Thailand Travel: The Best Luxury Hotels and Resorts in Phuket

You may laugh at the pronunciation, and you may shudder when you think of some of its party towns (I'm looking at you Patong) but Thailand's largest island, Phuket, will always be a special place for me. Not least because Phuket has lots of top quality luxury resorts and hotels. Over the last eight years my partner and I have visited Phuket more than ten times and many of those holidays were spent in beautiful and luxurious resorts, including two trips with our eldest son so we also know you can find family-friendly luxury hotels on Phuket too!

The Best Luxury Hotels in Phuket

While holidaying in Phuket has changed a lot since we first went there eight years ago - it's a lot busier, more touristy, and value for money can be harder to find - the one thing that has gotten better and better is the variety of luxury hotels and resorts on offer. I therefore thought it was high time I put together a list of the best luxury resorts in Phuket for you to peruse for your next holiday, and I've called on some help from my travel blogging friends so that this list of tried and tested Phuket luxury hotels and resorts is as comprehensive as possible. Now all I need are direct flights from Amsterdam - please!!!

Point Yamu by COMO

The first three resorts listed are those that I've stayed at and loved so I will be reviewing them, and they're sort of in my order of preference but that doesn't mean they're in the order of the most luxurious to least luxurious (because they're all jolly luxurious!). 

The reason I like Point Yamu by COMO the best is because it perfectly combines two things my kind of travel is now all about; stylish luxury and family fun. It's incredibly family-friendly, and yet that doesn't take away from either the style or luxury on offer. It's also a very secluded and peaceful resort so you really feel you get away from it all when you're there, which as a young family was greatly helped by the presence of a fantastic kids club, free baby/toddler food and very professional babysitters.

There is a big "but" coming because it's important you know that Point Yamu is actually on the "wrong" side of the island, i.e. the east coast, which means not great beaches and no dreamy sunsets (although part of the resort is facing west so you do see them!). In fact there is no beach at Point Yamu by COMO as it's positioned a top a small cliff on a peninsular that juts out. This means it has almost panoramic views of the surrounding waters and islands in the distance, but nope, no beach... except there is a beach. (I know, this is confusing but hear me out... ) Out on a deserted island a short car journey and boat ride away (that is completely free - you just need to book in advance), COMO have commandeered a private beach club just for them, complete with Phuket's typical beautiful soft yellow sand and crystal clear waters. Being more pool people than beach people we only went to the beach club once but thoroughly enjoyed the amenities, food and watersports on offer while we did. As with most resorts on Phuket, the transfer time from the airport to COMO is also very manageable, at around 50 minutes.

You can read more about Point Yamu by COMO in my review here, and check out prices for booking on TripAdvisor or Booking.com

Kata Rocks 

We stayed at Kata Rocks during our babymoon in Phuket back in 2015 and it was easily the highlight of our whole trip. We were only there three nights but I remember feeling incredibly relaxed while I was there and very sad to leave, which is the best evidence that I love this modern luxury resort. I was apprehensive about staying at Kata Rocks because it's in one of the busier areas of the island (and we normally prefer to stay on more northern beaches) but I didn't have to worry because the resort is tucked away from everything (and everyone) else at the far southern rockier end of the busy Kata Beach. And yes, I did say rocky - hence the name! So again, this is both an example of how we are NOT beach people and how you should skip this Phuket resort if you really want to go somewhere with direct access to a beach (and don't worry plenty of the other Phuket luxury hotels on this list do have just that!).

We had a villa with a private pool which had a spacious living area that easily would have probably been large enough to host dinner both of our extended families had they been there (but hey, thank goodness they weren't!) so was incredibly comfortable for just the two of us and we loved watching the sunsets from our balcony. That's one thing you really can't fault Phuket for if you are on that west side of the island; the sunsets are amazing.

See more photos of our stay at Kata Rocks and find out about best possible prices and dates on TripAdvisor or Booking.com.

The Surin Phuket 

The other resort we stayed at during our Phuket babymoon was The Surin Phuket, a hotel I'd long wanted to stay in after we rented a house near the resort a few years previously, and this is the luxury Phuket resort you need to go to if you definitely want a beach as it has its own private beach, and it's a beautiful one too. Easy to get to from the airport, The Surin is more of what I consider a traditional Thai resort with more authentic designed wooden private villas and huts, lots and lots of palm trees, and yes, a lovely beach to enjoy, while sipping a mango lassi, of course.

One thing I have to point out is that the villas are scattered around a hillside and there is quite a climb up and down to them from the beach and main resort facilities. For some this won't be a huge problem and we actually welcomed it because of all those mango lassis, but if accessibility is an issue, you should keep this in mind. Again the sunsets were a sight worth watching and I remember the Thai food being really fantastic here.

Find out the best prices for The Surin on TripAdvisor or Booking.com.

The Slate by Annika of Midnight Blue Elephant

The Slate is one of my favourite luxury hotels in Phuket and located right by the very underrated Naiyang beach. Unlike so many other hotels in Thailand, its design is quite modern, paying homage to the area’s mining history. Lots of steel and metal sculptures mix nicely with the jungle-like surroundings. You are also a very quick transfer away from the airport - less than twenty minutes!

It is the perfect place for anyone and everyone seeking a luxury getaway including families and couples (or solo travelers like myself) as it is a big resort so you never feel too crowded and there are activities for everyone. They offer three pools of which two are adult-only and older teenagers, and one is for families. The Slate also has a variety of restaurants to suit every taste and you are close enough to a stretch of lovely beach restaurants and bars. The nice thing about the area - while there is always something to do, you can find big stretches of beach all to yourself and you are far enough away from the infamous Phuket party areas.

One thing that is a must-do when staying at the Slate is a visit to their beautiful Coqoon Spa which I believe is one of the best in Thailand. Here you can have your treatments in an actual nest-like cocoon and emerge feeling like a pretty butterfly!

Find out more about the Slate here or make a reservation on Booking.com or TripAdvisor.

Follow Annika's travels on Instagram.

Naka by Annika of Midnight Blue Elephant

While the Naka has the perfect romantic setting and its own private beach, it is completely different to what most would consider a romantic luxury resort in Phuket. Clear lines, modern designs and no frills (definitely no folded swans on your bed!) are part of its charm. Each villa offers plenty of room and privacy with stunning views over the bay and some killer sunsets to match. My favourite was the private infinity pool that is actually big enough to do laps in, and the layout of the villa had enough space for a whole family to spread out or in my case a travel blogger with lots of luggage. It's also in a great location on Kamala Beach which is close to other beaches but not too far from the airport so your transfer will be well under an hour. 

Water lovers have the choice between their private beach or a huge pool which is great for swimming so you can work up an appetite. For dinner head to their sky lounge Meka. This is not only a great place for sun-downers but also serves wonderful, innovate fusion cuisine.

You can check prices and dates for Naka, Phuket on TripAdvisor or Booking.com.

Read more of Annika's review of Naka resort here, and be sure to give her some love on Facebook.

Keemala by Alex of Swedish Nomad

Keemala is one of Thailand's most luxurious resorts and something of a hidden gem tucked away in the jungle of Kamala in Phuket. It's a 5-star resort, part of the Small Luxury Hotels and features some very unique and memorable hotel rooms. How about staying in a bird's nest overlooking the jungle with your own private pool? or a "Bungalow in the Sky" where you also can enjoy a private pool with gorgeous jungle views. 

If that wasn't enough, Keemala also serves some fine-dining with a special focus on health. The spa area is also excellent with plenty of treatments available for guests. I recommend getting a private bath in herbs, and later on spoil yourself with a traditional Thai massage. 

After that, reserve a table for dinner, and try their very own Himalayan Salt Brick dishes. Their lamb dish cooked on this Himalayan salt brick is heavenly. For drinks, try the butterfly mojito if you prefer non-alcoholic, or go for some rum cocktails from the house cocktail menu if you prefer an alcoholic beverage. In addition to that, most of the vegetables and herbs used in the food and breakfast are sustainably farmed at the hotel so this is very much an eco-friendly resort in Phuket.

All of their rooms are stylishly decorated with some very nice details that gives you a feeling of luxury in the jungle. Especially the bathrooms were unique and gave a rustic feeling with a nice touch of glam, and again, more than enough of comfort and luxury!

Check out prices and dates for Keemala on TripAdvisor or Booking.com.

Read more about Alex on his travel blog here and follow him on Instagram.

The Pavilions by Inma from A World To Travel

Before staying a couple of nights in one of the private villas of The Pavilions in Phuket, it was hard to imagine that such a place existed just twenty minutes away from Phuket Airport.
 
Located on a hill and facing the Andaman Sea, this adults-only resort offers luxury villas with private infinity pools, many with their own spa annex to the main building, a separate living room, a huge bathroom that would put many others that claim to be luxurious to shame, and an outdoor sala-style cabin where you can relax or dine, among many other amenities.
If you are looking for the perfect romantic hotel in Phuket to go as a couple, The Pavilions is a good choice; we liked it so much that we barely left our private villa during our stay. However, the resort has lots of activities and services available to guests such as transfers to Layan beach, trips to a nearby shopping center, and its magnificent The Plantation Club, an outdoor restaurant that has superb 360º views and a Mediterranean Thai fusion cuisine.

Find out about prices for The Pavilions on TripAdvisor or Booking.com.

Read more of Inma's review of The Pavilions on A World to Travel and on Instagram.


Amatara Wellness Resort Phuket by Amber from With Husband in Tow

Located on the eastern side of Phuket Island (the same "wrong side" as Point Yamu reviewed above - Frankie) and away from the backpacker hostels and non-stop night life of Patong and Phuket Town, sits Amatara Wellness Resort.

A one-of-a-kind luxury travel getaway offering guests seeking piece of mind and body, loads of different wellness options. From full detox experiences including meals and special menus, to a wide range wellness treatments. If dieting on your holiday isn’t your thing there are other tasty and more indulgent choices too! In the spa, Amatara offers unique massage experiences, including Thai yoga massage, incorporating breathing techniques as the massage therapist twists and bends you into a human pretzel. Furthermore, Amatara Wellness Resort boasts to having the only Thai hammam spa in all of Southeast Asia. Unlike traditional Turkish hammams which can leave you with more aches and pains, the hammam at Amatara is a gentle series of deep tissue scrubs, ice shower, mud mask and a relaxing stay in a Himalayan salt cave.

To help facilitate the right wellness program during your stay, the resort employs their own physiotherapist who will evaluate your mind and body, providing recommended treatments available at the resort as well as suggested lifestyle changes. If improving the mind and body during your holiday isn’t what traveling to Thailand is all about, Amatara Wellness Resort offers stunning views of the Andaman Sea to escape the real world for a few days, as well as a plethora of food and dining options.

Find out more about the resort and prices on TripAdvisor or on Booking.com.

Follow Amber on her luxury travel blog and on Facebook.


Sala Phuket Resort & Spa at Mai Khao Beach by Natalie from Love & Road
If you like exclusivity Sala Phuket Resort is one of the best luxury hotels on the island and you will have all the privacy you want to relax, enjoy the beach and the outstanding villa. My husband and I spend a couple of nights in a Pool Villa and I wish I could have stayed there forever. The villa had a beautiful garden with a pool, an open-air shower and bathtub, resting area, a gigantic bed and all the amenities you need to have a 5-star stay. Not to mention the impeccable service and the lovely staff.
Be prepared to be pampered with fresh fruits and juice delivery at your room every evening, signature organic toiletries, great selection of tea in the room, pillow menu, breakfast at the villa if you desire, open-air movie sessions at the hotel gardens, a pool facing the sea, fine dining, and much more.

Sala Resort is also one of the best hotels in Phuket due to its location at Mai Khao Beach. The beach is untouched with crystal clear water, spotless clean sand all surrounded by trees. Located close to the airport on the north side of Phuket, Mai  Khao beach is a hidden gem, perfect for travelers that want to relax far from the busy areas of the island. The only downside is that there is almost nothing around the hotel so you will need to rely on taxis or rent a car to explore all the cool things to do in Phuket if you do want to escape and see some of the island's sights.

See more photos and find out more about Sala Resort on TripAdvisor or Booking.com.

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Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa by Monique from Honeymoon Backpackers

If you’re looking for one of the best luxury resorts and hotels in Phuket, Thailand, then look no further than the Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa. This stunning luxury accommodation is situated right on the shores of Mai Khao Beach and boasts an incredible outlook over the Andaman Sea. It's also one of the most accessible resorts on Phuket with a transfer of just ten minutes!

Frolic in the massive pool overlooking the beach. Take on your partner or travel companion in a game of pool, ping pong or foosball in a games area just metres from the beach. Or simply relax on a sunbed with a waiter at your every beck and call offering an array of food and drink at your disposal.

If you’re balling out on your vacation or Phuket honeymoon, why not opt for a luxury beachfront villa. The stunning pool villas boast their own plunge pool and have a huge bathtub! You’ll never want to leave your beachfront pool villa, especially when you have the option to get room service delivered to your room.

The complimentary buffet breakfast served daily here is fantastic! We’ve never experienced such a huge variety of western and local food at a 5-star luxury resort. With the biggest range of fresh juices and fruit available. Each and every day we over indulged with breakfast, always leaving entirely satisfied.

So if you’re looking to relax in absolute luxury on your vacation in Phuket, make sure you stay at the Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa. It’s one of the best luxury beachfront hotels on Phuket Island and Mai Khao Beach where it's located is just simply stunning, you certainly won’t be disappointed.

Find out about prices for Renaissance Phuket on Booking.com or TripAdvisor.

Read more about Monique's Thai honeymoon here and follow their travels on Instagram.


The Vijitt Resort by Tim from Universal Traveller
Phuket’s popularity is definitely well-earned - and it’s a place I recommend everyone visit at least once in their life - but that popularity is also a double-edged sword. So many travelers and tourists visit the beaches here every day that it can sometimes feel like you’re not on vacation at all.

That’s one reason I was so enthralled with my stay at the Vijitt Resort Phuket. This luxury resort is right on the beach and has incredible island views - all while cultivating a calm, restful atmosphere. It’s a great place to escape (or entirely avoid), the tourist crowds as it's on the very southern tip of the island so away from busier resorts and towns. That does, however, mean a slightly longer transfer time of around 90 minutes if the traffic is good. 
There are no traditional hotel rooms at this luxury resort, only villas. The most luxurious is the Vijitt Pool Villa, with a rainforest shower, over 170 square meters of space, and a master bedroom that enters right out onto a private pool. Beyond the pool, you’ll find your own private garden, and then the ocean just steps away. If you really want to relax while on holiday at the Vijitt it's good to know that the resort is also home to a professional spa (which gives a great oil massage) and organizes free yoga and Muay Thai sessions daily.

Find out about prices for staying at the Vijitt on TripAdvisor  or Booking.com.
 
You can follow Tim's travels on Facebook.


Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa by Greta from Greta's Travels
If you're looking for a luxury hotel in Phuket, you can't go wrong with a Hilton! The Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa by Karon Beach is a luxurious property with sweeping views over the ocean. The rooms are spacious and finely decorated, most of them with a garden or sea view. If you can, try to get a sea view room, watching the sunset over the ocean from your balcony will be a great way to end any day in Thailand.

They offer an abundant and tasty breakfast buffet on poolside, with a combination of traditional Thai cuisine and more typical western breakfast foods. The hotel also has a number of services onsite, including a spa, gym, tennis and squash courts, kids playgrounds and multiple pools.

The location is perfect as it's a short walk away from Patak Road, where you can book excursions, shop for souvenirs or just go out for dinner and drinks. You can also easily reach Kata Beach, a popular surfing beach, and Karon Viewpoint, a beautiful viewpoint with stunning views over the coastline of Phuket and the Andaman Sea. 

To find out about prices for the Hilton Phuket Arcadia go to TripAdvisor or Booking.com.


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Frances M. Thompson

Londoner turned wanderer, Frankie is an author, freelance writer and blogger. Currently based in Amsterdam, Frankie was nomadic for two years before putting down some roots with her Australian partner and having a baby boy in July 2015. In 2017, she launched WriteNOW Cards, affirmation cards for writers that help build a productive and positive writing practice. When not writing contemporary fiction, Frankie shops for vintage clothes, dances to 70s disco music and chases her son around Amsterdam.
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