This was our second trip to Kamala beach, so my husband and I checked the Trip Advisor reviews before booking this hotel, and we were not disappointed at all. We previously stayed at another, more expensive, hotel on our honeymoon (first visit to Kamala), and it was not near as nice as this one. We loved Kamala Beach Resort by far!
We stayed 12 nights and enjoyed every minute - from the 27 January to 8 February 2012. The hotel was fully booked, but the service levels were excellent. We didn't know this upon booking, that the hotel has a 'no children' policy. Great for families without kids who want to enjoy the day at the pool without screaming and noise. When we do have children, we will stay at the child-friendly hotel next door, also owned by Sunprime.
Overall I could not fault this hotel. The staff were friendly and hard-working. The relaxed atmosphere was just what we wanted, and the location is prime! The beach is on the door step, and Kamala main road is right there. The town has a few nice restaurants, we loved the little Indian restaurant on the beach. The hotel has a shuttle into Patong, but we really didn't feel the need to go there.
There were 4 pools to choose from, and we tried 3 of them. Two have a swim-up bar, great for an afternoon coffee in the water or a cocktail or two. There are loads of sun loungers, but if you want to be in a specific spot then I suggest you get there early. The hotel doesn't allow guests to reserve loungers before 9.30am, which is good and ensures everyone gets a spot. The pool next to the beach seemed to be the most popular, and we got there 3 times. But the third time we actually decided that the loungers were not the most comfortable, and spent the rest of our holiday at the other pool with swim-up bar. For someone fussy like me, I was super impressed that I could get a fresh beach towel (provided by the hotel) anytime I wanted by simply handing in the old one. The swimming pools were ultra clean, and didn't smell of chlorine. The atmosphere was great and we spent most of our days relaxing at the pool, reading books and listening to music. The barman played music from the bar, but someone needs to ask him not to play the "best of Christmas" CD in February :-) The weather was quite windy on some days, so make sure your umbrella is secured!
The hotel 'supermarket' has lots of snacks if you need anything during the day, and they even stay open late at night. We mostly bought bottled water there. But they have earplugs and mosquito repellent too (we needed both!).
The breakfast, which was included in our rate, was superb. They catered for everyone's needs, including having gluten-free bread and soya milk (we loved this as we don't do much diary). The spread was fantastic, from breads, fruits, cereals, hot meals, pancakes, eggs and more.
We ate at the hotel restaurant a few times and enjoyed it. They have a different buffet theme every night (from around the world) and the food was great, service great, and good value for money. Plus they had a band playing nice background music. Some days we played table tennis, and the bats and balls are freely available.
The hotel lobby has free wi-fi for your own device, mobile/laptop, and the speeds were excellent. I even did a skype call to a friend.
We chose a 'Mountain view Room" thinking it would be quieter, however, this was not the case. The poolside rooms looked just as quiet, or even quieter. Since the hotel had no children, the pool was never noisy. Our room actually faced the busy road, not so much the mountain. Only a portion was mountain facing. Plus we had a view of all the electricity wires. It was far too hot to sit on the balcony anyway, so we didn't mind the view so much. The room was quite noisy. I slept with earplugs in every night, as I could here toilets flushing, doors banging and other guests stomping around above us and along passages. If you can put up with this and be prepared, everything else about the room was perfect. The tv had interesting channels, although we didn't watch any. The room was cleaned daily and fresh towels were provided if you wanted them. The bed was so comfortable and huge. The mini bar was a good size to fit in all the bottles of water we purchased from the hotel store. The room was spacious and the aircon was great.
Thai massages were offered at the hotel right next to the pool in the garden. It was so tranquil. The prices were good and the ladies very friendly. It was clean too. I would avoid them at really busy times though if you don't want to feel like you're just another guest on a conveyor belt of guests getting a massage. One of the older massage ladies was not good at her job at all, and I probably should have reported her to the hotel, but I just didn't have the heart. There are also massages offered on the beach at the same price, but not as clean.
The hotel has its own tailor. For those who don't know, tailor-made suits/shirts etc. are very popular in Thailand. Be prepared to be 'accosted' by every tailor in the main road until you tell them you've already had something made. My husband decided to support the tailor in the hotel who was very helpful and friendly - and not pushy. He had some casual and work shirts made, as well as some trousers. Everything fits perfectly and the quality is excellent. I recommend these guys.
The weather this time of the year was super hot, averaging about 32/35 degrees everyday. We came from Germany, so were only too pleased to have this heat.
I highly recommend this hotel, and would definitely go back if the opportunity arises.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sunprime Kamala Beach is a place where life is calmer, where every day is a break from everyday life and where time for once is on your side. Children probably think that this is a totally boring place. Adults traveling without children describe this as simply wonderful. We have adjusted all our services according to your interests, especially those of you appreciating good food, wine, wellness and a calm relaxed atmosphere. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kamala Beach Resort (a Sunprime Resort) Hotel Kamala
- Kamala Beach Hotel
- Sunprime Kamala Beach Phuket