“Sisters are doin’ it for themselves” at this fun and funky seaside getaway.
by Bruce Scott
As one of the newest additions to Phuket’s growing hotel scene, the SIS Kata Resort exudes a youthful attitude that effortlessly blends casual chic with fashionable fun. The resort itself is owned and operated by three fun-loving sisters (their family’s Aksara Collection also includes Patra Mansion in Phuket Town, and the Kata Sea Breeze). However, here the “sis” in the name actually has a second meaning—as it is an acronym for ‘Stay In Style’.
The resort is built on a hill at the southern end of Kata Beach, and while it’s true that there is no direct beach access, the breathtaking view from the main swimming pool overlooks this expansive undulating white sand shoreline as it recedes into the horizon. The swimming pool is generously ringed with reclining sun loungers and day bed cabanas, and the playful sculpture which is the pool’s centrepiece—a sort of futuristic Botero female nude—sets the tone… lie back, relax, and let it all hang out everybody!
The building’s mod architecture is fun and funky, with the zigzagging lines of the balcony partitions echoed in everything from the swimming pool tiles and the outdoor terrace floor, to the floor tiles and wall art in the rooms. The overall colour scheme relies on whites and cool greys, interspersed with marine-inspired bright blue and turquoise accents, and pockets of greenery.
There are a total of 124 sleek and stylish accommodation units to choose from, the fanciest of which are the two SIS Suites, which measure almost 70 sq.m and include an over-sized Jacuzzi set in an open-plan, split-level living and bedroom space, complete with a spacious balcony plus daybed and stunning ocean views. Of course, equally appealing are the more modest SIS Over The Sea rooms, which measure almost 40 sq.m and come with a sexy Jacuzzi built-for-two on the balcony. The room itself is dominated by the large king-sized bed, but there’s also space for a 43” Slim LED TV, curved work desk behind the bed, mini-bar and refrigerator, coffee and tea making facilities, spacious bathroom with rain shower, and a wardrobe with in-room safe. The décor, meanwhile, is cool and contemporary, with blonde wood and light and medium earth tones creating the perfect chillax mood.
There are several other on-site amenities, including a second swimming pool, meeting rooms, a fitness centre, and a branch of the popular Let’s Relax Spa chain. However, a lot of time will no doubt be spent at the resort’s half dozen drink and dine spots, the largest being the 116 seat all-day dining venue Dawn Til Dusk. A bountiful breakfast buffet is served here, but when the sun begins to set the adjacent 40 seat outdoor Twilight Sky becomes the property’s stunning outdoor sunset terrace. Dine on expertly prepared Thai-inspired specialties, paired with expertly crafted cocktails, as the sky and sea become one under the velvety blanket of encroaching darkness.
The SIS Kata Resort
255 Kok Tanode Rd, Karon
Tel: 07 660 9555