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Moonee Ponds, Australia
The Perfect Holiday Location
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5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 Feb 2013
We have just returned from 8 Nights at this resort.
This is the perfect "holiday" location in every way.

This was my second trip to Phuket having stayed in Pa Tong approximately 6 years ago. There is no comparison.

Access to the resort is a 1 hour trip in a taxi which will cost 600BHT (Be warned though the return trip will be 1200BHT. There are different rates each way)

This resort is situated right on the beach front with access to the beach via a few steps.

All rooms in the resort have sensational ocean views with access to the pool deck taking a maximum of 1 minute or 2 minutes to walking on to the sand from any room.

The Room: I concur with other advisors comments that the rooms are a little dated but are more than ample and roomy. The view is exactly what any holiday maker would want. The facilities in the room are more than acceptable. How much time do you want to spend actually in your room other than sleeping? The answer for this resort is quite simply sleep and get out and enjoy the environment.
Only 1 room key is provided which is frustrating as it is also the same key that runs the power in the room. Bathroom is blackout out if the power is not on. This means that you both go together or none at all.
The beds are firm which suited me and are made up with fresh linen daily when the room is completely serviced. On a down side the inventory of the bar fridge was completed daily but strangely the items used were not replaced. However, two complimentary bottles of water were placed in the fridge daily.
Do not expect towels shaped into animals or flowers on the bed daily...it didn't happen once for us and we rarely saw the room maid.
There is no complimentary WiFi provided however if you are prepared to sacrifice fresh linen daily a complimentary 15mins of WiFi is provided. How much time do you want to spend on WiFi on holiday?

The Resort:

The Resort is clean and tidy. The pools are crystal clear and the Pool Bar was fabulous.

Very disappointing that the pool itself was closed at 7pm. Understanding, I guess, as all rooms are over the top of the pool. However, in a climate like that its nice to take a cool off swim at the end of the day as well.

We spent days on end just sitting on the pool sun lounges looking out at the ocean and sipping on cocktails brought by the ever helpful and friendly staff of the resort. Thats a "Holiday".
If you want the sun lounges though you better have it reserved by 7am or you will miss out.

The understanding of the english language by resort staff is average at best but we were in Thailand after all and always got there in the end. They tried and tried hard to please.

Its very tranquil and peaceful in the actual resort and on the beach. The beach is perfectly safe at this time of the year with incredibly warm clean sea water with nothing but clear sand underneath. (Take your goggles and snorkle as the fish swimming around the rocks are incredible)

The breakfast was very good with many choices and set us up for the day. (Free breakfast and then cheap eats at night...perfect)
I cant comment on the resort restaurant as we never ate there. It seems no one really does as the restaurant was rarely occupied.

A walk out the front door of the resort puts you onto a great shopping area with everything you would want. Massage, Beauty Treatments, Tuk Tuks, Taxi, Market stalls(watches, t-shirts, dvd's etc)
The market stall holders are nowhere near as aggressive in Karon as they are in Pa Tong.

There is an amazing array of restaurants which are incredibly cheap to eat at.

I highly recommend "Two Chefs" to eat at.

If you are looking for a tailored suit, shirts, blouse or anything tailored you will not go wrong with "Nippon Rich" of "In-Style". Nippon has been there for many years and comes highly recommended and justifiably so. I had a suit and shirts tailor made which were all perfect and incredibly cheap for what they were. Nippon Rich is approximately 50 metres along on the same side of the resort.

Highly recommend this resort for a "Holiday" and by holiday I mean relax and just do nothing other than swim, relax and watch the world go by.

Really enjoyed this stay and would not hesitate to return and hope to do so again next year.

Fabulous!!
Date of stay: February 2013
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Reviewed 11 January 2013

Had a great stay at the Karon Beach resort. Brilliant location close to all shops and restaurants and bars in Karon beach. Pool overlooks the beach and its a 1 min walk from pool to beach to room. Staff were very helpful and super friendly. Room was ample space even though we had 3 in the room. We were on pool level (lowest level) which was extremely handy to pop in and out of room it all rooms are very close to the pool and beach. Highly recommended.

Date of stay: January 2013
Trip type: Travelled with family
2  Thank Laura2828
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Reviewed 2 January 2013

Cannot fault the location. On the beach which was not only convenient but provided a complete beach holiday experience. Unfortunately there were negatives which I feel if attended to, the hotel could be excellent: the rooms are outdated, dark from poor lighting and have musty smell. The corridors are also dark and outdated and the outside building in need of paint. Breakfasts were average and despite the staff being friendly and helpful they appeared unsupervised and inexperienced. There is only paid Wifi available which was inconvenient. I had the impression that budget was on the agenda. Despite the negatives which are cosmetic, I would definitely recommend the hotel as we had an overall good stay.

Date of stay: December 2012
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Reviewed 27 December 2012

I had a great stay at this place in 2004. The staff is friendly and welcoming. I love the view from the room and the location is fantastic, bring right on the beach. Although the facility is a bit dated but clean and tidy.

Date of stay: January 2012
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Reviewed 26 December 2012

Karon Beach resort is truly a great stay. I have stayed at this place any times between 2000-2012. The first experience is the staff, the welcome and the good feeling of being comfortable. The rooms are not big though but for sure enough for your sunny stay in Phuket. The pool area and pool is great and just 30 meters walk from the pool does the see offer you great snorkeling. This hotel is the only hotel truly on the beach in Karon. Food is good, staff is great, price is good value and I never left this place with any negative fellings, not one single time of the 11 stays I have had with them. Show them my picture and send them my best regards and you four sure have a pleasant laugh bach.

Room tip: I always stayed here in room 118, 119 or 120. Right in front of the pool but still private.
Date of stay: January 2012
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Reviewed 17 December 2012

Loved this place for its smaller, intimate feeling. Stayed a week with family and were greeted by the same staff every day, so made it feel like being part of the family. The staff got to know our names and always smiled. The location was also fantastic, being right on the beach so could choose between hotel pool or beach with locals.

Room tip: Ask for a room on the ground floor so you can go straight to the pool from your room
Date of stay: December 2012
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