Phuket is famous for its beach vibes and luxury resorts. If the daily grind has left you with a hankering for some relaxation, why not indulge with a stay in one of these resorts? Just imagine waking up in your own villa to the sounds of the ocean lapping against the beach. Here’s seven of the island’s best, that even the most discerning traveller couldn’t say no to.
Close to the lively Patong Beach, you’ll find Amari Phuket. This beachfront resort and spa epitomises what an island escape should be all about: relaxation, luxury, and of course uninterrupted ocean views. Opt for a suite in the Ocean Wing of the hotel, and you can be treated to floor-to-ceiling windows that practically bring the emerald waters into your room.
Hotel restaurant, The Jetty, offers a truly unique dining experience. Whether you fancy digging into a salad, some tapas, or just a guilt-free afternoon cocktail – this place 100% requires a visit at sunset.
The Vijiit Resort Phuket
We all know Phuket has its fair share of parties, but if you’d rather take things down a notch this time around, we suggest a stay at Vijiit Resort. Vijiit is situated on Chalong Bay, and overlooks the neighbouring Coral Islands. Villas are decked out in a local style, incorporating wooden roof tiles, coconut and bamboo accents, and teakwood furnishings. Go for the Vijitt Pool Villa and you will secure yourself a private pool.
If the setting of tall swaying palms and glistening emerald waters isn’t enough to send you into a state of Zen, we suggest booking yourself a treatment at the resort’s V Spa. Here the philosophy is to promote physical and mental well-being, with the V representing the five senses. A range of treatments are available, and all are performed in straw-roofed, open-air salas that are dabbled throughout the surrounding jungle.
Sri Panwa Phuket
When it comes to offering the best seat in the house, we have to say Sri Panwa is a gold medalist. The luxury villas here are perched atop Cape Panwa, and offer exceptional views of the southeastern tip of Phuket. The villas are designed to make you feel like you’re at home – but the best kind of home of course!
Think fine bed linen, handcrafted furnishings, and customised toiletries. You can also forget heading to Patong Beach for the party thanks to the in-room surround sound entertainment system and iPod preloaded with music to suit any vibe.
Fancy a cocktail with a view? We suggest heading to Baba Nest where you can settle in for an afternoon drink and experience a stunning sunset overlooking the bay. Along with the exclusive selection of high-end cocktails, the menu offers a range of wines and champagne.
The Surin Phuket
Swaying coconut palms, a private white beach, and elegant cottages and suites blending into the surrounding jungle – what’s not to love about The Surin Phuket? Designed by Paris-based architect, Ed Tuttle, the resort pairs local culture with Tuttle’s architectural philosophy that’s based on seeing new and interesting perspectives from every angle you look.
Our pick is the beach deluxe suite, which offers direct beach access, a spacious verandah, and a king-size bed that’s just made for a week-long slumber. For those still suffering from a case of jet lag, head to Surin Spa. Go for the Jet Lag Recovery Massage, which starts with a floral foot milk bath and is followed with a back, neck, and shoulder massage.
Banyan Tree Phuket
If you like to do things well when you go on holiday, we can assure you that the Banyan Tree is going to deliver. The five-star resort is all too familiar with winning countless awards, and it’s easy to see why. Different villas are available, which blend traditional Thai architecture will all the necessary amenities for the modern day traveller.
Our pick is to go for the Banyan Lagoon Pool Villa which offers a private outdoor pool, an open-air oval bathtub, and a wooden deck that’s the ideal place for an afternoon flute of bubbly.
If you’re venturing to Phuket in the hope of rekindling a little romance, the Banyan Tree is sure to heat things up. A range of sexy facilities and services are available including couple’s spa treatments, starlit dinners on a floating pontoon, and sailing on the island’s famed waters.
Anantara Layan Phuket Resort
Positioned on Layan Beach, Anantara Layan trumps it as far as resort locations in Phuket go. Rooms and suites are available, but if you’re looking for a ‘wow-factor’ kind of stay, we recommend going for one of the pool villas – how could you not when a private pool is up for grabs?
As far as food options go, the local outdoor restaurants of Layan Beach are just a short walk away. Alternatively, Ananatara offers several in-house restaurants with talented chefs working at the helm. For something special, why not opt for Dining by Design, which allows you to choose your own dining location along with a private chef and a personalised menu?
Trisara Beachside Resort
For some true glamour, head to Trisara Beachside Resort. Referring to itself as the garden in the third heaven, this luxurious resort will certainly be hard to check out of come home time. Nestled amidst century-old ficus trees and coconut palms, the resort offers a series of villas that are terraced over the hillside.
While all suites and villas are pretty swoon-worthy, we can’t go past the ocean view pool villa which surely boasts one of the best infinity pools in Phuket!
Trisara is one of those places that does everything on-point, so it comes no surprise that its JARA Spa is quite simply heavenly! Taking its inspiration from the surrounding Ficus trees, the spa uses five elements of the tree to nourish, invigorate, and heal.
If you’re looking for something different, why not book yourself in for the Royal Trisara six-hand massage? As the name would suggest, three therapists combine six hands with nourishing oils and herbal compresses to restore the body.