Appearances can be deceiving,
at least upon entering Centara
Karon Resort Phuket. At first
glance you might think that it's
a small resort with one main
building, a pool and a restaurant.
But the resort is actually made up of
four residential zones - The Terraces, The
Lagoon, Tropicale, and The Cabanas – for
a total of 315 rooms in a large landscaped
area, complimented by 20 cabanas scattered
around the grounds.
The Terraces offer newly refurbished
superior and superior ocean view rooms
together with four delightfully appointed
deluxe honeymoon rooms complete with
their own oversized terrace and private outdoor
sunken Jacuzzi tub. The Terraces itself is a nine-story-high building offering guests
spectacular views of the resort's gardens, Karon Beach, & Karon's city skyline.
Accommodation at The Lagoon includes
spacious deluxe rooms many of
which have two double beds, which are ideal
for family holidays accommodating up to
two adults and two children with ease. Deluxe
family studio rooms offer even greater
comfort and space.
The Tropicale zone is especially designed
for travellers seeking a more luxurious
and inclusive vacation experience.
Guests enjoy a nightly turndown service
and the exclusive use of the Club Lounge
serving daytime snacks and pastries, allday
tea and coffee, evening cocktails and
snacks, all complimentary. Additionally,
the lounge offers newspapers, reading materials
and free Internet access.
The Cabanas are set within a garden
location offering total privacy together with
all the comfort and service expected from a
premium room category. Each has its own
private plunge pool and terrace.
All the air-conditioned rooms, suites,
and villas are tastefully decorated in contemporary
Thai style. Each have a private
balcony or terrace and offer amenities designed
for comfort. All rooms have colour
TV with satellite channels and in-house
movies, in-house music, a refrigerator, tea
and coffee making facilities, an IDD telephone,
and a washroom with bath and
After a lazy day on the beach, meander
back to the resort, enjoying some bargain
hunting on the way from the cluster
of shops that line the walkway: souvenirs,
jewellery and clothing are all to be found at
For the night, stepping out can be quite
an occasion! Nightlife abounds within &
around the resort. Enjoy sunset cocktails,
Karaoke and evening entertainment from
the resident band at The Mix bar and for
late-night fun head for Patong, a quick shuttle
bus ride from the resort.
Should you be taking a holiday but
still have business to attend to a range of
meeting facilities are at your beck and call
including a TV video projector, a screen,
slide projector, white board, flip chart, and
LCD projector. Indeed, the resort provides
a great excuse to combine your business
"Value for money," is what GM Darren
Shaw says distinguishes the Centara Karon
Resort Phuket, "whether it is our food &
beverage prices, our spa packages, or our
room rates. We're in an ideal location too;
you can walk out the front gate and find all
kinds of restaurants, bars, and shops, even
a supermarket, but when you come back
into the resort you have sense of tranquillity,
especially if you are staying in one of the
cabanas. At any given time, we could have
700 guests in house but because we are
so spread out over so many rai, you don't
have the feeling of overcrowding. Our staff
is also very friendly, very down to earth."
The resort's three swimming pool complexes
are only minutes from any guest
room. The pool at the Terrace tends to caters to adults,
while the Lagoon
with it fun
slide tends to be
best for kids and
the pool in the
to all ages. Each
pool has its own
bar and the Lagoon
has its own
There's also a sports centre with a host of recreational
activities including two floodlit tennis
courts, a fully-equipped gymnasium,
snooker and darts. To unwind after a workout,
enjoy treatments at the SPA Cenvaree,
which includes a steam room and sauna.
The spa offers pampering treatments that
are both relaxing and good for you (www.
The resort tries hard to be environmentally
conscious, receiving silver certification
from Earth Check, and it collects its rainwater to water the grounds. It is also working
on it s ISO14001 certification.
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday
at 10:30pm there's a Thai cooking class
staged at the Lotus restaurant for Bt1,500.
This includes a souvenir chef's hat and
apron, a three-course lunch with wine and
a certificate of participation. Chef Philippe's
Thai menu favourites include steamed
snapper in lemon juice with chilli and garlic,
deep-fried fish in pepper and garlic, massaman
chicken, red duck (duck curry), and
coconut soup with banana. The resort also
offers the very cool "rent a chef" option
whereby a staff chef comes and grill for you,
if your are staying in one of the cabanas.
The resort doesn't just want its guests
to stay on the property; it also encourages
them to see Phuket and organizes trips to
James Bond Island, Big Buddha, Phuket
Town, Jungceylon, Khai Island, and Siam
Niramit. For the more adventurous minded,
elephant trekking, go-kart racing, seacanoeing,
shooting, ATV riding, bungee
jumping and a trip to see a Thai boxing
match can also be arranged.
Sunday: Wok's on Fire - all you can eat from our live Wok stations.
Don't miss the wok fried vanilla ice cream and caramel
chestnuts (Lotus Restaurant).
Monday: Pool Side BBQ - Buffet starts at 5:30pm. Tenderloin
steak, char-grilled seafood skewers, BBQ ribs, marinated chicken,
salad buffet, and tempting desserts. From 7pm onwards
there's a live 3 piece Band. Bt950 net/person (Free Bt500 beverage
voucher per paying couple – Azure Restaurant).
Tuesday: Special Pasta & Pizza Menu – from 11am – 11pm,
Bt150 only (Azure Restaurant).
Wednesday: Seafood Market - starts at 5:30pm. Lobster, tiger
prawns, oysters, and catch of the day straight off, the trawler!
Market Prices and Market Fresh! Special Whole White Snapper
cooked to your liking for Bt250 net (Lotus Restaurant).
Thursday: Pool Party (The Terraces), everything from volleyball
to water polo, live band, includes happy hour. Enjoy burgers,
kebabs, and hotdogs and much more.
Friday: Amazing Thailand – Thai food buffet starts at 5:30pm,
authentic Thai Cuisine with local specialities, includes live
cooking station. At 7pm there's a traditional Thai dance show
Saturday: Saturday Night Fever – Retro Night with Dr Beat
from 8pm-12:20am, special appearance by Abba Mania from
9-10pm at The Mix Lobby Bar.
(Also for Chinese New Year, Lotus will be staging a buffet and
Dragon Dance Show on Feb 10th for Bt950, and for Valentine's
Day Azure will be holding a special Seafood Pool BBQ
If your plans for the near future include tying the knot, the Centara Karon
Resort Phuket can readily provide for every detail that could possibly be
needed for a wedding – starting from the arrangements of traditional lustral
water ceremony to the reception, and much more!
The wedding reception comes with a host of extras by way of decorative
ice sculptures, a flower arch and stands, traditional garlands and corsages for
the wedding party, guest books, a multi-tiered cake, and so on. Simply contact
the hotel's wedding organizers, who come with a plethora of ideas for celebratory
themes, menus and decorations; a choice of wedding packages, and a
collection of albums of past events. Better yet, make an appointment to meet
personally and discuss your plans for the big day at leisure, amid the elegant
confines of the hotel's very own wedding studio.