With its powder-soft sands and shallow bay, Kata Beach on Phuket’s south-west coast attracts sun lovers of all ages all year round. Between November and April, the beach is thronged with swimmers, sunbathers and snorkellers enjoying the clam turquoise waters. The quieter months of May to October offer more wave action, turning Kata into a surfer’s haven. Kata Noi, literally "Little Kata", is a pretty sandy bay just around the cape to the south of Kata Beach.
With its streets chock full of restaurants, resorts and shops, Kata is a busy tourist town, yet it avoids the full-on-party-central reputation of its northern neighbour Patong Beach. Serenity and touches of refinement are still to be found here. Kata Noi is a touch quieter, its beachfront mostly occupied by one large resort limiting access for other commercial activities.
Hidden away on the headland separating Kata and Kata Noi beaches are some of Phuket’s most enchanting private holiday rentals. A short walk away from the fine sands, these lofty retreats offer panoramic sea views and lavish tropical accommodation.
Elite Havens’ Kata villas feature private swimming pools with superb sea and sunset views and ample indoor and outdoor space for entertaining. Modern kitchens and dining rooms, jacuzzis, barbecue stations and comfy media rooms are among the many villa features you can expect to find. Bedrooms tend to be privately spaced across different levels, and include elaborate master suites offering fine views.
Our private villas offer a range of choices for families and groups, and warm Thai-style hospitality is guaranteed. A team of staff, including a villa manager, will ensure that your holiday runs smoothly from start to finish, and those looking to sample some authentic local cuisine will enjoy the delicacies prepared by the private chef. Special events, soothing massages, chauffeur-driven day-trips around the island, boat charters and golf days can all be organised on your behalf by your villa manager.
Though most are tucked away in peaceful hillside estates, villas in Kata are a short distance from some of Phuket’s best dining spots including Mom Tri’s Kitchen with its award-winning wine cellar and stellar Thai cuisine. Kata’s after-dark scene is more sedate than Patong’s, tending towards casual bars offering beers and cocktails.
Kata is also home to Phuket’s only flowboarding venue, the beachfront Surf House, as well as a number of yoga and fitness centres and spas. For the kids, Dino Park mini-golf is a fun place to visit, especially in the evening when the model volcano “erupts” in a flash of red lights. A few distinctive boutiques selling arts and crafts, fashion and antiques can be found among the many shops lining the streets of Kata, though most finds here are on the bargain end of the price range.
Kata is a popular place for yachts to moor, especially when it plays host to the King’s Cup Regatta and the Superyacht Rendezvous held each year on the island. Yachts are also the best way to explore the magnificent Phang Nga Bay just off the island’s east coast. The nearby Similan and Raya islands also beckon day-trippers with fine sandy beaches and colourful snorkelling sites.
Several more beaches line Phuket’s southern end including Karon Beach, just north of Kata, with its long stretch of flour-soft sand, and the chilled-out Nai Harn Beach. Explore the roads between the beaches and discover spectacular viewpoints including Cape Promthep and the hilltop Big Buddha, delicious open-air Thai seafood restaurants such as those lining Rawai Beach, and lush interior landscapes where elephants roam. Travel up to Phuket Town to find more tasty local cuisine and cultural sights, with pastel-toned Sino-Portuguese buildings restored to the former glory of centuries past.
With two of Phuket’s top beaches within close range, villas in Kata are the perfect Phuket accommodation for sun seekers who also enjoy inspiring sea views and the tranquillity of a private holiday home.