We stayed at the Katathani Beach Resort from April 1st til April 11th and it was fantastic. On arrival at the hotel, very hot and tired after 23 hours of travelling, we received a very chilled and refreshing fruit drink which is made from a local dried flower, and a small wrist garland of flowers. We stayed in the Bhuri wing and the room was classed as standard. The bed was huge and the room was freshly decorated using natural materials. We were locatd on the second floor. We had 2 bottles of free drinking water delivered every day. The maids cleaned the rooms each day, and we were given fresh beach towels in a bag which were taken on all our trips. Our towels were delivered each evening with flowers on the top. You were given 2 dressing gowns in the room and flip flops. We did use the mini bar once and found the prices to use the bar the same as prices in the shops at home. Our room was fully air conditioned.
If you need extra bedding, pillows or are not happy with the firmness of the mattress, you can fill in a daily requirements list for the maid and the necessary adjustments will be made for you. Our room was sprayed daily for mosquittos. The patio doors have a secure lock as does the front door. We used the in room safe which requires you to enter your own security code for your own personal use. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Our room also had a hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The television is limited to a few English speaking channels, and several other language channels. The news is the BBC world news and there is one movie channel. My husband also found the BBC sports channel for all soccer matches back home in the U.K. No iron is provided so travellers will need to hire one or take a travel iron with them.
There is wardrobe space and 4 draws for clothes etc. We also had a table and chairs in the room and a seating area. Lights in the bedroom area were switched off and on from just behind the bed. Every where was spotlessly clean. It can be noisy if you are in the middle room as you can hear all the bathroom noise from the room below you and above you. My husband and I always take ear plugs on holiday as we are both light sleepers. With being in a jungle environment you will also find that there is a lot of noise from the crickets at night. There is also a lot of heavy chair scraping from people using the patio furniture, which can be annoying at night if you are trying to get to sleep for an early trip the next day. But you will find this happens at most hotels all over the world. It didn't bother us as we just popped in the ear plugs and the world fell silent !!
The bathroom is not fully enclosed from the sleeping area, in that from the bed you can see the person in the bathroom at the sink. The shower is very large. There is a window blind in the bedroom which when opened allows the person in the shower to look out into the bedroom. The toilet is made more personal by the half block panel which seperates it from the sink/shower area. There was also a little water feature in the bathroom which is operated by the shower switch. Nice little additional feature.
The view from the room was of the pool area. We had a balcony with a clothes rack, table and 2 chairs. The resort has 5 swimming pools with 2 jacuzzi style pools within the pools. Our pool area also featured a small pool for the children. The hotel was child friendly. There are 2 health clubs. The one on the Bhuri wing was a very small weights room which would only fit around 6 people in. The training equiptment consisted of 2 exercise bikes, 1 treadmill, 1 sit up bench, loose weights, an exercise bench for your arms and a ball. There is always a member of staff in the room for help and guidance.
All the swimming pools were a good size and very clean and warm. All garden and lawn areas were tended daily and were spotless. We had no trouble finding loungers around the hotel grounds or at the beach. The beach loungers and umbrellas are not a part of the hotel so you have to pay 50 baht per person to hire them for the day. I did notice that the hotel had over booked at the time of our arrival and some guests were asked to stay at the sister hotel down the road. The same thing happened when we were leaving.
We had to vacate our room by 12pm. We were allowed to keep our beach towels for the day. The shower room is booked for half hour intervals to use before you leave. The one we used had no shower curtain, and the shower head wasn't adjustable for height. All hotel staff were very helpful, proffessional and courteous at all times.
Taxis were available outside the hotel all of the time or just down the road. There are some nice little shops near to the hotel and a very nice little village 20 mins walk away. The walk is a little up and down hill but is worth doing for the exercise. Otherwise, jump into a Tuk Tuk and be driven there in a few mins for 100 baht. One very nice, friendly littel store is the "Fresh Supermarket" which is run by an older Thi gentleman who always had a happy smile and hello for all visitors to his store. Great little shop for all your bits and pieces. There were lots of nice resteraunts at the hotel but they are expensive. We tended to go into the village or to the little resteraunts just outside of the hotel. All the food we ate was excellent and very fresh, whether you ate at an upmarket resteraunt or a local one.
The hotel is quiet and very different from the ones in Karon and Patong. There is no night time entertainment at Katathani and it is definitely a place for people who want to escape and relax in peaceful surroundings. That suited us perfectly. For those seeking to be entertained, then they need to get a taxi to the nearby clubs and bars of Karon and Patong. Hopefully Katathani will stay exactly the way that it is, and won't start to attract the louder clientelle.
The beach was great and never too busy. There was a bananna boat, a paragliding boat and a few jet skis for entertainment. You can have a massage in the hotel grounds or on the beach. We didn't use the hotel spa as they were too expensive. The touts tend to be local people who walk past and ask you if you'd like to buy something. They don't hassle you and don't hang around. They ask once then walk off. Very polite. Why can't all touts be like that ? They basically sell, bandanas, covers, fans, necklaces, ice creams and drinks.
The resteraunts and the little hotel bars by the beach stay open till around 11pm.
We personally felt very relaxed and safe in this area. It helps a lot if visitors learn at least a few local words like yes, no, and thank you.
Our tour rep, of Tour East was wonderful. We decided to book all of our tours through her. Before we left I wrote a letter of recommendation to her manager at Tour East as we were so impressed by her professionalism, knowledge and complete dedication to her job. Before I left she gave me some dried flowers which her mum had bought for me from the local early morning market. The same flowers which are dried then used to make the welcome drink that the hotel provides for you when your arrive. She was also kind enough to borrow me her friends sim card for my mobile as the man at the local store had mistakenly given me a mobile top up card instead of an international telephone calling card to use in the street payphones. To save us having to buy another card, Thip borrowed us her friends sim card so that we could just use the top up card with it. We were very greatful. We returned the card to her on our last day. People are so kind it's unbelievable.
Our tours included the half day elephant trek. The speed boat day trip to Phi Phi Island, the four hour introduction tour of Phuket, which takes in the Chalong Temple. The Phang Yang islands trip with Kayaks going into the caves was full of breath taking scenery and a must do trip. All the trip guides were extremely proffessional and spoke several languages. The tours were excellent value for money, and our only regret is that we never got to do them all. The food and drink on board the boats was extremely fresh and well presented. We did visit the Simon Cabaret which was good in a cheesy kind of way. It was suitable for families too. The only let down to the show was the greed of one of the performers. My husband went to have his picture taken after the show with 3 of the transvestites. Our guide advised us that 50 baht each was the average tip to give the performers when you had your photo taken with them. Once the photo was taken he paid the larger of the performers 150 baht, but as he turned to walk away the bigger transvestite said something in Thai and tried to grab the 1000 baht that my husband was trying to put back into his wallet. On speaking to our rep, about this she commented to us that this kind of thing was common and she had been told about it happening to other tourists.
The weather was very hot and dry until the last 2 days when we had a couple of small showers. The temperature was constant all of the time. Around 33 degrees during the day and around 26 degrees at night.
The sea can be rough when there is a wind but life guards were always present along the beach, and the appropriate flags were flown to warn swimmers. The beach did have some dogs on but they weren't a bother to anyone. Overall the beach remained clean and tidy.
The hotel does operate a Tsunami warning system and the route for evacuation is clearly marked and lit at night.
The shops contain most of the things you would need. If you get a taxi into Phuket, there are many cheap markets there. Locally there is also a Tescos supermarket and several small shopping malls which also have a Boots store in them. The surrounding areas are becoming westernised but also retains a lot of the old local features.
All in all a wonderful, relaxing holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Resting along 850 meters of unspoiled white sandy beach, embraced by lush green hills and sparkling blue ocean, Katathani Phuket Beach Resort recalls a tropical dream. Warm sands, the soft rhythm of lapping waves, and gently swaying coconut palms relax your senses—while our six swimming pools, six restaurants, and full-service spa delight them. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Katathani Phuket Beach Hotel Kata Beach
- Katathani Phuket Beach Kata
- Katathani Beach Resort
- Katathani Phuket Beach Resort Kata Beach