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About Phuket Island
Phuket Island is one of those daydream destinations to transport yourself to on your daily commute; perfect white, sandy beaches which stretch on until you reach sharp limestone cliffs, and you’ve lush tropical jungle on one side and the famously bright turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea on the other side. Relax, dive, snorkel, explore the jungle, island hop, drink well, eat well and be well looked after. That’s Phuket Island for you. Our Guru’s recommendations for the best places to stay on Phuket Island are a fairly luxurious collection, but there are still a couple of really good value options - so the daydream is open to everyone.
Their preferences for the best places to stay on Phuket Island run toward the tropical hideaway, rather than the lively glitz of Patong or Karon, or the busy centre, Phuket Town.
Phuket is the kind of place where you can pack in a lot of adventure, or do very little. Go sailing or jet-skiing, try parasailing, or diving, snorkelling or free diving, kite-surfing, canoeing or deep sea fishing. The island’s spectacular coastline is well worth seeing, and you can do it under your own steam or someone else’s. Phuket isn’t the only island in these parts and it’s definitely worth visiting some of the others.
If you fancy a bit of sightseeing beyond the beautiful beaches and the hilly interior with its dramatic roads, then there’s a fair bit to choose from, including an aquarium, a crocodile farm, a butterfly garden and Wat Prathong with its half buried golden Buddha.
The best places to stay in Phuket Island are always busy destinations, so don't leave your booking till the last minute....you might well be disappointed!
For a good value stay
- The Indigo Pearl is an easy-going resort with 177 rooms, a choice of restaurants, a simply gorgeous infinity pool and clever, tropical landscaping. You’re close to a public beach and there’s a seemingly endless list of activities going on to suit all ages - including its own dive school. If you want to un-scale you can have private pretty much everything.
- £150 per night isn’t inexpensive, but the Como Point Yamu is a great value option if you want to treat yourself to a proper Phuket experience. With an enviable position overlooking the Andaman Sea, two excellent restaurants, an award-winning spa, rooftop infinity pool and daily menu of sporting and cultural activities, this is classic Phuket.
- Amanpuri, an Amen spa resort, offers a haven of tranquility with private villas, private pools and a choice of five restaurants. This is a relaxingly low-tech resort with plenty of activities and spa treatments on offer if you need help filling your time.
- Paresa Resort is a secluded, jungle resort offering a parred back luxury, villas with stunning views though floor to ceiling glass walls, and decorated with natural wood for example. Some also have a private pool, and all have spa baths. The menu is Mediterranean.
- Keemala’s accommodation is in ‘birds nest villas’ arranged within the treetops. Each ‘nest’ has a canopied bed, a huge egg-like bathtub and a private pool. There are just 38 ‘nests’ and two restaurants serving food which is largely grown on site.