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What are the best luxury hotels in Phuket?


There are many luxury hotels in Phuket, but some stand above the rest to please the most demanding travellers who dream of an unforgettable holiday in Thailand. A dozen resorts stand out for the excellence of their facilities, location, design and legendary hospitality so unique to Thailand. The price is often high, and so are the client’s expectations. In the many years we explored Phuket, we spent many weekends in some of them and here are our favourites. The list keeps growing as we treat ourselves to a well-deserved luxury resort once in a while.

1. Trisara

Trisara Phuket

Trisara ranks high in our collection of luxury hotels in Phuket. The villas are large and beautifully decorated in a modern Thai style, and their large infinity pools overlooking the ocean are hard to beat. The restaurants are excellent; one of them even got a Michelin star (the only one to get a star in Phuket so far). The spa fitness rooms are great. Most importantly, the service is impeccable, friendly and not formal. The hotel is in a remote location on the west coast of Phuket, near Naithon Beach, and benefits from a small but private beach. The price and demand are high, so plan early to book this hotel.

Location: Naithon Beach
Address: 60/1 Moo 6, Srisoonthorn Rd., Cherngtalay, Phuket 83110
Phone: 076 310 100
Open: 24 hours
Bookings and rates:
see the rates for Trisara Phuket
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/trisararesort/

Factsheet

Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 1, plus 1 infinity pool in each villa
Restaurants and bars: 2
Other facilities: Spa and Fitness
Distance to the closest beach: on a small beach
Distance from airport: 10 km
Distance to Patong Beach: 26 km
Distance to Phuket Town
: 28 km

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2. Sri Panwa

Sri Panwa is a unique luxury resort on the east coast of Phuket. The highlights of the hotel are the immense pool villas overlooking the ocean. People often don’t realize that while the west coast of Phuket has a lot of sandy beaches, the east coast has better views, with islands and limestone rock formations in the far.

In addition to your private infinity pool, the hotel has three large pools, no less than four excellent restaurants, and two bars. Baba Nest rooftop bar is one of the most famous in Thailand because of the amazing 360 panorama it offers. Sri Panwa is known to be a favourite weekend destination for wealthy people from Bangkok.

Location: Cape Panwa
Address
: 88 Sakdidej Rd, Vichit Muang Chang Wat Phuket 83000
Phone: 076 371 000
Open: 24 hours
Bookings: see the rates
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SripanwaPhuket/

Factsheet

Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 3, plus infinity pools in pool villas
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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3. The Shore

The Shore at Katathani Phuket

The Shore is a lovely resort in Kata Beach, on the west coast of Phuket. While it started with just a dozen luxurious pool villas, the resort recently doubled in size. The main reason for the success of this hotel is the hillside villas with their infinity pools facing the ocean. The villas are spacious and well-designed, and the entire front offers a panoramic ocean view. You can walk from your bed to your pool and enjoy lunch, cocktails and dinner with a sunset from your pool sala.

The hotel has only one restaurant near the beach, which is more than enough as guests often prefer to enjoy their villas fully. The beach of Kata Noi is worth mentioning as well,

Location: Kata Noi Beach
Address: 14 Kata Rd, Tambon Karon, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83100
Phone: 076 318 350 Open: 24 hours
Check-in: 2 pm – Check-out: 12 noon
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theshoreatkatathani/
Bookings: see the rates

Factsheet

Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 1 main pool, plus one infinity pool in each villa
Restaurants and bars: 1
Distance to the Beach: on the beach!
Distance to Kata City Center: 2.5 km
Distance from airport
: 48 km
Distance to Phuket Town: 17 km
Distance to Patong Beach: 13 km

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4. Banyan Tree Phuket

Banyan Tee Phuket Spa Villa

Banyan Tree is one of the first true luxury hotels in Phuket that introduced the concept of villas with total privacy. There are many pool villa types to choose from, designed in a traditional Thai style. The five restaurants are superb, and the award-winning spa is recognized as the best on the island. There is even a golf course just across the lobby!

Location: Bang Tao Beach
Address: 33, 33/27 Moo 4, Srisoonthorn Road, Cherngtalay, Bangtao
Phone
: 076 372 400
Open: 24 hours
Bookings: see the rates
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BanyanTreePhuketTH/

Factsheet

Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 1 main pool, plus one pool in villas
Restaurants and bars: 5 restaurants and 2 bars
Other facilities: Spa, Fitness, Gold course, Boutique
Distance to the closest beach: 100 m
Distance from Banyan Tree Phuket to Phuket airport: 17 km
Distance from Banyan Tree Phuket to Patong Beach: 20 km
Distance from Banyan Tree Phuket to Phuket Town
: 24 km

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5. Sala Phuket

Sala Phuket on Mai Khao Beach

Sala Phuket is another rare resort to offer large pool villas with total privacy, perfect for honeymoon and romantic holidays. The room layout with the shower and bathtub outdoors is a fun touch. The pool in the villa is very big, which is a plus because not every pool villa in Phuket features such a large pool. The hotel is almost on the beach, with just a lawn to walk through, and what a beach! Mai Khao is 11 km long, and because this is a national park, you will not be disturbed by vendors or noisy jet skis. Guests can enjoy an excellent spa and two restaurants. Apart from a beach restaurant and a tiny shopping mall, there is not much to do around, but as usual, every tour will pick you up at the hotel if you booked a day trip to Phang Nga or the nearby islands.

Location: Maikhao Beach
Address: 333 Tambon Mai Khao, Amphoe Thalang, Chang Wat Phuket 83110
Phone: 076 338 888
Open: 24 hours
Bookings and rates: see the rates
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/salaphuket/

Factsheet

Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 1 (plus 1 in each villa)
Restaurants and bars: 2
Distance to the closest beach: on the beach
from airport: 20 km
to Patong Beach: 47 km
to Phuket Town
: 44 km

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6. Anantara Layan

Anantara Layan Resort Phuket

Anantara Layan is a high-end resort hidden near the island you may have seen at the very north of the well-known Bang Tao Beach. The hotel features trendy restaurants, a rooftop, and immense private pool access rooms. The beach in front of the hotel is not good for swimming, but the main beach of Layan and Bang Tao is nearby. There are a few small beach restaurants nearby, about 2 km south, and they are perfect for enjoying cheap local food and drinks with a sunset.

7. Amanpuri

Amanpuri Resort Phuket

Amanpuri has been the most exclusive luxury resort in Phuket for three decades, with a unique location on the superb and private Pansea Beach, just next to Surin. Amanpuri has traditional Thai architecture and iconic black swimming pools, and a famous architect designed the immense boutique. The beautiful Thai pool villas have also long been a favourite choice for the many international celebrities visiting Phuket, and because of that, it goes without saying that privacy and hospitality are exceptional here.

Location: Pansea Beach
Address: 118, Srisoonthorn Road Cherngtalay, Thalang District, Phuket 83110
Open: Lunch 12 noon – 3 pm, Dinner 7 pm – 10.30 pm
Phone: 076 324 333
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/amanpuriresort/

Factsheet

Range: 5 star
Swimming pools: 1 plus one in each villa
Distance to the closest beach: on its private beach
Distance from airport: 22 km
Distance to Patong Beach: 13 km
Distance from Phuket Town: 26 km

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8. Rosewood Phuket

Rosewood Phuket is the only true luxury near Patong Beach. There are, of course, a few 5-star hotels, but Rosewood take the luxury to a new level. The restaurants are beautiful and serve delicious Thai food. The hotel has direct access to the peaceful Tri Trang Beach and is only 5 km away from busy Patong. Once you have tried the hotel’s restaurants, you can take a small walk and enjoy a handful of small and cheap restaurants to enjoy the panoramic views nearby.

Location: Tri Trang Beach next to Patong Beach
Address:88/28 Muen-Ngern Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150
Tel: 76 356 888
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TaKhaiPhuket/

Factsheet

Range: 5-star
Restaurants and bars
: 4
Swimming pools: 1
Facilities
: spa, fitness
Distance to the closest beach
: on the beach of Tri Trang
Distance from the airport: 41 km
Distance to Patong Beach city centre (Bangla): 5 km
Distance from Phuket Town: 18.5 km

9. Intercontinental Phuket

Intercontinental Phuket on Kamala Beach

Location: Kamala Beach
Address: 333, 333/3 Moo 3, Kamala Beach, Kamala, Kathu District, Phuket 83150
Phone: 076 629 999
Bookings: see the rates
Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/intercontinentalphuket/

Factsheet

Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 5
Restaurants and bars: 2 (including a beach bar)
Distance to the closest beach: on the beach
Distance from Phuket Airport: 25 km
Distance to Patong Beach: 9 km
Distance to Phuket Town: 22 km

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▷ Luxury hotels on nearby islands


10. The Racha

The Racha Resort

The Racha is a superb island resort blessed with a unique location on the white sands of Koh Racha’s main beach. The hotel consists of many superbly designed large white villas, some with swimming pools. The beach bar offers stunning views of the legendary blue waters of the bay, and there are two restaurants to enjoy. The island is not very big, so exploring on foot or by bicycle is fun. Diving, snorkelling and kayaking are popular activities, and marine life is everywhere. Getting to Racha from Phuket take only 20 minutes with the resort speedboat.

Location: Koh Racha Yai
Address: Batok Bay, Koh Racha Yai, 44, Rawai, Mueang Phuket District, 83100
Hours: Open 24 hours
Phone: 076 355 018
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/therachaphuket/
Bookings: see the rates

Factsheet

Swimming pools: 1
Restaurants and bars
: 3
Facilities
: Spa, Fitness, bicycles,
Distance from Phuket Island: 20 km

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11. Six Senses Yao Noi

Six Senses Yao Noi on Koh Yao Island near Phuket

Six Senses Yao Noi is a unique luxury resort on the timeless island of Koh Yao Noi, located 30 km east of Phuket island. The resort mostly consists of one or two-bedroom wooden villas with private swimming pools and amazing views of the limestone rock formation of Phang Nga. The restaurants are excellent, and the one at the top offers jaw-dropping panoramic views. Six Senses Yao Noi is very popular and should be booked early. Koh Yao Island is slightly different from Phuket; it is covered with vegetation, rice fields and mangrove. While there are a few hotels around, the island is not touristy and has a truly Thai atmosphere, with local fishermen communities and markets.

The hotel provides a shared speedboat to go from Phuket pier to the hotel, but if you can afford it, a private speedboat is an ultimate luxury, and the ride is beautiful.

Address: 56 Ko Yao Noi, Ko Yao District, Phang-nga 82160
Phone
: 076 418 500
Facebook
: https://www.facebook.com/sixsensesyaonoi/
Bookings
: see the rates

Factsheet

Distance from Ao Makham pier on Phuket Island: 30 km
Distance to the closest beach: on its private beach

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Willy Thuan
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Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world early and never stopped until I settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 27 years, my passion for photography and my natural curiosity has taken me to every corner of Thailand, jumping frequently between Bangkok and Phuket and basically everywhere I could go. I run Phuket101.net and manage large international online travel guides.