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Best Hotels in Phuket
Here is our list of the best hotels in Phuket. We personally tried, paid and enjoyed all these resorts and would recommend any without hesitation. Staying at a hotel is fully part of your holiday, so it should be an experience and a memory in itself, a memory you will bring back home as much as the beach or the food. These hotels might not appear cheap but all have personality and all were a great experience. The hotels below are not the only ones we tried of course, we sure did try a lot, but we started with the fourteen resorts we liked most and sorted them by alphabetical order... for now :)
Phuket Fantasea is big, bright, bold and crowded... Ten years after opening in Kamala Beach, it is still going strong, a giant melting pot of tourists of all nationalities, where the least spoken languages are probably English and Thai. But all have one thing in common, they all came to see a dazzling stage performance narrating the legend of Kamala, starring a dozen of adult elephants.
Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon is a superb new resort located on the still peaceful Naithon beach, a surprisingly beautiful beach away from any main road on the upper west coast of Phuket. The hotel is far from the usual crowds but not isolated and near a less known local life, making it an interesting starting point to enjoy what Phuket has to offer if you are not a party goer.
What to do on a rainy day in PhuketIt's not all gloom in Phuket when it rains... as any tropical countries you still can expect some good sunny days in rainy season, but better be prepared if it lasts. Here is my little list of suggestions... maybe you should print it and keep it somewhere in your bags! Note that you will need a car to do some of these...
Probably the most obvious activity on a rainy day, for both men and women. I recommend to my friends not to book this activity in advance, keep it for that occasional rainy day! But if you stay in a Spa Resort, make a booking early if you think rain is here to stay. All the hotel guests will have the same idea! (read more)
Same same but different will you say? Not really, Jungceylon shopping is not great, but what is more fun are the many activities. Perfect for a rainy day! Bowling and movie theater don't need to be introduced, but you can go get some adrenaline sensation at the XD mini theater, shoot real rounds of bullets at Shooting cafe or laser shooting on 4th floor, have a weird blue facial treatment done at Takashi Tokyo, a silly fish spa, or even visit the new Shell Museum! (read more)
Things to Do in Phuket with Kids
Phuket is a great tropical destination for families. Yes it is! Obviously there is the beach and the sea, but that would be a waste not to add a bit of activities to your stay. These activities are great to enjoy as family, and your kids will love finally sharing some fun and good time with you!
Note that this is fun for boys or girl, but I might refer as 'he' or 'him' to keep it easier to read. And of course I know there is a lot more you can do, these are just some popular suggestions to have unforgettable time with the whole family! All these tours can be organized easily from your hotel. Prices are just an indication to help you planning.
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The Kee Resort is probably one of the best located hotel in Patong Beach if you prefer to be in the very heart of the action. Its unique location at the end of Soi Seadragon makes if the perfect place for guests who plan to party but also enjoy well designed hotels equipped with all the facilities you can expect from a 4 star hotel with a good and very friendly service.
With 244 rooms and 6 room types, The Kee Resort is quite large but designed in a smart compact way with a modern style. The pool is clearly addressing to the young generation with an massive pool bar playing club music all day and very skilled bar tenders. Next to the pool is a superb spa with many beautiful private rooms and outdoor Jacuzzi, the perfect way to cure a hangover.
Phuket Trickeye Museum is a great new place to take your kids or your girlfriend/boyfriend a for a couple of hours of silly fun. Some of you might be familiar with the concept of Trickeye Museum, also called 3D museum, as similar attraction has been hugely popular first in Pattaya, then in Chiang Mai and lately in Bangkok. The Trickeye Museum in Phuket is actually not related the those 3 listed above.
Maikhao Dream Villa Resort is one of the most amazing hotel I had the chance to experience in my 20 years in Thailand, and I did stay at countless five star properties so I don't consider myself easy to impress. Maikhao Dream is not a resort for everyone. It is in the north part of the island where the beach is all yours, it is very exclusive which makes it rather expensive and it comes only with 2 or 3 bedroom villas. This is the perfect hideaway for a group of friends or 3 couples who want to travel together and share their holiday in style.
Maikhao Dream Villa Resort consists of 22 exclusive pool villas, each of them so huge I probably kept my mouth open for a while when I walked in. The first thing I did once my butler had shown me around, was to walk from the entrance to the back door: I counted 44 steps (casual steps). Now stand up, find the longest part of your house and count 44 steps, it will give you an idea of the size of my villa. And each villa has two floors!
Phuket Upside Down House (Baan Teelanka)
The Phuket Upside Down House, officially called Baan Teelanka as this is how it translates in Thai, is one of the latest an most surprising attraction in Phuket. Once you see it, there is no need for any explanation as this pink house is standing upside down in a garden like if some giant kid had casually dropped it after playing with it.
Hyatt Regency Phuket
Hyatt Regency Phuket is a superb 5 star resort recently built on a hillside of Kamala, overlooking Rayee Beach which is located just a little south of the main Kamala beach, and therefore far from any crowd. This exclusive 190 rooms resort offers splendid sea views from almost every balcony and obviously the higher the room, the better the view!
One Chun Restaurant in Phuket Town
One Chun Restaurant (One Chun means ‘Monday’) is the latest great Thai restaurant in Phuket town and its growing popularity is the result of combining all the right ingredients. Serving an uncompromising southern Thai cuisine, it succeeds in pleasing not only travellers, but more importantly locals who are not easy to impress when it comes to their own food!