We stayed for 8 days in villa 208, complete with hot tub on the balcony. On arrival we were met with a very welcome drink and hot tub after a transfer I arranged with the hotel. We were then taken to the villa via tuk tuk. First impressions were very good, a clean well-appointed air conditioned villa with spectacular views and a reliable wireless internet connection. We were approximately half way between the pool and the bar. Now views at the resort do come at a cost, steps. We are fit and healthy so not too much of an issue (169 steps to the bar, 87 to the pool) and the reception will send a tuk tuk to pick you up. The hotel isnt far away from Karon Beach or Patong. You can walk to Karon during the day with a shortcut to the beach. This is an interesting walk and not for those unsteady on their feet. There are daily free transfers to both Patong and Karon Beach. However we found that they went out far too early in the evening ( 5pm I recall) and after a day out and about we were rarely back in time to use them. The hotel does have a inhouse taxi service and it costs 200bht to Karon, 300 to patong. The breakfast provided was of good quality and plentiful catering for all cultural tastes. We only ate once in the evening (Thursday BBQ night) and whist the food was good it was a little pricey when compared to local restaurants. the same goes for the drinks. The hotel did give us a daily treat of a free cocktail and canape which was a welcome surprise. we only ate in the bay view restaurant at lunch time once and to be honest it wasn’t very good. the pool area is well laid out with comfortable sunbeds and a poolside bar. We used the spar on on occasion, opting for a couples package. the spar is fanatically well laid out and I think it seems to be the newest part of the hotel. The 3 hours we spent their were heaven. Whilst a little more expensive than local it is definitely worth the difference. Overall we really enjoyed our time here. The staff were very attentive, led well by the General Manager who makes a point of learning your name and daily speaks with you to ensure you are enjoying your stay. My only concern is that the hotel does need a little TLC as some repairs that have been made ( for example the tiling in the pool) are not of good quality. The availability of hot water is inconsistent so having a hot tub full of stone cold water isn’t great even if it is very hot. Please dont let this put you off this is just a hint for improvement. This is a good quality hotel and I would happily stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in lush tropical greenery and overlooking Karon Beach and the Andaman Sea, the four-star Centara Villas Phuket is a romantic hideaway located steps away from the sweeping expanse of Phuket’s Karon Beach. Each romantic, private villa, nestled within its own screen of green, directly faces the sea from a dramatic inclined perch, ensuring that views are endless and the quiet all-pervading. The minimum villa size is a generous 46 square metres and some come with the option of a plunge pool or a Jacuzzi. The large two-tiered swimming 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 foot and body massages. The resort also offers hands-on Thai cooking classes, and two restaurants and a bar that boast sublime ocean views. For those who wish to venture out of its oasis of serenity and tranquillity, the tour information desk will be delighted to arrange activities such as island-hopping, bungee jumping, and family treks. For a change of pace, a complimentary scheduled shuttle service connects the resort with the fabled nightspots of Patong and Karon. Centara Villas Phuket is just one hour's drive away from Phuket International Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Centara Hotel Phuket
- Centara Resort Phuket
- Centara Villas Phuket Karon