For our once in a lifetime event, we visited Phuket twice, went to 14 different wedding venues and met up with 2 wedding planners to see their working styles. At the end, we chose Impiana Kata Noi (without any wedding planner). I would say I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was on my wedding day. It was really a wonderful experience to host our wedding there!
*The reason why we chose Impiana Kata Noi
We were looking for a just about right size private venue with sea view, and a lawn for ceremony and reception, which can host around 60-70 guests. We also preferred a resort with proximity to downtown for the convenience of our guests.
Having been to so many different resorts in Phuket, all resorts got their own charms and flaws. The best thing we liked about Impiana is its exclusivity. It is conveniently located near the Kata downtown area, however, once you enter the villa, it feels like you are in a very private and relaxed world. Our guests can easily access the eating and shopping area, but once they return to the resort, they can enjoy some quiet and individual time. At the night before our wedding day, we organized a welcome cocktail session in a beach club nearby. Our guests can actually go there on foot.
Since there are only 11 villas in Impiana, we booked out the whole resorts so all the guests staying in the villas at that 2 nights are all our families, relatives and friends. This way, we don’t have to worry about transport arrangements, and the guests could enjoy themselves without the worry to disturb other guests.
Of course, we are greatly attracted by the sea view (the view from the infinity pool is just amazing!!) and the luxurious rooms, but to be honest, the main reason we chose Impiana was because of the villa manager + wedding coordinator – Joy. She is such a lovely lady who is charismatic, friendly, and humorous. The first time we met her during our site visit, we already felt like a friend of hers. We can feel how she would try her best to create a wonderful wedding for us, but not trying to maximize profits from us. That is the main reason we chose Impiana!
*About the wedding package
Impiana does offer wedding packages for guests, there are a lot of preset items like wedding arch, aisle marker, centerpiece etc., but you can also tell Joy what you want and she will try to see if she can arrange it for you (some at additional costs). The pricing of the wedding package is comparatively reasonable compared to other resorts, consider how a luxurious resort Impiana is.
I didn’t use the preset items in the wedding package, but told Joy what I wanted by sending her some pictures. On our wedding day, the ceremony set up is very similar to the pictures I sent her. It feels like a dream to have all your ideal wedding setup in your own wedding!!! And the sea view just perfectly matches the whole ceremony. We feel so blessed about the nice weather on our wedding day.
*Some sharing about holding our wedding in Impiana
My husband and I stayed in the Honeymoon Suite, but I had my makeup and hairdo in the Royal Villa (where my bridesmaids stayed). I think it is the best place to do so, then you can march in the venue without being seen before the ceremony! It is a good place for taking pictures too as it is very spacious with the best view in the resort.
The lawn in Impiana is actually not too big, it is good enough for ceremony, but I think it can at most host 8 round tables for dinner. We had 70 guests in total and we think it is just about right size. There was enough space for dance floor after putting 7 round tables on the lawn.
We organized a welcome sparkler before the dinner starts. The moment we marched in with our friends & families holding the sparkler to welcome us, I felt like I was in a dream! All the fairy lights, wonderful table settings, our beautiful wedding arch and bridal table - everything was really like a dream. I wished the night wouldn’t end so quickly! We had Thai buffet style dinner, which is actually a bit spicy for some guests, but Impiana does offer western style buffet / set menus as well. They also offer beverage packages charged per person, but we decided to pay per consumption as not all of our guests drink wine.
The wedding cake was also arranged by Joy and I was totally impressed by it!! To be honest, I didn’t have much expectations in the beginning as we didn’t outsource a professional cake shop for our wedding cake. But when the staff brought it out – WOW! It is just like the cake I saw from Pinterest! All my guests said the cake was delicious (the flavour was red velvet). Too bad that I didn’t get the chance to taste it as I was too busy running around!!
Of course, I’ll be honest and tell you there were hiccups here and there during our wedding, mostly technical issues (e.g. the staff played the wrong music when I march in!! (LOL) and the projector didn’t work, so it took some time to fix it). But no weddings can be perfect! Now we looked back, it was actually quite funny and we will remember those funny moments forever! I can see Joy already tried her best to make sure everything goes smooth!
When you are planning your wedding in Phuket, please do expect that they do take their time when replying your emails. If it is something urgent, you can always ring up the hotel.
And, it is really hot in Phuket!!! I believe everyone was sweating like crazy during our ceremony. It is better to prepare some hand fans for your guests. But during the night, the temperature dropped and it felt ok. They also arranged 2 big fans for the guests as well.
For the after party, we asked all our friends to get changed into swimsuits and we all jumped into the pool in the Royal Villa!! Surprisingly it can actually fits a lot of people!! All our guests told us they really had a good time - the view was amazing, the wedding set up was beautiful, the food was delicious, the after party was fun…that’s all that matters to us, guests being able to enjoy themselves!
I am really glad that we chose Impiana Kata Noi, my wedding in Phuket is a really fond memory. I would especially love to thank Joy to make all these happen – we miss you already Joy!! It is so great to have you as our wedding planner!! We would definitely love to come visit you again!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the rocks between Kata Noi and Kata sits the Impiana Private Villas Kata Noi, with only 11 five-star luxury and boutique private villas and suites. Each villa/suite has a 180 degree ocean (sunset) views, large private pools, butler service and walking distance to Kata and Kata Noi beaches. Kata village with it's restaurants, bars and shops is a short stroll away. With a gym, cigar room, Living Room restaurant, in-suite private dining and in-suite spa treatments, you can truly indulge and get away from it all. Given it's small size, it's also a great venue for small to medium weddings against a sunset backdrop. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Impiana Private Villas Kata Noi Hotel Karon
- Impiana Private Villas Kata Noi Phuket/Kata Beach