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Phuket Hotel Review: Centara Grand Beach Resort

This review comes courtesy of my friend Sigal.  She, her husband and 3 kids stayed at the Centara Grand Beach Resort, Karon Beach, Phuket in early December:

We tried booking hotel direct then through other websites but it was really expensive.  Eventually Hong Kong’s Flight Centre gave us a really great deal

Transfers weren’t included.  You can hire a van for 1300 THB or 180 THB per person in a joint van.  If you book trips through some agencies at the airport, they will provide free transfer to hotels but their prices for day trips can be higher

Rooms
The rooms were great.  We had two rooms; one with 2 Queen Beds and one with a King bed.  They added an extra bed and there was a big balcony with great view.

Facilities
Really good – a few pools, water slides, lazy river with floating tubes, jumping wall, kids club with great activities incl. playstation and wii.  The hotel is located right on the beach.  There is also a nice gym.

Dining
Breakfast at the Cove restaurant was amazing with a huge variety of foods from 6:00 – 11:00am.  Very fresh & tasty

What made this hotel standout was the great beach location, large rooms, friendly staff and great breakfast. Although it is not ridiculously expensive, it is not cheap.

Top Tips
There is a great restaurant in the nearby town of Karon Beach called The Red Onion – cheap, fresh large portions of thai food.  If you go on a cruise, avoid buying fresh fruit shakes on the small island beaches, they are really bad and overpriced!

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