Cape Panwa Hotel

Phuket, Thailand

The hotel

Nothing less than idyllic, Cape Panwa offers a quiet retreat in the southeast corner of this popular island. Excellent service, stylish rooms and world-class amenities can all be enjoyed as well as a secluded beach for hotel guests only. All suites and villas boast plenty of space and light with airy décor. There’s a variety to choose from, ideal for couples, families or groups of friends. Activities at the Cape Panwa abound – although if you want to do nothing more than laze by one of the 2 pools, that’s absolutely fine! For moments when you’re feeling more active, there are water sports galore, including canoes, catamaran and stand-up paddle boards. As well as sporting activities, there are cultural activities and a spa in which to feel truly pampered. Children are welcomed with open arms and there’s plenty for them to do too, allowing parents time out to soak up the sun. Dining is plentiful at the Panwa, there are several superb restaurants, serving dishes from around the globe. There are also four bars to unwind in at the end of the day, sipping on a handcrafted cocktail perhaps whilst listening to a live band at The Light House or the swell of the sea at Bamboo Bar.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Swimming Pool
  • Children’s Playground
  • Children's Pool
  • Babysitting service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Games Room
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Built into the hillside and overlooking a gorgeous stretch of white sand. Although everything is within walking distance, there’s a quirky little train to transport you between the hotel, the beach and gardens! Transfer time from Phuket Airport: 50 minutes.

Hotel information

205 rooms, suites and villas. All are air-conditioned with private balcony or terrace, widescreen TV with cable, DVD player, telephone, WiFi access, mini-bar*, tea/coffee maker, safe and hairdryer. Superior Rooms with partial views of the ocean have 1 king-size bed, or twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults or 1 adult and 1 child (aged 2-11 years).

Junior Suites have extra living space and large balcony with partial views over Panwa Bay with 1 king-size bed, or twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child (aged 2-11 years).

Cape Suite with partial sea views (limited by vegetation), iPod dock and master en-suite bedroom and separate lounge with sofa bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children (aged 2-11 years).

Family Suites are comprised of a Cape Suite with connecting Superior Room, with master en-suite bedroom and separate lounge with sofa bed, sleeping maximum 5 adults and 4 adults and 2 children (aged 2-11 years).

Two Bedroom Pool Villa with private swimming pool and master en-suite bedroom, sleeping maximum 5 adults and 4 adults and 2 children (aged 2-11 years).

  • Honeymoon offer: complimentary fruit basket, bed decoration with flowers, a honeymoon cake in room on arrival.

  • Value add: complimentary welcome drink coupon on arrival and fruit basket in room. Valid for stay between 16 Apr '19-15 Apr '20. 

  • Free night offer: stay 14, pay 7; stay 12, pay 6; stay 10, pay 5; stay 8 pay 4; stay 7 pay 4; for stays between 16 Apr-31 Dec '19. Applicable to Superior Room, Junior Suite and Cape Suite only. 

5 restaurants including: Café Andaman (International cuisine), Panwa House (Thai delicacies), Top of the Reef, Uncle Nan’s Italian Restaurant, Laem Panwa Restaurant (outdoor seafood restaurant). 4 bars including: The Light House, Otter’s Bar, Bamboo Bar, Dolphin Bar. Café Kantary. 2 swimming pools. Cape Spa*. Thai massage on the beach*. Fitness centre* with sauna. Water sports* including canoes, catamaran and stand-up paddle boards. Badminton* and table tennis on the beach. Beauty salon*. Weekly cultural activities* including Thai cooking classes, Batik painting and fruit and vegetable carving. Kids' pool, games room, playground and menus. Babysitting available* (on request). Complimentary WiFi in public areas and guest rooms. Laundry/dry-cleaning service*. 24-hour reception.

5 nights between 27 Dec-5 Jan.

*Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Relaxing resort in beautiful surroundings

Sep 12, 2019 Judy1362013 Cairns, Australia

We had booked a 7 night Luxury Escapes package and had upgraded our room to a Cape Suite. Transfers had been organised by the hotel and our driver was waiting despite our connecting flight being 90 minutes late. All meals were included in our package. Our suite was spacious and well appointed. Housekeeping was excellent and our suite was attended… Read more
We had booked a 7 night Luxury Escapes package and had upgraded our room to a Cape Suite. Transfers had been organised by the hotel and our driver was waiting despite our connecting flight being 90 minutes late. All meals were included in our package. Our suite was spacious and well appointed. Housekeeping was excellent and our suite was attended every morning while we were at breakfast. We did have a good sized balcony with water views. We only sat there one afternoon as we unfortunately were constantly being swooped by the Indian Myna birds. This was not a pleasant experience. Breakfast each morning was a buffet in Cafe Andaman and it was quite extensive. On our first morning I had put my plate of food on the table and just walked about ten steps to get a knife. I turned around and found three birds in my plate of food. I was so disgusted that I had to leave without breakfast that morning. These birds are an absolute menace in this area. The staff are constantly trying to shoo them away with little luck as it is an open area and these birds are lightening fast. If you could manage breakfast without the birds getting it first, then the rest of the day improved. The resort is large and spread over many acres. The Bamboo Bar was located on the beachfront and the little train was a great addition to get you up and down the steep hill. We always had lunch here and it was so peaceful looking out to sea and watching the boats. The food and the staff here were excellent. Our favourite restaurant for dinner was "Top of the Reef" which was fine dining with either a set menu or a la carte. Beside this restaurant was "Otter's Bar" which was also our favourite to enjoy a drink before or after dinner. There was a young lady here who played the piano and sang with an amazing voice. We enjoyed dinner twice at the Italian restaurant located in the village at the sister property. The addition of the complimentary shuttle bus to take you over the very steep hill was fantastic and enjoyed by every guest without doubt. Dining in the beautiful old "Panwa House" down on the waters edge was just lovely. Massages were also included in our package and were very enjoyable. The Spa is a beautiful and calming space. The fitness centre is very small and attached to the departure lounge. There were many children running in and out screaming which was not pleasant when trying to workout. The treadmills and bikes were new. Every other piece of equipment was really old and there was not even a rowing machine. It was particularly hot when I was there and I mentioned it to the guy when I handed in my towel as he sits in the lounge where the A/C works. He checked the temperature in the fitness area and it was a hot 28 Celsius. This is not a temperature that is pleasant to workout in and should have been a lot lower. I was so uninspired by this fitness area that I couldn't bring myself to go back there. One evening we called into the "Lighthouse Bar" to have a drink. It was happy hour and so we ordered a white and red wine, thinking that we would therefore only pay for one drink. To our surprise we were given two red wines and two white wines. We laughed it off as just another funny thing which happens when one travels. The three piece band had just started and we thoroughly enjoyed the great music they played, as well as our two wines. We had a very relaxing week here in beautiful surroundings. The food was very good and perhaps too plentiful. Our only criticism is the dreadful myna birds which are everywhere and make having breakfast in Cafe Andaman a real challenge. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating This is an amazing place

Sep 11, 2019 Marmaduke1948 Gainsborough, United Kingdom

This was the hotel that we were most looking forward to. We arrived by private limousine and were impressed right from getting out of the car. it was easy to check in then we were taken to our room. Quite spacious and comfortable but things started to go wrong almost straight away. We couldn't get the air conditioning to work so they sent a maid… Read more
This was the hotel that we were most looking forward to. We arrived by private limousine and were impressed right from getting out of the car. it was easy to check in then we were taken to our room. Quite spacious and comfortable but things started to go wrong almost straight away. We couldn't get the air conditioning to work so they sent a maid to show us how to do it properly. She couldn't get it going either so she called the maintenance man and he struggled for an hour before eventually sorting it out but he told us not to switch it off, difficult when you only have one key, so we had to go to reception to get another one after explaining why. We went for dinner and the selection was quite amazing I have never seen so much food for us all to eat, the choice set me speechless. Breakfast was just as good deciding what to have was a major problem but quite easily solved. That evening we decided to eat out so we had a drink at 'Happy' Hour in the Top of the Reef bar, a quiet place where you can talk with a gorgeous young lady playing the piano and singing, not too loud of course. There is a beautiful restaurant there that is A La Carte and what they served was pretty good I can assure you. We did go one night, expensive, but excellent. To go down to the beech there is a tram that runs til 10 or 11 at night if you don't use it it is a bit of a haul and it only takes minutes. On the beech is an infinity pool that is fantastic the upper pool is quite hot but this one is just right on a very hot day. Back up the top the pool there is very big but quite warm but not too bad drinks are served by yourself or by the waiter the choice is yours. By evening it was time to shower and get ready to eat so down to the Top of the Reef for happy hour before getting the bus, which is free, which runs about every twenty minutes until late as it is on a hill and I for one would not like to walk up that hill. Down on the front the selection of restaurants is mind boggling if you like Thai food then you are in heaven and want to stay here for ever. The is another bar at the hotel called the Lighthouse but that is a bit noisier than the Reef but a band playing popular music keeps most of them in there happy. We had to complain twice because things like toilet rolls and items in the bathroom had not been replaced but it was not a big issue. All in all would I go back, yes I would it is an amazing place and certainly one to put on your bucket list. They arrange all sorts of trips from the hotel or you can go down the front and organise them yourself, you can even get your laundry done which is much cheaper than getting the hotel to do it. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A great place for a holiday Small train to beach is good Huge complex has every thing

Sep 3, 2019 edwardmurray5 Melbourne, Australia

This resort is made terrific by the staff, service with a smile, 5 restaurants the food is great Quality & quantity. In the Andamon Cafe Jennifer. Supatra. Benjamus. Jirawan. Pattamsporn cooks the best eggs. & Parichaya Trainee Thank you Varoon the pool man very good. Wirat & Jinyada good ambassadors . This resort is very hilly lots of steps… Read more
This resort is made terrific by the staff, service with a smile, 5 restaurants the food is great Quality & quantity. In the Andamon Cafe Jennifer. Supatra. Benjamus. Jirawan. Pattamsporn cooks the best eggs. & Parichaya Trainee Thank you Varoon the pool man very good. Wirat & Jinyada good ambassadors . This resort is very hilly lots of steps Small train to a nice beach They run trips to Coral Island fun. Shuttle bus every 20 minutes to village. Buses to Phuket & Patong usual amenties Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wow!!! Just Wow!!!

Aug 28, 2019 robyn r

What an amazing holiday we had. I was particularly grateful for the upgrade to a room closer to the amenities as I have mobility issues. There are so many positives with this wonderful resort I'll start with the accommodation. Spacious suite with a balcony overlooking the bay, friendly attentive staff, huge choice of dining options at the resort… Read more
What an amazing holiday we had. I was particularly grateful for the upgrade to a room closer to the amenities as I have mobility issues. There are so many positives with this wonderful resort I'll start with the accommodation. Spacious suite with a balcony overlooking the bay, friendly attentive staff, huge choice of dining options at the resort and in town. Loads of things to do, easy to catch the shuttle into the village for a change of scenery and cocktails, shopping, or eating from the street restaurants. Beautiful beach at high tide (reef shoes essential, you'll see the rocks at low tide) plenty of sun lounges and umbrellas on the grass, beach bar menu is impressive. The tram ride to and from the beach on that steep hill is great! The pool is just beautiful, no swim up bar or music pumping - serenity now. We booked a package through Luxury Escapes which included all meals. If anything we had too much food. 3 courses for lunch and dinner is a tad excessive! I would definately recommend coming here for an easy escape and would love to return sometime if I could have the same room, some of them were way up high with loads of steps to navigate. On our second last day a huge group 30+ of Chinese? guests arrived and kind of spoiled the ambience around the pool and restaurant with the rudeness of the adults and noisy kids running around and screaming, that can happen anywhere but up until then the resort was lovely and quiet. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fantastic experience

Aug 28, 2019 nikniks88

I stayed at cape panwa last year for around 10 days and what a experience... hotel staff very friendly pool was a little small but beach was just a few minutes walk away so wasnt a issue ... i was impressed with my room and so was my partner very clean and spacious. On arrival was greeted with a nice cold refreshing drink and check in was done… Read more
I stayed at cape panwa last year for around 10 days and what a experience... hotel staff very friendly pool was a little small but beach was just a few minutes walk away so wasnt a issue ... i was impressed with my room and so was my partner very clean and spacious. On arrival was greeted with a nice cold refreshing drink and check in was done quickly and efficiently. Breakfast was amazing so much to choose from and staff was very attentive. The shuttle bus that comes literally every 15 min or so is very handy as the hill is quite steep but this free service helped. The gym was quite small with the basic equipment but nice cool air con. I would definitely recommend this hotel as i had such a wonderful experience that its brought me back this year to thailand..im in a different hotel but will go and visit for dinner while im on my trip . Very happy customer.. Read less