A Fairytale Getaway to Centara Grand Beach Resort, Phuket

The castle-like Sino-Portuguese inspired Centara Grand Beach Resort towers high above the turquoise and emerald coast of the most secluded area of Karon Beach in Phuket, Thailand. Layers of sweeping palms and rolling hills cradle the resort’s crystal clear swimming pools, water slides, and waterfalls. Laced with a lazy river, relaxation, and pure incomparable bliss, the Centara Grand Beach Resort is our Fairytale Getaway Pick of the Week.

View from the pools overlooking the sea, yes please.

View from the pools overlooking the sea, yes, please.

Who’s Visiting Centara Grand Beach Resort

Awesome waterslide

Awesome waterslide

The Centara Grand Beach Resort is a family and couples paradise. Boasting a kid-friendly environment of water slides, a children’s pool, and a kid’s club, there’s plenty to entertain your mini humans while you sit back and relax. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be right there with them sliding the afternoon away!


More about Karon Beach Phuket, Thailand


Karon Beach, absolutely stunning coast.

Karon Beach, absolutely stunning coast.

Karon Beach is mainly made up of resorts. The Centara Grand Beach Resort is secluded and set apart from the other main resorts here. There are some local shopping, dining, and nightlife worth exploring in Karon Beach. If you are visiting this resort, my advisement would be to ask the locals! I always ask the bartenders and servers at resorts what my best bet is for exploring the local culture. You will be surprised as to what they will tell you!

Everything you need to know about Karon Beach 

What’s On and What About My Rugrats

Kids love all the fun stuff to do while at the Kid's Club.

Kids love all the fun stuff to do while at the Kid’s Club.

Moms and dads can unwind at SPA Canvaree, take a quiet stroll along the pristine coast, meander along the lazy river, or just lounge around a first classroom or villa overlooking the amazing Karon Beach. There’s even an adult-only pool with a dedicated pool bar! Kids will be enjoying their fun at the supervised Kid’s Club with special age-appropriate zones full of fun activities. If you’re up for a bit more adventure, you can even enjoy kayaking, windsurfing, snorkeling, and sailing! Diving lessons can be arranged with the hotel concierge.

How Can I Burn Off Those Mai-Thais

Centara Grand Beach Resort Boasts a tennis court, Thai Boxing lessons, a state-of-the-art fitness center that overlooks the beach, and of course there’s SPA Cenvaree where you can enjoy the pampering you deserve. SPA Cenvaree uses ancient healing techniques that are a part of Thailand’s heritage.

Spa services, I could use this right now.

Spa services, I could use this right now.


Other Cool Features Include


Babysitting service, a club lounge, hotel boutique shop, wifi, business center, medical services, laundry services, currency exchange, and Baht Bonanza Free Spending Money program (this program allows you to deposit funds that are automatically increased adding value to your spending limit).


Dining Like a Princess


Lotus Restaurant. Enjoy all types of dining options at Centara Grand.

Lotus Restaurant. Enjoy all types of dining options at Centara Grand.

Centara Grand Beach Resort has everything from swim-up bars to sit down dining. There’s no shortage of places to eat and drink here. Room service of course is available as well. A selection of fine dining and casual dining is sure to suit any of your amazing fairytale getaway moments.


Sleeping Fairytale Getaway Style


King Suite decor and furnishings.

King Suite decor and furnishings.


the 262 rooms, suites, and villas at Centara Grand Beach Resort are each finely finished with Sino-Portuguese decor and a balcony or terrace with views of the gardens, pools, or sea. From spa rooms to pool-suites, these are definitely fairytale getaway material. Spacious villas have their own plunge pool on the terrace! Villas are club level and offer Club privileges including access to the Club Lounge, private check-in and checkout, discounts at the SPA Cenvaree, and 2 hours of meeting room use daily.\


Plunge pool on terrace.

Plunge pool on the terrace.

Villa with pool. Get a babysitter and enjoy your alone time somewhere.

Villa with pool. Get a babysitter and enjoy your alone time somewhere.

Private pool in villa, great for couples and families.

Private pool in villa, great for couples and families.

Getting There and When

Southern Thailand’s seasons are less distinct and really there are only two proper seasons, summer and the rainy season. West of the peninsula (Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi) is best done between mid-November and April to avoid the monsoons. Getting to the main peninsula will of course involve a flight. I love to use Skyscanner, you can pick the cheapest times to go with this app and website.


I also recommend working with a reservation company where you can find great savings (those travel dollars add up fast, especially when you’re flying from the U.S. Check out Hoot Holidays, they offer some pretty great packages not just for Centara Grand Beach Resort, but for resorts all over the world.

About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

5 Comments on this post

  1. Hi Christa,

    Awesome. We’ve motorbiked by probably 100 times over our 7 months spent in Phuket; we live in Rawai when we visit. Just spent 5 weeks in the Ket.

    Karon is beautiful, and the resort looks stunning. Just get their during high season to avoid the killer – literally – monsoon season, as the rip currents are dangerous, and can pull you out in a split second.

    Thanks for the images, review and Phuket reminder. I’ll tweet this through Triberr.


    Ryan Biddulph / Reply
  2. I’ve only been to mainland Thailand before but this resort in Phuket looks just gorgeous!! The spa seems so inviting!

  3. awesome photos. hope your friends can check out our hotel & spa too.

    Karon Beach Resort / Reply

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