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“Another year, another stay at Cape Panwa” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cape Panwa Hotel
Ranked #4 of 12 Hotels in Cape Panwa
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Another year, another stay at Cape Panwa”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2012

This year's holiday was something like our 16th or 17th visit to the Cape Panwa hotel.
We never thought we'd keep going back to the same place for holidays and always wanted to keep changing until we first went here.
Its away from the busiest parts of Phuket but only about forty minutes from Patong, where the main nightlife and markets are.
The hotel has a quiet beach that is well sheltered. There are several restaurants directly in the hotel or over the hill in its sister hotel, the Kantary Bay.
The hotel has been constantly improved over the years and each year shows some new addition and refresh of the facilities or decor etc.
The improvements have not made the Cape Panwa another bland hotel that could be anywhere in the world though, it still retains a genuine Thai feel and this is crucial.
The food is a very good quality, there are often food nights around themes (steak, fish, thai nights etc.) and the staff are excellent. In fact, its the staff that really make the hotel worth returning too. We've got to know quite a few of the staff over the years and part of our enjoyment of the holiday is to see them again.
I recommend looking at the Cape Panwa web site to see their rooms and restaurants etc., the pictures and descriptions are all accurate.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

Just a few lines regarding our brilliant relaxing holiday to cape panwa.The first impression of cape rooms were 5 star and remained so,the first night dining at the TOP OF THE REEF, was excellent{we ate there nearly every night as it was that good).The staff cant do enough for you whether in the otter bar,lighthose, or any of the restaurants.especialy the top of the reef.There are plenty of sun beds loungers at the beach,(some still put towels on them at 8am?.thats there choice, no need to!)happy hour,hooray,if you order 3 get 3 free tell the waiter not to serve them all at the same time,they are happy to do this,andyou can enjoy them longer in the night.Go and enjoy the staff are always smiling, the food is great,the grounds are breathtaking,a truly relaxing holiday.Thank you cape panwa.ps, say hello to HOME ALONE? he is looking old and lastly a very special thankyou to the brilliant reception staff, they get so much grief from tired guests?(after a long travel but they did make our holiday ,again thankyou.mg

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

this hotel is excellent we had an amazing stay, food good beach was beautiful staff were were good especially on the beach, couldn't do enough to help you, spa is out of this world worth every penny ( not too expensive compared to UK either ) came back relaxied and refreshed

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2012

My husband and I spent a week at the Cape Panwa Hotel (5-12 February 2012), there to attend a family wedding. We had booked a Cape Suite and stayed in C410, which was the room on the top left corner overlooking the swimming pool (and above the restaurant) with a jacuzzi, and with a partial view (obscured by the building in front) to the beach and ocean. The rooms with odd numbers (ie C409 etc) looked to have lovely views back across the port. The rooms themselves are very nice. They are large, with contemporary decor and look exactly as they do on the hotel website. The bathroom was immaculate and modern too (perhaps recently updated based on some other comments?), and there's lots of storage in the entry/kitchen area. Even though we were above the restaurant, where there is a band most evenings, we had no noise problems. And it was convenient being so close to the restaurant and reception. Our balcony was bathed in sun most of the day, so I didn't use it. I noticed that the rooms in the floor below lost the sun much sooner, and so saw a lot of people relaxing and enjoying their balconies in the afternoon.

The grounds are nice and spacious, and the beach is not crowded, and has nice white sand. After visiting Patong one day, the private beach at Cape Panwa is secluded bliss in comparison! When the tide is out, there are lots of rocks and you can't really swim (though there is a path out over the rocks), but the hotel provides details in your room of the times it is best to swim. Once we figured that out, we enjoyed the sea, in between relaxing in the garden under the palms with a drink. If you're going to do this, you really need to get to the garden by 11 am or before, as the guests from the Kantary Bay all arrive and claim the loungers, as do other guests, and so there are often very few left. The pool was a good place to relax later in the afternoon/evening, when the sun had left it. Although it heats up so much it actually wasn't always that refreshing! The frozen drinks available there - the mango smoothies were delicious - make up for that.

We used the Spa services a couple of times, and found the service to be very friendly, and the Spa to be pleasant, with nice-sized rooms, and double rooms available if you wanted them. My husband (an self-proclaimed expert on traditional Thai massages) enjoyed the Thai massage he had, and I had a foot massage and aromatherapy massage, both enjoyable, but nothing spectacular. They were reasonably priced.

The overall property is a little dated, and although it is supposed to be 5 star, it is definitely at the lower end of 5 star properties I've stayed at. That said, the size of the rooms and the extent of the facilities are extremely good value for the price.

We ate mainly at the main restaurant (Andaman), as the menu appeared little different from Baan Panwa, or Panwa House (the Thai restaurant). It was okay, and the service was prompt and friendly. But I felt the Thai food menu was limited and unimaginative - pretty much what you see in any Thai restaurant anywhere in the world. (We've lived in Thailand in the past, and so know Thai food) We also ate at the Sawasdee restaurant at the bottom of the hill in the small shopping area, and the food there is similar, a bit better, and definitely cheaper. In the little shopping area (the shuttle takes you over the hill, or you can walk if you're keen!), there is a trading post where you can buy drinks and snacks and basic supplies, a night market, and during the day you can get barbecued chicken skewers and sticky rice, and also somdum (which is always good) in the afternoons/evening. Didn't get a chance to eat at Top of the Reef, though we had hoped we would - the views looked wonderful and the air-conditioning would have been a relief at times!

We had rented a car from the airport for the week, and this gave us added freedom, but it isn't necessary, and if you've never driven in Thailand before, we probably wouldn't recommend it. Phuket roads are not well sign-posted, the maps are generally poor, and there are so many taxis available it's just as easy not to drive.

The wedding was delightful - with the exception of all the almost-naked-tourists standing gawking, and getting in our shots of the happy couple! The hotel did a great job of organising it, and the setting in front of Panwa House was lovely. The baby elephant visit was a novelty, and the fireworks and dinner under the moonlight in the evening were a highlight. We all had a great time.

The weekend midnight markets in Phuket Town were busy, but if you hadn't been into Patong, and enjoy shopping, these are fun. I loved them simply for the array of Thai food they had available.

Cape Panwa is a long way from any night life, but if you want a relaxing holiday in pleasant surroundings, for a (in my view) very reasonable price, this is a very good choice.

I've just read the review titled "Peaceful setting, amid a manic nation" of January 2 2012, and have to agree with pretty much everything they said.

Room Tip: In C block, rooms with an odd number have better views.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2012

Just returned from Thailand and stayed at Cape Panwa for 10 nights for a chill out time before Bangkok and were not disappointed with the facilities. had a 2 bedroom suite with friends near to the beach and it was great.
Did eat out every night as so many good places within a short taxi ride. Locally, Sea Breeze and Sabai Sabai and a bit further Ship Inn. However we really enjoyed the Beach Bar seafood restaurant just a bit further along from the Ship.
If you are scuba divers and expect the dive club to be on site, don't be fooled! They come for an hour or so on 3 afternoons to allow people to have a go in the pool. This is the main thing we were disappointed with because to dive there was a mini bus trip to Phuket town 45 mins away and at least a 2hour boat ride [Sea Beas Divers] to get to an average site. We ended up doing just one day's diving. Didn't even check our PADI qualifications!!!!!!
Otherwise good holiday

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank MICHAEL G
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Property: Cape Panwa Hotel
Address: 27, 27/7 Moo 8, Sakdidej Road, Cape Panwa, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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Region: Thailand > Phuket > Cape Panwa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Cape Panwa
#3 Family Hotel in Cape Panwa
#4 Business Hotel in Cape Panwa
#4 Romantic Hotel in Cape Panwa
#4 Luxury Hotel in Cape Panwa
Price range (per night): ₹ 8,071 - ₹ 89,529
Hotel Class:5 star — Cape Panwa Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 205
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cape Panwa Hotel embodies tropical luxury in one of the world's most desirable destinations. Tucked away in a quiet corner of southeast Phuket, the villa is renowned for its excellent service, stylish rooms and exclusive swimming pool. Blending superbly with the natural beauty of the area, the hotel is comprised of a selection tastefully decorated suites and pool villas. Thailand's premier luxury chain of Villa and Serviced Apartments. ... more   less 
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