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Tuesday, 23 March 2010 18:15
Beachis just south of, and over a small hill from
Karon. These two beaches market themselves as a unit - 'Kata-Karon'.
Like Karon, Kata is trying to create the right
atmosphere for the family market. There is a good selection of accommodation
here, though there are many more smaller hotels and bungalows in Kata than
full-facility resorts of the kind common in Karon.
While Kata has few large
hotels there are many small bungalows and guesthouses on offer. Most are set
back from the beach and clustered at the northern and southern ends, with some
at the southern end set on a hillside with beautiful views out over the bay.
About two thirds of Kata’s beachfront is occupied by the long grounds of Club
Med, so access to the beach is from the ends. Happily, Club Med is a low-rise
development set amongst the trees, which helps maintain the green and natural
look of Kata. The view of Kata from a boat in the bay shows almost all trees,
with few buildings visible.
There is a village atmosphere to the two commercial areas behind the beach,
where we find numerous restaurants and bars. There are some beer bars with
hostesses, but little of the sex business or wild nightlife so common in
Aside from Club Med, the only other large resort on Kata is the Kata Beach
Resort which has an ideal setting directly on the beach, something few
hotels in Phuket have due to the beach roads. Small, famous and beautiful -
that’s the boutique hotel and restaurant called Mom Tri’s Boathouse, at
the southern end of Kata. It’s the personal resort of one of Thailand’s top
architects, and his special touch sets this place apart. This is so close to
the beach that the restaurant manager has fallen off the restaurant onto the
sand below while serving wine (The Boathouse has the biggest wine cellar on the
Behind the Kata Beach Resort and Mom Tri’s Boathouse is a hill with many
smaller bungalows, and, further south, a couple of new resorts with many rooms
at medium prices. One of the best established of these is Pop Cottage where
two-star rooms are modern and cheap, with sea views.