14 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Best holiday ever
"We are a family of 4 and stayed at the Cape Panwa in late August 2010. It has taken over a year to get to writing this, but felt guilty about not writing a review because it was the best hotel we have stayed in. We had a family suite of 2 interconnecting rooms which were huge. This was because for the main parents room, it had been 2 rooms previously, and had been knocked into one. This seemed to be the way their target market was going and while we were there other rooms we having similar modifications, but this was only a minor noise during the day. The parents room had a double bed (which was greater than king size), there were his and her sinks, a big shower, and a separate bath. There was a jacuzzi on the balcony, big Plasma pull out TV, sofa and table. The kids room had a table and chair, with an equally good finish, though smaller, which is all they needed.
The main pool at the top was fine, but the kids preferred the pool at the bottom next to the beach which was often empty. The grounds were secluded as it was in a bay, with a great little snack bar near the beach serving good local food at reasonable prices. The beach was perfect sand, but with the tide extremes because of the month, at low low tides you would be walking on rocks & coral, which is good for exploring, but not for swimming. You could hire sailing stuff, but the canoes were free.
Day trips that we did were the Coral Island trip from the hotel, twice, which was a nice 45 minute ride. At the Island there were activities (not hotel run) you could do, but they were not cheap. We just played on the beach, did some snorkelling, and had a spot of lunch. We also used one of the guys outside the hotel to do a tour of the island. Passing through Patong was enough, and felt we were in the best place on the island. The malls they have are London prices, but Phuket town and their shops were reasonable. Robinsons department store was good, and lunch at the top was quick and extremely cheap. The best trip we did was Phang Na Bay. We did a deal with one of the guys out side. The speedboat, though more expensive, was well worth it. It included canoeing by a guide, through caves, etc and was magical. We will never forget it.
For food we stayed on a B&B basis. Breakfast was excellent with a wide range of choice and good quality. For dinner there were eating places a nice evening stroll away, though the bank from the Cape Panwa side to its sister hotel Kantry Bay on the other side is very steep. There is a regular shuttle bus if you want. We ate at Jamesâs Seafood restaurant several times as the food and cocktails were good, and value for money, and does everything, not just seafood. The views were also stunning. Hill Top was also good. We ate at Little India a couple of times and was similarly excellent for food quality, though a bit more expensive. Sawadeeâs was closed when we were here so canât comment on it. We ate at the hotel on the BBQ night which was very good, and had a set Thai menu one night. I can eat hot food, but the Thai red curry was authentic and the heat was like nothing I have ever experienced before.
We booked our holiday through Emerald Travel [--], and was quite simply the best value holiday we have ever had. We then stayed 4 nights in the Somerset Sanplu Serviced Apartments in Bangkok, which was no different to a hotel (apart from being a lot cheaper) with buffet breakfast, swimming pool, etc.
- Travel date: Mon 12th of December 2011
Cape Panwa is towards the lower end of 4...
"Cape Panwa is towards the lower end of 4* hotels. It's a bit faded. However, the location is gorgeous. It has its own private beach, with gorgeous pale blue warm water and a little jetty that juts over the water.
It's a little theme-parky, to get to the hotel restaurant one has to take a little train. Rooms are fairly standard with air con - which is really needed.
Pierce Brosnan and Catherine Zeta-Jones have stayed here.
The only problem is itâs a long way from anywhere - the journey to the airport takes 45 minutes at least.
However the upside is that you avoid the touristy scrums that are found elsewhere on the island, e.g. at Patong beach."
- Travel date: Tue 2nd of October 2007
Thailand is such a magical place, and Ph...
"Thailand is such a magical place, and Phuket is just heaven! So relaxing at Cape Panwa Hotel, yet not too far away from the hustle and bustle of Phuket Town and Patong Beach where there is plenty of shopping and bars.
Food and drink really cheap and the people are fantastic, always smiling (no wonder why they call Thailand the land of smiles).
They have done really well to pick up again from the tsunami. A completely fantastic holiday, one I will always remember! Got engaged while we were there, and loved it so much that we will be returning next year to get married! 10/10!"
- Travel date: Tue 12th of June 2007
Excellent hotel. Staff very friendly and...
"Excellent hotel. Staff very friendly and efficient. Bars and restaurants excellent.
Quiet location but nowhere is far in a taxi. Courtesy bus from hotel takes you to the bay in two minutes, where you will find a variety of restaurants including Sawasdee which is a superb Thai restaurant, very friendly and very reasonably priced.
Local tailor Family Tree, located in the bay, is the best in the area.
- Travel date: Thu 23rd of November 2006
Beautiful Friendly Hotel
"My husband and I have recently returned from a stay at Cape Panwa. We were sceptical as it was our first visit to the Far East. We needn't have been. After seeing the view from our room on the first morning, I knew we were going to love it. The people are the friendliest, helpful, happiest people we have met. The gardens were lovely, even though we had to climb 80 steps from the beach each day! The food was good in all restaurants, our favourite was Panwa house - the temperature of the food could've been hotter at times. The top of the reef was lovely for a change from thai food, although a little more expensive. Our only error, we purchased the advanced meal vouchers, although cheap (approx Â£9 each) we discovered we could've halfed this if we ate in the village, but we were a bit wary, although fellow guests had no complaints and most did this (we soon realised why the restaurants were half empty! The prices in the top of the reef our a bit dearer, so you may have to add to your voucher. The only expensive item was wine, but a small price to pay. The little bus took us over the hill to the village, where the sister hotel, a few shops, aquarium and a cash point is. Here you can get a taxi if require, it is all very safe, and we often took a walk through the village. We can recommend the elephant trekking, speedboat trip to the islands, phi phi is beautiful. Yes you have a secluded hotel with private beach, but we like that, you can get a shuttle to patong, with rows of hotels, restaurants, cheap shops and girlie bars, but thats not for us. Please visit Cape Panwa, you will love it."
- Travel date: Tue 28th of February 2006
Everything was perfect
"My family and I have just returned from a week at the Cape Panwa, and everything about our stay was perfect.
We had thought long and hard about some of the other resorts on the island...would an international 5* name like Marriot or Sheraton be better? Would a location closer to the "action" be more convenient? But in the end we decided on the Cape after reading the other reviews here, visiting the hotel's own excellent website ((-)capepanwa(-)), and deciding that for the R&R we were looking for that a little extra distance between ourselves and the "action" was actually a good thing. Whatever...we have since decided that this place needs no reason or excuse - it is simply superb.
Yes, the tide does go out mid-afternoon, but both we and our children loved being able to swim in the morning and explore the coral reef and sand banks on foot in the afternoon. The views out to sea from the beach are idyllic and tranquil. And as the Cape has a truly secluded private beach (accessible via a charming tram down the hill from the hotel), there is literally no-one to share the beach and the views with except for other hotel guests, and there are no hawkers to bother you. Both the main pool and the beach pool are lovely. The service all around the resort was friendly yet unobtrusive, and the F&B was very good.
We stayed in a one-bedroom suite, which was well laid out (except for a double-sink outside the bathroom arrangement which was not always the most convenient), comfortable and more than enough for my wife and I, our 9 yr old son, and 5 yr old daughter. The balcony was spacious and afforded beautiful views through the palm trees and out to sea.
When it came time to leave our son asked if we could come back at Easter, and our daughter simply said that she wanted to stay for the whole year! My wife and I felt that they both made a lot of sense."
- Travel date: Wed 1st of February 2006
Just go you will love it
"The previous reviews say it all, it is still as good as ever, a quality hotel in very private location, if you want to do everything it will be made available, if you want to do nothing its the perfect place, quaity of food, service & genuine charm from the staff is superb, room upgrades take you into the Thai Royal Family & film star world @ a price you may not see again, just go & enjoy, 2 days is good 2 weeks is better."
- Travel date: Mon 30th of January 2006
"We visited the C P (as we fondly call it) for the 4th time in April 2003 My sister and her husband flew in from Oz and met us there. We have booked in for April '06. The staff are wonderful..beautifully positioned hotel..isolated beach.We go for 2 weeks and don't become bored. Don't tell everyone ;they'll all want to go."
- Travel date: Thu 29th of December 2005
Great relaxing break
"We chose the Cape Panwa for our first visit to Thailand, changing our plans to (hopefully) help the people recover a little more from the Tsunami. Arrived about 9pm after the long flight from the UK, got a room in building F with a view over the bay and gardens. Ate and went down to the beach at midnight.
Excellent breakfast, with more than you could possibly want laid out for you and eggs cooked when you wanted.
3 restaurants on site, we did not use top of the reef as the menu was not to our taste when we wanted to go.
Panwa House on the beach - brilliant Thai food. I am not a hot/spicy food lover and there was something for me, my wife loves it and had the set meal.
Andaman restaurant overlooking the pool - good set meals, didn't need to try the a la carte. The only bad point was I got an upset stomach on the last night after eating some smoked salmon.
Other restaurants under the umbrella of the hotel are Leam Panwa (Thai and barbecued fish) and Uncle Nans (Italian) in Panwa Bay village (a 5-10' walk up then down a 1 in 4 hill, or a free shuttlebus!). Both were very good.
The hotel had not been available the last week in November, and was still pretty empty when we were there, about 20% full.
Service excellent, rooms good sized and comfortable.
Hotel minibus into Phuket town OK - would have been more useful if there was another trip to give you more than 90 mins or less than 7 hours!
At the top of the hill is James restaurant - an open air terrace with smashing views of the sunset and very cheap. It is also an information/taxi place - we had a taxi from there to Kata beach on the Saturday for 700 baht return with 4 Â½ hours there.
Only thing I would say which was not made clear in the tour operator brochure - you can't swim in the sea at low tide as there is a reef just offshore.
Great for chilling out!"
- Travel date: Sat 24th of December 2005
"Had a great time. Stayed at the Cape for seven nights. All rooms have views of the sea and the islands in the distance. The beach is beautiful and well looked after and Jennifer at the bar on the beach is lovely. The service is great and went to the Top of the Reef restaurant for our last night and had lobster - very tasty. The pool is also lovely and refreshing after a long day sunbathing on the beach. Only drawback is it is a long way from the nightlife of Patong. To get there costs about 800 Baht - great shopping at the markets there and also going to the great sea food restaurants just along Patong beach."
- Travel date: Tue 20th of December 2005
If it's good enough for the princess of thailand, it's good enough for me!!!!
"We stayed at the hotel for 4 days in November whilst the Princess of Thailand was styaing there. Apparently, the princess stays there quiete a few times and that should be the recommendation that cannot be bettered. A hotel truly fit for royalty.
It is lovely and quiet and the beach is superb. My girlfriend almost cried when we walked into the suite as she was overwelmed."
- Travel date: Mon 5th of December 2005
"We spent a wonderful 8 nights at the Cape Panwa. The hotel is lovely, the facilities great. All the staff were lovely, they made us feel really welcome, even taking the time to learn our names. The private beach is paradise, clean and well maintained.
Only downside is there is not much to do outside of the hotel so if you like a bit of nightlife you do have to travel... I wouldn't bother with Phuket town... but Patong is lots of fun. The hotel offers a shuttle bus service to Patong or you can easily get a taxi from the hotel.. It's a good 30 minute drive but definitely worth it. Taxi costs about 400 bhat from the hotel. Bargain!
Would not hesitate to go back to this hotel. It's a great place to stay."
- Travel date: Wed 7th of September 2005