About this listing
Our cool and comfortable studio apartment with amazing pool access has a true island holiday feel! It comfortably fits two and is centrally located in Karon, just 800 meters from Kata beach. Easier to walk around Kata-Karon area than you might think!
Room is located in the bottom right of the photo. Behind the plastic chairs at poolside.
[ AMAZING Airbnb Property! ]
"More than expected (for the price) with this room."
Enjoy imported meat, Charcoal BBQ, Thai cuisine, a wine cellar with wide range of wines at very reasonable price. Locanda, the restaurant has been awarded Best Restaurant 2005 by Thailand Tatler and The Best Gourmet Restaurant by Bangkok Airways’ Fah Thai Magazine!
Located in the Bourgainvillea Terrace House hotel. You'll be treated as hotel guests! Just seconds from the swimming pool; open the sliding glass door and you're at pool side. Wonderful bar near the pool serving wine, beer, spirits and exotic cocktails too.
Room itself has awesome high security screen doors that allow the room to be totally secure while allowing the tropical weather in! Downstairs there is a high tech security door to allow access 24/7 via security card. There is also a night guard on duty. The area is very safe! The security precautions are totally unnecessary in Phuket but we're glad to have them anyway.
The hotel does offer a common computer for Internet usage but most guests have their own computer/tablet/smartphone and like to enjoy unlimited high speed Internet from the room or at poolside.
We charge a cleaning fee to cover the costs of the hotel taking care of everything. The room will be cleaned daily by the hotel staff.
The room accommodates two (2) adults. If you have children they can stay with you for free no matter how many children you have or how old they are (as long as they are still children = 17 years or younger). There is one large bed. The floor isn't very comfortable! No more than two adults staying in the room.
CHECK-OUT TIME IS 2 PM.
We are flexible on the check-out time BUT we may have new guests checking-in the same day you check-out. Please check-out so the room can be cleaned by the hotel cleaning staff.
Flexible check-out time *IF* we don't have a guest reservation through Airbnb.
We do require the MINIMUM security deposit allowed by Airbnb... but we have always returned 100% of the deposit! The security deposit is for any extra hotel expenses (room service, drinks charged to the room from the hotel bar, etc.)
Guests can act as Bourgainvillea Terrace House hotel guests: WiFi, swimming pool, restaurant, room service, hotel laundry, etc.
If you want to go on a sailboat, fishing charter, rent a motorbike, go scuba diving, etc. please inquire with the front desk. The hotel manager, can assist with almost any aspect of the Phuket tourist industry.
Interaction with Guests
No owner-guest interaction other than via the internet; Airbnb communications is preferred but we are available via email or phone. We will be out of the country. The front desk receptionist and regular Bourgainvillea Terrace House staff will take care. You can always contact me via Airbnb or ask the hotel employees to contact us for you.
Phuket is the exotic beach resort of SouthEast Asia. Kata-Karon area is not nearly as loud and party oriented as Patong. Patong is a 15 minute taxi/tuk-tuk ride away if you want to enjoy the nightlife and shopping. We love that (in Kata-Karon) we have access to incredible restaurants and tourist amenities without having the crazy nightlife of Patong 24 hours a day. Kata and Karon beaches are world famous.
The room is located only about 800 meters from the beach. 800 meters is, obviously, almost a kilometer... which means that walking is an option but renting a motorbike or getting a ride is more relaxing.
There are so many places within walking distance that a motorbike is not needed but renting a motorbike is very nice and convenient. There is no shortage of places to rent motorbikes.
It is very safe and easy to walk around! Some adventurous tourists rent mountain bikes. There are public buses for the budget travelers.
RECOMMENDED: renting motorbikes/mopeds rather than utilizing the Tuk-Tuk taxis in Phuket. Motor scooters, motorbikes and cars are available for rent all over Phuket. The Tuk-Tuk taxis are known to charge too much because they are unmetered. Cheaper and easier to rent a car or a motorbike because Tuk-Tuks tend to ask for fairly large amounts of money to take you. Tuk-Tuk drivers really are known for being outrageous with their business practices (both with Thais and with foreigners).
Very easy to rent mopeds/motor scooters in Phuket. There is a motorcycle rental shop immediately at the bottom of the hotel driveway. My wife and I rent a moped from that shop almost every time we are in Phuket even though we own our own car. Motorbikes are just easier to drive and are so convenient to park!
We like to walk everywhere around the immediate area but, for a few hundred Thai Baht, a rented motorbike makes life easier. Phuket island really opens itself up once you have the ease of your own transportation. The motorbikes for rent are automatic, very small, safe, easy to drive (even for the total beginner).
The hotel does have limited parking available at no cost. Parking only becomes really limited during high season periods (e.g. Christmas and New Year).
Other Things to Note
BOOK NOW IF AVAILABLE. The room is always ready to rent and gets reserved very quickly. This location is great value for your money! This is our primary residence in Thailand. And, while we are outside of Thailand (during the school year), we have removed the restrictions on renting the room through Airbnb. You can book a room with or without contacting us. The hotel will take care of your check-in. The room is always ready.
We are always ready to answer questions and get to know our guests.
Sabaii sabaii! Enjoy yourself. Phuket is a tourist destination. Fun is allowed and expected. All we ask is that you remember that it is our home not a hotel room. (Yes, it's in a hotel but you know what I mean, right?)
Please remember that the hotel charges extra fees for your hotel laundry (i.e. towels and bedsheets) and the beverages in the refrigerator. Please ask questions of myself (via Airbnb) or the hotel staff if you have any concerns.
Had an excellent stay in phuket at Marc's apartment, it looked exactly like the pictures and was very spacious (especially the gigantic bathroom!). The pool was beautiful and due to it been low season we had it all to ourselves. The staff were also very helpful. The location was perfect for those that enjoy peace and tranquility as it is about a 10-15 minute walk away from the hussle and bussle of the beach and centre of kata. Thank you Marc!
Did a last min booking with Marc, and gotten a confirmation reply in less than 2 hours! Super Prompt . A perfect host :)
Location is along the main road and easily accessible. Took the 200 baht shared mini van from airport, just get the mini van staff to give the hotel a call if they are unsure of the location. (Look for the golden cow, u will not miss it)
Once reach the hotel , check in was prompt. Less than 3 mins i am already in the room. No hassle of deposit passport all that. As for those who wonders if the room is as what the photos shown, It is. In fact the pool is just 2 meters away from the door of the room!
Kata beach is also nearby (10 mins walk max) and there are lots of good foods around the hotel street.
Rented a car for the trip and parking is free and safe :)
Last but not least the hotel staff are awesome! If you face any issues , just approach them and your issues will gone:)
A big thanks you to Marc (my host) for renting such a awesome place for my phuket trip and also marco ( hotel manager) and staff for making my stay there an awesome one. For Sure i will be back soon :)
Thanks a lot to Marc for such a great possibility to live in a beautiful hotel with pool for actually good money!
I'm so excited about this apartment!! Everything was excellent! And (for people who don't trust pictures) room's interior is exactly as on the photos. I enjoyed with the big king-sized bed, huge bathroom. Everything is new and clean.
Hotel's staff is very friendly and polite and will help you to solve any problems)
Location of the hotel is great! Really!! 5-7 minutes walking to Kata Beach and 15-20 minutes to big Karon Beach. Fresh food (fruit) market is about 3-5 minutes walking from the hotel.
I'm actually in love with this apartment and want be back next time. Marc is the best host ever! Thank you!)
Marc is a great host, easy to communicate with and has great advice. One of the best hosts I've had. Unfortunately, I think my experience with his place just was unlucky. It rained for two days of my four day stay which was fine, not his fault. Also, I felt a little uneasy as the hotel was fairly quiet during the rainy season, again not Marc's fault. Both of these things were just bad luck on my end. The hotel staff was friendly as well but the cleaning of the room was what bothered me. All of my sheets and towels were stained or looked dirty and I felt like the place was unclean as a whole. The air conditioning leaked a lot, which is not Marc's fault. None of this was at fault of Marc just I think I got a poor end of things. Tough one for me to review here because the place was in a good location.
The room was very nice and comfortable, with everything we could need available. The staff of the hotel were pleasant, and the pool and surrounding areas were lovely. The room is situated close to Kata (& Karon) beach, with restaurants, 7/11s, & markets nearby.
The only problem we had was the air con kept leaking, sometimes rather a lot, & unfortunately the hotel staff didn't have any ideas as to how to fix it. However this is merely a technical problem, & has no impact on the positives of the room.
Other than that though, we very much enjoyed our time & would recommend.
I always get a bit stressed trying to figure out how to get from the airport to where I was staying. There were many options and I ended up choosing a shared shuttle for 200 rather 900 for a private taxi. The shared shuttle took almost 2 hours to find the place and couldn't find the address.
The fridge wasn't working at the beginning and the outdoor door wasn't working. I just used the indoor safe and the look on the mesh door. The staff were friendly and she helped me get the fridge working.
The space is very nice for 1 or 2 people. Poolside with Wifi it was nice to wake up to the pool to eat breakfast and start the day.
I carry camera gear so it's a bit heavy to walk to Kata (closest) beach repeatedly so I rented a motorbike further away from the hotel for 200. The one across the hotel was 275 a day.
I checked out all the main beaches from Patong (seedy), Karon (biggest), Kata (good), and Kata Soi (nice secluded furthest south). I spent most of my time on Kata soi.
With the bike I went to see the Big Buddah and the Karon viewpoint.
There is a good Halal Thai restaurant north of hotel, cheap good resto local thai (50bt) across hotel, and Singapore restaurant south of hotel all on Patak road.
I was a bit concerned that I would get charged for little things like toilet paper, using the towels etc but I wasn't charged anything. The staff were night.
There were guests from switzerland that were a bit noisy on some nights but I'm a night owl and they stopped around 1am so not a problem.
Great space. good price. good location.
About the Host, Marc
Hi! I'm not going to spend tons of energy on my profile but I'll put the basics.
I have lived in Thailand for over 12 years. I recently moved to Myanmar (the new name for Burma). I work as the IT Director at Yangon International School.
I signed a contract to extend for 2015-16. That will keep my wife and myself out of Thailand for most of the school year. We have the desire to rent our space while we are away during the school year. The room is always for rent but I hope it WON'T rent during major holidays (Christmas, Spring Break, Summer vacation, etc.) so we can return to use it.
When in Thailand I like to practice Bikram Hot Yoga daily. We try to go to Kata Hot Yoga twice a day. 3 hours of exercise is a fair amount so sometimes we only make it to one class (90 minutes). So, we have a pretty healthy lifestyle in Thailand: fairly healthy food and a fair amount of exercise. Our location in Kata-Karon beach is wonderful. Far enough away from the crazy nightlife of Patong and very close to the beaches loved by tourists. Only about 700m away from the beach.
I'm always available for questions and comments.