What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily breakfast and a one-way transfer to/from Phuket International Airport
- Happening location on Phuket’s yacht-studded southwest coast
- The angular infinity pool overlooks the Andaman Sea
- Hanging out in the spa’s psychedelic energy pod following a 90-minute Thai massage
What To Know
- Opened November 28, 2014
- The pathways around the property are extremely steep; the hotel provides golf carts to shuttle guests up and down the hillside
- It's a 10-minute stroll to the beach
- Book ahead for the popular champagne Sunday brunch
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
Shooting out from a cliff edge in southwest Phuket, Kata Rock’s collection of bright white villas looks like a fleet of spaceships about to take off. At their center is an awesome angular infinity pool surrounded by curvy white sunbeds that gaze out at an IMAX-quality view of the emerald-green Andaman Sea. Pick your way down the stairs to the eponymous rocks (gigantic boulders rubbed smooth by waves) and watch fisherman patiently pulling white snapper and wahoo from the sea.
Bed and Bath
All of the 34 villas boast killer Andaman Sea views from their sizable pool terraces, and the art gallery–style interiors ensure that the ocean takes center stage. The predominantly white palette is offset by cappuccino-colored rugs and clever lighting. There are also expansive living and dining areas, fully fitted kitchens with breakfast bars, and cavernous bathrooms. The one-bedroom duplex suites are honeymoon-worthy, while the four-bedroom behemoths, with their outdoor cooking stations, cocktail bars and 45-foot swimming pools, are where the party’s at.
Despite the runway-ready visuals, a stay at Kata Rocks is as much about feeling good as looking good. The poolside bar and restaurant have a Mediterranean and Thai menu and are made for languorous afternoons and spectacular sunsets; the three-hour Sunday champagne brunch is a particular hit with Phuket sophisticates, so book in advance. The Infinite Luxury spa combines classic Thai treatments with fragrant Ila products and cutting-edge facilities.
In the Area
Kata is home to not one but two beautiful beaches: the cute, crescent-shaped Kata Noi and the sweeping silver sands of Kata Yai. In the high season (November to April) you can rent longtail boats at either one and head out to top snorkeling spots such as Nui Beach. Throughout the rest of the year you can learn to surf. For more aqua-based activities, take a 10-minute taxi ride to Ao Chalong pier, for diving and snorkeling trips around the Coral and Raya islands. Kick off your flippers at Re Ka Ta, a funky beach club where revelers dance barefoot in the sand.
How to Get There
We stays for a couple of nights in Kata Rocks and absolutely loved our stay. The villas were stunning and well equipped with a kitchen that had everything you needed to cook, entertain and enjoy the beautiful views. We loved the private pool. The sunset views were incredible here every evening.
What was really cool and unique about this hotel was how it gave me 'santorini vibes' in phuket. With the beautiful infinity pool, modern design and gorgeous sunsets, I felt i was in some beautiful grecian cave villa, but in Thailand!
I really must commend Kata Rocks on their restaurant and food offering. Breakfast was fantastic. The food was second to none, absolutely beautiful, elegant and delicious, with modern and classic cocktails, and a beautiful view. I could see there were quite a few outside guests joining for dinner and I could see why. It was such a lovely experience. We dined with them for lunch, and were so impressed. Every dish had so much flavour but presentation was also beautiful, with fantastic choices on the menu.
On to the service, which was completely next level and six star. I had just come from a size star hotel to Kata Rocks and the service at this hotel far excelled where I had previously been. Everything we needed was catered for, and more.
I can't praise Annie enough. She is knowledgeable, helpful, kind and so very capable. She was our host and I was quite overwhelmed by how next level she was. Of course she helped and advised with everything requested, but she also asked if we needed anything, and went the extra mile to help us. We actually got burnt, not badly, but we told her in passing and she came over to the villa to show us pictures of the aftersun to get in the local shops. They had available in Kata Rocks, but we wanted a larger bottle. We almost immediately felt better, in a couple of days, we were back to normal and the rest of our trip was not ruined, like it would have been without her help.
I could write a whole review on Annie, but just to say she's a fantastic, Kata Rocks are lucky to have her and you truly cannot ever expect service as good as what she delivered, no matter what the level of hotel. She arranged our departure transfer to the bus station, and we were escorted through the bus where the staff even bought tickets with us and lead us to the waiting area. Incredible, so impressed. Thank you Annie, Kata Rocks and the entire time for a wonderful stay.
found this place online, felt in love with it straight away. we've booked a 3 bedroom villa, and then upon arrival, they upgraded us to the 4bedroom,for FREE.! then upon entering our villa, they even provided us with a baby cot,bath tub and baby toileteries for our 5month old son. (we didnt even request for it).Now that's what i call service!! staffs were very helpful,always attend to our needs. everything is 5star. the only complain i got is that our villa (404) is located next to a tree. so the leaves fell onto our pool everyday. we have to pick it up n put aside..
if u have the money and want a luxury villa that comes with an insane services, i would highly recommend Kata Rocks. and i would certainly come back here the next time im in Phuket... *take note Kata Rocks, u're on my hitlist!*
We love nearly everything at Kata Rocks, the view, room facilities especially fully equipped kitchen and service from front office team. But there are some rooms for improvement at the restaurant. There was no turn down service in the evening. Breakfast was quite light and not much choices to choose on both a la carte menu and buffet. We were at the pool around 17.40h and staff told us that we can’t use the pool after 17.30h there was no information about this on hotel directory nor anyone informed us during check in.
Was here with friends, 2 couples in a 2br Sky Villa. Cost an even 25,000 bht per night but since one couple were here on special occasion, we went for it.
The villa itself is modern and luxurious. Kitchen / living room area is very very nice and even has a wine cooler fridge. Big screen doors to terrace can open up just about from wall to wall. They fail when it comes to beds tho. Most rooms are 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, and due to the price, I would assume mostly couples come here. So why the heck is only 1 bedroom, the master, with a kingsize bed and the rest have single beds in the other room/rooms. The reason for this will forever be a question mark.
The view as some reviewers complain about...I have to agree that unless you are staying in a top-floor villa, ocean view is somewhat, not obstructed, but partly 'clouded' by the below villas' rooftops. Cool 180 view of ocean but those lower rooftops are there too. We had 2 floors above us. Top one must have a really great view.
Since its all built on hilly rocks, the descend to the restaurant/bar and main pool is steep, as in VERY STEEP! For some reason that defies logic, they opted not for stairs but for a smooth surface so their electric carts can take people up and down. But who wants to call a cart to get from a room, and down 40 yards. My friend went on his behind twice going down, I had the fortune of hitting it just once. Its that steep.
View from the main pool is amazing, unobstructed and there is a constant small breeze coming in. Sun sets in the horizon. This one is the wow factor here.
If you dont wanna stay at the pool, do go to the beaches:
Kata beach is a small walk form Kata Rocks, about some 4-500 yards. You have a car/bike, Karon beach is just a little further north - one of Thailands best beaches!
Location wise, Kata Rocks is in a pretty good spot since dining and beaches are very close by, in walking distance.
Breakfast is a new one to me. There is self service for some items like bread, pastry, jam, certain sides and from the menu you can choose a set consisting of an egg dish, a side, and juice/coffee, but only once! So if you eat an omelet and wants one more, no seconds! You like the freshly squeezed juice, nope no seconds! And you just paid 25,000 bht per night. Now, if you are a walk-in guest wanting breakfast, this will set you back a good 900 bht, just for the 3 menu items, which is a total ripoff. Breakfast was pretty ok but nothing special.
Ate first night in restaurant due to rain. 4 ppl, starters, mains (2 were steaks), desserts, and 4 cocktails - 13,000 bht. On one other night, one couple tried another dinner there. 2 Starters, 2 mains, 1 cocktail, 2 soft drinks - 6,200 bht. Too overpriced in my book and yes, I really hate being overcharged like this. A cocktail in the bar will set you back about 450 bht, and we are in a hotel in Phuket.
The minibar pricing is outrageous, 7-8x up from 7-11 prices. Can of Coke is 80bht, bag of nuts 250 bht!, even a piece of some 50 gram chocolate bar was 250 bht! Wines in the cooler also too overpriced to drink.Everything we ate and drank was bought outside.
Luxury place, but does not justify these prices. We only ate the included breakfast apart from those 2 dinners and didnt spend a single bht in their bar, and neither on the in-room minibar. They drop their pricing, and they will see profits go up, enticing guests to spend more vs spending nothing.
Suddenly in the rain at night, all electrics went. Tv died. Called maintenance which arrived after a long wait. Didnt fix it. Guy said he needed to go get xyz, never came back that night. Next day asked to fix it again, late afternoon it was finally done.
In one bedroom, the 4-door cabinet lights right next to the bed couldn't be turned off. Called maintenance and took a while again for them to arrive. They couldn't fix it so they did it the thai way....cut the wires to the LED strip lights.
And then there are the consoles to control aircon and lights. What a setup - press a button to choose where you want to take action, then press lights. You get up at night to go bathroom, forget about feeling your way around that console. Aircon - press aircon button, THEN you can use the aircon console which is separate next to the first console. What an utterly stupid and senseless setup.
And then of course the usual nuisance which is another console on the wall, at the bedhead. Of course diodes on that one HAS to be lit at night, right by your face. Mind boggling sometimes.
Some things should just never be changed, like a nice big old school switch next to for instance the bathroom, the bed, the door. And no, NOONE wants any darn lights/diodes/LED's to be lit during sleep at night.
The aforementioned pool view, as nice and cool as it is, doesnt in any way make this place worth the money. I have been in several other places, on hill sides, mostly along the coast, all the way up to Kamala and Surin. Same views, also very modern inside, and just as big, for a lot less money. Mind you that the 25,000 bht we paid at Kata Rocks is in the low end, and it was even in lowest season.
This place is clearly about money, how much can we rake in. Thank you, neeeext guest. When admin reply to this review, notice how issues will not be addressed at all, as in all other reviews. And no changes will be made ever. Same song and dance for everybody.
KR is really a nice and luxurious resort but prices kill the overall experience, keeping in mind that this view and amenities are easily obtainable other places, at 1/3 the price, I cant really recommend it. To me KR is way over hyped for what you really get, 'living expenses' here are way off the chart which is a big reason not to come, and overall its a bit disappointing if all parameters are added up. It takes more than just a sunset and ocean view to justify costs like these.
The 2 stars is given for overall value for money, and its just not there at all.
Tried it this once, not coming back....
Staying with a friend who uses this place as his Phuket office. Amazing view and great place for a drink - the bar has a tapas menu with some great snacks like croquettes, crab cakes etc. 5 Star all the way.