I arrived at Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort and Spa under a light rain, those you know that will not stop any time soon. I was travelling during the rainy season, so it would be unfair to expect bright sunshine.
But who says that only good weather can make for a good travel experience? Well, I cannot deny it is a huge plus when you’re in one of the most beautiful tropical islands in the world. So does the place you’re staying.
At the check-in desk, the receptionist was very pleasant, quick and soon I was getting the golf buggy that would take to my suite. My first impression was that the resort was very well kept, and the gardens appear to seamlessly complement the forested hills nearby.
MY SUITE AT NOVOTEL PHUKET KARON BEACH
Say that I liked my suite is an understatement. It was very spacious, with a large sitting room with a sofa, coffee table, a large working desk, TV, mini-bar and a large storage area. On the coffee table, I had a nice treat: a boat-shaped basket filled with local fresh fruits, which I couldn’t wait to try.
The bedroom was also very impressive, with a large king-size bed beautifully decorated with red flowers and towels shaped as elephants. My corner room had two floor-to-ceiling glass walls, making it look even more spacious.
Last but not least, comes my bathroom. Like the rest of my apartment, it was huge and very luxurious, with two separate sinks, a deep (and beautiful) bathtub and a large shower area. Novotel uses their own branded toiletries, which are of very good quality. With a suite like that, I couldn’t care less if it rained cats and dogs!
In addition to all this, I also had a good outside area for myself, with chairs, a small table and my own plunge pool – the cherry on the cake.
I took the time to work and relax in my suite, but made sure to enjoy all the facilities at this beautiful Phuket resort.
FACILITIES AT NOVOTEL PHUKET KARON BEACH
Leisure and Spa Facilities
First things first, whenever the weather improved, I went for a dip in the giant swimming pool. It was never too busy, but there some couples or families.
Apart from the main pool, Novotel Phuket Karon Beach has two other swimming pools, one of them with a waterslide, near the Kids Club.
For grown-ups, there is a fitness centre and a spa. I had an amazing full-body massage at In-Balance Day Spa. As soon as I arrived, I was greeted and offered a refreshing drink while I filled in the health form. Then, the therapist washed my feet, before starting the massage. I won’t deny I felt extremely relaxed and rejuvenated.
As it was the rainy season, I also went for a private Muay Thai class in the fitness centre. I must confess I struggled a bit, but I thoroughly enjoyed learning some technique and a few moves.
Bars and Restaurants
When it comes to dining, I really felt spoilt for choice. The hotel has five restaurants and bars, including a pool bar, where you can have your favourite drinks by the water.I preferred
My favourite was Tai, a fine dining restaurant serving the best of the Thai cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients.
I’m a real fan of Thai cuisine and loved Tai. The food was amazing and service was very courteous and efficient.
Buffet breakfast is served at Horizon Cafe. It’s a very large buffet and many options cold and hot food, pastries and an open kitchen where the chefs would prepare some of the hot food upon request.As a total coffee snob, I was really happy with my cappuccino. The restaurant was always very busy for breakfast, but the team of waiters was quick to get the tables ready for the next guests, so I don’t think people had to wait long. I certainly did not.
LOCATION AND FINAL THOUGHTS
I was really excited by the whole experience at Novotel Phuket Karon Beach. Unfortunately the weather didn’t help, but that is to be expected in the rainy season. Despite that, I did have the chance to go to the beautiful Karon Beach, only five minutes away.
The hotel certainly exceeded my expectations. My suite was stunning, spotless and well kept. The private plunge pool, available in selected room types, was a great bonus.
The resort is perfect for couples or families looking for a quieter and relaxing experience. But even if you want to spend some time in (crazy) Patong, it’s only a 10-minute car ride away.
When it comes to price, rooms are surprisingly affordable, if you take into consideration the location and level of service and facilities.
Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort & Spa
568 Patak Road, T.Karon, A.Muang
83100 Phuket, Thailand
Phone: +66 (0) 76 358 666