My favorite 5 star hotels in Phuket

What do you look for when choosing a luxury resort? Is it the location, the pool, the rooms, food or price? Or are you the kind of traveler who loves being pampered and treated like a king or queen? Call me weird but when I choose a luxury resort, the most important thing of all for me is not the size of the room or the skill of the chefs but what I look for is whether or not the bathroom measures up to my expectations.

There’s nothing better than sinking into a huge spa bath or walking into a luxurious bathroom that makes you feel like a princess. The aesthetics and design of the bathroom is paramount. I love a light bright airy bathroom with designer touches so bathroom design is huge for me but I also like my home comforts, so the bathtubs, toilet seats and shower heads are just as important. Well, at least they need to be better (or at least equal in quality and design) to what I’m used to at home.

So, based on this, here are my top 5 Phuket hotels I love.

My top 5 Phuket Luxury Hotels

Anantara Layan Phuket Resort

Anantara bathroom
Anantara bathroom

Being close to Layan Beach is one of the benefits of staying at Anantara Layan Phuket Resort, which also has a pretty cool spa and outdoor pool. The outdoor activities, such as canoeing, windsurfing and snorkeling are fun.

The Nai Harn

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The Nai Harn bathroom

With sea views and an enviable beachfront location, The Nai Harn sits on a hill looking down at Nai Harn Beach. Activities include spa, swimming in the outdoor pool.

Bathrooms are plush and come with lovely designer toiletries.

A bonus: the barbecues on the balcony for days when you just want to cook yourself.

JW Marriot

JW Marriott bathroom
JW Marriott bathroom

One of the best things about JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa is it has access to Mai Khao Beach.

Other recreational activities include visiting the turtle sanctuary on the hotel’s grounds, luxuriating in the spa, cooking classes, Muay Thai training and yoga lessons.

The resort has three swimming pools and 11 restaurants.

Renaissance

Renaissance bathroom
Renaissance bathroom

Also on Mai Khao Beach, Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa has a lovely pool and jogging and biking trails. The five restaurants serve amazing meals.

Activities include yoga, pilates and Thai boxing.

Floor-to-ceiling window allows plenty of light into the luxurious luxury bathroom, which has separate bathtub and walk-in shower along with premium bath amenities and designer toiletries (my favorite is Aesop).

My favorite is the Pool Villas because the swimming pools are private.

Baan Phu Prana

Baan Phu Prana Boutique Villa looks down upon Surin Beach and Phuket’s west coast.

The outdoor pool on top of the roof is amazing and it’s a great place to run away for a spa vacation and exercise at the gym.

The beach also has diving and snorkeling.

Best pool villas in Phuket

Are you looking for the kind of vacation where you don’t lift a finger to do anything? You know, the kind of vacation where there’s no need to pull out the vacuum cleaner or use the oven. Even better, picture a private villa where there’s someone to wait on you hand and foot: a butler at your beck and call to serve cocktails by your own private pool, which of course comes with staff to do the pool cleaning. Well, you’re in luck. Here are three Phuket villas you will absolutely adore!

1- SALA Phuket

SALA Phuket is a private nirvana you’ll never want to leave. Once you check into your SALA Pool Villa, you’ll realize you are in heaven on earth.
Villas are luxurious and air conditioned, but you’ll probably spend most of your time cooling off in the pool.

The beds are ultra luxurious the coffee and tea-making accessories add nice touches.

You’ll love the outdoor bathrooms, and even though you won’t want to leave your villa, you might enjoy a stroll around the lush resort grounds.  SALA was also listed in Thailand Tatlers Best Restaurant Guides

2- The Naka

The NAKA Phuket at Kamala Beach is a lush hidey hole for luxury lovers. Kamala Beach is only about a 15-minute drive from Patong, which has a mind-boggling array of activities when you’re in the mood.

The Naka’s allure lies in its location and accommodation. It’s near enough to the action for partying and shopping yet far enough to be your own oasis away from it all.

There are One-Bedroom, Two-Bedroom, and Three-Bedroom Villas: with superb views of the ocean and only steps away from the beach. You’ll think you’re royalty as you lie back in your king-size bed staring out at the view. These are pool villas that are sure to impress!

3- Anantara Mai Khao

Anantara Phuket Villas is located on Mai Khao Beach near to Sirinath National Park. Pick a private Pool Villa for a luxury stay. The resort is designed like a Thai village, with waterways, paths and clever use of timber and natural materials.

Check in and chill out around the pool. This is one place you definitely will want to stay forever!

Looking for more villas in Phuket? Check out this post.

Phuket with kids – 5 Things To Do

Sun, sand and lots of beaches. You can’t deny that Phuket is a fantastic vacation spot for families. There’s so much to see and do. To help you plan a short trip here are our top picks of where to go when you’re visiting Phuket with kids.

1- For Phuket culture: Phuket Fantasea

Phuket Fantasea is a cultural experience that will draw lots of ooohs and ahhs from your kids. I’ts a cultural theme park with a difference. There’s a show with lots of special effects, Thai dancing, history, and a fantasmagorical display of magic, acrobats and elephants. Make sure you put this at the top of your list.

2- Best Phuket beach: Kamala Beach

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Which Phuket Beach Club would you choose?

Kamala Beach is a great choice for families. It’s quieter but has lots of facilities. You might like the local restaurants and play areas for the little ones and there’s a nice playground along with market stalls and resorts right on the beach.

3- Best quirky Phuket attraction: Baan Teelanka

This quirky Phuket attraction has three parts: an upside down house, a fun garden maze and an escape room. Your kids will love them! The maze is great for all ages. and the Upside Down House is bizarre, with its upside down paintings and furnishings. Even the wine glasses are upside down!

4- Best Phuket park: Rawai Park

Rawai Park. has four areas aimed at different age groups. The water park for 2-12 year olds is the place the kids will love cooling down at while the two indoor playgrounds are fun for kids of all ages.

5- Best Phuket city activity: Colourful buildings in Phuket Town

Phuket Town is attractive and its fun to explore the Sino-Portuguese architecture. Plan to take a day trip (or half a day at least) and squeeze in some shopping while you’re there. as most things are cheaper here Take some photos as momentos.

Looking for more? Here are some more fun places to visit in Phuket.

When to go to Phuket

There are two seasons: low and high ( monsoon and dry). Low season runs from May to October and is much cheaper while hotel prices double during high season.

Where to stay in Phuket

Check out our list of top luxury resorts to stay in Phuket.

4 Fun Places To Visit in Phuket

I’m sure you already know that there are plenty of things to do in Phuket. Actually, the choice can be a little bewildering sometimes. So, if you only have a short time in Phuket or you just want to chill and focus on a few things here are our top 3 things picks.

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1- The Big Buddha

The Phuket giant Buddha is one of the most famous landmarks in Phuket,. The Buddha is at the top of the Nakkerd Hills and soars to 45m high. You can’t miss it and you shouldn’t, as it’s one of the landmarks that define Phuket. Another good reason to climb those steps is the view from the base of the Buddha is lovely. It’s also a calm spot to clear your head and soak up some chilled out vibes.

2- Phang Nga Bay

A day on Phang Nga Bay is an experience you won’t forget. Just imagine cruising around the island past soaring limestone cliffs jutting up from the ocean. Pretend you’re 007 at James Bond Island. Yes, this was the famous backdrop for the movie. And Koh Panyee is another lovely island to visit too.

3- Phi Phi Island

Ever since the movie The Beach was shot on Phi Phi Island, this destination has become famous around the world. Phi Phi attracts the crowds as much for its celebrity status as it does for its natural beauty. You won’t be disappointed as your boat cruises up to the cliffs and the tropical forest beckons.

4- Beach Clubs

Hang with the cool crowd at one of these fab Phuket beach clubs. It’s the best way to have a party, enjoy the beach and meet new friends.

Wondering where to stay in Phuket for a touch of class? Check out our post.

3 Cool Phuket Beach Clubs

Everyone knows that Phuket is famous for its beaches. You can park yourself on a lounge at a local beach, for sure, but these days, the way to really enjoy cocktails poolside with the occasional dip in the ocean is at one of Phuket’s snazzy beach clubs. Here’s our pick of the top three Phuket beach clubs.

1- Dream Beach Club

Looking for a dream spot in Phuket? Well, look no further than Dream Beach Club. Like its name, this Phuket beach club is a stylish party place on Layan Beach. It has an enviable location right on the sand and is a large club with lots of facilities, including two pools, four bars and hundreds of lounges to park yourself for the day. So make your dreams come true and lounge around at Dream Beach Club.

2- Café del Mar Phuket

Looking for a touch of class? Experience a slice of Ibiza at Café del Mar Phuket. This Phuket beach club has a sophisticated party vibe at the northern part of Kamala Beach. Chill out to cool music, cocktails and hang out here to rub shoulders with the beautiful crowd. Nibble on snacks while you meet new friends. You’ll just love the live saxophonist. It’s THE place to impress that someone special.

3- Coast Beach Club

Looking for fine dining by the beach? How about lobster? Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket has a beautiful beach club, and you don’t have to stay at the resort to enjoy the atmosphere at COAST. Keep your eye out for this Phuket beach club’s list of special events. The pool parties are fun, and there’s usually a good roll call of musicians and magicians to entertain. You can’t go wrong with this Centara quality place.

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Where to stay in Phuket

Being the largest island in Thailand,  there are lots of places to stay in Phuket. Most people head to the beach but don’t overlook Phuket’s atmospheric Old Town. Here’s where to stay in Phuket.

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Patong

Patong is the primary tourist spot in Phuket, and the streets of Patong are packed with color. You’ll find pubs, lady boys, tailors, ping pong shows and heaps of shops.

Patong beach is the place for action both day and night. The market has an array of fake “designer” clothing, purses, handbags, and shoes. There are watches, wallets, clothes, sneakers, and hats. Most of the market vendors seem to sell the same items so you need to bargain.

I’d describe Patong as frenzied or organized chaos, even in low season. But in high season, you’ll definitely find action here.

Karon

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Karon isn’t as frantic as Patong and some call it “Patong’s Little Sister”. Being only 20 minutes away from Patong, Karon is far enough away to get a peaceful vacation but close enough to the action you won’t be bored.

In Karon you’ll discover a selection of little shops and markets, a pub or two and lovely little restaurants.

There aren’t too many ladyboys or ping pong bars. The majority of bars are around Patak Road so if you stay away from that area, it’s reasonably quiet.

For shopping, check out Karon Bazaar, as it’s always interesting to roam around looking for gifts to take home.

Phuket Town

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Phuket city is situated in central Phuket and is a bit away from the tropical beaches. However, it has its own atmosphere of new and old.

The center of Phuket city is its Old Town or Thalang Road, which is lined with 19th-century shophouses and Sino-Portuguese buildings, which constructed in 1903.

Phuket city is quite busy from dawn to dusk with markets across the principal streets and an adequate quantity of restaurants and pubs for people who like a little nightlife (although less mad a Patong).

Best luxury resorts in Phuket

Here’s our pick of the best luxury resorts in Phuket:

Akyra Beach Club Phuket

Six Senses Yao Noi

Ananpuri Phuket