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Beyond Resort Karon 4.0

Karon, Phuket, Thailand

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Pros

  • Only hotel located right on Karon's white sand beach
  • Beautiful contemporary decor in common areas
  • Spacious, fresh, and modern rooms with sea views
  • Two beachfront swimming pools with swim-up bar
  • Walk-in showers with tropical-rain showerheads
  • Buffet breakfast included in rate
  • Adult-only resort (a con for some)

Cons

  • One key per room policy
  • Mosquitos can be a problem
  • Wi-Fi only free in lobby

Bottom Line

Beyond Resort Karon is an upscale, adult-only hotel claiming the distinction of being the only resort set right on Karon's beach. The location makes for some wonderful ocean views -- from the rooms, both pools, and its restaurant -- as well a relatively peaceful atmosphere. Guest units are spacious with furnished balconies, though there have been reports of issues with mosquitoes. Rates are certainly on the expensive end of the scale for this caliber of hotel, but you're paying for its unique setting and superb sea vistas. 

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Scene

Adults-only hotel with tranquil, secluded atmosphere

Formerly the Karon Beach Resort and Spa and one of the older hotels in the area, this beachfront resort was renovated and relaunched in 2013 and still holds the distinction of being the only hotel right on the beach. After passing under a modern take on a traditional Thai portico, guests enter a spacious, high-ceilinged lobby lacking the Old World Asian charm typical of most reception areas of surrounding hotels. The vibe here, however, is smart and professional. Being an adult-only hotel, the ambiance is more “grown-up” than most resorts, with a hushed and relaxing atmosphere and little noise beyond the sounds of ocean waves crashing outside.

Location

Only hotel set right on Karon Beach, on its relatively quiet south end

The hotel is located in a quiet corner of the south end of Karon Bay's beautiful white sand beach. (Most local hotels occupy the area behind the town's main beachfront road.) There are plenty of bars, shops, and restaurants well within walking distance, with the neighboring resorts of Patong to the north and Kata Beach to the south easily accessible as well. The area's capital, Phuket City, is about 25 minutes northeast by car, while the airport is a bit less than an hours' drive north. Flights to Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport take an hour and 15 minutes, in addition to boarding time.

Rooms

Fresh, modern, and spacious rooms with sea views -- though beware the mosquitos

The resort has 81 rooms, all of which are decorated in fresh, unfussy, modern stylings with lovely natural wood flooring, contemporary furnishings, and crisp white walls and bedding. Large sliding doors open to furnished balconies with superb sea views or pool-side terraces with partial views of the sea. However, there have been reports of mosquitoes being an issue. In addition to being spacious, all rooms are air-conditioned and include flat-screen TVs and minibars, while in-room Wi-Fi is available as well but not free of charge. Pleasantly finished bathrooms have large windows (with a modesty curtain) as well as wall-mounted hairdryers and walk-in showers with tropical-rain showerheads. 

Features

Two beachfront pools with loungers and swim-up bar

The hotel's grounds are relatively limited, though they do include two swimming pools overlooking the beach -- one lined with loungers and the other featuring a swim-up bar waterfall. A free buffet breakfast is provided at the hotel's beachfront restaurant, which also serves a menu of Thai and Asian favorites throughout the day. The on-site Kanda Spa is open daily, offering a steam bath, a jetted tub, and massage treatments (though there are cheaper options nearby). Free Wi-Fi is available, but only in the lobby area, and there's a fee for accessing it elsewhere on the property. 

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Address

51 Karon Road, Karon 83100, Thailand

Also Known As

  • Karon Beach Resort and Spa

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