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
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
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.
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.
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.