Last Updated on August 31, 2020
From its famous beaches, to its active water sports activities, Phuket has always been a traveler’s favorite for years. Catering to millions of tourists everyday – all from varying backgrounds – this place was made to entice even the most perceptive of jetsetters who may be so used to the extravagant.
Not in the mood for a swim at the famous Phi Phi Islands? Then wait for the fabulous sunset over at Promthep Cape. Tired of traditional Thai food? Savor the unexpected with Chinese and Malay fusions. Want to test your shopping mettle? Patong Beach is calling for you.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re here on a quick layover, or you’re with your family for a dream vacation. Find your ‘home away from home’ here in Phuket with these amazing top-of-the-line hotels and resorts:
You can’t just travel to Thailand and not book a room with ocean view. That’s why Andara Phuket is the choice of many when it comes to gorgeous suites and villas that open to the Andaman Sea. There’s nothing quite like starting your day surrounded by hues of green and blue.
But to truly make your stay memorable, why not invite your new friends over? Don’t just entertain them at your large suite with a private pool though (not a bad idea, nonetheless). Make it unforgettable by booking Andara’s Baglietto Italian-designed motor yacht for an afternoon of cruising and eating, with meals carefully prepared by a private chef for your party.
How about that for an unforgettable vacation?
There’s a reason why romance has always been synonymous with the beach: the distinct smell of saltwater, the magnificent sunsets, sand between your toes, and the gentle lapping of the waves…that, plus your special someone, is bound to hit all the right notes. And the The Shore at Katathani takes the lead for most romantic.
Sometimes called a ‘love bird’s paradise’, this luxury resort is a favorite among couples because it provides the best of both worlds. Situated on Kata Noi Beach, it’s secluded enough to feel serene; yet just a stone’s throw away from the vibrant Patong Beach.
Lovers can enjoy champagne breakfast in bed in the morning, and then step out to shop at night. Not to mention, they have one of the best infinity pools in Phuket.
If seclusion and privacy tops your list of must-haves for the ultimate getaway, then there’s nowhere more perfect than The Naka Island Resort & Spa.
An exclusive boutique resort located on Naka Yai Island, guests arrive on its beautiful ivory white private sand beach via speedboat. With nothing but natural jungles and a small fishing village, you’re guaranteed no crowds and all fun.
Explore the island on your own time, as you admire the stunning emerald-green Andaman Sea. Or try to leave the comforts of your tropical style Villa with private pool to dine at any of Naka Island’s restaurants and bars, conveniently located at the resort.
Entering Keemala luxury resort is like stepping into a Thai wonderland. You don’t just write your own stories here – you as a guest, get to partake in the story of the four clans that have inspired the wonder and beauty of this Phuket sanctuary. Strategically located in the hills, among abundant woodlands, it’s the best place to get back to nature in style.
Step into any of the four uniquely-style villas (Clay Pool Cottage, Tent Pool Villa, Tree Pool House, and Bird’s Nest Villa) and discover verdant greens, natural earthy tones, refreshing pools, or a different perspective altogether. Featuring its own lagoon-like swimming pool with waterfall and bar, it’s just one wonderful surprise after another.
Vacationing with friends or family? Spare no expense when you book at Trisara. Known as one of the most luxurious and private properties in Phuket, this pearl is all about carefully curated experiences that lets guests indulge while discovering Thailand’s treasures.
It has something for every type of discerning traveler. Couples will love the romantic Ocean View Junior suites; whereas friends and families will feel spoiled in the massive Residential Villas. Then spend your days cruising around surrounding bays and islands in any one of their 18 luxury motor yachts.
And when you’re famished, simply come back to ‘mama-style’ recipes that taste like home. The best part? You can capture every precious moment with help from their in-house digital studio, DDEN.
After all, your loved ones deserve nothing but the best.
For those who want to ensure that their Thai getaway is in line with sustainability, then the Six Senses Yao Noi is the ideal destination. Guests enjoy arriving either by speedboat or by helicopter transfer to the idyllic island of Yao Noi, several minutes away from the bustling Phuket.
Once here, you’ll know right away that you’ve made the right choice. Everything from their driftwood decor, handmade mattresses, organic cotton sheets, to their protected mangrove area shows the care they put into their philosophy.
So whether you’re lounging on their hilltop infinity pool with fantastic views over Phang Nga Bay, or exploring beaten nature trails with a local guide, your mind can be totally at peace.
7. The Racha
Want to feel like you have your own private beach? Then head on over to The Racha! This eco-chic resort on the tiny island of Racha Yai set on 20 acres of green tropical grounds combines adventure with relaxation.
Arrive either by minivan or speedboat, and be greeted by the island’s white-sand crescent bay with azure waters. Create your own space by booking any of their luxurious villas, complete with pool or lush garden views from the terrace.
Or upgrade to The Lighthouse, a one-of-a-kind five-story accommodation featuring 2 master bedrooms and 2 single bedrooms, plus an observation lounge at the very top, with a 360 degree view of Racha Yai and the Andaman Sea. This resort is ideal for couples and large groups of friends who want to have real fun under the sun!
Often, many luxury resorts and hotels feel impersonal – especially to travelers with kids. But not Mövenpick Resort & Spa. This family-friendly mega-resort is highly recommended for families, big or small!
Not only do they offer huge discounts for little ones, there are all kinds of activities and services expressly created for making family vacations stress-free. Rooms are spacious, pools have slides, menus are kid-friendly, there are kids’ TV channels, and they even offer on-demand baby essentials services to ensure your bundle of joy remains joyful during your entire stay.
Attached to the main Banyan Tree Phuket complex and part of the larger Laguna Phuket resort complex, DoublePool Villas by Banyan Tree is all about complete privacy and relaxation. With massive villas that can accommodate up to 7 guests, expect nothing ultra opulence when you book your getaway here.
Their 24 private villas are not only charming, but also feature practical amenities such as fully equipped kitchens and private wading pool. If you think you need something else, your 24-hour personal villa host will cater to your wishes in a heartbeat.
This resort is also just a 4-minute walk away from Bang Tao Beach. Convenient if you feel like mingling, but not too far to get back into serenity either. Of course, don’t leave without sampling their award-winning signature Banyan Tree spa treatments.
10. Kata Rocks
The designers and architects of Kata Rocks believe in emphasizing the island’s natural beauty. This is evident in the resort’s minimalist decor and overall aesthetics. As one of the most innovative resorts in Phuket, it boasts of strategic location – between the gorgeous sandy beaches of Kata Noi and Kata Yai – Thai hospitality, and world-class amenities.
De-clutter your mind as you take in the hotel’s striking white, black, and gray tones. Next, indulge in their exclusive dining options, or unwind in their spa pools and small gardens. Kata Rocks also plays host to the prestigious Superyacht Rendezvous, an invite-only event of glamorous settings, influential people, and obviously, luxury cruising.
This is definitely a destination that should be on every minimalist traveler’s bucket list.