rooms and they are very spacious and modern. When the renovation works are complete this will be a very stylish hotel.
The renovation works didn't really affect us. Occasionally you could hear banging if you were at the main pool but other than that it was not a problem. The hotel was generally very quiet except at breakfast which was being served in one of the conference rooms whilst the restaurant was being renovated. Sometimes they struggled for tables and had to seat us in the Andaman Cafe but that wasn't too much of an inconvenience. The breakfast buffet had something for everyone and we never went hungry.
Food in the restaurants was very good, especially the Panwa House where we had our complimentary dinner. There are other much cheaper and equally good restaurants on the hill and along the road near the Kantary Bay Hotel, which are easily accessible on the free shuttle bus.
There were very few shops near the hotel, one supermarket for essentials (beer, crisps, chocolate etc) and a few massage parlours. The options for a stroll after dinner were a bit limited. If you want to shop you can get a taxi to the excellent weekend market in Phuket Town.
The private beach is a bonus. With only guests of the Cape Panwa and Kantary Bay allowed it is pretty quiet. We took a wonderful day trip on the hotel boat to Coral Island.
The staff were all very friendly and courteous, especially with the kids.
All in all this is a great hotel for a getaway. If peace and quiet is what you are looking for then this is the place for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Cape Panwa Phuket
- Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket