Accommodation, food and drinks are available for all budgets in Phuket but here we summarise our favourite luxe locations in: Dubbed the “pearl of the Andaman” Phuket is not only home to a wealth of beautiful beaches but also to a stunning collection of luxury properties, opulent spas, fine places to dine and spectacular locations for a drink. Easily accessed by a number of airlines, direct flights lasting about 80 minutes from Kuala Lumpur are available both with Air Asia and Malaysia Airlines. The recent opening of the new low cost terminal KLIA 2, with a direct line via the express train, makes it very easy to head over for a weekend getaway. Once on the island taxis are generally high quality vehicles but rather pricey, so think about what you want to do while in Phuket and choose your location wisely.
The Best of Phuket – Where to Eat, Drink, Stay and Spa
Best Luxury Resorts and Villas in Phuket
The Pavilions – The ideal place for an adult get away. This adults-only resort is so well equipped you’ll never want to leave your private pool villa. In room spa treatments, gorgeous views, large accommodations and a delicious menu of gourmet cuisine give this resort all round appeal. They also get The Yum List award for Best Hotel Breakfast in Phuket.
The Pavilions Phuket
Sri panwa – Glamorous, stunning, breathtaking – one of the most spectacular views I’ve encountered and most striking properties I’ve visited. Ever.
Banyan Tree Phuket – Simply stunning. The new spa villas are a dream – surrounded by water and gardens, and including a daily spa ritual to get you started – they’re the perfect spot to unwind and luxuriate in warm Thai hospitality and the tropical lush environment.
Banyan Tree Phuket
Andara Resort and Villas– Absolute luxury of space and service. The ‘smallest’ suite is 153m2 and they all just go up from there. For the truly discerning traveler.
Andara Resort and Villas
The Surin Phuket – Get the best of both worlds with this resort located on the exclusive Pansea Beach, but also right next door to the lively Surin Beach. Peace and tranquility or, party and people? It’s your choice.
The Surin Phuket
Twinpalms– Contemporary, fashionable and fun! We love the three storey penthouse pool suite with our own personal butler, but there are a variety of other categories too. Awesome pool.
Point Yamu by COMO – This stylish boutique property offers a secluded getaway with easy access to the UNESCO protected Phang Nga Bay. Restaurants provided lots of healthy food choices, many of which are sourced locally.
Point Yamu by COMO
BYD Lofts – Clean, contemporary, affordable rooms in central Patong. Cooking facilities in the room, but washing services and everything else you can imagine within walking distance too. It’s on a quieter side street so you avoid the hubbab of the most heavily visited tourist area on the island.
Best Luxury Spas in Phuket
The Banyan Tree Spa – Private spa villas, a comprehensive selection of packages and, highly trained professionals make The Banyan Tree Spa worthy of a whole day visit.
The Banyan Tree Spa
The Surin – Skilled and warm caring therapists. A country cottage atmosphere set amidst the jungle.
The Surin Spa
The Andara Spa– Opulence is found in enormous treatments rooms and beautiful surrounds.
Esthederm Sun Spa – Specialised treatments for Phuket’s tropical climate. Combining clinical knowledge with the gentle Thai touch.
The Pavilions– During high season you have to be an in house guest to enjoy a spa treatment here – which everyone does, every day as they are sooo good! Low season however gifts outsiders with the opportunity to partake in a package, so rainy days are now something to look forward to.
Best Restaurants in Phuket
The Plantation Club – Beautifully presented Thai dishes. A few new items on this menu for us. We loved every one.
Catch Beach Club – The place to party on the beach. (Please note at the time of review the government were announcing a removal of any commercial structures from all public beaches. Catch and BIMI Beach Clubs were partially on the beach and partially on the other side of the road. They should remain, however the parts of the property may no longer exist when this article is published.)
Catch Beach Club
BIMI Beach Club – The place to party during the day. We love their fruity cocktails with a serious kick. (See note above attached to Catch.)