Perched on a cliff overlooking Kata Beach and the Andaman Sea, this new lifestyle hotel offers some beautiful modern villas in a compact setting with all the advantages of a full-service hotel.
Comprising 34 villas ranging in size from one to four bedrooms, Kata Rocks is a great alternative to the usual hotel-style resort. It has won numerous awards – more than 40 of them in recent years – including Best Luxury Private Pool Villa and Best Boutique Luxury Spa Asia.
Styled more like a villa that you would expect to find in Ibiza, the sleek, linear, white box-framed ‘houses’ sit on a steep hillside with outstanding views over the sea. Each comes with a fully fitted kitchen and large, open-plan living room. Outside, an expansive, partially shaded deck with a sunbathing area has either a seven- or a 14-metre infinity-edge swimming pool, depending on the size of the villa. Bedrooms are ample with big ensuite bathrooms. Each has a walk-in shower, and the master bedroom contains a bathtub.
A great asset with every villa (how many times would I have wanted one of these while travelling?) is the ‘Handy’, a handset similar in size to an iPhone 7. This comes with free, unlimited international and local calls and 4G mobile internet. Pre-loaded for guests with popular apps and maps of the area, it also has access to the resort’s ‘Rock Stars’ – what they call their concierge team.
Dining is good but a bit limited. There’s only one main restaurant and bar, and while the latter serves snacks, including a tapas-style lunch, many guests choose to use the in-room kitchen facilities and room service. There is also the option of hiring a private chef for an en-suite barbecue. Conveniently, the resort will pre-stock your fridge with items you require, ready for your arrival. Request this in advance and they will bill you locally for the goods.
There’s a children’s club for kids up to 12, but I would say that if the ones you are with need full-blown entertainment day and night, then this may not be the place for you. The club is small, and in only one room.
The resort is within walking distance (or hop on a buggy) to Kata and the lovely sandy beaches of Kata Noi and Kata Yai.
To conclude, if you’re looking to go somewhere with modern facilities and are happy to have a quasi, self-catering situation, then this would be the perfect place for you.
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