Cape Panwa Hotel: The Best Beach in Phuket
On the last night of our trip to Phuket we traveled all the way down to Cape Panwa to stay at the Cape Panwa Hotel. The hotel is set back from the main road and sits on a steep hillside above the private sandy beach below. We were glad we came here last or we would have been ruined for the rest of Phuket by that perfect beach!
The hotel is more of a boutique resort and features a few different restaurants and bars on the property. There is a casual restaurant next to the main pool, Top of The Reef restaurant and the Otter Bar overlooking the ocean, and one in a colonial mansion down on the beach. The whole property is pretty much one big hill except the flat area near the beach, so a cable car takes guests from the bottom up to their rooms. The hill makes it possible for all the rooms to have amazing views. It seemed like you could see the ocean from anywhere.
The beach was the nicest we had seen in Phuket with colorful water and pure white soft sand. The beach is only available to guests of Cape Panwa so it stays quiet. To the right of the beach is an abrupt cliff jutting up to another resort, making the sandy space the only beach in sight. There was plenty of space for sunbathing on the sand or lounging in the sun chairs underneath the palms. Snorkels and sea kayaks were available for rent all day. There was also an infinity pool overlooking the ocean in a shaded spot.
The main pool was surrounded by cabanas with views of the ocean and the tops of palm trees on the hill below. The hotel allowed guests to sample scuba diving in the pool at certain times during the week.
Top of The Reef restaurant offered fine dining with a view of the ocean and a bar with live piano music. There was casual dining in the restaurant by the pool or down on the beach and every dish we sampled was delicious. The Lighthouse Pub above the hotel was a funky, nautical themed spot with fun music at night. The colonial mansion on the beach offered dinner, cocktails and music in the evenings. A new beachside bar was set to open in the beginning of november. Each bar has a happy hour at different times so you can hop from one to the next to try the drinks.
Breakfast was a large gourmet buffet spread with western and local fare with lots of fresh fruit. We of course had to test out the room service and were not disappointed by their speedy delivery and huge helpings of Thai food.
We stayed in a Cape Panwa Signature Suite with a large living space, bedroom area, sundeck, and outdoor jacuzzi. The bed with its fluffy white lenins was perfectly soft. The bathroom was quite large and the powder room area was a nice touch. We had a great view of the ocean from our deck and sat out at night to enjoy the silence and sky full of stars.
The only thing we would change about our experience was that it was much too short. We only stayed for one day and we wish we had more time! Hopefully we will make another trip to Phuket, and if we do we will definitely make our way back to the Cape Panwa Hotel.
- Don’t miss the sunset on the beach
- Check out the lighthouse bar for a more relaxed atmosphere and the Otter Bar for a formal outing
- Take some time to explore the grounds and find all the great spots to relax
- Walk over the hill and back down to explore the nearby town or go for a walk by the water
- Visit Cape Panwa Hotel online for more information and to make a reservation