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Kantary Bay, Phuket
Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Cape Panwa
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Reviewed 17 November 2010

We stayed here for 10 days and it was very good. The rooms were clean , showers and air con were perfect and breakfast was fine. If you are choosing between this and the sister hotel Cape Panwa, I would take this one as there is a bit more going on down the hill. Maybe the rooms are a bit better up the hill, but we found these ones were perfect for our needs, and, in any case, we don't go to Thailand to sit in a room and admire the decor. Good beds and cleanliness are all that is required. The rooms are quite large, especially compared to Europe.
The staff were fantastic to us and gave me a beautiful birthday cake without any prompting at all. We shall be back.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 November 2010

My wife,daughter,grandson and I stayed at the kantary for 15 nights last christmas.We have stayed at better hotels but for value for money this really takes some beating.We had 2 rooms both very spacious overlooking the gardens.The staff were amazing,nothing was to much trouble,it was my grandsons birthday whilst there they gave him a birthday cake and also brought him a present,neither of which were expected. You can use all the facilities at the cape panwa also which is only a short walk (over the hill) or catch the shuttle bus.Breakfast was ok more than adequate,the food in the restaurants(both hotels) was outstanding, especially the italian restaurant at the kantary.The christmas eve gala held at the cape panwa was fantastic,held on the beach lots of entertainment for both adults and children with a visit also of santa who gave presents to all the children.The gala buffet was the best i've ever seen.The resort is quiet,but do you want the hussle and bussle of patong when you have young children.There are a few restaurants and a english style pub outside the hotel,so you are not hotel bound.The aquirium is less than a 5 min walk away, cheap and well worth a visit.Plenty of taxis outside will take you anywhere at a good price (negotiate the price)We had a couple of visits into patong the driver dropped us off about 6pm and waited for us until we ready to go which was about midnight,nothing was to much trouble.Overall a great place if you have children or if you just want a quiet relaxing holiday and very good value for money.Would recommend visits to Phuket town night market,Patong(check out Bangla Road)and the elephant safari, we hope to go back soon. p.s. massage parlours outside the hotel are very cheap and very good we all visited on numerous occassions

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 November 2010

so you are on your own, at one corner of the earth, with lovely sea view, clam, peaceful and a food joint to die for just outside the hotel. The Sawadee restaurant has single handedly taken over the hotel retaurant business and serves awesome food. as long as you avoid the 1st floor smaller room's you will be staying at a good spacious room with all amenities (including kitchennete) and great views.
before i forget, there is a fruit seller on cart who visits the road most days at 11am - dont miss buying and hogging thai mangoes from her - they are awesome - do not forget to bargain.
yes the hotel is far away from the happenning beaches (its shares the beach with its more costlier sister hotel just above the hill - and u get free shuttles), but for relaxations at cheap budgets look no further.
do ensure u keep your evenings elsewhere for the fun - since there is not much around this hotel to do in the evenings.
lots of travel agents around to do your sightseeings - phuket is a place you dont visit just once in life - and kantary bay is a place you dont visit for just 2-3 days!
has a few general stores doown the road for basic amenities.
breakfast is basic and good
last but not the least, the staff make you feel great - u will be in love with them by their behaviour by the end of the trip - extremely helpful firendly and always carry that big smile.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 November 2010

I stayed at Kantary Bay with a friend for her 30th for 10 days in august. There are 2 hotels, cape panwa over the hill and kantary bay at the bottom. My review is long but I find the more detailed reviews helpful.
ACCOMODATION: On arrival, the studio we were initially allocated was not great, there were blue stains in the bathtub, view to one side was a brick wall and it smelled a bit musty, appeared to be in need of updating. Also the safe was not working properly. After asking for a room change, we were moved very quickly and with no fuss to a nicer studio overlooking the swimming pool and with a view out to the bay. It had a double bedroom with built-in wardrobe, safe, balcony with bench, table and seats, living room with armchair, rug, table and double sofa, dining area, kitchen with utensils, fridge and microwave, bathroom with the usual bits and bobs, small hairdrier in room, no iron but you can request one as well as an adapter plug for your own electrical devices. 2 small bottles of water are provided daily free of charge. 1 rooftop hotel with views across the bay, 2nd outdoor pool on ground floor, children's play area, gym.
SERVICE:No complaints whatsoever, all staff were friendly and helpful in spite of long working hours. Kate, the bookings manager was an absolute delight. Our bags were carried to our rooms on arrival. I asked if I could buy a birthday cake for my friend and they had already made one for her, free of charge!
FOOD: We stayed on a bed and breakfast basis and found the breakfast to be just ok. Breakfast bar included 3 different juices, full english breakfast, fresh fruit, yoghurts, breads, eggs freshly cooked how you like, even egg fried rice with a fish or meat sauce. There are may cheap restaurants around the hotel so happy we didn't go full board. Our favourites were Hilltop restaurant and the famous seafood restaurant by the waterside in Phuket town. Can't remember the name but all the cabbies seem to know it.
BEACH: Just over the hill at cape panwa is a lovely little private beach you access via the hotel tram, which we found to be clean, free beach towels and beach chairs, good for snorkelling & canoeing and never too many people so you could really relax and enjoy the views/swim, surrounded by lush greenery. Other, larger beaches around Phuket.
THINGS TO DO: Phuket is a quiet resort and you'll need to venture into town for shops/activities bar the Phuket aquarium right next to the hotel. You can hire bikes from the hotel. We booked some of our activities through the cab service we hired from the airport but you may be able to get cheaper deals from the hotel or through a good cabbie. We went snorkelling, elephant riding, horseriding, quadbiking, island-hopping, butterfly museum, full body aromatherapy massage & sightseeing all for very reasonable prices. Cabs are also cheap if you get the right guy! We highly recommend a guy called SAK SALI from outside the hotel, he's very honest, knowledgeable, didn't try to rip us off and was more of a tour guide than just a cabbie. If anyone wants his email address or phone number pls ask. For a more lively atmosphere, go to Pattaya.

We will upload pics soon.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 October 2010

We stayed here for 7 days and thoroughly enjoyed it. We were in 401A which was one of the best rooms as it was for our honeymoon. The breakfast was good and staff could not do enough for you. There was apparently some work going on in some of the rooms (we did not hear or see anything) but the hotel put on a free lunch and drinks from 12-2pm everyday at their sister hotel. They also provided a daily free trip which we took up on one occasion.
The hotel is situated in a quiet area with few resturants next door and on the road to the sister hotel. We had food at the resturant next door and it was fantastic, we went back three times. There is a small trips booking office next door which we used to go to Phi Phi Island which was great. The bars at the hotel and sister hotel all have a happy hour and there is another bar a few doors down, but if your after a dance then you had better go else where! Maybe Patong? We visited Patong but it was not for me, loud music, Lady boys, Massage, old men with women old enough to be their grandaughters. I still consider myself as being young, 28, but I still did not like it!!
I would definately reccommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 October 2010

We booked on the basis of the Reviews/Value for Money and the fact it was Kuoni approved .. I was a little concerned about the room quality/view from reading the few bad reviews and did e mail my concerns about 2 weeks before travelling out - I recieved a nice reply promising a "nice room and view"..well..it was not nice......
It was- Excellent,we had been upgraded to a 1 bedroom apartment with a fantastic 180% view of the bay,a balcony big enough for dinner for 4/a great place to sup a G&T and watch the sunset .. there are a few bad ,holiday ruining locations , any room number ending -40/-38/-36/-34/-32 have the dreaded wall view and there are a few opening onto a "prison corridor",However most have a sea or garden view,so don't panic !
All the staff were very helpful and friendly not just the famous ladies in reception..the room(s) were well equipped with kettle/microwave/fridge/hotplate AND a washing machine on the balcony - wish I had known about that berore travelling-could saved alot on luggage!.
It is best to bare in mind this is an apartment hotel so a little self suffiency should be applied - THere is an (expensive) hotel mini mart,if you are staying 7 days plus I would strongly recommend getting a taxi to the nearest large supermarket (7kms) for everything from drink to toothpaste,the saving on a bottle of,say,gin would cover the cost and do buy some mossie spray for the room,you will get the odd one or two.If you need medicinal things the hotel has an arrangement with the local pharmacy 1km away,see the nurse and she wiil arrange for it o be sent to the hotel or just go there...
The shuttle to the Cape Panwa Hotel runs every 10 mins up to midnight.. the main reason to go is the Panwa private beach,scenic,shaded by palms but not really swimming friendly,there is even an electric "railway"from hotel to beach - the Panwa pool is of a decent size compared to KB.BUT KB has the roof pool.....
Food wise the better dining/choice is to be fond at the KB,2 hotel restaraunts and 4 local,the most popular seems to be the Sawadee because of its location, almost part of the hotel.. but the best Thai food is to found in the tiny "Sea Breeze" at the foot of the hill or the "Keang Lay" a short wander back down the seafront to the corner AND don't forget to have a drink in the Sunset Bar ,you will be personally be greated by "Narak",mine host Russell's little dog..he -Russell that is - is a font of excellence advice about were to eat on the island (and other things).
Can thoroughly recommend Pee's beach restaraunt a 10min taxi ride along the coast road,immediately before the Novotel incredible value for money,and a must for at least one sunset..
The motobikes on offer outside the hotel looked a bit ropey,better to walk up the slight incline away from the hotel and use one of those rental shops - 200 baht a day for an auto 125cc Honda with good brakes !
All n' all we had a fantastic time and cannot recommend the Kantary Bay Enough !!!!!!!

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 October 2010

This was my first visit to Thailand and was not disappointed. Husbands secone visit,
Hotel was beautiful, rooms were exactly as seen on the internet. The staff were friendly and very helpful.
Location is idylic.
Cleanliness was evident in and around the hotel grounds of the Kantary bay.
Sister hotel Cape Panwa is superb with private beach that we could use. Great little cable car to take you back from the beach.
Cape panwa is quiet and refreshing especially if you had visited Patong.
Variety of places to eat within a short distance.
Go to the Sunset Bar, Russell will tell you the best places to eat that you would never discover on your own because of their locations.
Roof top swimming pool an added bonus, at times there was so few people up there it felt exclusive.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: 31/11 Moo 8, Sakdidej Rd, Cape Panwa, Phuket 83000, Thailand (Formerly The Bay Hotel)
Region: Thailand > Phuket > Cape Panwa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Cape Panwa
#1 Best Value Hotel in Cape Panwa
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Cape Panwa
#1 Romantic Hotel in Cape Panwa
#4 Family Hotel in Cape Panwa
Price Range: £35 - £86 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Kantary Bay, Phuket 4*
Number of rooms: 104
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Kantary Bay Hotel is a charming seafront property within a short ten to fifteen minutes drive from Phuket town. This is a hotel with a difference; following a new trend that is becoming more and more preferred around the world, each room makes the most of its surroundings, breaking away from the traditional "standard" hotel room design to offer you a unique hotel experience. Kantary Bay Hotel offers spacious, fully furnished studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom suites. Each room type is furnished with a living room, kitchenette and separate sleeping area. You will find terra cotta tiles and wooden floors instead of the usual carpet. We also provide our guests with full facilities including a fitness room, swimming pools, scenic gardens, reading lounges and more. And of course the service is impeccable, after all The Kantary Bay Hotel is the sister hotel of the world renowned Cape Panwa Hotel. ... more   less 
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