Central Phuket got bigger

Central Phuket Floresta sounds like another mall on the island but is just a massive extension of the good old Central Festival. With an ever-growing population, Phuket Festival was just getting too crowded, parking was getting impossible and weekends were seriously packed. As it is on the outskirt of Phuket town it somehow addresses more to locals than tourists  The first year was a bit confusing because many of the original shops were relocated to the new building and it was a little quiet at first. But Central know their customers well, and the balance is back, both sides start to be busy. In addition, the new branch placed its bet on food and new ambitious entertainment venues.

Central Festival Phuket


Ground floor  and luxury shopping

Like in all malls, the ground floor is mostly dedicated to luxury flagship brands with the usual names: Gucci, Hermès, Bvlgari, Prada, Dior, Balenciaga, Coach, Michael Kors etc. These big bright shops seem to always be empty, and it is always a bit of a mystery how they survive with so little customers. The ground floor is also where occasional car sales and seasonal events are held.


Central department store

Central Department Store in Phuket

Further in the back is the department store that moved from the original building. Here you can find all the cosmetic brands you are familiar with. Expect also a lot of upmarket names but more mainstream names such as Armani Exchange, Calvin Klein, Diesel and a lot of fashionable bags. The far end is where all the household has moved to and this area is quite interesting as it often addresses to people living here.


Food Court and Central food hall

The lower floor is popular with a vast and very well supplied supermarket, including a wine cellar, a food court, a selection of excellent local restaurants (actually, these are branches of local restaurants).


Lower floor and entertainment

There are quite a few attractions on the lower floor of the mall. The main one is, of course, Aquaria the gigantic aquarium that even features Andasi, an excellent high-end restaurant. Next to it is an interactive 3D museum where you can take funny selfies.

Phuket Aquaria at Central Floresta

Tribhum is what they call a walk-through adventure theme park. It’s an interactive and quite complicated mythical world built on the front of the mall that should keep you busy for about an hour. It’s also quite expensive, starting at 1,275 baht per person.

Central Floresta is also great for kids with the Happy Kids Club, just next to the aquarium, with plenty of playgrounds and activities designed for your children.

Pirate Ship at Happy Kids Club Phuket


Getting there

 

You can access Central Floresta directly from Central Festival by crossing a vast indoor bridge above the main road. If you drive a car, we strongly recommend you to park in at Central Floresta, it’s a lot easier and has a lot of space (for now)


Central Phuket Floresta Info

Location: Phuket Town
Address: 199 Central Phuket Floresta, Unit No. 126 Moo 4, Tambol Vichit, Phuket, Amphur Muang, Phuket 83000
Open: 10:30 am – 9 pm
Phone: 02 508 8988


Central Phuket Floresta Map