Best at Travel Tried & Tested Hotels in Thailand: Kata Rocks Phuket

Kata Rocks  - view from our Two Bedroom Sky Villa

Kata Rocks’ stunning photos on our website spoke volumes of its elegance before we’d even started planning our trip to Thailand, so naturally staying here was at the very top of our list. Perched on a hilltop, Kata Rocks stands out as one of few ultra-modern hotels in the area – perfect for those who appreciate plenty of glass, metal and mod cons – a sleek white interior, floor to ceiling walls that open onto a private pool and an iPad with state of the art VDA automation software that controls everything in your private villa, from the lighting to the blinds to the television and hotel services. While we felt this modern hotel lacked a bit of Thailand’s typical “homey” personality, it certainly packed a punch with its exciting modern conveniences and stunning vistas.

From the moment we left the airport to the time we stepped foot in the door of the hotel (about an hour’s drive from the airport by air-conditioned private transfer), Kata Rocks staff had already transported us from grimy travellers to feeling like VIP guests with crisp, cool hand towels and much-needed bottles of water, served with a warm smile we became rather accustomed to in Thailand. Along the way, a video is screened (particularly helpful if you have arrived late at night like we did and cannot admire the views from the windows) which provides some handy tips about the hotel and the activities to be enjoyed in the local area.

Main infinity pool

As its set high up on a hilltop, each room at Kata Rocks offers a view of the Andaman Sea. Guests get around by chauffeured golf cart and you can order up a ride to breakfast or down to the beach that we’d, having done it ourselves, not entirely recommend doing by foot in the scorching heat without plenty of water. Kata Beach is just around the corner – a 10 minute walk away – as are a variety of great little tourist shops, spa and massage parlours and tour desks where you can book your day trips out to the islands.

Those little extras

Butterfly pea flower juice, dragonfruit, complimentary gin

We were really spoilt during our stay at Kata Rocks and arrived to a complimentary cocktail bar set up upon arrival – fresh lime and mint, a chilled ice bucket and a bottle of the Kata Rocks’ specially packaged local spirit called Chalong Bay which we enjoyed from the pool at sunset. Throughout our stay, fresh fruit was paraded through the villa, from pears to the oddly-shaped pink dragonfruit and we tasted some complimentary butterfly pea juice for the first time – a surprisingly blue drink widely available throughout Thailand, revered for its health properties that are known to be particularly good for the hair.

View from the Ocean Loft

Private pool in our Two Bedroom Sky Villa

Best at Travel tips:

  • As the resort is located on a hill, guests are transported around by golf cart. While the hotel staff do go out of their way for you, if you are very concerned about your mobility, Kata Rocks is perhaps not the best choice for you.
  • The Sky Villas have fully-fitted kitchens and are perfect for families and groups who prefer to cook for themselves. Larger villas with extra bedrooms are available for families and groups.
  • The Ocean Pool Villa is perfect for honeymooners with spectacular ocean views from anywhere inside – even from the bath! These rooms are not recommended for kids as they have open stairwells.
  • Test out the one-of-a-kind treatments available at the Spa (winner of Best Boutique Luxury Spa Asia and Best Luxury Emerging Spa Thailand from the World Luxury Spa Awards 2016) with a water massage bed (great for back problems), a chromotherapy room for coloured light therapy and a sleeping pod room with a Metronap rest pod great for those who struggle getting their 8 hours of sleep a night.
  • Need a little TLC? Book the One Bedroom Spa Pool Villa which comes with your very own spa treatment room!
  • Take a dip in the main infinity pool and ask a friend to take a photo of you through the window in the bottom of the pool that looks down towards the kids’ club.
  • Taste the OHLA burger – while not strictly Thai, it has been awarded Phuket’s best burger – a tasty mix of Australian beef, pork belly, Spanish ham and French brie cheese. Plus, it’s also available on the room service menu!
  • Try a wine tasting master class in the cellar beneath the swimming pool.
  • Along the beachfront (10 min away), there are various market stalls offering all sorts of treats, from fresh juice (a choice of dragonfuit, mango, coconut and more) as well as souvenirs and beachwear.
  • Looking for ultimate luxury? Book the Four Bedroom Penthouse Sky Villa which comes with attached butler quarters where you can have your very own live-in butler or bring along your nanny from home.

Kata Rocks famous sunset


We know how confusing it can be to pick a hotel with the wealth of options that exist out there. That’s why we’re constantly sending out our staff to do the hard work for you. We’ve also tried and tested Avista Hideaway and Aleenta Resort in Phuket, the Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort & Spa in Krabi and Zeavola Resort in Phi Phi Island. Read our reviews!


Want to plan your own trip to Kata Rocks? Browse the hotel online or call our Thailand experts on 02037 977 216 to start planning your holiday today!


This was a hosted media stay, though all views expressed are my own.


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