Did a lot of research and I settled on this place for a much needed break with my hubby. I was supposed to spend 10 days in Phuket , 8 days of rest n 2 days of work. We started with the break, arriving late on a friday night to the sea view villa. On first look, the villa looked smaller than we expected. But the next day it looked bright, airy, and very clean n tidy. The pool was small just to dip and fool around so if u want a good swim go to the main pool. We were very well taken of. I asked for a secluded villa n we got one (8881) right at the end with the 4-bedded villa above us. We didn't get the full sea view (8871 will give u that) but it was quiet and private.
There's only one restaurant and the spa only has 3 rooms but the great advantage of the shore is it's linked to the Neighbouring Katathani beach resort which has several restaurants and a spa that is cheAper. It's just minutes of walk but a buggy T either resort will bring u to and fro. N u can charge to your room if u eat, shop and drink at that resort. There are minimarts and cheaper restaurants along the street next to the Katathani resort, so there's no shortage of options.
So after 5 days at The Shore, my husband returned home but I remained in Phuket, with the aim of changing resorts to another one in the hills where I would work. But after a day at that resort, I fled back to the shore, this time staying at the pool villas at the back of the hills. Though I had to pay more than double, i had no regrets returning. Things work efficiently here and the villas, though smaller, are so comfy and accessible. And best of all, even though I was alone, I didn't feel very insecure and didn't feel alone as the staff took good care of me.
Pros - villas are v clean, neat, tidy. Writing desk looked crammed n dingy but when I worked at it it was roomier than it looked. Views of the sea view villas fantastic, worth paying for it. Pool villas same layout but with no views are quite clustered, so u get less privacy. Coffee machine gives great coffee, and sala very comfy but that's for petite persons like me. Massages are great - May is great with her hands. I took 3 massages and she soothed those pains and knots. One MUST-DO - at least one evening at the Harbor from 6pm to watch the spectacular sunsets. I spent three dinners alone there but never felt lonely despite the couples. It's not very crowded so it's easy to get tables. You will feel so tranquil, blessed, and rested as you sit there for the night. Tho the guitarist is pretty pitchy but at least he plays relaxing songs.
Cons - security-wise an b improved. It's really quite safe but a lone traveler like me, the sliding foors at the bathroom to the pool deck can't b locked. And the doors from the bathroom into the bedroom can't be locked either. The sea view villa are pretty high so chances of climbing in are low, but for pool villas, I noted that one could just walk up the path next to the pool into the deck and then into the bathroom. There shd b a lock at least on the sliding doors form the bathroom into the pool deck.
Another con - the TV is screwed high up on the wall. Altho the set in the seaview villa was angled down, the one in the pool villa was angled up. For a short person like me, I had to tilt my neck up to watch and tat was bait of a strain. The housekeeping couldn't resolve the problem so I had to bear with it.
But to the resort's credit, they made it up with a dinner voucher and gave me a spectacular fruit platter. Very nice touches and that's why my husband and I plan to return again very soon, this time hopefully for a longer stay.....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A luxury beachfront pool villa resort on Kata Noi Beach in Phuket, Thailand. This adult only resort is a natural fusion of indoor and outdoor living where time has no meaning beyond the pleasure of every moment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Shore At Katathani Hotel Kata Beach
- The Shore At Katathani Phuket/Kata Beach