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“Relaxation at Kamala Beach”

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Kamala Beach Resort (a Sunprime Resort)
Ranked #7 of 36 Hotels in Kamala
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Morpeth, United Kingdom
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“Relaxation at Kamala Beach”
Reviewed 22 February 2013

My husband and I stayed for a week at Kamala Beach Resort in February 2013 at the end of a fortnight's tour of Thailand. We were in the adults only hotel with the family hotel just nextdoor. We were staying on an all-inclusive basis and were allowed to use all the facilities of the adjacent hotel as well as our own. Our room was large and extremely comfortable with a very nice bed, lovely cotton bedding and large, good quality towels. Beach towels were huge and could be exchanged daily at the pool if required. Our room had a large balcony overlooking the pool. There were two large pools as well as all the pools nextdoor so they never got crowded and you could have a really good swim. One of the pools had a swim-up bar. There was never a shortage of loungers. The restaurants were a mix of a a carte and buffet and all the food could not be faulted. The asian banquet night had to be seen to be believed with the most amazing seafood on offer and local dancers as entertainment. In the a la carte restaurant the staff did everything they could to ensure you enjoyed the food, asking whether you anted it spicy or less spicy and with or without sauces. We really enjoyed the local fruit which was always available at mealtimes. Breakfast was a buffet with a bewildering array of choices.
When we initially arrived, we thought the beach looked horrendously crowded with loungers and people as it is a public beach and loungers have to be hired. However, you only have to walk a short distance from the hotel to find a quiet spot as the beach is quite extensive and if we turned right along the beach, we could go snorkeling from the beach amingst the rocks.
The hotel is within easy walking distance from the village which has ample shopping and banking opportunities and there are a school and a temple which both welcome visitors, so you can absorb some local culture. The only disappointment we had was that the shuttle bus was not included as at our previous hotels in Thailand, shuttle buses were free. On the shuttle bus, you can travel to Patong if you want to see some nightlife or just to have a change of scene.
Wi fi was included and you could use the computers in reception for a small charge if you had not brought any wifi appliances. We had a lovely relaxing break here and we were sorry to leave.

Room Tip: Higher floors have the better views and rooms overlooking the pool are spacious and comfortable
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 18 February 2013

This was our first Hoilday away with our then 9 month old daughter. We traveled from Laos and from the minute we booked with Kamala reception staff we were impressed. We had a personal conformation 3 days before our arrival to ask about a pick up from the airport and if we needed anything extra for our daughter. Our pick up service from Airport was on time, had a brightly colored sign and a free bottle of water, then a quick pleasant trip to the Hotel.

Kamala Beach is Quieter then its sister at Patong, and this was perfect for us. The Hotel is situated on the back road facing the beach with a small walk through a park with playground to the beach itself!

Kamala Beach resort was very quiet being low season but the staff were more then helpful and always greeted us with a smile. They arranged flowers, drinks for our anniversary and helped with our daughter when needed. We stayed an extra 3 nights!!!!

Buffet Breakfast was very good with a beautiful setting both inside and outside.

Our rooms were large and tastefully decorated with a large balcony over looking the one of 2 swimming pools. Deep Bathtub and plenty of room even for the large cot they provided for our daughter for no extra charge.

We were luck it was quiet, but i even think that in high season, if the staff are still there, that this would be a very well run resort, perfect for Family's.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Crawley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 February 2013

Stayed here for three nights (a while ago I must admit) and found the hotel overall to be alright but nothing to write home about.

The location is very good, just step away from a beach that is fairly quiet by Phuket standards. Several restaurants, bars and shops can be reached by an easy walk. Kamala is a bit more laid back than for example Karon and Bangtao, very nice indeed if you want a relaxed holiday (only 15 minutes from the chaos of Patong).

The room was clean and fairly modern, no problems there. It was a bit of a walk to the room but I got seaview (restricted) as requested.

Only used the restaurant for breakfast which was fresh and tasty. Friendly staff.

Used room service one night, good value for money and the order was delivered promptly.

The hotel had several pools and although I did not use them they all seemed clean and well looked after.

All in all I could recommend this hotel to couples that will anyway spend lots of the time on the beach and are there to enjoy the sunshine. If you are looking for a 5 star resort experience, with all the bells and whistles, then you need to look elsewhere.

Would I go back? Possibly as it is overall a good hotel and the location is fantastic.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 13 February 2013

We were initally going to another, much better hotel for 2 weeks, but as there were no rooms available for that week we had to book 1 week in Sunprime hotel. I wanted as close to the beach as possible - after all if i wanted to stay at the pool I might as well stay at home and just visit a swimming pool. I agree with other reviews - the part near the reception and far from the beach is newer and looks well. The part near the beach is old and very, very, very, very, very, very shabby. Very. I think the price for the part of the hotel near the beach must be reduced, and people must be seriously warned, because they might get into shock when they see the bathroom. The air conditioning was really noisy. Water pressure was very low. We did not have breakfast at the hotel, the room was equipped with a kettle, so we had breakfast in our room. Anywho back to the hotel: am I coming back? Dear God I hope not. Was it something to write home about? Not really, except for the horrible bathroom. But it was quiet at night (not in the morning thou). All in all - nothing to write home about. But again I am comparing it with another hotel we went afterwards, if we never did this one would be all right. There was nothing very negative about the hotel. Cleaning was all right, pick up taxi was cheap and he was waiting 1,5 hours because our plane was late (as usual, because it was Finnair).

Room Tip: Take the part near the reception if you want to have a decent room.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 9 February 2013

On the beachfront with some external Restaurants Bars and Shops
We have also stayed at the all happening Patong Beach, Up market and quiet Mai Kao Beach but we found a happy medium at the Kamala Beach Resort.
The upgrade to a ground floor room with access to the pool and pool bar directly outside the room was appreciated for early morning and late evening dips.
Also there was little noise generally associated with swimming pools.
The bedroom was a great size and the bed was delightfully massive. As there was no separate shower I think the bath would benefit with some grab rails
Breakfast was fine and the Asian restaurant menu seemed reasonably priced although the European menu appeared limited and expensive. An open air grill for fish and the like would be a bonus to compete with the other restaurants in the area
The staff were all very helpful, friendly ( I hope young John in the restaurant gets his work permit)
All in all ENJOY
Go to Phi Phi Island on a tour

Room Tip: Ground floor with direct access to the pool
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Frederikshavn, Denmark
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Reviewed 7 February 2013

I had a fantastic holiday at Kamala Beach Resort (Sunprime). It is a beautiful place and as there is an age limitation of 16 years it is quiet and very relaxing. I had my stay only with breakfast but I ate there a few times. The breakfast is fantastic and the same can only be said for their Thai meals. The rooms are fine and clean. There are not many western channels on the TV but who needs that when you are on holyday. The staffs like Miss Fai at reception and Mr Dam at restaurant is very friendly and they do what they can to make you stay pleasant. I can only recommend the hotel.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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Reviewed 6 February 2013

We have just spent 10 days at Kamala Beach. Our booking was made over the internet and they confirmed everything 2 days before arrival. On arrival we were not happy with the location of our rooms and the Reception staff were very good and gave us more suitable rooms. The Deluxe Pool View rooms we stayed in are very nice but could have a little more furniture in them ie a small carpet and an easy chair, beds extremely comfortable, rooms well cleaned. Only negative about the rooms is that the sound from the rooms above carried and we were woken very early every morning by the people above us dragging chairs all over their room, well that's what it sounded like. Pools awesome and generally we could find spare loungers at the pools in the new wing. Location on the beach very nice although the beach was packed with deck chairs and not as nice as Karon beach. Lots of little food stalls along the beach with good inexpensive food. The hotel restaurant was very reasonably priced for food and the portions were huge! This hotel is very busy and many of the guests are older non- English Europeans, we found them exceptionally rude. Having said that we enjoyed our stay but would not go there again due to the fact that Kamala is so busy.

Room Tip: Pool View rooms nice and big but the rooms in the older part of the Resort also look very good. don...
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Kamala Beach Resort (a Sunprime Resort)
Address: 96/42-3, Moo 3, Kamala, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
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Region: Thailand > Phuket > Kathu > Kamala
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Kamala
#6 Luxury Hotel in Kamala
#6 Family Hotel in Kamala
#7 Romantic Hotel in Kamala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Kamala Beach Resort (a Sunprime Resort) 4*
Number of rooms: 353
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sunprime Kamala Beach is a place where life is calmer, where every day is a break from everyday life and where time for once is on your side. Children probably think that this is a totally boring place. Adults traveling without children describe this as simply wonderful. We have adjusted all our services according to your interests, especially those of you appreciating good food, wine, wellness and a calm relaxed atmosphere. ... more   less 
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