After Bangkok, we stopped over for another 2 nights in Phuket, this time at the Katathani. While the hotel itself is superb, the main reason being right on the beach, the food was extremely disappointing. The Thai food for a buffet was well below my expectations. The cultural/dance show that went with it was very enjoyable. On other nights, entertainment featured Filipino bands. The breakfast that was included in our package was uninspiring and uninspired. About the only thing going for the whole set up at the restaurant (the Chom Talay) was the fruit carvings.
The hotel was not too busy when we were there and the kids got to enjoy the various pools as well as the beach. We picked up quite a lot of trash that washed ashore – mainly plastic bags, although we also fished out a 12in flower pot. The beach is a public beach and umbrella/seating rentals at the beach ran at 200Thb per person for the two hours we were there. (We paid for two.)
We stayed at the junior ocean front suite which was very pleasant with good view although not as breezy as I had expected. The room looked like it had recently been upgraded (perhaps as recent as 2-3 years ago, based on the flat panel TV). Internet was not included and was at an exorbitant 500Thb per 24 hours (or 200 Thb for 1 hour).
All in all we will come back here if possible although we will probably try to eat in town or across the street.