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Overview : As with its close neighbour Karon, Kata is also one of Phuket's top three most popular places to stay. Its lively village area, wide choice of hotels and two excellent palm-fringed beaches make it an ideal destination for those who want access to a decent number of shops, restaurants and bars without too much noise and traffic.
- Kata Beach (1.5 km, white-sand)
- Kata Noi Beach (.7 km, white-sand)
- Kata Town & shopping centre
- Restaurants & nightlife
Distances by Road :
- Airport - 47 km
- Phuket Town Centre - 17 km
- Patong Nightlife & Shopping - 9.5 km
Staying Near Kata's Beaches
Nice Little Town with Two Great Beaches
Kata Town stretches the length of two of Phuket’s best beaches called Kata Yai and Kata Noi giving it a rather spread out and elongated shape without any distinct town centre though there are two intersections at opposite ends of its main road (Kata Road) that are the focus of slightly more activity than the rest (see map). All along this road and some of its adjoining side streets (sois) shops, bars and restaurants are plentiful so staying close may appeal to those who want access to some activity other than lying on the beach.
Kata Yai Beach
The bulk of the town area runs along the larger Kata Yai Beach (1.5 km) though, as most of the land actually bordering the sand is taken up by Club Med Phuket, at least a short walk will be required from the majority of hotels to get to it. At the southern end, however, there are a few resorts that are close to both the shops and the sea such as the Kata Beach Resort or the luxurious Boathouse which actually fronts onto Kata Yai in one of the best locations available.
Shops and Nightlife
Kata is one of the quieter areas of the island but still has a good number of restaurants, cafes and bars dotted about near the beach and on Kata Road so its usually possible to find a pleasant spot nearby in which to enjoy the evening not too far from wherever you stay. It can be quite lively in the high-season but if the need for more excitement arises then Karon is only a short distance away and even Bangla Road in Patong can be reached in twenty minutes by tuk tuk.
Kata Noi Beach
The beaches are very picturesque having calm, clear waters and white sand fringed with either tropical forest or landscaped gardens. Less noise from traffic and smaller crowds help give both a much more laid-back atmosphere than the likes of Patong Beach and this is particularly so with the smaller Kata Noi.
Like a separate little village Kata Noi has its own tiny area of shops with nearly all of the land closest to the beach being occupied by upmarket resorts such as the Katathani Phuket Beach Resort and the very luxurious “The Shore at Katathani”. For those who want peace and quiet while still being reasonably close to shops and some nightlife Kata Noi could be the ideal location.
High on the Headland
Another part of town worth considering is high on the headland that separates Kata Yai from Karon beach. Its a very peaceful area with a few good value hotels some of which such as the Aspasia can offer lovely ocean views though it would pay to be aware that town and beach are a fair walk or a quick tuk tuk ride away.
Our Pick of the Best Hotels Near Kata's Beaches
1The Aspasia Hotel - (CLOSED : last checked 1 March 2017) a 46 room boutique hotel situated in an attractive green setting atop the promontory that separates Karon and Kata beaches. The location is very peaceful yet is within walking distance of both Kata and Karon townships and beaches. Guest reviews often comment on the stunning sea views, good food and friendly service. Reasonably priced for such quality accommodation the Aspasia generally gets superb reviews. Note : the hotel is on a hill so may not suit visitors with limited mobility so well.
2Avista Phuket Resort & Spa - situated close to the Aspasia (described above) and therefore offering the same convenient access to both Kata and Karon as well as excellent sea views in some rooms. However, with 143 rooms it is a much larger resort and while some will prefer the extra facilities on offer others will be more happy with the cozy feel of the smaller Aspasia. Both are extrememly well rated by guests and are similarly priced so choosing which is best will be a matter of personal preference.
3Kata Palm Resort - a popular and family-friendly resort situated near Kata's main road about 10 minutes walk from the beach and quite handy to the main shopping areas. Guest reviews are generally very good with the large freeform swimming pool often being singled out for praise. Quite reasonably priced compared to other Kata accommodation.
5Boathouse - Resort on the Beach - an upmarket boutique resort in a prime location right next to the south end of Kata Beach and within just a few minutes walk to the main part of the town. Nice rooms, sea views, an attractive beach-side setting, impressive thai decor and a superb service are all features mentioned by guests who generally award top ratings in their reviews.
8Katathani Phuket Beach Resort - this large resort (480 rooms) is located right on its own section of Kata Noi Beach which many consider to be Kata's best. Its a fairly new resort and offers a wide range of facilities including 6 swimming pools and 6 bars ! The rooms are of a high standard with many having superb sea and sunset views. The rates are in the upper mid-price range but are very reasonable considering the high standard and location. Guest reviews are usually excellent - this is one of Phuket's best in this price range.