Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket is a large resort benefiting from a unique location right on the sands of the superb Karon Beach. With such a unique location, an immense pool right on the beach and many outlets including a beach club, Centara Grand Beach Resort is an extremely popular mid range hotel.
With 262 mostly sea-facing rooms, suites and villas, Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket is an immense hotel designed in a baby-pink Sino-Portuguese style. Built around an immense pool and a central dining and living area, it’s so vast you might get a little confused on your first day.
We booked a Deluxe Ocean Facing room but we didn’t get very lucky with the ocean view from the balcony, we were far from the beach and in a remote back corner. Best would be to ask on arrival if any real sea facing room are available or even better, if you can afford it, spend more and get a One Bedroom Beachfront Villa.
Our corner room was 72 sq m large and well equipped with a surprisingly large balcony, convenient and welcoming to spend time to relax or even work with a nice cold drink. The bathroom was well designed with a big bath tub and separate shower and plenty of amenities such as the expected hair dryer, shampoos and the like. The resort being a 5-star, an espresso machine would have been a nice touch as it is comes as standard in most luxury hotels.
The hotel being so large it can really get busy around the main swimming-pool so if you have no kids and prefer a quiet holiday, aim for the adults only pool located a little higher. Space is limited but it is very relaxing up there.
Spa Cenvaree is superb and well equipped, treatment rooms are beautifully designed for each type of treatments, from Thai traditional massage, aromatherapy, a superb couple room with a Jacuzzi and a mysterious dripping water treatment that looks a little intimidating, like a torture device but we suppose it is probably great.
The fitness room was great as we are fitness addicted. Lots of well maintained machines facing the large open space of the garden and very friendly staff. Really enjoyed that part.
The colourful kids club is also very popular. The team is great and kids seem to have a lot of fun playing with so many cool games that parents end up playing too! The kids pool just outside the club has a couple of water sliders and children can drift along in your buoy for hours. Children love it.
There are 3 restaurants to enjoy: With about 200 seats, The Cove is the largest restaurant where you will probably take most of your breakfasts. The buffet is really huge and everyone can find something to start the day. On the down side, if like us all you need is a coffee and a single dish, well you just can’t have it unless the waitress is nice and understanding as she was for me on the first day (but not the second). If weather permits, the terrace facing the sea is the best place to be. Open from 6 am to 10.30 pm.
Mare Restaurant is an even bigger dining venue opening at 11.30 am until 10.30 pm and serving a good Italian food for up to 260 people. A large part of the restaurant is also outdoor which is the most attractive area.
Coast Beach Club is sharing the outdoor section with Mare but the best sitting area is still on the large sofas facing the beach. This is the best place to end the day with some cocktails and cool music.
The hotel also has a nice cooking class located above the Italian restaurant but we didn’t get a chance to see it in action. Centara Grand Beach Resort is also very near Karon Center where you can enjoy lots of shopping and dining venues.
Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket is a 5 star resort but based on our long hospitality experience it doesn’t compete yet with luxury resorts like The Shore, The Nai Harn, Kata Rock or The Surin. However with such unique location at the right price, Centara Grand Beach is a great choice if you want to be in Karon.