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“peaceful retreat..excellent views.”
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By The Sea
Ranked #7 of 13 Hotels in Cape Panwa
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Mumbai, India
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“peaceful retreat..excellent views.”
Reviewed 15 April 2012

Booked for 3 night 4 days stay. Its on the peaceful side of the Phuket, cape panwa and can easily hire bike/car just outside hotel to go to chalong, patong and phuket town. Also they have a bus service in the morning to take one to town. Talking of the place, its got huge rooms, amazing views, can see Big Buddha from distance, has a service kitchen and so can cook anything anytime. Since its isolated will have to get the stuff in advance. Breakfast has got good variety and has a kind of a deck which makes it breakfast by the sea. Beach doesn't have great waves per say but still its good and very approachable. Overall a nice place to stay and relax. A real value for money

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

My mum, aunty and i visited the hotel by the Sea for the first tiime.. We were very plesed with the rooms which was very spacious, the staff were friendly and down to earth the manager was brilliant she was very hands on the beach was a private one and was fantastic.

Would we stay there again? YES and i am recomending this hotel to all my friends if you wan't some time out not to worried about shopping then this is the place to be.

See u soon Hotel By The Sea.

Sharon from Perth Australia.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 21 February 2012

I was looking for a quiet place to do some work and hang at the beach and By the Sea was perfect for me! The rooms are lovely -- especially the balcony overlooking the ocean. I fully appreciated the full kitchen, and the pool and direct beach access were both great! Free wifi in the rooms is a bonus. It's a little isolated in Cape Panwa with mostly families staying there, so definitely a mellow place. I actually tried to extend my stay but the prices had gone up out of my range. I fully recommend and look forward to returning!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 19 February 2012

Booked for a long-stay. What a beautiful hotel.wonderful views of the bay. Good quiet beach. Great breakfast. Staff make you feel part of the family. They can't do enough for you. Hotel is super clean. Beautiful flowers everywhere. Where else can you get a knock on the door and anonymous flowers appear ? Never mind the towel swans and puppies on the bed after a long day of diving ? Small touches of special everywhere. Didn't want to leave. Would definitely return. Thanks to ALL the STAFF.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Reviewed 30 January 2012

This hotel has some great pros and some off-putting cons to consider, but overall for us was wonderful. First off, it is very far away from the main touristy areas such as Patong or Kata beaches. For us, this was wonderful. It meant peace and quiet. There are also some great beach front restaurants/bars nearby where one can take in the spectacular landscape of Chalong Bay, and the restaurant at the hotel is a really great dinner spot (though the breakfast buffet was sub par.)

We were upgraded to a two bedroom suite, which was more than we needed but certainly appreciated. Our room was very clean, though a bit dated. I can't imagine being in a room near the top of the hotel, as there is an imposing walk uphill before even getting to the stairs. The staff was helpful in booking our island hopping tour (not to be missed, by the way), accommodating our very early/late airport transfers, and even packed us a to go breakfast upon departure, as we left at 5 AM.

The main problem I had with this property was the beach itself. Most, if not all, of Phuket beaches are tidal, meaning they are not as accessible during low tide. The problem with Cape Panwa Beach is that the beach is only swim-able at the highest of high tides, and is a muddy/rocky mess during low tide. The beach itself is also fairly rocky and a bit on the dirty side. We didn't swim much, and were lucky that the tide was in when we wanted to be in the water, so it worked out for us.

If swimming and walking down a powdery beach is what you are looking for, this is not the beach for you. But if a brisk walk while taking in the views of the bay are what you're after, this is the spot. Overall the rooms were clean but somewhat dated, the staff friendly, and the hotel does have a good number of places to eat/drink around it, even being as isolated as it is. If a quiet beach retreat with wonderful bay views is what you're looking for, I would highly recommend By The Sea. If you want a more stereotypical white powdery beach, I recommend you look to one of the more touristy areas like Kata or Karon.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about By The Sea

Property: By The Sea
Address: 7/6 Moo 6 Soi Bor-Rae | Sakdidech Road, Cape Panwa, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Phuket > Cape Panwa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Cape Panwa
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Cape Panwa
#7 Romantic Hotel in Cape Panwa
Price range (per night): ₹ 1,231 - ₹ 7,582
Hotel Class:3.5 star — By The Sea 3.5*
Number of rooms: 36
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