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Hotel Karon Villa Phuket Hotel 3 star
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509 Patak Road, Karon Beach Phuket, Thailand -
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A bit set back from Karon Beach, the Karon Villa Phuket hotel offers an alternative to the busyness of the seaside. You can tempt, if you forget the coldness of the architecture...

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    Location 5.75 /10

    Slightly set back from the central sector of Karon Beach, the second most frequented beach in Phuket after Patong. Phuket Town, on the east coast, is 12.5 miles away; the airport is around 25 miles north (around 45 minutes by car).

    Accommodation 8.45 /10

    The Karon Villa Phuket has a total of 170 rooms (divided in superior and deluxe till October 2001, after then the first category disappeared) in the main building, and 139 bungalows (a bit bigger than the rooms, but with no safe) outside. A few of these bungalows are a bit bigger than the others and are firstly given to families with no surcharge. The accommodation of both is of good level, with very complete equipment, functional furniture and a small effort for the decoration. Plus: the free tea and coffee set and dressing gowns in the closet.

    Overview 6.70 /10

    Built in 1989 and renovated in 2001, the very ugly building of the Karon Villa Phuket is slightly set back from Karon Beach seaside: six floors of a single unit, which you think was planned on the model of a parking, nonexistent decoration. Briefly, it is rather cold and it is not the lobby, spacious but also icy, which allows to correct the initial impression. Fortunately, the hotel added, adjacent to the main building and its biggest swimming pool (very nice), a bungalows area which is actually not a dramatic change, but has at least the merit, with the help of some tropical vegetation, of introducing a bit of humanity in this very anonymous environment.

    Food and drink 7.20 /10

    Three a la carte restaurants, completed by two bars, are available to the guests of the Karon Villa Phuket: they offer respectively Thai gastronomy, seafood and international cuisine. Once again, the decoration is not exactly the strength of the offer; however, the catering services rely on good quality and attentive service. A good point.

    Beach 7.45 /10

    Although you have to cross a very busy road, the very nice beach of Karon constitutes one of the assets of the hotel. Vaster than that of Patong and especially less heavily taken over by the seaside business, Karon beach offers more relaxation possibilities. The very good quality water of the Andaman Sea, with a satisfactory level, will also satisfy swimming lovers. Note that you need to walk a bit to get to the beach.

    To know

    From October 2001 on, all the rooms of the hotel became deluxe: therefore, there are no superior room of entry standard level like before anymore. Free electric buggies serves the bungalow area adjacent to the hotel's main building all day.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      sauna, stretching, massage

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      aerobics, tennis, fitness

    • Whirlpool bath

    advantage

    • The bungalows area, good alternative to the main building.
    • A good level of catering.

    disadvantages

    • The really ugly architecture.
    • Karon beach is a bit far.
    • No sports and organised activities offered by the hotel.

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