Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
While most of Kata Yai Beach is dominated by a single resort, you will find a few flashpacker range hotels in the vicinity. Kata Noi Beach is more relaxing but also has fewer places to stay. Most budget travellers settle into one of the endless small guesthouses and hotels away from the beach in Kata Centre.
Kata Yai Beach
Most of the accommodation is either on the road behind Club Med, or at the northern end of the beach along Taina Rd.
Smart rooms, good price227/3 Koktanod Road
T: (076) 330 910; F: (076) 330 911
This very smart, reasonably new addition to the accommodation scene at the southern end of Kata Yai Beach is an absolute steal in low season. Very generously sized, glass-fronted rooms are in a ... Read the full review of Beach Inn Kata.
Trendy, modern rooms with views1 Khoktanod Soi 3, Kata Beach
T: (076) 33 0388; F: (076) 33 0909
Luckily the resort's golf cart came and helped our researcher get up the hill to this worthy hotspot in Kata or else she may not have made it. Sugar Palm is obviously a chain that has really done ... Read the full review of Sugar Palm Grand Hillside Resort.
Boutique style, friendly prices100/62 Kata New Rd
T: (076) 33 0501;
This was our favourite among the many new options along Kata New Road, with 22 clean and stylish rooms about a five to ten minute walk to the beach. Completed in 2009, each room has a mountain or ... Read the full review of Be My Guest.
A country-style bungalow near the beach82 Kata Rd, Kata Yai Beach
T: (076) 333 210; F: (076) 284 221
It's a brave move to slap a cowboy-themed resort on a tropical island, but this place appears to have pulled it off. From the outside the bungalows look like something out of a very old country and ... Read the full review of Kata Country House.
A handy semi-budget spot98 Moo 4, Kata Rd, Kata Yai Beach
T: (076) 330 270; F: (076) 330 620
Set behind Club Med, Dome is a fair semi-budget resort spread over a big lawn garden around a pond. Dome was once the only option in this area but the small street has seen some major development and ... Read the full review of Dome Resort.
A good mid-range resort60 Kata Rd, Kata Yai
T: (076) 284 334-8; F: (076) 284 342
Kata Palm is another good midrange resort midway along the off beach road, with standard rooms that are all pretty much overlooking the pool. The deluxe rooms are better, with notable bathrooms, and ... Read the full review of Kata Palm Resort.
Fine budget option across from the beach225 Khok Tanot Rd, Kata Yai
T: (076) 330 484; F: (076) 330 173
The bungalows at Coolbreeze are perched precariously up a steep hill, just off the main road and a one-minute walk to the far southern end of Kata Yai beach. The walk up to the bungalows is quite ... Read the full review of Coolbreeze Bungalows.600B to 1,500B 2 votes Flashpacker
Adequate but unremarkable188 Khok Tanot Rd, Kata Yai Beach
T: (076) 284 265-7; F: (076) 284 268
One of Kata's older hotels,the Kata Sun Beach Inn remains bright and clean, but is very forgettable. What it lacks in atmosphere is at least partly redeemed by its central location — it's on the ... Read the full review of Kata Sun Beach Inn.
Kata Noi Beach
The smaller of the two Kata beaches, Kata Noi beach is a great option to escape the crowds than can congest Kata Yai.
Lifestyles of the rich and shamelessKata Noi Beach
T: (076) 333 568; F: (076) 333 001
Welcome to heaven. Voted one of the top 52 hotels in the world by Conde Nast Traveler, Mom Tri has stunning luxury rooms set amid lush gardens on beautiful secluded grounds. There's an attention to ... Read the full review of Mom Tri's Villa Royale.over 8,000B 1 vote Luxury
Great value and close to the beach3/71 Patak Road, Kata Noi Beach
T: (076) 284 346; F: (076) 285 202
The Kata Noi Pavilion is a small hotel offering friendly service and comfortable rooms at a fair price, but you wouldn't know it from the small bar outside. Rooms come in two types, small or large, ... Read the full review of Kata Noi Pavilion.
A few places sit on the hill of the headland that separates Kata and Karon beaches and along Taina Road, which runs back away from the beach. There are several newish options located in a complex on the main road leading towards north Kata.
Excellent budget option8/1 Karon Rd, Kata Centre
T: (076) 330 106;
Among the disappointing luxury resorts, it's a joy to come across a true budget haven that really gets it right. In the business for over 30 years, Fantasy Hill Bungalow is set on a steep hill, with ... Read the full review of Fantasy Hill Bungalow.Under 600B 3 votes Backpacker
Not too bad a spot109/20 Moo 4 Taina Rd, Kata Centre
T: (076) 330 980; F: (076) 330 284
The name of this place would lead you to believe it's right on the beach — it's not. Kata Yai beach is a good 15-minute walk away. Owned by two Spaniards, Andrea and Marco, and an Italian, ... Read the full review of Fullmoon Beach Resort.
Lush and private13 Karon Rd, Kata Centre
T: (076) 371 600; F: (076) 330 895
It doesn't look like much from the road, but this resort is deceptively large, featuring more than 200 rooms and three pools meandering up the hillside behind the main office. The standard rooms are ... Read the full review of Peach Hill Hotel and Resort.
For budgeteers and surfers100/20 Kata Night Plaza, Kata Road, Karon sub-district, Kata beach
T: (088) 753 1162;
With dorm beds, a swimming pool and a cheery surfer theme, Fin Hostel Phuket in Kata beach is a little piece of budget travel heaven in an area better known for its pricey resorts and uninspired ... Read the full review of Fin Hostel Phuket.
Popular for a reason100/14-15 Kata Road, Kata Night Bazaar
T: (076) 28 4632;
Located in a complex just across from the northern end of the massive Club Med sits this friendly operation. Southern Fried Rice has several room types ranging from small rooms with shared bathrooms ... Read the full review of Southern Fried Rice.
Convienent and affordable43 Tayna Rd, Kata Beach
T: (076) 33 0504;
Bearing similarities to a few of its neighbouring guesthouses, Kata Otto is a fine place to stay, with clean rooms at friendly prices. Each room is absolutely massive and comes with a roomy bed, ... Read the full review of Kata Otto Guest House.
Cheap rooms110/44-45 Moo 4, Taina Rd, Kata Centre
T: (076) 330 572; F: (076) 330 334
Lucky advertises itself as economical and clean so it's no wonder it's a popular landing point for many a weary backpacker arriving in Kata. Lucky has 35 semi-detached rooms in a longhouse-like ... Read the full review of Lucky Guest House.Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
Decent budget roomsTaina Road (Opposite Fullmoon)
T: (081) 178 2467;
Walking into the Smile Happy Paradise restaurant you may think you are at some kids' theme park, with the walls and ceiling resembling a giant green tree. Indeed, the restaurant tries its best to ... Read the full review of Smile Happy Paradise.Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
Scandanavian hangout126 Taina Rd, Kata Centre
T: (076) 330 873; F: (076) 330 631
If you're Scandinavian or like Scandinavian food, company and jokes, then this is the place. Yes, there's always a mob of Swedes, Danes and Norwegians hanging out in the restaurant area downstairs, ... Read the full review of Hotel Kata Center Inn.
A top pick for families and backpackers94/23-25 Taina Rd, Kata Centre
T: (076) 330 730; F: (076) 330 733
This Danish-managed resort is incredibly popular with Scandinavian families and has a dizzying selection of rooms, but can get quiet during the low season. There are 23 bungalow rooms surrounding the ... Read the full review of The Little Mermaid Resort.
Not on the sea but cheap96/6 Taina Road, Kata Centre
T: (076) 330 594;
This cluster of bungalows is set behind a 7-eleven and up a steep hill that can be a bit of a nightmare to clamber up in the wee hours of the morning. If climbing during the day, you will be ... Read the full review of Kata On Sea Bungalow.Under 600B 3 votes Backpacker
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