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
Haven’t had the pleasure of staying at Kata Rocks yet, but if the hotel is even half as good as the service offered to us today by the General manager Gordon Aeria, you are in for a treat. I’ve traveled extensively and cannot remember a time when a manager has been as involved, responsive, caring or personable. I organized a trip to a different hotel for our extended family to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary and was badly let down by our travel agent. Gordon has gone out of his way to come up with a solution to a problem that wasn’t of his making to salvage our special occasion. He’s put a smile on my face after a week of stress and aggravation.
Thank you Gordon. You Rock
Good experience but overcharges by far prices should drop 35% or renovate the place.
Have a look to Viceroy in Los Cabos, great Suites and excellent price performance. On this level Kata Rock could be with a renovation and price adjustment. We don't mind paying USD 1.000 p/nght when it is in balance.
Well, this place is nothing short of spectacular. My partner and I celebrated our one year anniversary at the amazing poolside restaurant at Kata Rocks 2 weeks ago. We were picked up by a buggy at reception and taken on a roller coaster ride to the restaurant which is situated next to an infinity pool on the ocean. Just magic.
The service and attentiveness of the staff was one of the best I have experienced world-wide. My wine glass was always full and my partner even received a free cocktail when they found it it was his birthday a few days prior, and his first trip to Thailand.
The food was great, the mains especially magnificent. I had the lobster with a bisque, roe and pasta and it was superb. My partner adored his steak and being a big meat eater from Australia he ranked it as one of the best steaks he has ever had. The bread and truffle butter was to die for, though the entrees could have used a touch more seasoning.
We received a lovely complimentary 'Happy Anniversary' dessert which was a lovely touch.....and very very tasty.
We went all out with entrees, mains, a bottle or white wine, beers, cocktails and double shots of Grey Goose and the bill came to around $550AU which was totally reasonable for the quality, friendliness and atmosphere.
Kata Rocks, we will be back the next time we are in Thailand, thank you for making our anniversary so special!
Shellie & Steve