Kata Rocks – Phuket’s Iconic Luxury Resort

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Think a minimalist vibe, swanky multi-room villas, and fabulous Andaman sea views from its spectacular cliff-side location. Don’t miss the excellent spa, or yacht-spotting from the poolside bar.

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Location

The hotel is located up a sliver of a side street on the rocky cliffs of Kata, a clean-cut resort town, popular with the yachting crowd, on the south west coast of Phuket. The twin beaches of Kata Noi and Kata Yai are around a 10-minute walk from the property and along the route there are plenty of laid-back bars, restaurants, shops and massage centres to mooch in.

Address: 186/22 Koktanode Road, Karon, Muang, Phuket, Kata Beach, 83100, Thailand.

Style & character

Squared-off terraces clinging onto the cliff-side for dear life give this boutique hotel a dangerously modern vibe. The only real public area is the bar, restaurant and pool, a minimalist cube with lots of white-on-white action – white umbrellas shading white sunbeds beside a white-tiled pool – all very Ibiza-esque. The furnishings are sleek and Italian-made but there is no mistaking that you’re in Thailand with that attention-grabbing Andaman Sea view. Elsewhere, the Infinite Luxury Spa lives up to its name with eight treatment rooms housing everything from zany energy pods to light-emitting treatment beds, which combine beautifully with Ila products and traditional Thai wellness philosophies.

Kata Rocks via Designer Travel

Service & facilities

I visited during the soft opening stage and although staff were plentiful and always smiling, there was a sense that they were still finding their feet; my room service order was wrong, breakfast service was slow, and I sat by the pool for more than hour without being asked if I wanted a drink. The team will need to quickly up their game if they want to compete with Phuket’s other high-flying five-stars.

  • Bar
  • Fitness centre
  • Laundry
  • Parking
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Wi-Fi

Rooms

There’s nothing as mundane as rooms here, instead 43 one, two, three and four-bedroom sky villas are stacked across the hillside. Big, bright and beautiful, they come with fully-fitted kitchens, living and dining areas, and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors opening onto private infinity pools, each of which is a minimum of seven-metres long (although only about one-metre deep so more for splashing than swimming). Less than luxurious were the non-branded toiletries and lack of international TV channels (along with a £10 charge for pay-movies).

Kata Rocks via 365 Playground

Food & drink

The poolside bar and restaurant has an amazing view, out over a glassy green Andaman sea dotted with yachts, traditional longtails, and fishing boats twinkling in the night. The Mediterranean and Thai-leaning cuisine has been good enough to draw crowds from across the island already – particularly for the boozy three-hour long Sunday lunch. It’s worth stopping by for sunset drinks or a meal, even if you’re not staying.

Access for guests with disabilities?

No.

Family-friendly?

No.

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