The hotel commands a fantastic view of the Kata Noi bay.
We stayed in a Grand Thani Suite for 14 nights and downgraded to a Junior Suite for 2 nights, following a very attractive offer from the hotel as it was overbooked. The Grand Thani Suite is far superior to the JS in its amenity standards. The GS shower has a choice of rain or hand-held shower and separate large bath. It is also closer to much sought after pool chairs as mentioned by other reviewers. Get up at 7:00 am to reserve wooden chairs by the pool or resign yourself to a lovely day on the beach. Other guests obtain best seats around pool despite signs saying chairs will not be reserved longer than 90 minutes; this is not upheld by hotel staff (quite difficult to do so). The GS has a much larger overall room size than JS. The staff are more attentive to GS guests and rooms are cleaned more thoroughly. For those more pedantic guests the GS has gold topped shower gels (lol).
Both rooms have excellent views, however the JS in Ocean Wing felt more secluded and intimate. Beware ground floor rooms smell a bit damp but we overlooked this due to the beautiful views; and it was a minor issue.
Tried most restuarants at hotel which were fairly average. Best value food outside hotel - great sunset view over Kata Noi - bar on hillside. Green curry excellent. See elephants and gibbons.
Beautiful water until May when it gets rough. Few scary waves in April but generally ok for average snorkelling on northern end of beach.
Biggest letdown for this hotel is the staff. In general staff appeared unfriendly and cold compared to other Thai destinations eg Chiang Mai and even Bangkok. Reception staff try hard but cant maintain the numbers of people going through the resort. It is a large hotel so you are treated anonymously and it can feel offensive at times. Few smiles or acknowledgements, and porters spend much of their time chatting to taxi gurus rather than attending to guests. The hotel actively condones the overcharging of taxi fares to Kata eg 100 baht for 75 metres. We frequently decided to walk up steep Kata hill rather than pay minimum 100 baht. If taxi/tuk tuk drivers know you are staying at Kata Thani you will pay premium for taxi fares.
Great pools but we and several other hotel guests attracted ear infections from the pools. The hotel doctor is expensive so use Phuket hospital instead.
Would recommend hotel but do consider extra costs of pricey restuarants in hotel, limited close shopping and Western taxi prices for short trips. It added extra 600 AUD to the bill.
- 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