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Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket
Ranked #16 of 136 Hotels in Karon
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 30 May 2012

This hotel is fabulous, it is a tropical paradise where the staff are so kind and friendly. The hotel and the rooms are so clear they sparkly and the staff really go over and beyond for you. The hotel is nestled on beautiful Karon Beach, which has a lifeguard on the beach and clear flags displayed when the tides are strong, however with the choice of numerous pools, water slides and a lazy river you are spoilt for choice. The pool bars all operate on payment on checkout, acting like an all inclusive, so not to worry about money for food and drink.
Karon beach is a short walk, however in 40 degrees heat a tuc tuc is advisable and very cheap.
Patang is the opposite direction for a wild night out and equally affordable.
The food and restaurants on site are nice however a little on the pricey side, but the lunar bar has fabulous cocktails.
We had a large family holiday of ten of us, four sets of couples one with two young children, and all found that the hotel and the location caters for all ages, tastes, and whether you want a relaxing or crazy time Phuket is the place for you. I strongly recommend this hotel!

Room Tip: all rooms have a beach view lovely to wake up to and to watch the sunset.
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Reviewed 29 May 2012

Our stay was excellent. We found pool area was fantastic for all ages. Even mum at 66 years old going down the water slides and enjoying the lazy river.

Rooms:
Our stay in our first room was a disaster due to maintenance, eg. No fans in the balcony area.
Rained for two days, our balcony was soaked including our day bead, we had to spend time in the room. We called management and explained the situation. They were very concerned and helpful, so, they upgraded us to a Delux room with a private pool, which was excellent.

Further into our stay we then had problems with maintenance again,

1: Sliding door falling off tracks
2: Bed side light not working
3: Hand towel rail broken
4: Pelmet lights not working
5: Fan on the balcony not working
6: Fridge not working to compacity.
7: Pool light not working.

House keeping needs to be looked at.

All in all, Fantastic hotel but a lot of issues that need to be looked at.

Room Tip: Ocean facing Delux, good balcony, lovely view to the adult pool and ocean.
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1  Thank Karen F
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Reviewed 26 May 2012

i went there with my family for a holiday. we stayed in room 832 (in the block #8), from where we had a great view. Overall, our stay was excellent. The beach was very good, clean, and not crowded, and very accessible from the hotel. The pool was the best...kids loved it...it had a water slide, lazy river, and jumping pool - all of which made it exciting (rather than just have a mass of water body). Rates were reasonable too. Staff was extremely warm, friendly, and hospitable (special mention for Ms. Monthip at the Cove restaurant - always smiling and eager to help). Finally - the location was great , a 10 minute walk to Karon, and a 10 min taxi/tuk tuk ride to Paton, giving you the flexibility to explore the local towns for food, massage etc. Breakfast spread, and food in general, was excellent at both the restaurants.

Only downside - there were only two restaurants in the hotel (limiting the choice), and i thought they could have done a better job cleaning the rooms everyday.

Room Tip: Rooms in Block 8 and 9 are the best. We couldn't get block 9, but block 8 was good enough.
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2  Thank SunilPM
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Reviewed 25 May 2012

We found this hotel to be wonderful. The rooms are spacious and we had a view straight onto the beach which was so beautiful. The bars and restaurants were super and the Thai service was second to none. My only complaints about this hotel would be that there is no LCD clock in the room which I find so useful when away as I like to keep my phone/watch on home time. Also there are alot of steps around the complex to get to restaurants and bars and they could do with some lighting at night as it is very hard to see where one is walking. Overall though, a lovely place and would recommend it without hesitation.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank barbara_cantor
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Reviewed 23 May 2012

My partner and I have just returned from 8 day holiday to Phuket, staying at this wonderful resort. We arrived around 11am and after a welcome drink were provided with early access to our Room, namely Room 921 in Block 9 as has been recommended by so many. We had upgraded to a Premium Delux room which means its on a corner with a wrap around balcony-this is a great feature for a warm climate as you can really enjoy outside time on the day bed, afternoon tea at the table or relaxing on the deck chairs-yes, all these options were on the balcony. The room itself was so close to the ocean (maybe 10m from the beach sand) with wrap around views of the pool too. As it was a special trip, we were surprised on day one with a romantic sprinkling of rose petals on our bed/bath plus a special cake-such a nice touch. Everyday they would deliver afternoon tea snack too. The breakfast was amazing (banana roti yum) and the hotel gym was the best I've experienced at a hotel. Fabulous number of pools to laze about, complete with swim up bar. The lazy river was fun too. We can highly recommend the on-site cooking class which involves a visit to market, expert teaching, then a do-it class with a four course lunch. Alex was a fabulous chef! Another nice touch was the managers cocktail party we were invited to one evening. Dinner at the resort was good quality, even if about double external restaurant costs. Only improvements are wifi should be included and so should a DVD player in each room ( both available at extra cost). Karon town is a nice 10-15 min walk straight down beach and a 200b taxi back at night. We'd have no hesitation returning and recommending to others as a nice romantic place to stay as a couple.

Room Tip: Block 9 in a Premium Delux Room (921 or 931).
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Additional Information about Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket

Address: 683 Patak Road, Karon Beach | Muang, Phuket, Karon, Phuket 83100, Thailand
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Region: Thailand > Phuket > Karon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Karon
#8 Spa Hotel in Karon
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Karon
#14 Luxury Hotel in Karon
#19 Family Hotel in Karon
#29 Romantic Hotel in Karon
Price Range: €127 - €556 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket 5*
Number of rooms: 262
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Drawing its design theme from the Sino-Portuguese architecture that characterises Phuket Town, the five-star Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket is right on the sands at Karon Beach. The resort is backed by a green hill, and grouped around its own landscaped water park which features a meandering lazy river, waterslides, a kids’ pool with a waterslide, a cliff jumping platform, and an adults-only pool with its own pool bar. You will love the other exhilarating leisure activities on offer, including water sports (kayaking, windsurfing and sailing), snorkelling, tennis, and Muay Thai (Thai boxing). Diving can also be arranged, and there’s a fully-equipped fitness centre. Relaxation seekers will head to the award-winning Spa Cenvaree, a refuge for the senses which combines ancient healing practices that reflects Thailand’s wellbeing heritage with modern rejuvenation techniques to nurture and rebalance the body. The resort also has age-specific kids clubs, free Wi-Fi, and seven restaurants and bars, including COAST Beach Club & Bistro. Each of the spacious rooms, suites and pool villas (49 to 209 square metres of total living space) is designed in a Sino-Portuguese décor and features a balcony or terrace with soothing views of the pools, the gardens or the sea. A number of rooms come equipped with an outdoor Jacuzzi while the suites comprise a plunge pool. Phuket International Airport is less than one hour by road from the resort. ... more   less 
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