A long stretch of white sandy beach set against sparkling turquoise water.
Happy hour cocktails while watching the sun drop into the Andaman Sea.
Traditional Thai hospitality with a splash of tropical luxury.
Sound like your perfect holiday? Well pack your bags, we’re heading to the Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach in Phuket.
It’s mid-morning on the island, and I’m making my way down south to Karon Beach. The drive is breathtaking, a windy road that wraps along the edge of the island, showcasing stunning sea views around every bend.
We’re greeted at the Mövenpick Resort Karon Beach by a young man, fresh flower garlands in hand, who welcomes us with a friendly “SawadeeKrap” (‘Hello’ in Thai).
Sense that? Oh yes, that feeling of a being on holiday has begun.
We refresh ourselves with a cold towel and rosella juice before checking in. “Welcome Home,” the front desk clerk says.
I can’t get the smile off my face; it’s like being welcomed back after a long trip away.
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Quick Facts about the Mövenpick Resort Karon Beach
Star Rating: 5 stars
Location: Karon Beach, Phuket
Number of rooms: 363, with 113 being villas
Number of restaurants/cafes/bars: 7
Numbers of pools: 3 (plus of course the 68 private villas that have their own plunge pool)
Set over 20 acres, the Mövenpick Resort Karon Beach offers 363 rooms over a dozen room categories, which means something for everyone. A third of the rooms are villas, ranging from the Garden Villa, the Plunge Pool Villa and the Penthouse Plunge Pool Villa.
Rest assured, nothing with the word villa in the title can ever be anything short of luxurious.
You’ll find the villas among the tropical gardens of the hotel, away from the main building. This means peace and privacy for you and your special someone. As a villa guest, you also have exclusive access to the Coconut Grove Pool and the option to eat breakfast at El Gaucho restaurant.
The Penthouse Plunge Pool Villa
This epitome of beach luxury is a spacious 71sqm, with large bedroom and bathroom plus a rooftop sundeck opening onto your own private plunge pool.
The room is generous in size, with a king bed and modern Thai décor. The mini bar is overflowing with an excellent selection of snacks and drinks. It also includes complimentary coffee and tea making facilities and mineral water which is replenished daily. The bathroom boasts a tub that would comfortably fit two (even three or four!), a separate shower and plentiful closet space.
The piece de resistance you ask? Your Penthouse Plunge Pool Villa comes with a private rooftop deck complete with a plunge pool. It’s the perfect spot to relax and rejuvenate -your very own private Thai sanctuary.
The grounds themselves are a stunning example of well-maintained tropical garden that act as a backdrop to every aspect of the resort. In fact, the Mövenpick Resort Karon Beach is recognised for its collaboration with Green Globe to implement environmental sustainable practices throughout the resort.
Wi-Fi connection is available to all guests and is strong throughout the resort. As a Digital Nomad myself, I still have to get work done when I travel and the wi-fi did not let me down. Want to work by the pool? No problem. In the middle of the garden? You can do that too, cocktail in hand.
Eating & Drinking
There’s an extensive list of dining and drinking options to choose from – 7 in total.
Don’t know where to start? Here’s my personal take on some of them.
Mint is located in Karon Square, just across from the beach. It’s the perfect setting to enjoy happy hour cocktails, while watching the sun turn the Andaman a burnt orange. The atmosphere is chilled and relaxed, the music loungy.
El Gaucho is also at Karon Square, just upstairs from Mint. It’s a fantastic steak house, also dishing up delicious traditional style Brazilian BBQ. This is a must try and the servings are super generous. From lamb to beef to chicken, it will be delivered to your table by the chef every fifteen minutes.
My favourite part? The barbecued cinnamon pineapple. I’ll be stealing that recipe to make at home!
Breakfast is offered in the Pacifica Restaurant until 10:30am each day and offers a large selection of breakfast fare and meets most dietary requirements. If you’re lucky to be in a villa, you have the option to start the morning at El Gaucho.
Café Studio (Karon Square) is more casual and designed for a quick sandwich or coffee refuelling pit stop. Do yourself a favour and try the famous Mövenpick ice cream while you’re here. My money’s on the double cream with meringue – if there’s any left… (yup, that’s how good it is!).
You’re on holiday, so sloth-like relaxation is compulsory. ‘The Spa’ at the Mövenpick Resort Karon Beach is exquisite and a must do to add to your itinerary. The Spa is open till late, meaning you can tour the island during the day, and recover at the spa after the sun goes down. Having spent several occasions here, I can honestly say The Spa at the Mövenpick Resort Karon Beach is on my all times favourites list.
The building is nestled in the tropical gardens with the only noise coming from soft background music and a gentle bubbling fountain. A light scent from essential oils, relaxes you from the moment you walk in.
There are 8 treatment rooms in total, all spacious and beautiful decorated in traditional Thai style. Each treatment room has its own bathroom, safety deposit box and a small closet.
After trying numerous treatments in the past, I recommend the following options:
– Oriental Body Glow Scrub
– Traditional Thai Massage
– Sabai Stone Therapy
– Any of the Qi Shiseido Facials
Traditional Thai Massage
“When in Thailand” leaving without a traditional Thai massage is a crime against relaxation. It’s one of my favourite massage styles because it also includes yoga-like stretching as a bonus. By the end of a traditional Thai massage, I feel rebalanced and released of all tension.
Before the massage began, I change into a cotton pyjama style outfit – it was like wearing a cloud. No oil is used during the massage, but rather the therapist uses her hands, elbows and feet to massage and stretch out all your worldly worries. The Thai massage was worth every minute, I felt so relaxed by the end of the session – the perfect way to start a morning at the spa.
Shiseido Qi Sensitive Skin Treatment (facial)
After my Thai massage, the therapist starts a 60-minute facial – the best pick me up treatment for fatigued skin. The therapist was systematic and gentle throughout. There’s no piercing of the skin, like other facials but rather the focus is on using top quality products to detoxify the skin on the face and alleviate that tired look nobody wants. This was followed by my favourite part – a long and luxurious facial massage. By the end of the treatment, my skin felt so clean and refreshed; I was like a new person.
The hotel boasts three separate pools, so the hardest decision is which one to park yourself next to. The main pool, located near the lobby, is most popular as it’s available to all guests. It’s a good size and includes a swim up pool bar. Did someone say Pina Colada?
The Coconut Grove Pool is set among the villas and is only available for villa guests. This makes the pool quieter and mostly free from kids. I spent most of my time here and it’s my pick for lazy dips and lounge chair reading. But if two pools weren’t enough, there is also a third the Saeng Chan pool, available to guests.
Karon beach is something straight out of a magazine; 5 kilometres of white sand and turquoise water. It’s the less know and less hectic cousin of Patong Beach. I much prefer staying in Karon Beach; it’s quieter and less populated than its Patong neighbour. Don’t immediately think it will be snoresville though, there’s plenty of restaurants, cafes and shops.
The beach is literally across the road from the Mövenpick Resort Karon Beach, making it extremely convenient if you’re looking for the quintessential beach holiday. In fact, there are hardly any hotels located right on the sand in Phuket due to local building regulations so you’re getting up close and personal where many tourists can’t.
If a tropical beach holiday is what you’re seeking, the Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach delivers. It’s a fantastic 5-star resort, showcasing world renowned Thai hospitality at its finest and offering a wide range of facilities, dining and drinking options.
Rooms start at around A$160 for a Superior Room but I urge you to splash a little cash on a villa. Villas start at A$230, and gives you exclusive access to the Coconut Grove Pool and the option to have breakfast at El Gaucho. Trust me, it’s worth your while.
Consider the Mövenpick Resort Karon Beach for your next island getaway; it’s sure to turn a few colleagues green with envy at the water cooler when you return.
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