From chic boutique properties to luxurious Thai villas, Thailand's most popular island offers a broad range of wonderful places to stay. Here are some of the best Phuket hotels.
1. Indigo Pearl
This resort in northwest Phuket feels like a boutique hotel thanks to the edgy, ultra-modern Bill Bensley design, though in fact it’s a very large property with half a dozen bars and restaurants, three pools and tennis courts. The mining theme, from when the island was full of tin mines instead of resorts, pervades the spacious rooms, grounds and lobby.
2. Twin Palms
This small boutique hotel near Surin Beach attracts a jet-setting hipster crowd with its sleek, minimalist architecture. Typical rooms are on the small side, though each has lots of extras such as DVD players and iPod hookups. The beach is a five minute walk but the resort has its own lounging area and bar there to keep guests feeling pampered.
There probably isn’t a nicer place to stay on the island than this intimate resort with its own white sandy beach. The large rooms and private villas all have their own small swimming pools and the grounds are lush and gorgeous. Amazing views and excellent service make this a once-in-a-lifetime splurge worth it, especially for honeymooners.
For those looking for luxury and convenience without breaking the bank, Mom Tri’s is one of the best value’s on the island. Accommodations are spacious and décor is modern but decidedly Thai. Most suites and villas have excellent ocean views and those looking for high-end Thai dining won’t be disappointed at Mom Tri’s Kitchen. Though the resort doesn’t have its own private beach, guests can enjoy Kata Noi Beach’s relaxed atmosphere.
This locally-owned resort feels like a luxurious little Thai village – the grounds are full of gardens of fragrant tropical flowers, the design uses traditional Thai architectural elements, and service is as good as it gets in the Land of Smiles. Airy Pool villas and suites are larger than most apartments and come with their own swimming pools. All have private lounging salas, though the public spaces are lush and spacious, too.