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19 Best Beach Resorts in Phuket! True Beachfront Hotels

Best True Beachfront Hotels in Phuket

Staying in a true beachfront resort in Phuket is the obvious dream of most people travelling to a tropical island. The beaches of Phuket can be pretty amazing, and there are thousands of hotels here now, but those right on the sand are actually very limited, not to mention very expensive too.

At that price, you should make sure you get what you expect, and there are a few important facts to take into consideration. We ONLY list hotel right on the beach, no streets to cross!

We sorted the best. hotels on the beach in Phuket, with the following criteria but gave extra points for the beach quality and hotel-quality of service and features and what is available around the hotel.

  1. The Beach: How beautiful is the beach? sandy or rocky? private or busy?
  2. The Hotel Quality: Service, features, outlets, age and design
  3. Social popularity: How does the hotel rank on Trip Advisor and other Social Medias
  4. What’s Around: Things to do around the hotel
  5. The Price: How expensive is the hotel?
  6. Our Own Experience, since we stayed or inspected each of them

Note that there is a huge difference of beach quality between high season (November to May) and low season (June to October)!


1. The Shore

Beach Score: 8 / 10 – Hotel Score: 9 / 10 – What’s around: 6 / 10 – Affordability: 2 / 10

The Shore at Katathani Phuket

Location: Kata Noi Beach

The Shore at Katathani is another perfect hotel for a romantic escape on the fantastic beach of Kata Noi, once voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Each private villa features a private infinity pool with a romantic setting, and you can admire the ocean from your bed! The hotel only has 1 seafront restaurant and a beautiful large main pool and an excellent spa. Read more

The BeachSuperb beach: Direct access to Kata Noi, one of the most beautiful beach here
The Hotel A 5-star resort, 24 villas, all with private infinity pool, and sea views from your bed!
The Facilities1 restaurant/bar by the beach (with a great setting for breakfast!) and an excellent spa. You can also enjoy all the facilities of the Katathani resort just next.
What’s AroundSome Thai restaurants and shops in the street nearby plus many sunset restaurants on the hill above the hotel. Kata Beach is a short drive away.
Who is it for?Perfect for couples who can afford the rate and want to enjoy the privacy of their pool villa, with views and a superb beach
Worth noticingVery expensive and always fully booked, so book early!
PriceVery high

2. The Nai Harn

Beach Score:  8 / 10 – Hotel Score:  8 / 10 – What’s around: 7 / 10 – Affordability: 4 / 10

The Nai Harn Phuket

Location: Nai Harn Beach

The Nai Harn is a superb hotel on the beautiful Nai Harn Beach and was once the most exclusive hotel in Phuket when it opened in the 80s as a Mandarin Oriental. It was recently renovated and hasn’t lost any of its charm. All the rooms offer jaw-dropping sea views, the rooftop is fantastic, and the service exceptional. Read more

The BeachSuperb beach: One of the most beautiful public beaches in Phuket, relatively untouched by constructions. It can be busy during the high season, but it’s all yours in the evening when everyone is gone. The beach is also great for snorkelling!
The Hotel A 5-star resort, 130 sea-facing rooms with a nice balcony.
The Facilities3 superb restaurants, including an immense rooftop with jaw-dropping views and a beachside restaurant. Excellent spa and small fitness room.
What’s AroundGood surrounding: Lots of local restaurants, small shops selling tropical fruits, local massage shops and a Thai temple. Ao Sane is another hidden beach located just behind the hotel.
Who is it for?Great for travellers wanting a balance of great beach but no hectic town nearby. Good for couples as the place has a uniquely romantic setting.
Worth noticingThe pool is quite small, and there are no private pools in the rooms. The hotel is located on the rocky end of the beach but has direct access.
PriceA bit pricey

3. Le Meridien Phuket

Beach Score: 10 / 10 – Hotel Score: 8 / 10 – What’s around: 2 / 10 – Affordability: 5 / 10

Le Meridien Phuket

Location: Between Patong and Karon Beach

Le Meridien is an immense resort on Karon Noi, (which is not Karon Beach) one of Phuket most amazing private beach. It is built in a U shape around one of the largest swimming pool on the island, much needed during the low season when the sea is too rough to swim. Also great for the kids!
The hotel has a massive number of facilities: restaurants, bars, an extensive spa, plenty of water activities and a kids club. It is in a quiet location, not at walking distance from any restaurants or bars, but Patong and Kata are just a short tuk-tuk ride away. Prices are affordable for such a fantastic beach with so many facilities. Read more

The BeachFantastic beach: Direct access to Karon Noi, an immense private beach with superb white sand and clear water
The Hotel 5-star resort, 417 rooms and 57 suites, with full or partial beach views
The Facilities9 restaurants and a massive pool. Spa, Huge fitness, watersports
What’s AroundNothing around the hotel itself but Patong and Karon are easy to reach in minutes.
Who is it for?Great for everyone, especially families. Suitable for couples who want to enjoy a superb beach and still be able to reach Patong for party and nightlife easily.
Worth noticingThe resort is immense so it’s not exactly an intimate hotel
PriceHigh

4. The Surin

Beach Score: 10 / 10  –  Hotel Score: 8 / 10 – What’s around: 2 / 10 – Affordability: 2 / 10

The Surin Phuket

Location: Pansea Beach

The Surin is a long established hotel with high service standard in a truly exceptional location on Pansea Beach, only sharing their private beach with the even more exclusive Amanpuri hotel. It might not be the best hotel on the island but is certainly has the best ratio style/beach awesomeness. The beach with cleatr water and leaning palm trees is true tropical postard. The service is excellent and dining at the beach restaurant is a a great way to end the day. Read more

The BeachFantastic beach: Pansea Beach is one of the most strikingly beautiful private beaches in Phuket, with soft white sand and clear water (during high season) in a secluded location surrounded by green hills and palm trees
The Hotel 5-star hotel, luxurious and exclusive, with 103 cottages and suites, some right on the beach.
The Facilities3 bars and 4 restaurants: a superb Beach Restaurant: (Thai, International), Sunset Cafe (Thai, International), Lomtalay Restaurant (Thai, International), Poolside Dining (International).
Spa and a small fitness. 1 black pool, a little small ( you will need it when the sea is rough)
What’s AroundNot much around but easy reach to more beaches. Just a few restaurants nearby. Daytrips are easy to organise.
Who is it for?Travellers wanting peace and natural beauty and are not here to party. A romantic escape for couples who can afford it.
Worth noticingUnless you get one of the few cottages on the beach, other rooms while beautifully decorated lack of windows and views.
PriceVery high

5. Katathani Phuket Beach Resort

Beach Score: 8 / 10 – Hotel Score: 6 / 10  – What’s around: 6 / 10 – Affordability: 6 / 10

Katathani Phuket Beach Resort

Location: Kata Noi Beach

Katathani is a long-established classic hotel in Phuket with a unique privilege: it’s the only hotel (with its sister ‘The Shore‘) to occupy the entire length of the superb Kata Noi beach, once listed in the 10 best beaches in the world. The hotel is vast and stretches along the whole shore, and therefore doesn’t feel crowded. With so many restaurants and facilities, you can relax and enjoy your holiday without having to go out unnecessarily.

The BeachSuperb Beach: vast and beautiful with soft sand and clear water, not crowded
The Hotel 5-star hotel, 478 rooms, 218 of them are facing the sea but across the garden
The Facilities6 restaurants, 4 bars, 6 swimming pools, spa, Kids Club, fitness
What’s AroundSeveral local restaurants, some convenience stores and shops are just behind the hotel. Don’t miss the panoramic restaurants on the hill above the hotel
Who is it for?Suitable for everyone, especially families!
Worth noticingThere are 2 wings: the Thani Wing and the Bhuri Wing: only the Thani wing is facing the sea, so choose wisely!
Price A bit pricey in high season

6. Centara Grand Beach Resort

Beach Score:  7 / 10 – Hotel Score: 6 / 10 – What’s around: 6 / 10 – Affordability: 6 / 10

Centara Grande Beach Resort

Location: Karon Beach

Centara Karon has a unique location at the north end of the beautiful and wide Karon Beach. This immense hotel is a true beach resort: you can walk from the pool to the beach without having to cross a garden. The beach in this area is superb, and there are even some small restaurants nearby. The small town of Karon is at walking distance (1 km via the beach) where you can find plenty of shops, restaurants and bars. The hotel features a lot of facilities, including a beach club and an adult-only swimming pool. Centara Grand Beach Resort is a great balance location/price if you don’t mind large and pink) hotels

The BeachBeautiful wide beach with clear water in high season.
The Hotel A 5-star resort, 262 rooms
The Facilities3 restaurants (Asian, Mediterranean, Italkian), 2 swimming pools (1 is adults only), beach club, huge fitness, cooking classes, a superb spa, kids club
What’s AroundSome small restaurants nearby, close to the beach. Karon town is just 1 km away with plenty of dining, shopping and a bit of nightlife (nowhere near Patong nightlife though)
Who is it for?everyone, including couples and families
Worth noticingWhen booking it, make sure you book Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket, not Centara Karon Resort Phuket nearby!
PriceA bit pricey

7. Outrigger Laguna Phuket

Beach Score: 6 / 10 – Hotel Score: 7 / 10 – What’s around: 7 / 10 – Affordability: 6 / 10

Outrigger Laguna Phuket

Location: Bangtao Beach

Outrigger is an immense resort with a full and wide access to Bangtao beach, famous for its themed pool, great kids activities, watersports and even a wedding chapel. Outrigger is part of the Laguna Complex and you can enjoy the facilities of the other resorts. The Boat Avenue shopping village is a trendy neighbourhood very near, with plenty of great shops and restaurants nearby (accessible via a free shuttle). Just next to the hotel is a line of local restaurants and small bamboo bars right on the beach, a great way to spend a holiday between the beach and local Thai restaurants without having to walk much.

The BeachBeautiful wide beach with soft sand but water is not as blue and shallow as southern beaches
The Hotel A 5-star resort, 255 rooms
The Facilities3 swimming pools, 3 restaurants, 2 bars, kids club, wind surfing, catamaran sailing, diving, kayaking,
What’s AroundThe resort is part of a vast complex that includes several large similar hotels.
Who is it for?Great for everyone, especially families
Worth noticing
PriceA bit pricey

8. The Boathouse

Beach Score: 7 / 10 – Hotel Score: 5 / 10 – What’s around: 8 / 10 – Affordability: 6 / 10

The Boathouse hotel and restaurant

Location: Kata Beach

This long-established hotel with a unique and desirable location at the south end of Kata Beach has been renovated recently.

The BeachBeautiful large beach: Kata Beach is a superb and vast beach on the west coast of Phuket. Beach can be very busy during high season and good for surfing in low season.
The Hotel 5-star hotel, 38 rooms and suites, most with sea views
The Facilities1 swimming pool, 1 large restaurant with an impressive wine cellar
What’s AroundPlenty of restaurants and shops around the hotel. Surfs schools are available next to the hotel when waves are strong enough during low season.
Who is it for?A right choice for couples or friends.
Worth noticing Parking is limited, and the access street is very narrow.
PriceHigh

9. Angsana Laguna Phuket

Beach Score: 6 / 10 – Hotel Score: 6 / 10 – What’s around: 6 / 10 – Affordability: 6 / 10

Angsana Laguna Phuket

Location: Bangtao Beach

Angsana is a huge and long established resort that did a great work at remaining trendy and attractive. The hotels boasts lott of attractive features for those who plan to spend a lot of time relaxing in the hotel and on the beach.

The BeachBeautiful wide beach with soft sand but water is not as blue and shallow as southern beaches
The Hotel 5-star resort with 409 rooms!
The Facilities5 restaurants (Thai, seafood,Italian, steakhouse, European), 3 swimming pools with pool bar, including an immense one with fun sliders, Xana beach club, cooking classes
What’s AroundQuite a few restaurants, shops and beach clubs are available on the beach, and the trendy Boat Avenue is not far either.
Who is it for?Known to be great for families, but of course suitable for everyone
Worth noticingGreat beach club!
PriceA bit pricey

10. Beyond Resort Kata

Beach Score: 7 / 10 – Hotel Score: 5 / 10  – What’s around: 8 / 10 – Affordability: 6 / 10

Beyond Resort Kata

Location: Kata Beach

Beyond Resort is a relatively large hotel with a great location on the beautiful Kata Beach. The garden and swimming pool overlook the beach, and there is so much to do around the hotel. The reviews are not always excellent, but the price and strategic location are worth it if this is the right balance for you.

The BeachBeautiful large beach: Kata is a fantastic beach with soft sand and a bright warm blue sea during high season, and waves for surfing during low season. This famous beach is public and can get quite busy.
The Hotel 4-star hotel, 275 rooms, some with sea views
The Facilities1 huge restaurant, 1 beach restaurant, 3 bars, 2 pools, a kids club and a spa.
What’s AroundConvenient location if you want it of everything while being on the beach. You’ll find tons of restaurants and shops behind the hotel. Riding the artificial and safe wave of the Surf House just next to the hotel is great fun for kids all day and party at night
Who is it for?Suitable for everyone, especially great for families with the children pool, the beach and the food easy to find in and around the hotel
Worth noticing
PriceGood

11. Renaissance Phuket Resort and Spa

Beach Score: 5 / 10 – Hotel Score: 8 / 10 – What’s around: 3 / 10 – Affordability: 7 / 10

Renaissance Phuket Resort

Location: Mai Khao Beach

A modern and immense resort with a superb design on Mai Khao Beach, in the north-west of Phuket. The hotel is adjacent to the Sirinath Marine National Park and therefore surrounded by nature and immense trees. The hotel is designed to offers enough facilities to make sure you can spend a great holiday without having to go anywhere.

The BeachGood Beach: very long and quiet but sand is a little more coarse than average, and sea gets deep quickly. No sun loungers nor umbrellas on the beach.
The Hotel 5-star resort, 22 Pool Villas, 4 Ocean Front Pool Villas with private pool 4 suites and 150 Deluxe Rooms.
The Facilities4 restaurants, 1 beautiful spa, 1 large shared pool, great fitness centre
What’s AroundNot much around except other luxury resorts and a shopping village. Some local restaurants.
Who is it for?Great for those in search of peace and long walks on the beach and have little interest in shopping or nightlife
Worth noticing The hotel is near the beach but doesn’t offer real sea view rooms
PriceGood

12. JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

Beach Score: 6 / 10 – Hotel Score: 7 / 10 – Surroundings 4 / 10 – Affordability: 5 / 10

JW Marriott Maikhao in Phuket

Location: Mai Khao Beach

JW Marriott is an immense luxury resort on Mai Khao Beach, with more restaurants and facilities than you will ever need during your holidays, which is good since there is very little to do outside the resort. This is a hotel for travellers who prefer to spend their holiday in one place and don’t plan to party or shop much. In any case, it is very easy to book a day trip tour to Phang Nga or Phi Phi, or take a taxi and go see Patong at least once. If you rented a car, you will be able to explore both north and south of Phuket (The north of the island is a lot more beautiful since it has remained more natural).

The BeachGood Beach: very long and quiet but sand is a little more coarse than average, and sea gets deep quickly. No sun loungers nor umbrellas on the beach.
The Hotel 5-star resort,
The Facilities6 restaurants (Thai, Italian, steakhouse, Japanese, international), 2 huge pool (one for kids), Kids Club, Spa, Fitness with yoga classes, cooking classes
What’s AroundNot much around except other luxury resorts and a shopping village.
Who is it for?Popular with everyone, with a preference for couples and families
Worth noticing 
PriceA bit pricey

13. Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach

Beach Score: 7 / 10 – Hotel Score: 7 / 10 – What’s around: 5 / 10 – Affordability: 7 / 10

Pullman Arcadia Pool on Naithon Beach Phuket

Location: Naithon Beach

Pullman Phuket Arcadia is on the hill of the superb Naithon beach, far from hectic Patong and other tourist beaches. It’s a pleasant atmosphere that reminds of what Phuket looked like before it became too popular. A lovely beach to walk along with incredibly clear water. The hotel is modern and beautifully designed with oversized villas and excellent restaurants. Read more

The BeachNaithon is a lovely beach away from the main road and therefore quiet. Soft sand and very blue water during high season.
The Hotel 5-star hotel, 277 (7 room types: Deluxe, Grand Deluxe, Family Deluxe, Ocean, Grand Ocean, One Bedroom Pool Villa, Two-Bedroom Pool Villa)
The Facilities3 Restaurants: Elements (Seafood, Thai, International), Vero (Italian) The Deli (A la carte), large swimming pool, fitness, kids club
What’s AroundJust next to the hotel, the tiny town of Naithon has a few restaurants and shops along the road, as well as plenty of street food and tropical fruits vendors. The hidden Banana Beach is also nearby.
Who is it for?Great for couples but suitable for everyone who doesn’t want to be near busy areas.
Worth noticingThe hotel is not on the beach itself; there is a staircase to reach it from the pool
Price Great value

14. Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Naiyang

Beach Score: 6 / 10 – Hotel Score: 7 / 10  – What’s around: 5 / 10 – Affordability: 7 / 10

Marriott Naiyang Phuket

Location: Nai Yang Beach

Phuket Marriott Nai Yang is a hidden gem if you want to be on a  beach that hasn’t changed much in decades and has a great balance of peace, local life and modern facilities. There are even a couple of Thai restaurants on the beach and having a drink or a meal with your bare feet in the sand is hard to beat. The beach is part of a national park, so there are plenty of immense trees to offer shade when walking around. Perfect for long romantic walks and for exploring the beautiful coastline. Read more

The BeachThe beach is immense, and the water warm and shallow. Sand maybe not be as white and the sea as blue as in busy beaches, but Nai Yang is a charming and relaxing beach.
The Hotel 5-star resort, a very modern hotel with pool access room and private villas
The Facilities1 large pool, an excellent spa, 3 restaurants: The Andaman Kitchen (Thai cuisine), Big Fish (Thai, International), The Lounge (International), Cooking classes, Kids club.
What’s AroundPlenty of local food, small restaurants, shops and convenience stores, Splash Jungle Water Park, Blue Canyon Country Club
Who is it for?Good Couples who prefer a peaceful retreat and small families
Worth noticingThere is a secret beach nearby
Price A bit pricey

15. Novotel Phuket Kamala Beach

Beach Score: 6 / 10 – Hotel Score: 5 / 10 – What’s around: 6 / 10 – Affordability: 8 / 10

Novotel Phuket Kamala Beach Resort

Location: Kamala Beach

Novotel Kamala is surprisingly affordable for such a great location at the north end of Kamala Beach. It may not be a luxury hotel but it is definitely a great value for money if you want to be on the beach, and close enough to local restaurants and shops. We stayed in the small pool villa, where the pool is above the room, accessible via outdoor stairs. The pool offers no privacy, but it’s great to enjoy the sea view from it. The rooftop bar and restaurant were a great place to enjoy a drink at sunset time. The proximity of many small restaurants on the sand and the famous Cafe del mar beach club makes the location even more enjoyable. Read more

The BeachThe north end of Kamala beach is superb, with nice sand, clear and shallow water during high season.
The Hotel 4-star
The FacilitiesThe hotel has a rooftop bar, and restaurant, a vast main restaurant, a spa and one medium size shared pool with pool bar
What’s AroundThe famous Cafe del Mar Beach Club is nearby (but the music will not disturb your sleep). A lot of small restaurants right on the beach are great for lunch, dinner or even for a slow breakfast (and cheaper than the hotel buffet)
Who is it for?Anyone who wants to be right on the beach for a low price.
Worth noticingThe pools in pool villas offer no privacy.
Price Cheap

16. Amari Phuket

Beach Score: 3 / 10 – Hotel Score: 7 / 10 – What’s around: 2 / 10 – Affordability: 7 / 10

Amari Phuket on Patong Beach

Location: Patong Beach

Amari Phuket combines the best services found in Patong with excellent facilities and value for money in a very strategic location. It may not have the most fantastic beach, but the Patong is just minutes away. Almost all rooms offer sea views, and the hotel has 3 swimming pools and a great spa. The hotel’s jetty is an excellent place to snorkel, then relax with some sunset drinks or even dinner. La Gritta Italian restaurant by the sea is known to be one of the most romantic restaurants in Phuket. The club suites are the most luxurious room with fantastic views of Patong bay. Read more

The BeachThe private beach is small and somewhat rocky. Not great for swimming but suitable for snorkelling.
The Hotel 4-star hotel, with 380 rooms and Club Suites
The Facilities2 bars and 2 restaurants: ‘La Gritta’ (Italian) and  ‘Rim Talay’ (Thai, International). Great Spa and a small fitness. 3 swimming pools
What’s AroundNot much around the resort but Patong Beach is just a short Tuk-Tuk ride away, with endless restaurants, clubs and shopping malls
Who is it for?Anyone who wants to be near the action but in a peaceful and tropical environment
Worth noticingNo private pool rooms
Price Affordable

17. Trisara Phuket

Beach Score: 5 / 10 – Hotel Score: 10 / 10 – What’s around: 2 / 10 – Affordability: 1 / 10

Trisara Beach

Location: Naithon Beach area

Trisara is one of the most exclusive hotels in Phuket. All the villas come with private infinity pools and face the sunset, making it the most romantic hotel around. The level of service is way spotless. The hotel even has the only real Michelin restaurant on the island and an award-winning spa. The beach is rather small, but you probably will spend a lot of time in your private pool. The beautiful and quiet beach of Naithon is not far if you want to enjoy some long sunset walks.

The BeachThe beach is tiny but charming.
The Hotel 5-star luxury resort, 39 pool rooms and villas
The Facilities3 restaurants including PRU, a 1-star Michelin restaurant. An excellent spa and a good fitness centre with sea views, a 45 m swimming pool and surprisingly, a kids club
What’s AroundNothing around the hotel but the small town of Naithon is just minutes away, with few local restaurants, lots of street shopping and street food. A secret beach nearby.
Who is it for?Perfect for wealthy couples who plan to spend time in their villas and private pool (and who can afford it!)
Worth noticingTrisara is only 10 km for airport
PriceVery high!

18. Holiday Inn Mai Khao Beach

Beach Score: 5 / 10 – Hotel Score: 6 / 10 – What’s around: 2 / 10 – Affordability: 8 / 10

Holiday Inn Mai Khao

Location: Mai Khao Beach

The BeachGood Beach: Superb 11 km long beach with very few people on it. Note that there are no sun loungers nor umbrellas on the beach. Water is beautiful in high season but not shallow and gets deep quickly and sand is a little more coarse than average.
The Hotel 4-star
The Facilities2 restaurants: J’s Cafe and Restaurant (International), Pesto Restaurant (Italian, International). 1 swimming pool with pool bar (and some pool access rooms). Spa and fitness, including yoga.
What’s AroundNot much around but a couple of beach restaurants. As usual, Phuket being such a small island, day trips including pick up from the hotel can be very quickly be organized.
Who is it for?Travellers who want to escape the city
Worth noticing It’s far from any town or activity.
Price Cheap

19. Andaman White Beach

Beach Score: 9 / 10Hotel Score: 4 / 10 – What’s around: 2 / 10 – Affordability: 6 / 10

Andaman White Beach on Naithon Noi Beach

Location: Naithon Noi Beach

Andaman White Beach Resort is a secluded hotel near the airport. It may not be as luxurious as other hotels, but their beach is unique, immense, private and most of all: superb. all you need to enjoy and take those Instagram photos that will make all your friends jealous. The pool has a decent size, and the restaurants offer sea views. This hotel is not for party people, more addressing to couples. The small seaside town of Naithon is nearby, with a few more restaurants to enjoy and their famous fruit stalls. While the beach itself is one of the most beautiful in Phuket, the hotel received mixed reviews regarding the room condition.

The BeachNaithon Noi is a private beach with soft sand and very blue water during high season.
The Hotel 4-star hotel, 52 rooms (32 with seaviews)
The Facilities3 Restaurants (Thai, Mediterranean, BBQ), 1 swimming pool, a spa, fitness, kids club
What’s AroundNot far from to the hotel, the tiny town of Naithon has a few restaurants and shops along the road, as well as plenty of street food and tropical fruits vendors. The hidden Banana Beach is also nearby.
Who is it for?Great for couples but suitable for everyone who doesn’t want to be near busy areas.
Worth noticingMake sure you get a seaview room (some room may need renovation)
PriceGood value

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