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Pacific Club Resort 3.5

Karon, Phuket, Thailand

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Pros

  • Hillside setting overlooking Andaman Sea with jungle mountain backdrop
  • 10 minutes' walk to white sands of Karon Beach
  • Rooftop swimming pool with whirlpool and panoramic views
  • All rooms include fridge-freezers and furnished balconies
  • Most suites have separate seating areas and kitchens
  • Mini-mart and fitness room on-site
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout property 

Cons

  • Hill steep for those with mobility issues
  • Very narrow pool

Bottom Line

Pacific Club Resort is not so much a resort as a relatively small, boutique-sized hotel set on a quiet hillside overlooking Phuket's Karon Beach. The location is ideal for those wanting somewhere away from the bustle of the popular tourist town below while still being within walking distance of its beach (though getting back uphill might be a struggle for some). The panorama from the rooftop pool is superb, and most rooms have sea views from balconies. Overall, the property is a solid upper-mid-range choice that’s a slight cut above most hotels in the area while offering competitive rates.

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Scene

Mixture of architectural styles with flowing interiors and abundant vegetation

Pacific Club Resort was opened in 2005 by an American ex-pat, Eric, having the aim of blending Southwestern U.S., Mediterranean, and Thai styles of architecture with flowing organic forms and natural elements. This is evident in the entrance's curving, pebble walls backed by lush tropical vegetation that lead guests under a traditional Thai portico and into the hotel lobby -- a spacious, low-ceiling space with terracotta floor tiles, wicker furnishings, and an abundance of potted plants and shrubbery. Pebble-lined walkways weave though the property to a stairwell that winds up to an impressive rooftop terrace, where views can be enjoyed with a cooling sea breeze. The hotel’s intimate, secluded ambiance attracts vacationing couples keen to experience a peaceful stay away from beachfront bustle.

Location

Hillside setting overlooking Phuket's Karon Beach resort with jungle mountain backdrop

The hotel is located on a relatively quiet road on the hillside overlooking the north end of Phuket's popular Karon resort area, with a backdrop of picturesque jungle mountains. Karon's white sandy beach is about 10 minutes south by foot, while the busy and bustling town center with numerous bars, restaurants, and shops is about a 15-minute walk. The area's capital, Phuket City, is 30 minutes northeast by car. Phuket International Airport is 50 minutes north while flights to Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport take an hour and 15 minutes, in addition to boarding time.

Rooms

Homey guest units open to furnished balconies, most with sea views

The hotel has 33 air-conditioned guest units, all decorated in a homey style with traditional Thai styling, terracotta tiled floors, teak furnishings, and potted plants. Size and layout varies, though all rooms have free Wi-Fi, 32-inch flat-screen TVs, and full-sized fridge/freezers and microwaves. (The latter two amenities are unusual but certainly useful.) All rooms also extend to furnished balconies -- most of which have superb sea views -- while One- and Two-Bedroom Suitesalso have small kitchens. Bathrooms are mostly tiled in white/off-white and green and offer marble-top basins, while a 2014 renovation has upgraded almost half of the hotel's bathrooms to Modern Roman styling. 

Features

Rooftop terrace with narrow pool, hot tub, and superb panoramic vistas

The hotel's highlight is its charming rooftop terrace, featuring a long, narrow swimming pool complete with waterfall, in-pool seating, hot tub, and spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding natural scenery and ocean.  Also on hand are a steam sauna which uses Chinese herbs and aromatics and a spa offering a range of massage treatments. A combined fitness and game room include table tennis and various exercise machines, though the space lacks natural light. An on-site mini-mart provides simple groceries and vacation-wear. A buffet breakfast is included in the cost of the room, while the hotel's restaurant serves a wide range of dishes, from Thai to Tex-Mex. Free Wi-Fi is also available throughout the property, which is unusual for the area. 

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Address

16 Patak Road Soi 24, Karon Beach, Karon 83100, Thailand

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