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The Surin Phuket

The Surin Phuket Review

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: 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 Surin Phuket on Pansea Beach
The Surin Resort famous black pool

Quick summary of the hotel:

Hotel Summary & Guests Score
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 Hotel5-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 Around?Not 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 Noticing Unless you get one of the few cottages on the beach, other rooms while beautifully decorated lack of windows and views.
PriceRather high

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The Beach

The Surin Resort on Pansea 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 beach cottages
The beach cottages

The Surin is partly on a gentle hillside, but the most popular cottages are 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 face the striking blue colour of the Andaman Sea. Just look at the photo below!

The Cottages

The Surin Resort Beach Cottages
The Surin Resort Beach Cottages

The design of the cottages and villas blend beautifully with 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 services 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 bedroom in 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)

The Cottages at The Surin Phuket
The Cottages at The Surin Phuket

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 Surin Phuket Dining and Restaurants

The iconic black pool of The Surin Phuket
The iconic black pool of The Surin Phuket

The Surin has three restaurants:

  • Beach Restaurant (Thai Cuisine)
  • Sunset Cafe (Breakfast)
  • Lomtalay (Thai food and seafood)
The Beach restaurant at The Surin
The Beach restaurant at The Surin

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 on the lawn 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.

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Beach Restaurant at The Surin Phuket
Beach Restaurant at The Surin Phuket

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

Sunset from the Surin Beach Restaurant
Sunset from the Surin Beach Restaurant


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. 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 health-conscious. There are only two treadmills, but you can run on the beach if the heat doesn’t affect you too much.

What to do around The Surin Phuket

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 water sports on the beach: Paddleboards, windsurfing and catamaran sailing. You can also borrow some snorkelling gear to explore the rocks at each end of the beach.

Pansea Beach in front of The Surin
Pansea Beach in front of The Surin


The Surin Phuket is a luxury hotel located on one of the most picturesque beaches in Phuket. The resort’s stunning design blends seamlessly with the tropical forest, and the cottages and villas offer a spacious and comfortable stay with modern amenities. The beautiful hexagonal black pool and the beachfront location make it a unique experience. The hotel’s dining options offer delicious Thai food with a beautiful beachside setting, and guests can enjoy water sports and snorkelling gear to explore the beach’s rocky ends.

Overall, The Surin Phuket is a fantastic romantic escape on a tropical island, perfect for those seeking a relaxing and luxurious vacation away from their busy lives.

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Special Events

24dec7:00 pm11:00 pmChristmas Eve Dinner at The Surin Phuket7:00 pm - 11:00 pm The Surin PhuketType:EventArea:Surin

28dec9:00 pm11:00 pmHeaven on The Beach at The Surin Phuket9:00 pm - 11:00 pm The Surin PhuketType:Dining,EventArea:Surin

31dec01janNew Year's Eve 2024 Gala Dinner At The Surin Phuket(December 31) 7:30 pm - (January 1) 3:00 am The Surin PhuketType:EventArea:Surin

Information, Rates and Bookings

The Surin Phuket 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

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The Surin Factsheet

⛱️ Main beach nearby:Nai Harn Beach
⛱️ Distance to the beach:on the beach!
⛱️ Beach condition:Excellent
⭐ Range5-star resort
🏊‍♀️ Swimming pools:1
🍴 Restaurants and bars:3
🛍️ FacilitiesSpa
🚙 Distance to Phuket Town:25 km
🚙 Distance to Patong Beach:13 km
✈️ Distance from Phuket International Airport:24 km

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Around The Surin

Pansea Beach

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Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world early until I settled in Phuket in 1994. For the past 30 years, my passion for photography and my curiosity have taken me to every corner of Phuket, Bangkok and everywhere I could go in Thailand. My goal is to share my discoveries, photos and tips to help travellers plan their holidays by making Phuket 101 as easy as possible to use for everyone!