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Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket Review

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 about most, with enough restaurants and simple nightlife nearby, but not as intense as in Patong.

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

Centara Grand Beach Resort Summary
The BeachBeautiful wide beach with clear water in high season.
The HotelA 5-star resort, 262 rooms
The Facilities3 restaurants (Asian, Mediterranean, Italkian), 2 swimming pools (1 is adults only), beach club, huge fitness, cooking classes, a superb spa, kids club
What's Around?Some small restaurants nearby, close to the beach. Karon town is just 1 km away with plenty of dining, shopping and a bit of nightlife (nowhere near Patong nightlife though)
Who is it for?everyone, including couples and families
Worth Noticing When booking it, make sure you book Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket, not Centara Karon Resort Phuket nearby!
PriceA bit pricey

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 vast central dining area 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

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. 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, convenient, and welcoming balcony. 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


Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket 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 fitness room

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.

Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket Restaurants & 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 outdoors, 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, which you can read 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 near Karon Center, where you can enjoy many shopping and dining venues.Read More! ►

Overall verdict:

Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket is a 5-star but not truly a top luxury resort. 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 the 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 Beach Resort Phuket

Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket 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 the airport
: 42 km
Distance to Phuket Town: 19 km

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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.