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Kata Rocks Resort & Residences


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Daily breakfast for two
Buffet breakfast
Room upgrade upon arrival
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Thai Baht 3,000 to be used during your stay, minimum stay 4 nights
Early check-in / Late check-out
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  • Be careful booking if you have mobility issues – there are many steps and (fitness fanatics aside) buggies are the only way to safely navigate the hills to your villa

  • If a room with a view is paramount, ask when you book. Some villa bedrooms do not have ocean views, but all have living rooms and pools facing the ocean
  • Kitchens come with washing machines 

  • Book a private dining experience on the rocks below the hotel 

  • f you’re a superyacht spotter, the Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous (KRSR) is one of Asia’s top superyacht events – each December

  • Blow the budget and book a four-bedroom villa – the 14-metre pools are worth the expense and the two master bedrooms come with private hot tubs on ocean-facing terraces

Why we like it
Why we like it

Unique for Phuket, this is Ibiza-style, cool accommodation with all the benefits of Thai service. I loved the villas – perfect for lazy days in the privacy of your own ‘home’.  The hotel’s location is a great base for those wanting to explore Phuket; it’s a convenient distance to Patong and Phuket Town, where the night markets beckon, plus there’s ideal access to the Big Buddha and various temples nearby. Boat trips can be organised to islands such as Phang Nga Bay, otherwise known as James Bond Island (from The Man With the Golden Gun).

Finally, should you crave interaction with other guests, then head to the main pool – especially at sundown, when the bar is the place to take advantage of the stunning sunsets.

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Just so you know
Just so you know

There is only one restaurant/bar. Continental and Thai in terms of its dishes, the establishment recently won the Best Burger of Phuket award. The bar, with its award-winning gin, is the perfect spot for sundowners.

It’s only a two- or three-minute walk into Kata, where you can find lots of bars and restaurants. Plus, it’s only a 20-minute drive to Patong Beach, close enough if you crave the hustle and bustle of Phuket’s busiest resort with shopping and nightlife at full pelt.

The spa is small but award-winning, and it has specialist equipment including a chromotherapy room for coloured-light therapy; a waterbed room equipped with an Italian-made Iso-Benessere water-massage bed to aid spinal integration; and a sleeping-pod room with a MetroNap pod to enhance recovery and reduce jet lag. Yoga and Pilates are available but, oddly for Thailand, are strictly private; they do not offer any complimentary sessions.

Do try the Thai cooking school in the surroundings of your villa with an English-speaking Thai chef. This is great value at around £80 per person (minimum of two) and includes all the menu ingredients and some little ‘goodies’ for you to take away.

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Best suited for
Best suited for

Privacy-seeking couples and families who seek villa-style accommodation for a good price but don’t want a massive resort full of activities and people. Kata Rocks is more for those who want a convenient base to explore Phuket or just relax and do nothing for a few days.

I didn’t see many guests while I was there, as during the day most folk are in their villas or out exploring. The place attracts a lot of Australian and Chinese guests, who like it for the unusual experience it offers as it is not Thai in style. Staff are predominantly local, so service was very friendly and charming on the whole. I did note that there were a few staff members with a limited grasp of the English language who needed some help.

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    How to get here

    45 minutes by road from Phuket International Airport

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    34 suites & villas


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  • Swimming pool

    Swimming pool

  • Spa


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