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Sunprime Kamala Beach
Ranked #6 of 36 Hotels in Kamala
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Best thing was lack of children”
Reviewed 17 March 2012

This hotel was great for our needs as we wanted a relaxing break without the usual screaming kids jumping in the pool. The rooms were nice and clean - we upgraded to deluxe pool view. The staff were quite surly and service in the bars and restaurants was extremely slow. Also they had some weird and annoying rules about where you could buy certain drinks, etc. Also, all the roof tiles were blowing off in extreme winds and I didn't feel at all safe walking around! It was ok for a short break but wouldn't rush back.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 12 March 2012

This was our first time to Thailand and me & wife had the best experience. We had booked the Grand Deluxe Pool View room, but on arrival we were upgraded to a Junior Suite, which was almost as big as our house. We had a view looking down to pools and a short walk to get down to the beach. The staff at the resort were very helpfull, we had pre-booked out airport transfer through the hotel and we had someone waiting for us on arrival at the airport.
We had lunch at the resort once we arrived, they have amazing food there, but there are pleanty of resturants & cafes on the beach with serve even better quality food and really cheap. For breakfast we went a couple of times to the Kamala Bakery on the Main St, about 10mins walk from the resort, best lemon crapes ever.
As for location Kamala is very quite, but is perfect if thats what you are after. There are plenty of bars & the beach is amazing. There are still plenty of tourist out & about/ Kamala markets are on friday nights, just a couple of minutes walk from the resort, try the popcorn.

We also watch the Fantasea show with is just up the road & worth going to.

We ventured to Patong with is only 30mins away, the resort has a afternoon shuttle bus that can get you there and back. We also checked out the markets in Phuket City, which are worth going to.

A bar worth checking out is located just outside the resort, it's just a little bamboo shack, cheap drinks. There you can get your laundry done for 50B/kg. and you can also hire a scooter for 300B/day.

Will definitely be back there next year.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
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Reviewed 9 March 2012

The brochure states "Aimed towards adults travelling without children". The website states “not recommended for children under 15". The sign at the door states "Not children allowed". That is why I chose this resort. However there were numerous screaming children, in two of the six pools. In general, the clientele were a little older & fatter than I had hoped for, & not much social life going on there. I can understand the attraction for the retired oldies, but if you are a younger person looking for some social fun, you’re going to be disappointed. Koron Beach Resort, your better option. I have stayed at much worse places though & overall very clean and well run.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Felixstowe, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 February 2012

We travelled to Phuket with Saga and arrived at the hotel about 11am on 1 Feb to be met by Tom the Saga rep who was most apologetic that our rooms would not be available until about 1pm as check-out time was not until 12 noon. We were allocated a room right next to the beach, pool, bar and Prime Kitchen by the Sea - the best "regular" room on site. We found the Thai food in both Prime Kitchen restaurants to be very good and in fact only ate out at a beach restaurant once (Ponds) which I thought was inferior to the hotel food. We ate European food on a few occasions and this was also very good although the limited menu for Saga guests gets a little repetitive. As Saga guests are All Inclusive, we had no bar bill which was just as well as this could have been quite large over 3 weeks. The bar and waiting staff were all fantastic - always happy, smiling and very helpful as was Tom. I would definitely recommend this hotel if you are not looking for a quiet hotel with no raucous nightlife - you need to go to Patong for the usual Thai "delights". The beach was initially a shock with row of beach beds all along the entire length of the beach. If you turn right out of the hotel and walk to the end of the beach (abouot 1 mile) there is fantastic snorkling over the reef at the end of the bay. Trips to Phi Phi and Yao Yai islands were highlights with fantastic snorkling.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 February 2012

This was our 3rd stay at Kamala beach Hotel over a period of several years - the first being pre Tsunami. It is fair to say the hotel now bears no resemblance to the original but I feel they have only made it better. We stayed in a Junior Suite in the grandwing which was a delighful room & perfect for the 3 of us travelling (we travelled with our 16 year old son) as the suite gave a separate bedroom area & bathroom to the main part of the room.

Starting with the room, the only fault with it is the severe lack of lighting! Even in the bathroom the lighting is so dim that it was almost impossible for my husband to shave & for me to put on make-up I had to set up a torch! I appreciate electricity is an issue but at least a decent light in the bathroom would be helpful. The suite had a beautiful bathroom with a massive bath & wet room, separate washbasin area & dressing area. Plenty of hanging space but not much drawer space - none in fact only open shelving. The King bed was very comfortable & the air conditioning very effective. We didn't use the mini bar as it is expensive but plenty of room to keep your own drinks chilled & they replace water every day free of charge - one bottle per person. The room was always cleaned promptly by around 11 & they always left enough towels (amazing how many hotels leave only 2 sets of towels when there are 3 of you in a room!)

Pool area. The pool area is lovely & not over-crowded. My only critisism would be that across a very large pool area there was only one set of steps to get into the pool meaning you had to dodge round sunbeds to get in & out. Maybe not an issue for more mobile people but I am unable to get into a pool without steps. Even if you arrived after a morning in Patong you could always get sunbeds around the pool. You can change your pool towels as often as you like as there are always fresh ones available.

Beach area - the beach is much more crowded than it used to be with rows & rows of sunbeds. Still lovely to walk along the bay though even though we didn't stay on the beach.

Food - we ate mostly in the beach restaurants where lunch for 3 of us with drinks was never more that £10-£12. Thai food tastes wonderful with your feet in the sand! We also ate in some of the restaurants in Kamala town which were a little more expensive but still very good.

There is a little minimart outside the main hotel reception area over the road. Drinks & provisions much cheaper in there than in the hotel shop & nthe tours booked there are considerabley cheaper than if booked on the beach.

Tuk tuks into Patong were non negotiable this time & quite expensive at 400 THB each way - highly inflated on previous years, but still fun. ONE WORD OF WARNING - Someone tried to steal my debit card out of the ATM when I was taking money out in Paton Beach Rd. Luckily with 3 of us we were able to retrieve it, but be extra cautious when using ATM's to ensure no one is 'hanging around' because they were very slick & quick & it left us feeling a bit shell shocked!

Overall Kamal still ticks all the boxes. beautiful hotel in a delighful beachfront location, great places to eat & drink, chilled uncrowded pool scene & close enough to Patong to visit but far enough away to get away from it again! We will definitely be going back

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Sunprime Kamala Beach

Property: Sunprime Kamala Beach
Address: 96/42-3, Moo 3, Kamala, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
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Region: Thailand > Phuket > Kathu > Kamala
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Kamala
#6 Luxury Hotel in Kamala
#6 Family Hotel in Kamala
#7 Romantic Hotel in Kamala
Price range (per night): ₹ 5,476 - ₹ 24,546
Hotel Class:4 star — Sunprime Kamala Beach 4*
Number of rooms: 353
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sunprime Kamala Beach is a place where life is calmer, where every day is a break from everyday life and where time for once is on your side. Children probably think that this is a totally boring place. Adults traveling without children describe this as simply wonderful. We have adjusted all our services according to your interests, especially those of you appreciating good food, wine, wellness and a calm relaxed atmosphere. ... more   less 
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