Visitors heading to southern Thailand, to the Pearl of the Andaman, have one too many accommodation options to choose from. To help select the best places to sleep after a day of exploring Phuket, here’s our guide.
On the popular Bangtao Beach is the Andaman Seaside Resort. This beach seemingly has the best of both worlds, with half of the stretch of sand dominated by local fishermen and the other by luxury resorts, such as the Andaman Seaside Resort. It is relatively close to the airport (about a 25-minute drive) and can be found on the west side of the island. Those who cannot handle Thailand’s heat may opt for one of the 16 poolside villas, or those with the family in tow may choose one of the 16 family rooms. The hotel also offers a number of tours, from visiting the stunning James Bond Island to a day trip to the famous Koh Phi Phi islands.
Tri Trang Beach is home to some of the most pristine stretches of sand on Phuket, and it’s also where one of the most luxurious of resorts is located: Crest Resort and Pool Villas. This may be the most exquisite resort on this list. Each room is decked out in modern décor and enjoys a backdrop of the Andaman Sea and lush, mountainous terrain. There are six different types of room, ranging in style, size, and price. Many of the rooms have direct access to their very own private pool, and some are also equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing full enjoyment of sunrise or sunset.
While Patong has a reputation as a seedy tourist-filled beach and nightlife area, La Flora Resort Patong leaves all this behind and provides an island oasis. The resort itself is luxurious, with a large beachfront, outdoor lounging area, and many pool villas. There’s also a spa offering traditional Thai massages, a fitness center for active travelers, and two stunning pools overlooking the Andaman Sea. Visitors won’t feel the need to venture far from the resort, as it has everything one might need for a comfortable and luxurious stay.
Kata Beach is a favorite among locals, and it has yet to be overtaken by tourists. Chanalai Romantica Resort is on the mile-long Kata Beach, which is one of the top places to snorkel and lounge. The Chanalai Group has a number of different resorts in Phuket, and the Chanalai Romantica Resort is one of the most coveted. It is a perfect destination for couples, catering in particular to newlyweds. From the sprawling, crystal clear pool surrounded by ample lounge chairs to rooms so close to the water that guests can jump in straight from their balconies, there is seemingly nothing this hotel doesn’t have. There are four different room styles to choose from, starting at as little as ฿1,250 (US$36.75).
Panoramic views of the Andaman Sea and some 40 acres of luxurious and scenic grounds are just two highlights of the Trisara Villas & Residences Phuket. Much of the décor is inspired by traditional Thai architecture, with the 39 villas and suites made of dark wood, vaulted ceilings, and stunning sea views. The Trisara Villas & Residences Phuket also has its own private beach, offering complete seclusion and luxury and attracting some VIP guests. No detail was overlooked in making sure this resort blends flawlessly with the surrounding foliage. The nearby jungle is manicured, but much of the surroundings have been allowed to remain in a more natural state, for guests to enjoy.
The Millennium Resort Patong Phuket is the largest resort on our list, with 418 guestrooms. It is close enough to Patong Beach to enjoy the sand, but far enough to avoid other tourists. Comprised of two extensive wings, the rooms in the first (Beachside) face the Andaman Sea, while the Lakeside rooms are equipped with lush bedding and vibrant décor, matching the resort’s overall beachy vibe. The resort is actually located on the grounds of a 200,000 square meter shopping center, so over 200 shops are easily accessible to guests. The five-star hotel also comes with a variety of suites and rooms, two outdoor pools, and many dining options.
What this hotel lacks in beachfront allure it certainly makes up for with its many amenities. The Royal Phuket City Hotel is in the quaint Phuket Town, an oftentimes overlooked area. Despite its relative distance from the beach, there is much to see and do in the charming town, and the Royal Phuket City Hotel is the perfect base for exploring it. There are 251 guest rooms, three restaurants, a full-service spa, health club, rooftop terrace, coffee shop, and a striking and expansive pool. The pool and lounging area is enhanced with foliage, and sits just high enough up to give loungers a nice view of both the city and the surrounding hilly terrain.