Kata Noi Beach is a beautiful little sandy bay if you want to be near the lively Kata Beach while staying away from the usual tourist herds. This nice wide strand of white sand has incredibly clear blue waters during the high season and fortunately, its ‘out of the way’ location kept it relatively quiet. Unless you know about it, you probably would miss it. Except the beach itself and two resorts, not much is going on around Kata Noi Beach, the usual tailor, convenience store, massage and few bars seem to be waiting for the hotel’s guests.
The northern end of the beach is also a popular spot among surfers who occasionally get some decent waves for learning and practicing. When low season arrives, the bay gets rougher and surfing is more challenging.
If you stay at Katathani Resort , The Shore or at Mom Tri’s Villa Royale, you will get access to one of the most beautiful beaches of Phuket. The whole Kata Noi Beach front is occupied by the Katathani Beach Resort and all rooms happen to face the beach… very popular and first rooms are affordable. If you want to treat yourself to something luxurious you can try ‘The Shore‘, their beautiful new wing, all featuring pool villas.
More unique and renown since decades is the ‘Villa Royale‘, built on the side of Kata Noi northern end. This unusual hotel, surrounded by a beautiful garden, used to be a private house converted very successfully into a hotel. In the original wing, each room has its own design and different decoration, one of them even still features its own wine cellar built into a rock boulder.
This hotel has two small pools, one is next to the sea and has sea water, another fresh water pool is next to the main wing. One of the main feature of Villa Royale is the excellent restaurant, one of the most romantic dinners on the island. A bit pricey of course so keep it for that special occasion.
A little higher on the hill is Nook Dee Boutique Resort and just next to it, the very popular Foto Hotel.
There are a few local restaurants along Kata Noi road but none are on the beach itself. If you want to eat by the sea there are only 3 options, all are part of the hotel: Mom Tri’s Kitchen at Villa Royale.
Other great spot no to miss while in Kata Noi Beach, is the line of bars built high on top of the back hill, offering spectacular views on the bay… With name like ‘Small View Point’ or ‘After Beach‘ or the newest addition ‘Baan Chom View‘ you get the idea : great sunset, decent food and definitely the best way to enjoy a beer watching the sun go down on Kata Noi Beach.
A little further just below the famous Karon Viewpoint is also a nice panoramic rooftop restaurant called Heaven