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The 11 best hotels in Phuket Thailand

Phuket, Thailand’s largest island, is home to some of the best for ocean lovers. Travelers often spend their day playing in the water, snorkeling along the reef, or diving from the top of cliffs. For the best water views and easy beach access, consider staying at a hotel with its own beachfront. Check out our picks for the best beach hotels in Phuket, Thailand, and get inspired!

1. Beyond Resort Karon

For

The only hotel located on Karon’s white sand beach

Beautiful contemporary decor in common areas

Rooms are spacious, fresh, and modern with sea views

Two beachfront pools with a swim-up bar

Walk-in shower with a tropical-rain shower

Buffet breakfast included in the price

Adult-only resort (a con for some)

Disadvantages

A key to the room policy

Mosquitoes can be a problem

Free Wi-Fi in the lobby only

What you must remember

Beyond Karon Resort is an upscale, adults-only resort claiming the distinction of being the only resort located right on Karon Beach. The location offers beautiful ocean views, two pools, and a restaurant. Spacious units are furnished with balconies, though there have been reports of mosquitoes. Rates are pricey, but you’re paying for its setting and stunning sea views.

2. Banyan Tree Phuket

For

Exquisite luxury villas with outdoor pools or hot tubs and stylish decor

Five-minute walk to a sandy beach with lounge chairs and umbrellas

40-meter pool and stunning freeform pool with adjacent bar and hot tub

Multiple dining options include a cafe, upscale Thai restaurant, and wine bar

Relaxing spa with gorgeous treatment rooms and a variety of massage options

18-hole golf course with an adjacent cafe

Daily activities like yoga, cooking classes, and lagoon boat rides

Kids’ club with supervised activities

Fitness center, free bikes to borrow, and tennis courts on-site

Free Wi-Fi throughout

Disadvantages

The ocean can be too rough to swim

Huge property can be difficult to navigate

A 25-minute drive from Patong (pro for some)

The beach is five minutes away on foot or by shuttle.

What you must remember

The Banyan Tree Phuket is one of Phuket’s largest luxury resorts. It has 175 villas on 89 acres of sprawling gardens that can be tricky to navigate. The man-made lagoons and beach — a five-minute walk away — offer great views over the water, and the multiple outdoor pools are perfect for lounging. Villas are spacious and include luxurious details such as private outdoor spaces with hot tubs or pools, designer furniture, and pillow menus. Among the many amenities available are an 18-hole golf course, yoga and cooking classes, lagoon boat rides, a kids’ club, and bikes to borrow. In addition, several restaurants offer Thai, gourmet, Japanese and international cuisines. Downsides include a beach that’s often too choppy for swimming and a huge property that can be tricky to navigate, though guests can request cart service. Compare rates with similar Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas.

3. JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

For

A luxury hotel on Mai Khao beach and close to Phuket International Airport

Large, spacious rooms, some with sea-view balconies and private hot tubs

Three landscaped outdoor pools with waterfall decor, a swim-up bar, and small slides

The charming Mandara Spa has an indoor pool, steam room, and outdoor daybeds

12 on-site restaurants and bars, including a cafe, gourmet Thai cuisine, and a breakfast buffet

The hotel hosts a cooking school, the Ginga Cook Cooking School

The children’s club has a trampoline, video games, and a pool table

Modern and spacious gym with Nike products for sale

Loan of bicycles

Free Parking

Disadvantages

No lounge chairs or services on the beach

Paid Wi-Fi

Staff not enforcing the ban on children in the adult-only pool

Nothing interesting that is within walking distance

What you must remember

The JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa is one of Phuket’s most luxurious (and expensive) hotels. A vast tropical enclosure and friendly service are almost impeccable. Its location, close to Phuket International Airport, is very convenient for the plane but also for exploring the surroundings of Phuket. There are three high-end pools, a luxury spa, and 12 different restaurants and bars. The contemporary-style rooms have balconies and mini-fridges, and the Villa has a private pool. Among its negatives, the beach is not suitable for swimming, and some guests have reported that children can go everywhere on the property, sometimes to the detriment of the calm of other guests. It may be worth comparing the rates with those of the nearby Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa, which offers the same services and facilities but is however quieter.

4. Trisara

For

Modern, sea-facing rooms, suites, and villas with private pools and epic views

The private white-sand beach, clear blue water, and kayaks (in season) to borrow

Chic loungers front a gorgeous beach-facing infinity pool

Three gourmet restaurants and Jazz Brunch on Sundays

Free airport transportation

An on-site spa and spacious fitness center

Wi-Fi is free throughout

The supervised kids’ club has toys and a Wii

Stunning grounds with lush landscaping and a multi-level reflection pool

Private barbecues on the beach or in the villas can be organized (for a fee)

Disadvantages

Prices are high

The secluded location is 30 minutes from Kamala Beach

Beach facilities are available from December to April

Mosquito complaints (a common problem in Thailand)

No pool or hot tub at the spa

What you must remember

Trisara Phuket is one of the most luxurious and private five-pearl properties in Phuket. Guests are met at the airport by an SUV and shuttle to the sleek resort, with a private sandy beach, infinity-edge pool, three restaurants, and gorgeous rooms with private plunge pools and the Andaman Sea views. In addition, there is a private boathouse and a popular Jazz Brunch on Sundays. Prices are high, but freebies include airport transportation, a breakfast buffet, chocolates, and Wi-Fi. For honeymooners and families who can afford it, Trisara is hard to beat.

5. SALA Phuket Mai Khao Beach Resort

For

Beautiful and convenient location near Phuket International Airport and Mai Khao Beach facing the Andaman Sea

Two chic infinity pools facing the ocean

Sleek, minimalist rooms have open-air bathrooms (and some have private plunge pools) that look straight out of a design magazine.

Lobby bar, beachfront bar, and sophisticated restaurant on-site; Breakfast gets rave reviews

SALA Spa uses Clarins products and has a private outdoor treatment area

Gorgeous lobby with a reflection pond and high-end furnishings

Bright, modern fitness center

Free Wi-Fi and parking

Bikes and kayaks to borrow

Room service and a rooftop table are available

Disadvantages

Prices are higher than at comparable (and even nicer) resorts

Past complaints about maintenance and cleanliness issues throughout

45 minutes drive from Phuket Town

Open-air bathrooms don’t appeal to everyone (and they’re not air-conditioned)

No lounge chairs or service on the beach (a common theme in this part of Thailand)

No kids’ activities (a pro for some)

What you must remember

SALA Phuket Resort is a romantic option in a series of upscale to luxurious resorts on Mai Khao Beach near Phuket International Airport. What sets this property apart from its many competitors is its intimate size, rooms with great open-air bathrooms and soaking tubs, and a swimmable beachfront. Two infinity-edge pools border the ocean, and there’s not much to do on-site beyond borrowing one of the two kayaks, biking, visiting the spa, or dining at the fine-dining restaurant. Families with kids will be much happier down the road at the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, with larger waterslides and pools, plus a kids’ club. Overall, prices here are higher than elsewhere (though parking and Wi-Fi are free), and outdoor grooming (and restroom) arrangements aren’t to everyone’s liking.

6. Movenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket

For

The upscale resort is set in beautifully manicured tropical gardens

Located in the center of Karon overlooking the white sand beach

Four pools, including a lagoon pool with a swim-up bar

free breakfast buffet

Four restaurants serve a wide range of international dishes

Rooms and villas open onto terraces or balconies; some ocean views

The separate spa offers a wide selection of massages

Kids’ club activities and playgrounds are available

Large ballroom space and meeting rooms

Wi-Fi connection

Disadvantages

Report of ants in rooms

Some rooms show signs of wear

What you must remember

This location Movenpick Resort, part of a global chain, is a vast, upscale property set in sprawling tropical gardens overlooking Phuket’s beautiful Karon Beach. Amenities are plentiful and include four pools, four restaurants, a spa, and plenty of activities to keep kids entertained. A buffet breakfast is included in the room rate. Most rooms and villas have sea-view balconies, though while generally well-maintained, some units are starting to show signs of wear. Rates are on the high side, but it’s a solid option for this type of upscale vacation retreat.

7. Cape Panwa Hotel

For

On the beach on the Andaman Sea near the Phuket Aquarium

Rooms, suites, and villas with elegantly decorated balconies; some have private hot tubs and plunge pools

The outdoor pool, surrounded by chic lounge chairs, offers ocean views

Sandy beach with deckchairs; snorkeling, and boat trips can be arranged for a fee

Five restaurants and eight bars range from fine dining to authentic Thai food to a cute cafe

Freebies include: breakfast, welcome drink, parking, shuttle to town, and Wi-Fi in public areas

Fitness center, sauna, and beach massages are available

Tropical gardens include a funicular to the beach

Cultural activities like Thai cooking classes and fruit carving

Disadvantages

Charge in-room Wi-Fi

Complaints about housekeeping and maintenance throughout

Reports of ants (a common problem in tropical regions of Thailand)

Some establishments and restaurants are located at the nearby sister hotel, Kantary Bay

Free Wi-Fi code and connect to changes every day; guests must request it at reception

What you must remember

The 205-room Cape Panwa Hotel is an upscale property located directly on Panwa Beach. It’s a solid pick for families and couples who want quick access to the hustle and bustle nearby Phuket but prefer to sleep and eat somewhere quieter. The hotel makes transportation easy with a free shuttle and parking. Guests who want to stay on the property can take advantage of the white sands, outdoor pool, multiple restaurants, and cultural and fun activities. Rooms are spacious and well-equipped with creature comforts like pillow menus and balconies, but past guests have reported occasional cleanliness issues. Larger groups (or honeymooners) can upgrade to a Lodge or Villa with a private infinity pool.

8. The Racha

For

Eco-chic and intimate all-villa resort on tiny Racha Yai island in the Andaman Sea

Elegant villas with outdoor spaces; Some have private pools and outdoor bathrooms.

Outdoor infinity pool overlooking the beach and a stunning garden pool

Free breakfast buffet, Ice Bar, and several on-site restaurants

Sandy beach on a quiet cove

Anumba Spa includes private treatment villas and reflection pools

Free Wi-Fi throughout

Recreational facilities include a PADI dive center, mountain bikes, bikes, and water toys.

A bright fitness center with cardio machines and weights

Room service is available

Disadvantages

Prices are high

Boat transfer fees

35-minute boat trip to leave the island

Newspaper lovers force the beach

Some wear and tear in some villas

No kids’ club (a pro for some)

What you must remember

The Racha is a five-pearl eco-chic resort on the tiny island of Racha Yai in the Andaman Sea. It’s a 35-minute boat ride from Phuket to get there, and there’s an extra charge for the transfer. Once guests arrive at the island, they are greeted with the sight of whitewashed villas built with clean lines in harmony with the natural surroundings of the tropical landscape and water. The villas are clean and comfortable; Some have private pools and spacious outdoor bathrooms. Leisure facilities are top-notch: mountain bikes, water toys, tennis courts, a spa, and more are all available. But, beware: The stunning sandy beach is a must-visit spot for Phuket tourist boats and is swamped with daytime treasures, making it ideal for those wanting a quiet, romantic tropical vacation. Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa Phuket, is another five-pearl option on Ko Nakha Yai with a more peaceful beach and many of the same facilities.

9. Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort

For

Secluded vacation resort with beautiful private sandy cove

Located within easy reach of Phuket Town and the airport

The largest swimming pool on the island

Many activities and sports facilities on site

Spacious and elegant rooms, all with furnished balconies

Wide range of restaurants and bars

Half-board and full-board options are available

Disadvantages

The resort feels dated in parts

Landscaping Lackluster

WiFi

What you must remember

Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort is a massive stand-alone resort surrounded by lush jungle that overlooks its sandy beach. The hotel’s large size can make it feel a little impersonal, but its sheer scale does mean a huge range of facilities, including an enormous pool and a range of sports facilities. Spacious rooms have been sleekly renovated, and many include beautiful sea views. This doesn’t come cheap, though, and you may also find yourself paying for lots of extras — including Wi-Fi — if you book the room rate only.

10. Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach

For

Family-friendly luxury hotel on a laid-back private beach

Free shuttle service to Patong (limited hours)

Three large swimming pools; one has a kids’ area for kids, and one has a swim-up bar.

The rooms renovated in 2017 are contemporary and have a furnished terrace.

Separate showers and tubs, desks, and coffeemakers come standard

Quality international, Italian, and Thai restaurants, plus a beachfront grill

Sleek spa and modern fitness center

A kids’ club with daily activities and an outdoor playground

Butterfly sanctuary and a reef education center

Activities such as yoga, Thai boxing, and water sports are on offer

Free Wi-Fi (for those who join the Marriott Rewards Program)

Disadvantages

Little within walking distance

The ocean is very rocky

Some units have minor wear and older bathroom fixtures

A few complaints of poor soundproofing

Rooms are generic and lack a lot of Thai flairs

What you must remember

A six-minute drive from Patong Beach, the luxury Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach, is a large, contemporary property that can entertain guests of all ages. Its beach is private and generally calm, but the sea is extremely rocky, and water shoes are necessary. Fortunately, there are three large pools — one with a waterslide and another with a swim-up bar, plus a spa, kids’ club, and muay Thai boxing stage. Several restaurants offer Thai, Italian, and international cuisines and a cafe and smoothie place. The 414 rooms are spacious and modern but feel chain-like and lack Thai charm. They all come with furnished terraces, separate tubs and showers, coffeemakers, and some add pool or ocean access. Noise is a notable drawback. Consider the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa for something closer to the airport.

11. Andaman White Beach Resort

For

Quiet, semi-remote coastal location with a lovely white-sand beach

Elegant rooms and suites, some with private pools and beach views

Big pool and hot tub surrounded by palm trees and lounge chairs

Three on-site restaurants, including a Thai restaurant with seafood

Buffet breakfast included

On-site Dala Spa with massages and beauty treatments

A spacious fitness center with free weights and cardio machines

Free Wi-Fi and free parking

Disadvantages

Limited activities for children

Not much within walking distance

What you must remember

The intimate but stylish Andaman White Beach Resort is located directly on the beach in a secluded and quiet stretch of western Phuket. Rooms range from romantic sea-facing rooms to lavish suites, some with private plunge pools. On-site dining options include a Thai restaurant with fresh seafood dishes and a more relaxed beachfront pizzeria. Dala Spa adds to the overall relaxed vibe of the hotel, as does the semi-remote location with not much to do within walking distance (apart from the beach). The waters off the hotel can be dangerous for swimming in the summer, but there’s a long pool for guests who want to swim during the off-season.

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From Jhon Travel4King System

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