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What are the best hotels in Phuket?


Here are the hotels we loved the most in Phuket. We stayed and enjoyed them all and would recommend any without hesitation. Staying at a great hotel in Phuket is entirely part of a holiday and can be an experience in itself, a memory you will bring back home. These hotels might not appear cheap, but all have personality, high service quality, unique features, and most of all, they offered us a great experience. The list below is not the only ones we tried, of course, but those we liked most and sorted them by beaches.


Hotels in Patong and nearby


Amari Phuket

Amari Phuket Resort

Amari Phuket is one of those rare resorts with a unique location in Patong Beach. A short tuk-tuk ride (1.5 km) will take you to the heart of Patong, where you can party all night if you want to and enjoy a quiet day on the hotel beach the day after. The hotel has a small private beach and is excellent for snorkelling. All the rooms and villas offer ocean views. There are three swimming pools in the resort, an excellent spa, and the romantic seaside restaurant La Gritta is legendary. The service at Amari is known to be spotless and always friendly.

Location: Patong Beach
Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 3
Restaurants and bars: 2 bars and 3 restaurants
Distance to the Beach: on its small private beach
Distance from airport: 38 km
Distance to Phuket Town: 16 km
Distance to Patong Center: 1.6 km

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Four Points by Sheraton Phuket Patong Beach

Four Points by Sheraton Phuket Patong Beach

Four Points by Sheraton Phuket is a new resort in Patong Beach with many qualities to please a wide range of travellers. The location just across the street from the beach is, without a doubt, the first reason why this hotel is so attractive. It also is a short distance from the famous Bangla Walking Street, the heart of Patong Nightlife. The hotel is bright and well designed and has all the features and outlets to please a wide range of travellers.

Location: Patong Beach
Range
: 5-star
Swimming Pools: 3
Restaurants and bars: 5
Rooms: 600
Distance from the beach: across the street
to Patong city centre: 1.2 km
from Phuket Airport: 37 km
to Phuket Town: 14 km

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Holiday Inn Phuket Resort

Holiday Inn Phuket

Holiday Inn Phuket’s location is excellent if you want to get the best of Patong: The beach is just across the street, and the city centre with its shopping and famous nightlife is just a short walk away. The popular OTOP night market is just behind the resort, and there are plenty of restaurants, spas and shops to enjoy everywhere around. The location is busy with activities, including the famous Hard Rock Cafe, yet the atmosphere is surprisingly quiet once inside the resort. The hotel features 3 swimming pools, with a beautiful pool bar in the immense main one. The rooms are well designed, including some pool access in the Busakorn Wing.

Location: Patong Beach
Range: 4-star
Swimming pools: 3
Restaurants and bars: 4
Distance to the Beach: across the street
Distance from airport: 36 km
Distance to Phuket Town: 14 km
Distance to Patong Center: 1.6 km

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Novotel Phuket Resort

Novotel Phuket Resort at the northern end of Patong Beach offers sea views only a few many hotels in Patong could afford. Novotel Phuket Resort design comes with typical Thai roofs over an impressive lobby, palm trees and greenery everywhere around three cascading pools. With 217 rooms and 7 room types, the resort is a small oasis of Thainess in a frantic town. It’s not at a walkable distance from the heart of Patong, but a short tuk-tuk drive will take you there in a couple of minutes.

Location: Patong Beach
Range
: 4-star
Swimming pools: 3 tier pool
Restaurants and bars: 4
Distance to the Beach: across the street
Distance from airport: 30 km
Distance to Phuket Town: 14 km
Distance to Patong Center: 1.7 km

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Le Meridien Phuket Resort

Le Meridien Phuket is one of the few hotels in Phuket with a private beach, and what a beach! Karon Noi is one of the Best Beaches of Phuket, secluded and reserved entirely to Le Meridien Phuket’s guests. This large hotel is isolated in a cove surrounded by trees. Still, it is very close to Patong, Karon and even Kata Beach, offering an excellent strategic hideaway for relaxation and exploration. With a staggering 4,700 sqm, the centrally located swimming pool at Le Meridien Phuket is one of the largest in Phuket. Besides, guests have no less than ten restaurants and bars to experience, plus a spa, a huge fitness centre, a kids club and many shops to enjoy during their stay.

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Location: Karon Noi Beach
Range
: 5-star
Swimming pools: 1 pool (4,700 sqm)
Restaurants and bars: 10
Distance to the Beach: on the beach!
Distance from airport: 39 km
Distance to Patong Beach: 3 km
Distance to Karon Beach: 3 km
Distance to Phuket Town: 18 km

Phuket Marriott Merlin Beach

Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach

Phuket Marriott Resort Merlin Beach is a 5-star hotel with a unique location on Merlin Beach in Phuket, just a few kilometres from the busy Patong, but in a superb and quiet surroundings. Marriott Merlin Beach Resort is a 400 rooms hotel with three immense swimming pools, built on vast land surrounded by hills and more beaches. Read more

Location: Merlin Beach
Range
: 5-star
Swimming pools: 3 pools
Restaurants and bars: 5
Distance to the closest beach: on the beach
Distance from airport: 40 km
Distance to Phuket Town: 19 km
Distance to Patong City Center: 4.2 km

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Kalima Resort

Kalima Resort is a hotel built on a hill with a fantastic panoramic view of the immense bay of Patong Beach. With such a unique location, guests can enjoy the sights and the strategic location within minutes to Patong without traffic inconvenience. There is no beach in front of the hotel, but the beautiful Kamala, Laem Singh and Surin Beach are just a short ride away.

Location: Kalim Beach
Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 3 pools
Restaurants and bars: 1
Distance to the closest beach: Patong Beach 2.5 km, Kamala Beach 4.5 km
Distance from airport: 28 km
Distance to Phuket Town: 14 km
Distance to Patong City Center: 3.6 km

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Hotels in Kata Beach and Kata Noi


The Shore at Katathani

The Shore at Katathani Phuket

The Shore at Katathani is one of the most exclusive hotels in Phuket, probably one of our best experiences on the island. The hotel combines all the ingredients for a perfect romantic escape: a location right above a white and sandy beach, large villas with jaw-dropping ocean views, an excellent restaurant, a spa and countless small details that make a truly unforgettable holiday. The secluded sandy Kata Noi location is what impresses the most as this beach was once voted one of the best beaches in Asia.

Location: Kata Noi Beach
Range
: 5-star
Swimming pools: 1 main pool + all pool villas
Restaurants and bars: 1
Distance to the Beach: on the beach!
Distance from airport: 48 km
Distance to Phuket Town: 17 km
Distance to Kata City Center: 2.5 km

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Katathani Beach Resort

Katathani Phuket Beach Resort on Kata Noi Beach

Katathani Beach Resort is a top-rated and affordable hotel also located on Kata Noi, one of the most beautiful beaches in the south of Phuket. Built along a 450 meters beach, this large but very well-designed hotel can afford to offer a surprisingly large amount of rooms with real sea views. Guests can also enjoy six swimming pools in the garden between the hotel and the beach, as well as many excellent on-site restaurants.

Location: Kata Noi Beach
Range
: 5-star
Swimming pools: 6 pools
Restaurants and bars: 6
Distance to the Beach: on the beach!
Distance from airport: 47 km
Distance to Phuket Town: 16 km
Distance to Kata Beach: 1.5 km

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Kata Rocks

Kata Rocks is best known for its iconic sunset view from the infinity pool in front of the restaurant. All the immense Sky Villas come with ocean views, private swimming pools and state of the art designer concept. While you probably will spend most of your time in the luxury of your hi-tech villa, remember that the restaurant, wine cellar and spa are all award-winning features. Kata Rocks is located on a hill and is within a short walking distance of the beautiful and sandy Kata Beach.

Location: Kata Beach
Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 1 main pool + private pools in all villas
Restaurants and bars: 1
Distance to the closest beach: 850 m
Distance from airport: 47 km
Distance to Phuket Town: 15 km

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Mom Tri’s Villa Royale

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We stayed several times at the unique Villa Royale in Kata Noi Beach. The concept is very original as part of the hotel was a private house owned by a famous Thai architect, and each suite in the hotel offers a different experience. One of the suites even comes with a wine cellar inside a rock. Villa Royale is just above the beautiful Kata Noi Beach and features one of the most romantic restaurants in Phuket.

Location: Kata Noi Beach
Range: 4-star
Swimming pools: 2 pools
Restaurants and bars: 1
Distance to the closest beach: 150 m
Distance from airport: 47 km
Distance to Patong Beach: 12 km
Distance to Phuket Town
: 15 km

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Hotels in Karon


Centara Grand Beach Resort

Centara Grand Beach Resort

Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket is a large hotel with a unique location and direct access to Karon’s superb and immense beach. The hotel also features several large swimming pools, restaurants, kids clubs, a surprisingly large fitness and many outlets, including a beach club. Centara Grand Beach Resort is a top-rated mid-range hotel with 262 mostly sea-facing rooms, suites and villas. Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket is a large hotel designed in a pinkish Sino-Portuguese style.

Location: Karon Beach
Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 4
Restaurants and bars: 7
Distance to the closest beach: on the beach!
Distance to Karon City Center: 1 km
Distance from airport
: 42 km
Distance to Phuket Town: 19 km

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Movenpick Resort Karon

Movenpick Karon Resort

Movenpick Resort Karon is one of Karon’s largest hotels, just across the street from the beach and a short walk away from the small town’s main street. Movenpick features an immense and beautiful swimming pool with an attractive pool bar, an excellent spa and several excellent restaurants. Guests can choose to book a room in the main building or stay in a private garden villa with a plunge pool.

Location: Karon Beach
Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 4
Restaurants and bars: 7
Distance to the closest beach: across the street
Distance to Karon City Center: 250 m
Distance from airport: 44 km
Distance to Phuket Town: 17 km

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Hotels in Kamala Beach and Surin


Hyatt Regency Phuket

Hyatt Regency Phuket

Hyatt Regency Phuket is a superb 5-star resort built on a hillside of Kamala, across the road from the lesser-known Rayee Beach, hidden just a couple of kilometres from the main Kamala beach. This luxurious 190 rooms resort offers splendid sea views from almost every balcony, a gigantic swimming pool and Sunset Grill, a superb panoramic restaurant located at the top of the hotel.

Location: Kamala Beach
Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 1
Restaurants and bars: 2
Distance to the closest beach: across the street
Distance to Kamala city centre: 4 km
Distance from airport: 30 km
Distance to Patong Beach: 10 km
Distance to Phuket Town: 20 km

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The Surin

The Surin is a beautifully designed hotel with a fantastic location on the private Pansea Beach, one of the most beautiful in Phuket. The name of the hotel is ‘The Surin’, but it stands on a nearby beach called Pansea Beach. The Surin features 103 hillside and beachfront cottages and suites, so if you can afford it, try to book one of those built with a terrace right on the beach, the experience is unique. The hotel’s black pool and the main building standing behind it are iconic, and the restaurant on the beach is a perfect romantic escape from your busy life!

Location: Panse Beach
Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 1
Restaurants and bars: 3
Distance to the closest beach: on its private beach!
Distance from airport: 24 km
Distance to Patong Beach: 13 km
Distance to Phuket Town: 25 km

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Twinpalms Phuket

Twinpalms Phuket Resort

Twinpalms resort has always been a popular hotel in Phuket, creative and original in many ways. The resort is not on the seafront, but the fantastic Surin Beach is just a short walk away from the hotel. With 97 oversized rooms and suites built around an immense central swimming pool, an award-winning spa and a couple of excellent restaurants, Twinpalms was an instant success.

Location: Surin Beach
Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 1
Restaurants and bars: 3
Distance to the closest beach: 350 m
Distance from airport: 23 km
Distance to Patong Beach: 13 km
Distance to Phuket Town: 24 km

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Hotels in Bangtao Beach


Banyan Tree Phuket

Banyan Tree Phuket on Bangtao Beach is, without a doubt, the most luxurious resort on the island, built with traditional Thai architecture and decor. The hotel is just a short walking distance from both Bangtao Beach and Layan Beach, a beautiful hideaway mostly popular with locals. All the restaurants are excellent, and Banyan Tree is also famous for having the best award-winning spa in Phuket. Open for more than two decades, Banyan Tree Resort features a fantastic collection of pool villas and spa villas with total privacy and service beyond the ordinary. Guests of the Banyan Tree can enjoy all the other nearby luxury resorts’ facilities plus direct access to the Laguna Golf Course.

Location: Bang Tao Beach
Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 1 main pool
Restaurants and bars: 5 restaurants and 2 bars
Distance to the closest beach: 100 m
Distance from airport: 17 km
Distance to Patong Beach: 20 km
Distance to Phuket Town
: 24 km

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Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket

Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket on Bang Tao Beach

Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket is a beautiful classic hotel in Bangtao Beach. The rooms are superb and some of them and just a few steps from the beach. This is a perfect place to relax and escape your frantic city life and enjoy the beauty of the Andaman Sea.

Location: Bangtao Beach
Swimming pools:
1 pool
Range: 5-star
Address: 390 Moo.1 Srisoontorn Road Cherngtalay Thalang District, Phuket 83110
Hours: Open 24 hours
Phone: 076 362 999
Distance to the closest beach: on the beach

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Hotels in Maikhao Beach and North Phuket


Renaissance Phuket Resort

Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa is a large resort featuring 26 Pool Villas and 150 Deluxe Rooms on the 11 kilometres long, unspoilt beach of Mai Khao. The resort is located in the north of the island, far away from Patong beach’s buzz, and guests usually select this hotel for peace and relaxation. Renaissance Phuket has several excellent restaurants near the beach and the lovely Quan Spa.

Location: Mai Khao Beach
Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 2
Restaurants and bars: 3
Distance to the closest beach: on the beach
Distance from airport: 20 km
Distance to Patong Beach: 43 km
Distance to Phuket Town
: 43 km

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Sala Phuket Resort

When it comes to romantic holidays, Sala Phuket is one of our favourite places to stay in Phuket. The resort is a perfect escape from your busy life, set away from the crowds on the beautiful and unspoilt Mai Khao Beach. Sala offers total privacy with 63 beautifully designed private pool villas surrounded by walls and an oversized swimming pool and outdoor bathrooms. Sala Phuket is a romantic resort for couples, with a superb spa and beachfront restaurant. It does not come cheap but still is affordable.

Location: Mai Khao Beach
Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 2
Restaurants and bars: 2
Distance to the closest beach: on the beach
Distance from airport: 21 km
Distance to Patong Beach:47 km
Distance to Phuket Town
: 44 km

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Maikhao Dream Resort

Best Hotels in Phuket

Maikhao Dream Resort is one of the great hotels we experienced in Phuket. However, 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. Maikhao Dream Resort is the perfect hideaway for a group of friends or three couples who want to travel together and share their holiday in style.

Location: Maikhao Beach
Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 1
Restaurants and bars: 1
Distance to the closest beach: on the beach
Distance from airport: 15 km
Distance to Patong Beach: 41 km
Distance to Phuket Town
: 37 km

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Phuket Marriott Resort Nai Yang

Phuket Marriott Resort Nai Yang

Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach is a superb hotel in a unique place on the northwest coast of Phuket near the Sirinath National Park. The hotel has a lot of great features, including a magnificent spa and two beachfront restaurants. Once you experienced all the hotel facilities, Nai Yang Beach is just a short walking distance away, offering many dining and shopping opportunities on what has remained a charming, quaint beach.

Location: Nai Yang Beach
Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 1
Restaurants and bars: 2
Distance to the closest beach: on the beach
Distance from airport: 4 km
Distance to Patong Beach: 34 km
Distance to Phuket Town
: 30 km

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The Slate

The Slate Phuket

The Slate Phuket on Nai Yang Beach near the airport is a superb 5-star resort set on a spacious property with a fantastic and unusual industrial design inspired by the tin mining era of Phuket. It was long known as the ‘Indigo’ hotel and was the brainchild of the famous architect and designer Bill Bensley. The name has changed to The Slate, but very little else has changed. The layout, the decoration, rooms and outlets often described as ‘Industrial Chic’ are surprisingly familiar. The hotel is just across the street from the beautiful beach of Nai Yang, and guests can enjoy a lot of beach dining and affordable sunset cocktails and drink at the local restaurants set right on the sand.

Location: Nai Yang Beach
Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 3
Restaurants and bars: 3 restaurants and 2 bars
Distance to the closest beach: across the street
Distance from airport: 2 km
Distance to Patong Beach: 34 km
Distance to Phuket Town
: 30 km

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Pullman Arcadia Naithon

Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon is a superb resort on the surprisingly beautiful yet peaceful Naithon Beach on the upper west coast of Phuket. The hotel is away from any main roads and far from the crowded areas but next to a small beachfront village with many street foods, fruit and souvenirs stalls, restaurants and convenience stores. Pullman is a perfect base to enjoy what Phuket has to offer if you are not interested in frantic nightlife but would rather experience the beauty of nearby hidden beaches.

Location: Naithon Beach
Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 2
Restaurants and bars: 2 restaurants, 3 bars
Distance to the closest beach: down the stairs
Distance from airport: 7 km
Distance to Patong Beach: 30 km
Distance to Phuket Town
: 31 km

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Trisara Villas

Secluded and luxurious, Trisara is one of the ultimate romantic resorts and the best hotel in Phuket. All the villas come with stunning infinity pools, and the hotel is home to ‘Pru‘, the only Restaurant in Phuket having received a Michelin star. The hotel beach is not large but private, and with swimming pools this beautiful, you probably will spend most of your time in your magnificent villa. With so much luxury and the superb underrated Naithon Beach not far from the hotel, this may be one of the best ways to enjoy Phuket’s tropical paradise.

Location: Naithon Beach
Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 1
Restaurants and bars: 2
Distance to the closest beach: on a small private beach
Distance from airport: 10 km
Distance to Patong Beach: 26 km
Distance to Phuket Town
: 28 km

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Hotels on other beaches


The Nai Harn

The Nai Harn Phuket

The Nai Harn Phuket is a unique hotel with a timeless design; the resort is top-rated. Build on Nai Harn Beach’s hillside; it is the only resort having such a unique view of this fabulous bay. The hotel might not be precisely on the beach, but a short path will take you to it in just half a minute, and what beach! A large strip of white and powdery sand ends in a turquoise-blue bay. The resort features several fantastic restaurants, including an immense and beautifully designed rooftop bar and a beachfront restaurant.

Location: Nai Harn Beach
Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 1
Restaurants and bars: 3
Distance to the closest beach: down the stairs
Distance from airport: 48 km
Distance to Patong Beach: 19 km
Distance to Phuket Town
: 17 km

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Sri Panwa

Swimming Pool at Sri Panwa

Sri Panwa is one of Phuket’s most impressive and exclusive hotels. Everyone we know heard of it, but not many actually stayed there, and we finally did. This resort is built on a hillside of the remote Cape Panwa and is best known for its incredible rooftop bar called Baba Nest. The hotel only features a tiny beach and is not near the vast sandy beach of Phuket, and visitors who chose to stay at Sri Panwa are often here to enjoy the luxury of their villas and the resort itself.

Location: Panwa Beach
Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 3
Restaurants and bars: 6
Distance to the closest beach: just a small private beach
Distance from airport: 44 km
Distance to Patong Beach: 26 km
Distance to Phuket Town
: 12 km

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Hotels in Phuket Town and nearby


Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town

Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town

Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town is the latest luxury hotel to open on the Island, with an excellent location and at a short distance from the lovely streets of Old Phuket Town. The hotel is just next to the iconic clock circle, and the building itself is well known by locals and long time residents as it used to be the old Metropole Hotel. The hotel is a 4-star hotel, but it feels like a 5-star as we were pleasantly surprised and genuinely impressed with the new design, layout and atmosphere.

Location: Phuket Town
Address: 1 Soi Surin, Tambon Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000
Phone: 076 643 555
Range: 4-Star Hotel
Swimming pool: 1
Restaurants and bars: 3
Distance from city centre: 600 m (8 minutes walk)
Distance from airport: 33 km

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The Memory at On On Hotel

On On Hotel in Phuket Town

The Memory at On On Hotel is undoubtedly the most iconic and best-known heritage hotel on Phuket Island, and this is for a few reasons. Built in 1927 and called Un Un Hotel at the time, the hotel possesses a strong Sino-Portuguese personality in a very central location on Phang Nga Road, the heart of old Phuket Town.

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