Flew in from NZ on the 5th April for a 11night break. We were given a 5th floor room at the back of the hotel. No sea or pool view but it overlooked the town and hills to the rear and was spacious, clean and had AIRCON which enabled us to get out of the 36oc heat and 100% humidity. Spacious and clean but at the back! Maybe if we had waited we would of been given a better room but we just needed to get out of the heat after our journey. I am on crutches so two lifts were needed to access my room and the staff asked almost every day if the room was acceptable and to our needs. We were unpacked now and in our view a room is just a room !
The hotel staff are wonderful, attend to ones every whim. Breakfast was great. Nice selection of Thai food, cereal, cooked meats, English breakfast, fruit, fresh juice etc etc etc. Have no idea how anyone can ever complain about this. The kids (3 of them) even went back for seconds if we ate early....greedy. I had traditional Thai breakfast 9 morning in a row, lovely.
The pools. Main one up a few steps from restaurant with sun loungers all down one side....good for late morning to evening sun. The smaller pool outside the restaurant attracted mostly families with younger children. Both pools are around 1.3m deep and there is also a toddler pool which is really shallow. Water jets/falls from the top pool to the lower. Nice until kids find they can access the jets from the main pool and squirt the bathers below BUT it was 35oc so not too bothered. Good for morning sun and plenty of shade if needed. The tiles around the pool ARE very slippy when wet, saw many a kid slip when running !! Pool bar has "happy hour" which entitles you to 20% off, which sometimes was crowded.
Loads of different nationalities. Yanks, Aussies, Dutch, German, Poms and Russians. Don't want to put a downer on those ruskie friends but they really need to lighten up, show some gratitude and "No" they don't own Thailand yet !! The atmosphere was sometimes a little subdubed on a few days, but Poms and the Dutch are usually chatty.
Lunch from the hotel were of good quality, but maybe a little expensive, but that's expected.
Now the "hill". If you don't know the Avista sits at the top of a hill and a steep hill at that. I have a broken Femur and was on crutches. Getting down it wasn't a problem and achieved the climb back up twice. Why???? I could of easily got a tuk tuk to and from Kata for 200thb but wanted to do it and if I can do it on crutches...twice, it cant be that bad.
Now expect "smells" in Thailand and some of them not too pleasant by half. It took us maybe 3 or 4 days to get used to these, some places are worse than others....be warned.
Kata beach is sunbed city. 200thb will hire you 2 sunbeds and sunshade for the day. Maybe 2 or 3 rows of beds then the rest of the beach is empty to the sea. South end is busy where hotels are and plenty of Ruskies. North is a tad quieter but there is a small stream that flows through the town and comes out at the far north of the beach...avoid by at least 100m. Food shacks line the verges under the shade of the trees. Cheap, TASTY food and drink. The beach and sea can be littered and don't expect crystal clear water until at least 100meters out from beach. Power boats access the beach from 2 or 3 points, paragliding, jet skis available and boat trips. This is NOT unspoilt Thailand its a resort.
Best advice on haggling is go into a normal shop first. There is what looks like a "shoe" shop half way down the high street which is really a great 3 floor retail outlet. You can here and aim to pay at least 20% or less than this when haggling in the markets.
I read all the restaurant ratings before I left for the holiday. Top 10 and all that.......doesn't mean a thing. Basically all eateries are good, seems the first one you go in sticks in your mind and everything is compared to that. Never had a bad meal....any where. Do a left about half way down Kata high street and youll come across a thatched bar where you can get a beer for 100thb. Its stands next to food stalls where the cook you fresh chicken, pork or prawn kebabs. Whole of half chickens, belly pork and chips. Tasty tasty tasty and we had a great feed and beers for 500thb. Plus a fantastic cocktail bar there, just a stall really. Excellent cocktails for 100thb......brilliant. Most evenings Elvis sings on stage too..........."no, he is not dead".
One last thing, book transport from the airport. its about an hours drive to the Avista. We used Phuket Shuttles (they have a website) 1200thb Waiting for us when we got off plane so didn't need to wait of haggle for taxis. You learn about the taxi mafia when there. Every group of tuk tuks is run by one guy and a set price is given out. But still not expensive.
Im waffling now and want to go back....its an experience and a holiday is only what you make of it so make the most of the friendly Thai people, the lovely Avista and the fantastic food.
Better stop or it will turn into a novel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Indulge in luxurious accommodations at Novotel Phuket Kata Avista Resort & Spa at Kata Beach. Raise your vacation to a higher level and have a stunning experience in Thailand. Novotel Phuket Kata, not just any other hotels -- it stands as one of the most expressive and stylish ones in Phuket. This beautiful hotel's design itself is a splendid architectural deco-nature model of bio-regional and ecological harmony. Set against gently sloping hills, it is the perfect spot to achieve your much-needed relaxation as well as to explore the wild jungles, magnificent beaches, and exciting nightlife of Kata. The nice hotel's pool area is likewise a striking, exotic oasis of cascading royal-blue water juxtaposed against the turquoise Andaman Sea. ... more less
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