Kata - Phuket - Thailand

Kata - Phuket - Thailand

A short distance from Karon beach, the pleasant bay of the famous Kata beach is ever popular due to its spectacular palm-lined beach, amazing restaurants and lively nightlife. More laid back than action packed, this a popular destination together with the smaller Kata Noi beach for both surfers and sun seekers alike. Our  villas in Kata are only a short distance from the beaches, shopping, restaurants & entertainment and perfect for a family holiday or to chill out with friends.

Map of villas in Kata

Located just 15 minutes from lively Patong and just south of the town and beach of Karon the main draw to Kata is the beautiful beach which curves round a bay for 1 ½ km displaying a wide expanse of sand with turquoise waters on one side and bordered by shady tropical trees on the other.

The bay is flanked either side by rocky headlands and with the small islet (Koh Phu or Crab Island) sitting in the centre of the bay adding to the scenery Kata beach is a perfect place to sit and relax and enjoy the surroundings.

A large part of the beach is dominated by the Club Med Resort. However, as it has the beach road separating it from the sand there is still plenty of room for everyone as it is a public beach.

Kata town is quite compact and easy to get around. The shops are located behind the beach with two shopping 'plazas' in the central area opposite the grounds of the Club Med, with other many souvenir shops dotted between the various restaurants and bars. These are mostly at a 3 road junction to the south that tend not to open until mid afternoon when sunworshippers come off the beach.

There is a good range of family friendly attractions and activities in Kata creating the perfect holiday, although there has been recent development in the south of the area, Kata still retains its coolness and laid-back feel.

There are number of more lively bars and restaurants located at the north end of Kata and they join up with those in the neighbouring town of Karon creating one long stretch of urban development.


Kata beach is separated into two beaches - Kata Yai (Big Kata) mainly referred to as just Kaya Beach and Kata Noi (Small Kata) separated by a rocky headland and occupied by a number of our luxury oceanfront villas.

Kata Beach
The beach is bordered by trees which is the only shade since the beach has been cleared of commercial activity. As there are no sun loungers or umbrellas, you would need to bring your own with you. Vendors still roam the beach selling ice cream, fruit and various beach requirements, but you will not find eating establishments directly on the sand.
During the months of November to April the beach area is stunning, with the sea completely flat and as there are no drop offs it is great beach for families as it is safe for non-swimmers and children paddling. The best area is the southern part of the beach where the shade lasts for longer and you are closer to the amenities. For snorkellers the north end of the beach is best, where the rocks host some coral and sea life.
For the remaining months of May to October the swimming is not so good, the sea is rougher. However, surfers flock to the area and it is one of the most renowned surfing spots in Phuket.

Kata Noi Beach
Kata Noi beach is located further south of Kata Beach, it is dominated by one large hotel, but offers more seclusion and tranquility. The beach is beautiful, with calm sea and stunning scenery. For the active it is worth renting a long-tail boat for a trip to Ya Nui Beach further south where you will find great snorkelling.

Spa and Wellbeing

Many of the high end hotel resorts in Kata will offer Spa services and there are a few stand alone centres within the town.

Re Kata
Prepare to be pampered at Re Kata Spa which is part of the Boathouse on Kata beach

A Detox and Wellness Centre and Spa with vegetarian restaurant

Kata Beaches

Karon Beach

This is the second longest beach in Phuket located just south of Patong with a wide stretch of sand and not as busy as Patong beach. Here again new laws in Phuket has meant that new laws in Phuket has meant that all illegal commercial outlets on the beach have meant that commercial outlets have been moved off the beach including sun lounger vendors.

Kata Beach

A great family beach adjacent to Karon beach with beautiful white sands and incredible blue sea and an island offshore which features in many sunset photos. The beach is one of the most popular offering the same amenities as the larger beach of Patong but quieter and offering good dining and shopping opportunities.

Kata Noi Beach

A great little bay you would probably miss if you did not know about it as not much goes on and has only 2 resorts located on the beach. Lovely sands and clear water and at the northern end of the beach there is occasionally some decent waves for learning to surf until the low season when the bay s rougher and the surf is more challenging.

Kata Beach is the venue for Phuket's biggest surfing competition where there is always surf. The best board riding is at the south end of the beach where it can get busy at times. There are surf shops in Kata where you can hire boards and arrange to have instruction.

Dino Park Mini Golf
A challenging 18 hole course featuring different large lifelike cement made dinosaurs at each hole and other features such as a waterfall and a volcano. Located between Kata and Karon, the mini-golf is popular with both adults and children and has a restaurant too.

Surf House Phuket
A brilliant invention and every surfers dream where you can ride the waves anytime you want on a sloping pool, fed with a pressure wave generating machine. Great for both children and adults the Surf House also has a restaurant.

Kata / Karon Viewpoint
The winding coast road between Kata and Nai Harn has some lovely scenery. Just two kilometers along it from Kata is Kata Viewpoint - also known as Karon Viewpoint for some reason. There is a small car park, a couple of shops and a pavillion from which to enjoy the view. If you climb the steps to the top of the pavillion, you have a wonderful view north across three of Phuket's best beaches.

Big Buddha                                                                                                                                      Phuket's Big Buddha is one of the most important and revered landmarks on the island and well worth a visit. Completed in 2004 the huge image sits on top of the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata and at 45 metres tall can be seen from as far away as Phuket Town and Karon beach

Watersports and Sea Tours

Sailing Trips /Sailing School

Have a beautiful experience and cruise the amazing islands in Phang Nga Bay even by chinese junk (take a weekend or sunset trip). Yacht charters and sailing lessons are available mostly in Chalong in the south of Phuket.


Surfing is not a major sporting pastime due to the lack of surf waves but at certain times of the year this s possible on the wst coast beaches such as Kata in the south and Kalim further north. You will find the hire of boards and equipment as well as instruction also at these locations

Water Ski/Cable Ski

The waters around Phuket are pefect for waterskiing in between November and April and operators located on the busier beaches offer trips as well as the usuall banana boat rides. Cable ski and Wakeboarding can be found on an artificial retangular lake inland near Patong.

Diving and Snorkelling

There are many operators offering diving courses for all the family (8 years up) as well as snorkeling tours in the islands surrounding Phuket

Yacht Charter

Chartering a yacht in Phuket is one of the most luxurious ways to experience the west coast of Thailand and the beautiful waters of the Andaman. The yacht charter option provides flexibility and comfort. A number of yachts are available for charter on the island.


Thrilling rides, exhiliarating slides, lazy river and a 6 level wave pool at the Splash Jungle Waterpark located at the Centara Grand West Sands Resort in the north west of Phuket provide fun for all the family.


Kitesurfing lessons and kitboarding trips are available from the beaches in the south of Phuket where there is low tides and shallow water on a sandy Bay. Kitesurfing Phuket is based on Friendship beach in Chalong Bay and has a fully equipped shop and reaturant and bar facilities.


Rent a kayak for a few hours or venture off for a day or so and explore the beautiful islands of Phuket individually. Recommended however are the Kayaking group trips offered including a guide to discover the beauty of the small islands and it's wildlife including monkeys, sea eagles and other birdlife.

Other Activities

Temple Visits

Visit The Big Buddha standing 45metres high looking over the south west and southern bays of Chalong, Rawai and Kata as well as the many temples throughout Phuket that are certainly worth a visit to experience.

Jungle Safari Tours

Khao Phra Thaeo National Park is a jungle region located 20km north of Phuket Town and is great for trekking. There is also a Gibbon rehabilitation project, and two waterfalls that are popular bathing and picnicking spots. A full day tour may take in canoeing and a visit to an elephant camp.


There are 8 golf courses on the island and can be challenging for the beginner or experienced golfer. The most well known is the Laguna Phuket Golf Course located in the north west and the Red Mountain Golf Club in the centre.

Go Kart and Off Road Fun

Safe for all the family and well worth a visit.

Escape Hunt

It is exciting, addictive, challenging, educational and above all, fun! Voyage back 100 years in time & play the part of a famous London detective solving our mysteries set in an old house in Phuket.

Cinemas and Ten Pin Bowling

There are quite a few cinemas and bowling alleys in Phuket - 3 of which are located in Phuket. A great rainy day activity

Thai Cookery School

Learn the secrets of authentic Thai Cooking from a number of venues around Phuket.


Phuket has upmarket boutiques and antique stores situated in renovated Chinese shophouses, or Sino- Portuguese buildings. For western stile shopping visit the two mega malls on the island - Jungle Ceylon in Patong and Central Festival on the route to Phuket town.

Muay Thai Boxing

Thailand's Naional sport and a popular spectator sport which is now practiced all over the world. In the area of Patong there are nightly desplays of boxing accompanied with a frenzy of betting


Eating Out in Kata

There are many restaurants to choose from in Kata town serving both Thai and International cuisine. For fine dining with a view you will need to venture down to the oceanfront, some of which are within walking distance from our luxury villas in Kata.

The Boathouse Wine and Grill
Established for many years and is one of the most popular restaurants in Puket

Mom Tri's KItchen
An award winning gourmet restaurant overlooking beautiful Kata Noi Beach


Kata Nightlife

Kata is more a family friendly resort and not many arrive in Kata for the nightlife. It is just 15 minutes away from the hub of Phuket's nightlife in Patong. Girlie bars are not a big business at all. However there are plenty of bars around for evening drinks and for watching major sports events usually found at either end of Kata beach, rather than the centre.

Ska Bar
Located at the southern end of Kata beach spread over granite rocks Ska Bar is considered a major nightlife destination with great views along the whole length of Kata beach, it has entertainment with fire shows and reggae music.

The Anchor Bar
This bar is located away from the beach has been established for many years, popular with both expats and tourists and has a large screen Tv and pool table

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