Tangled rainforest gives way to buzzing neon-lit streets and sweeping white sand beaches in Phuket, Asia’s most popular beach escape. Karon is a magnificent long stretch of sand on the west side of the island, secluded from the bright lights of Patong. The southern end of the beach is fringed with a magnificent coral reef stretching towards Bu Island, while the northern end is flanked by a lush park complete with cycling path. The laidback village vibe and amazing sunset views from Karon Beach combine to create a truly relaxing tropical haven.
Chill out in paradise with today’s Groupon for Karon Sea Sands Resort and Spa:
• $259 for a five-night stay for two people ($650 value)
In a deluxe room with daily full breakfast, Thai set dinner, welcome drink and cold towel on arrival, fresh fruits in room, an eco-friendly beach bag, and bar and restaurant vouchers
• $326 for a seven-night stay for two people ($936 value)
In a deluxe room with daily full breakfast, welcome drink and cold towel on arrival, fresh fruits in room, an eco-friendly beach bag, vouchers for ‘all-you-can-eat’ Steak Night for two, voucher for two cocktails on Friday, and further bar and restaurant vouchers
• $493 for a ten-night stay for two people ($1,339 value)
In a deluxe room with daily full breakfast, welcome drink and cold towel on arrival, fresh fruits in room, an eco-friendly beach bag, vouchers for all-you-can-eat Steak Night for two, voucher for two cocktails on Friday, voucher for THB1,000 to be used at any of hotel outlets, and further bar and restaurant vouchers
Positioned directly opposite the beach, Karon Sea Sands Resort & Spa is an award-winning retreat with beautiful landscaped gardens, excellent restaurants and a stunning lagoon pool. Winner of the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award 2012 and a prestigious TUI Nordic 2011 Blue Award, the resort offers guests a tranquil home away from home. Groupies stay in a spacious, air-conditioned Deluxe Room, with a welcome drink and fruit platter on arrival. Tuck into a traditional Thai set dinner for two on one night of the stay (option 1 only) or an all-you-can-eat steak extravaganza plus two cocktails (options 2 and 3). The stunning resort offers fitness facilities, tour assistance and currency exchange among many other handy guest services. Every deal includes: 15% off food and beverages and 50% off spa packages at the resort during the stay, as well as 10% discounts at Green Chilli Thai and seafood beach front restaurant, food and drinks at GGs pizzeria (at any two outlets), drinks at the Terrace Sports Bar, and all purchases made at Jaspal Tailors (at any of the eight branches).
Stroll along 3km-long Karon beach, perhaps taking a break to doze under a palm tree or swim in the clear turquoise waters of the Andaman sea. Back at the resort, laze on a sunlounge by the opulent lagoon pool or enjoy a blissful Thai massage at the luxurious spa, where Groupies enjoy half price treatments. The buzzing nightclubs and neon lights of Patong have to be seen to be believed, and are worth exploring for a fun night out. For something different, head to Dino Park Mini Golf which is especially spooky after dark.
Apart from a string of tasteful, top-end resorts, Karon Beach remains isolated from the hustle and bustle that characterises other parts of Phuket. The lively shops and restaurants of Kata are just a few minutes’ taxi ride away, and there are a few good restaurants as well as supermarkets, convenience stores and pharmacies in Karon village north of the beachfront. For a big night out, head to Phuket town or Patong Beach which are 20 and 15 minutes away respectively.
Karon Sea Sands Resort and Spa won a 2012 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Award
Perfect location, close to all resturants, the beautiful beach and huge shopping plaza. The staff are genuinely friendly and are not pushy for tips (although we gave them when they were warrented). Most friendly pool barman on the planet. The rooms are super clean, comfortable and spacious. The beds are HUGE but firm (all thai beds are firm), and the pillows are soft and fluffy. The breakfast selection was magnificent and poached eggs to order were perfect each time.
– Mell77, TripAdvisor
This is great place to stay. Staff were nice and very helpful. Karon beach is across the road from the resort. The surrounding area is a lot quiter than Patong so is ideal if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle . I will stay there again.
– Hermie12, TripAdvisor
Karon Sea Sands Resort and Spa
Karon Sea Sands Resort and Spa
208/2 Karon Road, Karon Beach Muang, Phuket 83100
By Public Transport
By bus from Phuket Airport: Mini-buses are available from the airport to Karon, making several stops along the way.
Jetstar and Virgin Australia and Qantas, among others, fly from most Australian cities to Phuket Airport. Karon is around one hour’s drive.