Pros

  • Family-friendly value hotel with retro Thai decor and an atrium lobby
  • Located on a private stretch of sand in Kata Beach
  • Large rooms with flat-screen TVs and balconies; private pools in some
  • Seaside pool, kids' pool, and a swim gear kiosk
  • Italian restaurant, beachside bar/restaurant, poolside bar, and an atrium cafe
  • Charming spa with three treatment rooms
  • Gym offers cardio equipment and weights
  • Kids' club with a play area and TV
  • Free breakfast and outdoor parking
  • On-site jewelry shop and a tailor shop
  • Five meeting rooms and audiovisual equipment
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Cons

  • Some outdated decor and slightly worn fixtures
  • Pool lounge chairs are reserved early (although not technically allowed)
  • Wi-Fi can be slow
  • Breakfast buffet gets crowded
  • Kids not allowed in some room categories (a pro for some)
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Bottom Line

Decorated in retro Thai decor, the 275-room Kata Beach Resort and Spa provides an affordable beachfront vacation for families and couples. Spacious, minimal rooms feature flat-screen TVs, balconies facing the sea, and some have access to private pools. Worn furnishings, though, detract from the beautiful seaside location. This resort offers water sports rentals, three restaurants, poolside and beachside bars, two pools, spa treatments, and supervised kids’ activities. More modern rooms are on offer at the Katathani Phuket Beach Resort, but prices may be higher, so compare rates. 

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Amenities

  • Cribs
  • Fitness Center
  • Internet
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kids Club
  • Pool
  • Spa

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Beyond Resort Kata

Scene

Retro seaside hotel with direct beach access, two pools, a spa, a gym, and a kids’ club

Situated on a busy Kata Beach road is the Kata Beach Resort and Spa and its palm-shaded entrance, featuring a fun, if kitschy, elephant fountain. The pagoda entryway leads into the bright, airy lobby. Colorful retro designs, a lovely atrium glass roof, two small antique glass elevators, and greenery dangling over three floors creates a striking first impression. Indoor hallways are standard and dimly lit. With slightly worn fixtures and outdated decor, the resort could use freshening up. Overall the atmosphere is relaxed but a touch noisy, especially in the sometimes crowded lobby and pool.

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Location

On the sands of Kata Beach

Located on the sandy shores of Kata Beach, guests can catch views of Crab Island from the resort. Water sports rentals are available on the sand. It’s less than two minutes on foot to shops, ATMs, restaurants, bars, and cafes. The street outside -- lined with mopeds -- is in a busy area of Kata Beach. The airport is 46 minutes away by car. Wat Chalong Temple is a 13-minute drive. Phuket town is reachable by car in 19 minutes. Phuket Surf is a seven-minute walk. Surf House Phuket is a one-minute stroll. Driving to Phuket Fantasea takes 26 minutes.

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Rooms

Spacious, standard rooms with minibars, balconies with sea views, or terraces with pool access.

Wood floors, colorful draperies, and throw pillows create a homey feel in Superior, Deluxe Seaview, Grand Deluxe, and Grand Pool access rooms. Junior Suites (some with pool access) are also available. All rooms feature air-conditioning, minibars, safes, electric kettles, flat-screen TVs, and umbrellas. Balconies or terraces face the street, pool, and/or sea. Standard bathrooms have shower/tub combos and pump dispenser toiletries. Upgraded rooms have bathrobes and charming window seats. Pool Access rooms offer terraces with lounge chairs and submerged ledges with jets (kids aren’t allowed in these rooms). Junior Suites have living rooms. Some rooms have old fashioned, tired decor. Key cards operate lights.

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Features

Poolside cocktails, beachside dining, spa, fitness center, and meeting rooms

The resort’s lagoon-shaped pool and kids' pool overlooks the sea. Palm trees dot the deck lined with plastic lounge chairs and white umbrellas. A tour desk -- near a water gear kiosk -- offers water sports rentals, snorkeling trips, and charter boat reservations. In December, the King's Cup Regatta is based at the resort and the waters are crowded with yachts.

To help guests unwind, there’s a lovely spa with three treatment rooms, a sauna, and a whirlpool tub. The gym offers lots of windows, modern cardio equipment, and weights. The kids' club -- featuring a Disney mural, toys, and a tube-style TV -- is available for children ages two to 12. 

The three on-site restaurants and two bars take advantage of the beautiful beachfront setting. The Pagoda swim-up bar -- with terrace seating and a daily happy hour -- appeals to couples and solo travelers. Peppino Italian restaurant features classic furniture and dark wood ceilings. The beach bar faces the beach and street, with traditional furniture that’s a bit rustic. There’s also an atrium coffee shop that offers live entertainment and the Kata Wine Cellar.

The hotel also has five meeting spaces, fitting between 20 to 500 people. Meeting supplies and audiovisual equipment are available. Weddings can also be arranged on-site. Wi-Fi is free, but slow. 

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Airport Transportation

  • Babysitting Services

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Basic Television

  • Beach

  • Business Center

  • Cabanas

  • Cable

  • Children's Pool

  • Concierge

  • Cribs

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Fitness Center

  • Internet

  • Jacuzzi

  • Kids Allowed

  • Kids Club

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Mini Bar (with liquor)

  • Pool

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Rental Car Service Desk Onsite

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Smoking Rooms Available

  • Spa

  • Supervised Kids Activities

  • Swim-Up Bar

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