Katathani Phuket Beach Resort
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
With a stay at Katathani Phuket Beach Resort in Karon (Kata Beach), you’ll be convenient to Kok Chang Safari Elephant Trekking and Big Buddha. This 5-star resort is within close proximity of Kata View Point and Kata Porpeang Market.
Make yourself at home in one of the 518 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring refrigerators and DVD players. Rooms have private balconies. LCD televisions with satellite programming are provided for your entertainment, with wired and wireless Internet access available for a surcharge. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You’re sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, which include 6 outdoor swimming pools, 3 spa tubs, and outdoor tennis courts. Additional amenities at this resort include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge). Getting to nearby attractions is a breeze with the area shuttle (surcharge).
Food & Drink
Enjoy a meal at one of the resort’s dining establishments, which include 6 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. From your room, you can also access 24-hour room service. Relax with a refreshing drink from a beach bar or one of the 5 bars/lounges. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily from 6 AM to 10:30 AM.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, limo/town car service, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Planning an event in Karon? This resort has 5003 square feet (465 square meters) of space consisting of conference space and meeting rooms. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free self parking is available onsite.
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This is a great family resort, my 2 yr old and 5 yr old kids love the kids club and the kiddies pools. 6 separate pool areas, up to 5 different restaurants, 2-3 bars and 2 gyms and recreation areas there is plenty here for a big group or family. The staff were very nice and friendly. The location is lovely and overall it’s very good value for what you get. We paid $199.60 AUD per night for Deluxe room which had king bed and trundle beds. But we went in Monsoon season which I would never do again nor recommend. The beaches were very dirty and rough (almost unswimmable well for me and my young kids who aren’t strong swimmers) during this time, with rain and thunderstorms almost everyday. The resort staff clean up the beach twice a day and put in a lot of effort to keep their grounds nice and beautiful.
Kata Noi beach is very a beautiful and your close to Nai Harn Beach (one of our favourite beaches on Phuket) and Rawai Beach where you can buy fresh seafood from the market and have it cooked for you in a nearby restaurant. Not far from Chalong Bay (maybe 15mins drive) either which has great restaurants on the Pier (like Kang Eng)and elephant rides, Tiger Kingdom and go cart racing. There is very little food options in Kata Noi, so your best option is either to walk up the hill to Kata (maybe 15min walk if your game) or take a tuk tuk or taxi for 200 baht each way. Alternatively go to Patong or Karon.
The downsides were only the food, there is lots of variety at the buffet breakfast served right next to the beach at Seaview restaurant, but there was a lack of alternatives if you stayed there for two weeks like we did. Only variations were very slight. Kids loved the ready made pancakes from the pancake machines and my husband and son loved the omelettes. I enjoyed the salad and fried rice myself. Room service food was the biggest disappointment, it just didn’t have quality of food we have experienced at other hotels like Holiday Inn, Patong and Centara Grand, Karon. If they made a real effort to improve the quality and variety of their food my rating would have been higher. I would highly recommend they visit these hotels to see what their competitors are providing.
The staff at breakfast never looked too happy, that made me sad. Did they not enjoy working there?
It does cost at least 200 baht ($8 AUD) to go to Kata , 500 baht ($20 AUD) to Patong and 700 baht ($28 AUD) to Kalim Beach. Patong is a 20min ride whilst Kata is less than 5 mins. The same price to return. It costs us 3000 baht ($120 AUD) to go to Splash Jungle and back which was about 1 hr to 1 hr and 15min drive away, whilst the driver waited for us in the car park. Overall we saved money on accommodation but spent what we saved on travel.
I would recommend this hotel for families with kids and teenagers who don’t mind being a bit further out from where the action is in Patong. Would I stay here again? Maybe if we were looking to cater for a family or group gathering and needed something value for money. But if we were to go again with just my family of 5, we loved Centara Grand and the vibe of Karon. Centara Grand has water slides, a lazy river and a rock for jumping off which my 10 yr boy loves. Plus a swim up pool bar which was great for us. Although, Centara is generally a bit more expensive, it’s worth it.
We staying at this hotel for 3 nights then move to LeMeridien Hotel, sadly and regretting for not staying longer at Katathani Hotel. Service, pools, restaurants, cleanliness, kids pool etc.. are the best compare to others hotels i’ve stayed. Family with children’s highly recommended. We definitely comeback to this hotel next time we visit Phuket again.
This place is a great find if you are seeking a larger resort, however it lacks any real personalised experience and closer to a 4 star rating. We were a group of 5 (one child) and stayed for a week. We stayed in the Thani wing.
The Thai on-site restaurant - By far the best experience at the venue was this restaurant, the staff were friendly and happy and the food was really lovely.
The ladies offering massages on the lawn area were a delight.
The hotel grounds - Hotel is largely flat, so if you have elderly people in your travel party, make sure they get a ground floor room and they will have no problems.
The Pools and the Beach - Notwithstanding the below comment on the pool cleaners poor timing, the pools were great. They have so many pools at the resort and they are well catered for food and beverage service. The Beach and ocean swim access is also great. As the resort is down a one way road, little local traffic makes its way to the beach, so it is really quiet and clean. Note however they do have a parasailing attached to a Jet Boat that every 25-40 minutes you will hear(not the worst sound and actually quite fun to watch- even if you are waiting for a Best of YouTube fail moments)
The hotel room mini bar - The hotel gets you to stock your own fridge from the hotel shop. Really good service, they even deliver to your room. prices are equal if not better that the external 7/11 and mini mart prices.
The not so great:
The Hotel Staff - The staff generally really seemed tired and weary and not happy with life which from our previous experiences in other Thai resorts over the years was a shock. That real Thai happiness that you come to love and one the reasons for choosing to holiday in Thailand was really missing in general, it felt like they were jaded from too many customers.
Pool released chlorine at about 1030am one day. I guess the pool guys forgot to do this before the hotel pool opened. We had no idea why all of a sudden we were getting itchy and irritated eyes(over and above normal pool stuff). Looked under water and this stream of whitish liquid pouring out of the vents. Not the worst experience, but was just poor form on the hotels side.
Buffet: This was a crazy experience - for breakfast and dinner. I guess you will always get this at the larger resorts. I think this is due to the bus loads of tour groups that stay at the resort. The tour group all get ferried in at a certain hour, the tour groups eat like it is a last supper. Our recommendation is to get there early for breakfast (they even have signs to recommend this). Don't worry about this place for dinner, it’s all very generic and buffet like in blandness for the price you pay. They also do a performance nights – avoid!
In Summary, this was my first experience at a large 5-star resort in a while as we normally stick with smaller style resorts. We had a great time after we got over the fact that it was not going to be a friendly personalised stay. The hotel is perfect if you are just doing the big tour group stuff each day and are not that fussed by getting the 5 -star treatment. Its clean, tidy, and has all the services you need for a holiday, but think of it more as a 4-star.
Hotel beach and pools were really nice. Convenient shops and restaurants across street. Breakfast was good. I always served myself coffee. Staff never seemed to notice I needed coffee. Rooms were clean, but one day housekeeping did not come by until after 4pm. By that time, I just said never mind because I was tired. The place is beautiful. The front desk is helpful, and I would stay again.
We had such a wonderful time here with our daughters (15,13 and 9) in late June 2018 (perfect weather). It was our first trip to Thailand and was a stress-free place to introduce children to Asian culture. We enjoyed the stress free complimentary pick up and drop off from the airport in a nice air conditioned car with cold bottled water. We stayed 10 nights in Bhuri Ground floor rooms. We did ask for adjoining rooms but were 4 rooms apart. This was absolutely fine as the hotel feels very safe with plenty of security - the teen’s loved their own space! Rooms were comfortable and convenient. Any of the rooms are good but ground floor was certainly easier for pool access. We liked the Bhuri area of the hotel as it was quieter and close to areas our kids enjoyed like the games room and kids pools. The Bhuri reception was smaller so felt a bit more personal than the Thani one. The room supplies plenty of bottled water daily, the aircon temperature is controllable and we bought extra snacks from 7-11 around the corner. The staff were really friendly everywhere including in the restaurants outside the hotel. The hotel was full but didn’t feel crowded. The pools were particularly nice and quiet from 12-3pm (siesta time) and we were sometimes the only ones in them. We used all 6 pools and I particularly liked the adults only Andaman pool where you could watch the surf from your sun lounge. Resort put on an outdoor movie for the kids one night – many countries have school holidays in June/July so assume this was to cater for the increase in kids in the resort. But it was great cause my husband and I then enjoyed a meal without them. All restaurants were enjoyable and we enjoyed the seafood buffet at Chom Thalay and a beachside table in Fisherman’s wharf. The pizza at Seaside restaurant in the hotel was the best the kids said they’d ever tasted. They aren’t quite converted to spicy food yet so the ability to have western food anywhere we went was useful. Unfortunately I twisted and fractured my ankle on day 2 of our holiday. The pool staff constantly supplied me with ice, Bhuri reception gave us crutches and a wheelchair within 5 minutes of asking and the hotel doctor was great. Reception also offered us a late checkout on leaving even though they were fully booked due to my ankle injury – and we didn’t even ask. Anyway, as it turned out, I discovered that the hotel was quite wheelchair friendly. If we wanted to go to other parts of the hotel, there were golf carts driven by staff at both receptions that could take all of us wherever we wanted – the kids loved this as these drive along the main street outside the hotel from reception to reception and I think it ended up being a highlight for them. Staff would call one up if you were at a restaurant too and offer assistance with anything.
We couldn’t do any island trips because of my injury but we did visit Green Elephant sanctuary. This offers the increasingly popular ethical elephant experience (no riding) where rescued elephants are fed and bathed. Green Elephant sanctuary was clean, new and a fabulous education for us. There were only 29 people in the morning group and they have 6 elephants. We were picked up in a nice air conditioned van – the trip itself was interesting as we drove an hour along the coast to the hills and then a different route back through Patong, so we got to see a bit of Phuket as a bonus. Whilst it wasn’t the hotel recommended trip – the hotel happily did all the bookings for us. Interestingly the one the hotel recommended left at the same time as ours but tourists were squished into the back of a truck which looked really uncomfortable – so it pays to do your own homework.
We also had some nice meals outside the hotel at Ta (up a laneway) and Kata Noi (next to 7-11). There are two laundry services in the main street outside the hotel close to the receptions. It’s 80baht per kilo. It came back nicely washed and ironed. It’s worth knowing that laundry pick up is sometimes not until after 3pm of the next day if they are busy, so plan for that. There was a chemist next to the laundry where the 7-11 is. Hotel provides plenty of laundered beach towels on a daily basis. Other highlights include Happy Hour at the pool bar drinking cocktails and watching the sunset where there was a singer with a guitar before heading off for dinner. In spite of the size of the hotel, the service felt quite personal and we really felt looked after. The beach was lovely although a on couple of days, strong currents bought in a lot of plastic. The hotel staff quickly clear this up, but it’s a tragedy to see this pollution in our oceans and much of it is from other countries and had been in the sea for some time. You also need to swim with extreme caution when the red flags are out as the undertow can be very strong and there is a rip in front of the Coconut bar area.