Centara Grand Beach Resort
Beachfront HotelHOTELSKaron Beach

Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket – Karon Beach

3.9/5 - (28 votes)

A weekend at Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket

Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket is a large resort with a desirable location, right on the sands of the superb Karon Beach on the west coast of Phuket. With such a unique situation, large pools and many outlets including a beach club, Centara Grand Beach Resort is a top-rated mid-range hotel. It is perfect if direct access to the beach is what you care the most about, with enough restaurants and simple nightlife nearby, but not as intense as in Patong.

Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket right on the sand of Karon Beach

With 262 mostly sea-facing rooms, suites and villas, Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket is a large hotel designed in a pink Sino-Portuguese style. The hotel is built around a large pool and a central dining area and is so vast that you might get a little confused on your 1st day.

Karon beach in front of Centara Grand Beach Resort
Karon beach in front of Centara Grand Beach Resort

Our Deluxe Ocean Facing Room

We booked a Deluxe Ocean Facing room, but we didn’t get lucky with the ocean view from our balcony: we were far from the beach and in a remote back corner. A word of advice: don’t be shy to ask on arrival if any real sea facing room is available or even better. If you can afford it, spend more and get a One Bedroom Beachfront Villa.

Deluxe Ocean Facing Bathroom at Centara Grand Beach Resort
Deluxe Ocean Facing Bathroom

Our corner room was 72 sqm large and well equipped with a surprisingly large balcony, convenient and welcoming. It was an excellent place to spend time and relax or even work with a cold drink. The well-designed bathroom features a big bathtub with a separate shower and plenty of amenities such as the expected hairdryer, shampoos and bathrooms standard amenities. The resort is a 5-star, and an espresso machine would have been a nice touch as it is standard in most luxury hotels.

Our Deluxe Ocean Facing Room balcony at Centara Grand Beach Resort
Deluxe Ocean Facing Room balcony


The hotel is so large it can get busy around the main swimming pool, so if you have no kids and prefer a quiet holiday, aim for the ‘adults only’ pool a little higher. Space is limited, but it is very relaxing up there.

Spa Cenvaree is superb and well equipped, with rooms designed for each type of treatment. Choose from Thai traditional massage, aromatherapy, and a couple of treatment rooms with a Jacuzzi to a mysterious dripping water treatment that looks a little intimidating but is probably a great experience.

The fitness room is excellent, with a vast choice of well-maintained machines facing the ample open space of the garden and friendly staff.

The colourful kids club is also famous. The team is excellent, and the kids seem to have a lot of fun playing so many cool games that parents play too! The kid’s pool outside the club has a couple of water slides, and children can drift along in your buoy for hours. Children love it.

Restaurant & Dining

There are three 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 huge, and everyone can find something to start the day.

On the downside, if, like us, all you need is a coffee and a single dish, you can’t have it unless the waitress is nice and understanding as she was for us 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 from 11.30 am until 10.30 pm and serving good Italian food for up to 260 people. A large part of the restaurant is also outdoor, which is the most attractive area.

The Beach Club

Coast Beach Club shares the outdoor section with Mare, but the best sitting area is still on the beach’s large sofas. The beach club is the best place to end the day with cocktails and good music. We wrote a dedicated page about Coast Beach Club, and you can read it here.

The hotel also has an excellent 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.

Overall verdict:

Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket is a 5-star resort but based on our long hospitality experience; it doesn’t compete yet with top luxury resorts. However, with such a unique location at the right price, Centara Grand Beach is an excellent choice if you want to be in Karon.

What we liked:

  • Location, of course: right on the beach!
  • Great Spa
  • Well-equipped Fitness room
  • Excellent Kids Club
  • An immense pool which is excellent during low season when the sea is rough

What we didn’t :

  • Service is not always consistent: sometimes good and sometimes hard to get attention.
  • The water temperature in the shower is impossible to manage.
  • The hotel can feel crowded.

Photos of Centara Grand

Centara Grand Beach Resort Info

Location: Karon Beach
Address: 683 Karon Beach, Patak Rd, Karon, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83100
Phone: 076 201 234
Open: 24 hours
Bookings: see the rates
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/centaragrandbeachresortphuket/


Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 4
Restaurants and bars: 7
Distance to the closest beach: on the beach!
Distance to Karon City Center: 1 km
Distance from airport
: 42 km
Distance to Phuket Town: 19 km

Centara Grand Beach Resort Map

Related pages


31 Best Hotels in Phuket We Tried and Loved

Willy Thuan
Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world early and never stopped until I settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 27 years, my passion for photography and my natural curiosity has taken me to every corner of Thailand, jumping frequently between Bangkok and Phuket and basically everywhere I could go. I run Phuket101.net and manage large international online travel guides.