From moment we arrived to check-out, we were made to feel special and welcomed. The hotel consists of an open-air lobby and guests cottages strategically situated an a hillside to provide each cottage with a view of the Andaman Sea. To eliminate the physically demanding climb up hillside stairways to reach the lobby area and transportation to nearby towns, all one had to do was call for a ride. Within a few minutes a small vehicle would be there to take you up a narrow winding road to the top.
Each cottage had a porch with a table and chairs - a refreshing place to sit with one's spouse and enjoy the view of the sea and lush hillside vegetation. Inside, the air-conditioned cottage contained an extremely comfortable bed and sitting chairs. The separate bathroom had wall vents to allow outside air to enter the room so no air-conditioning. The bathroom really was not uncomfortable to be in and the wall vents brought in the sounds of birds singing in the surrounding vegetation - very pleasant experience.
To demonstrate the care and attention given to hotel guests I will relate an experience we had on our first night at the property. Apparently at check-in, the staff noticed that my wife's birthday was on the same day as check-in. When we returned to our cottage after a visit to the public swimming beach, we found a bottle of French sparkling wine on ice along with a birthday greeting waiting for us. Exceptional service is comes with exceeding customer expectations. Property management did just that!
Guests were treated to a free buffet breakfast each morning and could chose from a wide variety of Asian and western food items. My wife and I enjoyed a daily breakfast consisting of an omelet, home-made breads and fresh and tastly fruit.
The intense tropical sun was uncomfortable and could easily cause sunburned skin so we didn't spend much time at the public swimming beach. Rather, we enjoyed the two swimming pools offered by the hotel. Pool water was cool and refreshing with no chlorine odor. The pool deck contained ample lounging chairs shaded by large umbrellas. Beach towels were in plentiful supply. If you wished to enjoy a snack or beverage, a small bar/restuarant was situated overlooking the pools.
We stayed at the hotel for four nights. On our next visit to Phuket we will be sure to stay at Centara Villas again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in lush tropical greenery and overlooking the Andaman Sea, Centara Villas Phuket is a romantic hideaway located steps away from Karon Beach. Each private villa, nestled within its own screen of green, directly faces the sea from a dramatic inclined perch, ensuring that views are endless. The villas (min 46 sqm.) offer the option of a plunge pool or a Jacuzzi. The large two-tiered pool, with its fabulous ocean views and shady spots, is the epicentre of relaxation. For another form of relaxation, Spa Cenvaree is a refuge for the senses offering a choice of therapeutic treatments including traditional Ayurvedic methods and Thai massages. The resort also offers hands-on Thai cooking classes, and two restaurants and a bar that boast sublime ocean views. The tour desk can arrange activities such as island-hopping and family treks. A scheduled shuttle service connects the resort with the fabled nightspots of Patong and Karon. The resort is just one hour's drive away from the airport ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Centara Hotel Phuket
- Centara Resort Phuket
- Centara Villas Phuket Karon