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Andaman Cannacia Resort 3.5

Kata Beach, Karon, Phuket

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Pros

  • Tropical hillside hotel offers beautiful sea views
  • Classic rooms include flat-screen TVs and garden views from balconies
  • Honeymoon suites offer terraces with hot tubs and ocean views
  • Two lovely lagoon pools and a hot tub
  • Swim-up bar with beach views and two casual restaurants
  • Bright, modest gym with cardio equipment
  • Charming open-air spa with hot tubs and a beauty salon
  • Computer corner offers two PCs
  • Thai cooking, yoga, and meditation classes available
  • Free parking, lobby Wi-Fi, and shuttle beach service

Cons

  • Hotel is on a steep hill not conducive to walking
  • Fee for Wi-Fi
  • Hotel shuttle return trips are infrequent
  • Despite the adults-only policy, children are sometimes allowed
  • Location is removed from the lively Phuket town

Bottom Line

The 114-room Andaman Cannacia Resort is a romantic upper-mid-range getaway on a lush hillside with stunning sea views. Spacious rooms and suites offer balconies or terraces overlooking the beach; some have private hot tubs. There’s also a tour desk, airport transfers, spa treatments, outdoor pools with a swim-up bar, and romantic dining on-site. Thai cooking classes and yoga are available. But the steep hillside location makes it burdensome to explore the area on foot. An alternative choice may be the higher-priced Kata Beach Resort and Spa, sitting directly on the beach. 

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A peaceful, romantic hilltop resort with sea views from lagoon pools, and a spa

The Andaman Cannacia Resort offers couples a romantic, serene, and affordably priced retreat on the hilltop that overlooks the beautiful Kata Beach. The hotel advertises itself as an adults-only property, not allowing guests under 18 (though sometimes, children are present). The resort’s surrounding tropical landscapes and facilities provide a secluded escape from the busy Phuket town.

The open-air lobby is bright and welcoming, with homey Thai furniture, yellow pillars, and wooden ceilings. A skylight is above a lovely blue-tiled fountain with crane sculptures. Brown checkered bean bag chairs and cocktail tables are positioned on a large artificial lawn that faces the Andaman Sea. The overall atmosphere is peaceful and stylish. 

Location

On top of a hill that overlooks Kata Beach

The resort is located on Phuket’s southwest end. Perched on a steep hillside, the resort offers beautiful views, but the inclines make it difficult to walk to Kata Beach, though there is a free shuttle that will get passengers there in five minutes. Guests recommend renting scooters or taking a tuk tuk. Kata Plaza is a two-minute drive away. It’s a 47-minute drive to the airport. Phuket town takes 20 minutes by car. The nearest restaurants -- DaVinci Restaurant Kata Noi and Tom Yam Kung -- are a two-minute drive. The Big Buddha is 24 minutes by car. Wat Chalong is a 24-minute drive. Nai Harn Beach is a 10-minute drive.

Rooms

Large, traditional rooms offer minibars and balconies or terraces with stunning sea views

Choices for rooms include Villa Spa, Garden Spa, Canna Deluxe, Deluxe, Regency Suites, and Honeymoon Suites. Traditional Thai designs, silk textiles, wicker furniture, and dark wood furniture creates a classic atmosphere. Features include flat-screen TVs, DVD players, electric kettles, minibars, beach bags with towels, bathrobes, slippers, umbrellas, safes, and air-conditioning. Flowers and folded towel designs are a charming touch. Balconies (some with daybeds) provide garden, pool, or sea views. Most bathrooms have shower/tub combos beside windows. Some rooms have tube TVs and dated decor. Villa spa and garden spa rooms offer hot tubs. Honeymoon suites have living rooms and terrace hot tubs, overlooking the sea.

Features

Romantic candlelit dinners, two lagoon pools, a spa, and recreational activities for couples

The Ban Yen restaurant in the lobby is casual and bright with large windows, some of which are covered by intricately designed white shades. Other windows face the pools. Interior design includes yellow pillars, dark wood furniture, purple tablecloths, and pitched ceilings with dangling lanterns. Candlelit dinners can be arranged at the other restaurant, Sunset Terrace, which also serves Thai cuisine.

There are two lagoon pools. One sits above the hot tub and offers a swim-up pool bar. The bottom pool features plumeria trees on small islands and a waterfall that drops into a small lazy lake. The deck is partially shaded by trees and offers blue cushioned lounge chairs and umbrellas. The Santi Spa -- a charming open-air building with a tin roof -- has treatment rooms with garden views, outdoor hot tubs, a sauna, a steam room, and a beauty salon.

Guests can learn to whip up their own Thai food by taking a cooking lesson offered on-site or relax in meditation and yoga classes. There’s also a no-frills gym, surrounded by windows, that provides cardio equipment and weights.

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Address

212 Kok Tanod Rd, Kata Beach, T.Karon, A.Muang, Kata Beach, Karon 83100, Thailand

Phone

(66-76) 284 211-4

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