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A weekend at The Surin Phuket

The Surin Phuket is a beautifully designed hotel with a long history and a fantastic location on Pansea beach. It’s also one of the first luxury hotels on the island. The resort’s name may be e a little confusing: it’s called ‘The Surin’, but it is on the next beach called Pansea Beach‘. The Surin is one of the best hotels in Phuket and a fantastic romantic escape on a tropical island to escape your busy life!

The Beach

The Surin Resort on Pansea Beach

Pansea Beach is a stunning strip of soft sand with clear water, totally unspoiled and untouched by vendors, noisy jet skis or parasailing. Only the guests of the hotels can access them: The Surin Phuket and the famous Amanpuri Resort. Of course, as we all know, there are no private beaches in Phuket or Thailand, but in many cases, the hotel owns the land surrounding it, which ends up being the same.

The Surin is partly on a gentle hillside, but the most popular cottages are those right on the beach! Of course, those come at a higher price, but it all makes sense once you sit on your balcony loungers above the sand and facing the striking blue colour of the Andaman sea. Just look at the photo below!


The Cottages

The Surin Resort Cottages

The design of the cottages and villas blend in beautifully in the green tropical forest. The hotel is one of the oldest in Phuket, and it was probably challenging to keep the design attractive over the years. Travellers are increasingly demanding when they pay the high price, but The Surin managed to keep an elegant modern Thai design with all the facilities and service of a 5-star hotel. We loved the spacious bathroom, generous luggage storage, comfortable sitting and working areas, and terrace, giving you all the space you need.

The Cottages at The Surin Phuket

The modern travellers will appreciate the many electric plugs in all strategic areas: near the bed and working stations (no, it’s not evident in all the modern hotels in Phuket, as we found out)

Amenities are generous, and free water is always expected in Thailand since you can’t drink from the tap, but free espresso is still very welcome when you plan to do some work in your villa.

The Cottages at The Surin Phuket

With its high wooden pillars standing above the iconic hexagonal black pool, the main building is often the image used to represent the hotel. This beautiful pool is not immense, but the location just by the sand makes it unique.

The Dining and Restaurants

The Surin

The Surin Phuket has three restaurants:

  • Beach Restaurant (Thai Cuisine)
  • Sunset Cafe (Breakfast)
  • Lomtalay (Thai food and seafood)

Since removing the beach clubs and restaurants from the nearby Surin beach, you probably will try them all, which is a good thing. We had dinner at the beautiful Beach Restaurant set on the lawn by the beach under immense coconut trees. It’s hard to get a perfect setting, and you should try it. The food was better than expected. Sometimes hotels tend to tone down Thai food, but our food was Thai and delicious.

You can enjoy a breakfast buffet at Sunset Cafe at the top of the main building. The setting is beautiful, but a little small, and Thai dishes such as noodle soup or rice porridge could have been better.

Beach Restaurant at The Surin Phuket

What to Do Around

There is not much to do around the hotel since all the beach clubs and restaurants have disappeared from Surin Beach. Some of them reopened on the nearby Bangtao Beach. You can enjoy the water sports available on the beach: Paddleboards, windsurf and catamaran sailing. You can also borrow some snorkelling gears to explore the rocks at each end of the beach.

Pansea Beach

Yoga is also available twice a week, perfect in this tropical and relaxing setting. The fitness room is well equipped but small, considering many guests seem to be health-conscious. There are only two treadmills, but you can run on the beach if the heat doesn’t affect you too much.

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The Surin Info

Location: Pansea Beach (Surin)
Address: 118 Soi Hat Surin 8, Choeng Thale, Thalang District, Phuket 83110
Phone: 076 316 400
Open: 24 hours
Check-in: 2 pm – Check-out: 12 noon
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/page.thesurinphuket/
: see the rates

The Surin Factsheet

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

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Willy Thuan
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.