The Shore at Katathani Phuket
The Shore at Katathani is one of the most exclusive and romantic hotels on Phuket, probably one of our best experience on the island. The hotel combines all the ingredients effortlessly for a perfect escape: a location right on a beach, pool villas with jaw-dropping views, genuinely caring staff, an excellent restaurant, a good spa and countless small details that make the difference between just a regular ‘hotel stay’ and a truly unforgettable holiday.
The location is what impresses first, right on and above the secluded beach of Kata Noi, a superb white sandy bay that has remained unspoiled because it’s not on any main road. Most villas offer views on this bay; you never get bored to it, so make sure you book a sea-view villa! The villas are magnificent, designed to take full advantage of these unique panoramas and with evident attention to small details.
From your infinity pool to the vintage bathroom, the personalised flower arrangements and even the Lavazza espresso machine, everything is tastefully designed to make your room a nest for a romantic holiday, and you won’t want to leave. Best of all is again this incredible view right from your bed: open your eyes, and in front of you clouds are lazily drifting above the ocean and the iconic Kata beach island, you won’t even have to raise your head from your pillow.
Sunrise, sunset and clouds drifting above the turquoise sea make the stay worth every Baht. Eventually, you will have to step out and enjoy the restaurant, and you won’t regret it. Of course, you could order in-room dining too, it’s very cool also, but you would miss a chance to dine by this beautiful beach. Just try both options anyway.
The Harbor Restaurant was a lot better than most hotel restaurants we tried in the past. Set along the infinity poolside and above the beach, it has a very romantic mood and offers an excellent menu (and wine list). Try the Pinot Noir beef braised short ribs (750 baht). These were so good that we had to order them again the next day! Prices are surprisingly reasonable so don’t be shy on ordering.
The mango souffle (350 Baht) came highly recommended and for a good reason. You will, of course, find a good selection of Thai dishes all well priced: Gaeng Massaman (390 Baht), Tom Yum Goong (320 Baht), Pad Thai (260 Baht) and a delicious Pomelo salad (Yum Som Oh Goong Sod 240 Baht). If you fancy something else, the Katathani Resort next door is part of the same resort and has another five other restaurants to choose from, including the excellent Italian restaurant ‘La Scala’ we tried on a previous visit.
The spa is modest in size but well designed, and a must do. Our advice is to treat yourself to an hour or two of pampering as soon as possible to cool down from your hectic life and get in a relaxed mood right from the beginning; this will help you make the best of your holiday. You won’t regret it.
What to Do Around The Shore
Kata Noi is a beautiful beach, and from The Shore, you are also very near the well known Kata Beach, Karon beach and Ya Nui beach, several viewpoints and landmarks of Phuket, including the Phuket Big Buddha, the beautiful Wat Chalong and further south the iconic landmark of Promthep Cape.
A special mention about the staff at The Shore who made sure everything was as smooth as it can, knowing our name and which villa was ours, always with a smile and a friendly word. This long weekend was one of the best hotel experience we had for a long time, and there is no doubt we’ll stay there again!