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 effortlessly all the ingredients 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 makes the difference between just a regular ‘hotel stay’ and a truly unforgettable holiday.
The location is obviously 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 just never get bored to it, so make sure you book a sea-view villa! The villas are truly beautiful, designed to take full advantage of these unique panoramas and with an obvious attention to small details.
From your own infinity pool to the vintage bathroom, the personalized 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, trust me, just this 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 dinning too, it’s very cool too, but you would miss a chance to dine by this beautiful beach. Just try both options anyway.
The Harbour 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). Don’t miss the Pinot Noir beef braised short ribs (750 baht), these were so good 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 5 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 definitely 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 should be made of 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 nice 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!