One of Phuket’s most beautiful beaches
Kata Noi Beach is a beautiful sandy bay and a perfect spot in Phuket if you want to be near the famous Kata Beach while staying away from the tourist crowds. This strand of white sand is blessed with incredibly clear blue water during the high season, and its location out of the way keeps it relatively quiet. Unless you know about it, you probably will miss it.
What to Do in Kata Noi Beach?
Apart from the beach and three resorts, not much is happening around Kata Noi Beach. Small restaurants, convenience stores, massages, bars and the usual tailors all wait for the hotel’s guests. However, the busy Kata Beach is only a couple of kilometres away.
A few years back, TripAdvisor voted Kata Noi Beach one of the ten most beautiful beaches in the world. The water is blue, clear and shallow, and the beach is vast with soft sand.
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The beach’s northern end is a favourite spot among surfers who occasionally get some decent waves for learning and practising. When the low season arrives, the sea becomes rougher, and while the waves are never huge, surfing gets more challenging.
Despite its name, Karon Viewpoint is located high above Kata Noi Beach, the first beach you see in the photo above. The second beach is Kata Beach, and the third in the far is Karon Beach. This scenic spot is one of the best-known landmarks of Phuket, and almost everyone stops at least once for a photo.
Where to Stay on Kata Noi Beach
The bay is not very big, and only three resorts occupy the entire beachfront: Katathani Phuket Beach Resort, The Shore, and Mom Tri’s Villa Royale. All offer access to one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket.
If you want to treat yourself to something unique and luxurious, try The Shore and its fantastic pool villas. The villas are superbly designed, with an infinity pool offering jaw-dropping panoramic views of the bay. The hotel has an excellent spa, a restaurant by the ocean and direct access to the beach.
Katathani Beach Resort occupies the entire beachfront of Kata Noi, and therefore all the main wing rooms face the beach. This resort has several pools and six restaurants, and the first rooms are affordable.
Mom Tri’s Villa Royale is more unique and renowned for decades, built on the hillside of Kata Noi’s northern end. This unusual hotel, surrounded by a beautiful garden, used to be a private house converted very successfully into a hotel. Each room of the original wing has its unique design and decoration; one still features its wine cellar built into a rock boulder. Villa Royale has two small pools; the most beautiful is a seawater pool by the sea, while the other in the main wing is freshwater.
Where to eat in Kata Noi Beach
You will find a few local restaurants along Kata Noi road, but none are on the beach. If you want to eat by the sea, there are only three options; all are part of hotels, such as Mom Tri’s Kitchen at Villa Royale, The Shore and KataThani.
Another great spot not to miss while in Kata Noi Beach is the line of bars built high on top of the back hill. Each of them offers spectacular views of the bay. With names like ‘The Sundeck‘, ‘Small View Point’ or ‘After Beach‘ or ‘Baan Chom View‘, you get the idea: fantastic sunset, decent food and the best way to enjoy a beer watching the sun go down on Kata Noi Beach.
After Beach Bar was one of the first panoramic bars above Kata Noi Beach, it started as a Reggae bar with a Bob Marley theme, and while the Rasta colours are still displayed on the facade and inside of the restaurant, it’s a lot toned down now.
Baan Chom View restaurant is just next to the well-known After Beach Bar. It looks almost the same and serves good and well-priced Thai food.
Mom Tri’s Kitchen is another prominent feature of Villa Royale, an excellent restaurant and probably one of the most romantic places on the island. Of course, it’s a bit pricey, so keep it for that special occasion.
The Harbor Restaurant was a lot better than most hotel restaurants we had tried in the past. Set by the side of the infinity poolside and above the beach, it has a very romantic mood and offers an excellent menu (and wine list).
A nice panoramic rooftop restaurant called Heaven is a little further, just below the famous Karon Viewpoint.
Sabai Corner is a hidden Thai restaurant located below Karon Viewpoint. You will find it isolated at the end of a narrow road in the middle of nowhere, but the view and the food (good without being exceptional) are worth the effort.
Chopol’s Plantation is a charming Thai restaurant nestled above Kata Noi Beach. The restaurant can be challenging to locate, as it is situated on a small lane beside the main road leading to the renowned Karon View Point, where drivers often speed by. Guests can enjoy a serene atmosphere surrounded by lush palm trees, ideal to enjoy Thai cuisine and a variety of drinks. The red and white umbrellas offer a great contrast against the verdant backdrop of Kata Noi, complementing the blue skies and sea. Although the view of the bay may be somewhat restricted, the restaurant’s breathtaking ambience is undeniably outstanding and worth a visit.
Address: 256 Karon, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83150
Hours: 10 am – 8 pm (Monday closed)
Phone: 092 772 7520
Fast Facts about Kata Noi Beach
|⛱️ Beach condition:||Amazing|
|⛱️ Other beach nearby:||Kata Beach|
|📷 Thing to do:||Karon View Point|
|🍴 Best restaurant nearby:||Mom Tri's Kitchen|
|🍹 Best Sunset Bar:||The Sundeck|
|🛌 Best hotel:||Katathani Phuket Beach Resort|
|🛎️ Best pool villas:||The Shore at Katathani Phuket|
|✈️ Distance from Phuket International Airport:||44 km|
How to get to Kata Noi Beach?
From Patong Beach to Kata Noi: 13 km
From Phuket Airport to Kata Noi: 48 km
From Phuket Town to Kata Noi: 17 km
Kata Noi Beach Map