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Because it always comes down to personal preference, the way to determine the best beaches to stay in Phuket for you is to arm yourself with the knowledge of what the immediate surroundings of a particular beach offer so you may make an informed decision of which areas are most likely to satisfy your expectations. All areas offer resorts for all budgets, all offer recreational opportunities and family friendly facilities like kids clubs, but the atmosphere and things like proximity to nightlife and shopping opportunities of each location may differ significantly.

Below we offer an abbreviated guide of the most famous and beautiful beaches which we hope will to some extent guide you to .to a location you will most enjoy. We do need to point out that these are only the primary areas. Between them are many other bays and coves which feature fabulous resorts, luxury 5 star hotels, private pool villas and romantic places to stay. Because choosing the best location for your requirements is so important for a successful holiday we invite you to contact us should you require more detailed advice.


Patong Beach

Located in the center of Phuket's west coast this is the heartbeat of the island with a pulsating nightlife sporting countless clubs, bars, restaurants and markets. It also has more formal shopping opportunities like the Jungceylon Mall selling flashy brand names, has movie cinemas and pastimes like ten pin bowling. Stretching 3 km it is the best beach for swimming and offers exciting water sport activities.

If you do like things vibrant, to be amid the bustle and near entertainment and nightlife Patong is undoubtedly the best area to stay. It  does not matter if you are a young couple or family traveling with children, because this is not only a place for adventure seeking singles. If you are traveling with kids places like Holiday Inn, Phuket Graceland and Grand Mercure offers the ideal facilities and accommodation for families.

You can also enjoy privacy moments outside the buzz with many hotels in Patong offering tranquil settings and great views. Check out names like Kalima Resort & Spa, Sea Pearl Villas, Avista Hideaway, Indochine, Diamond Cliff, B-Lay Tong and La Flora Resort which are great for couples and families. Fabulous 4 star accommodation at places like Amari, The Charm and Burasari is walking distance from the action.

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    B-Lay Tong
    Phuket

    Trendy style steps from the water's edge, a beach club and 10 minutes walk from Patong.

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  • Phuket Graceland

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    Graceland

    Great for families and couples, offer rooms with sunset ocean views and direct pool access.

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  • WyndhamSea Pearl

    Wyndham
    Sea Pearl

    Relaxed hillside locations. Choose a room with direct pool access or a suite with a private pool.

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Karon Beach

Just over 3 km long and located 5 minutes by tuk tuk south of Patong, Karon is the ideal alternative to the busier Patong scene. It is no less popular than Patong and has no shortage of its own attractions, bars, restaurants and nightlife hang-outs, though not quite as intense as Patong. Karon beach hotels are centrally located and popular with families and couples, partly because of the areas' family friendly hotels like Movenpick, Centara Grand and Centara Karon Resort while places like Centara Villas offer affordable romantic private pool villas for couples.

  • Beyond Resort Karon

    Beyond Resort Karon

    Adults Only Resort. Accepting guests 18 years and older with all rooms facing the Andaman Sea.

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  • Centara Grand Resort

    Centara Grand Resort

    Top 5 star family friendly resort with water park on Karon Beach and offers private pool villas.

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    Movenpick
    Phuket

    Large 2 bed suites, residences with kitchens, kids club, and penthouse plunge pool villas.

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Kata Beach

You will find the most fabulous hotels in Kata Beach 5 minutes further south from Karon. It has a reputation as being the most beautiful beach in Phuket on the west coast and is divided into main Kata and Kata Noi at the upper northern end. With a prevailing tranquility without being too secluded or too quiet, Kata charms visitors with glittering white sands lined with palm trees adding to that tropical island vibe.

If you prefer things just that little more exclusive and laid back, head for Kata Noi, a mouthwatering beautiful cove separated from the main bay by a rocky headland. It is in our opinion a great honeymoon destination and the best place for couples who want a romantic setting without disturbances and still be able to easily access attractions. Another characteristic of this area is that if you want a hotel directly on the beach with no road separating you from the soft white sand, this is where you will most easiest find what you are looking for.

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    Step from your room right onto the sun baked sand or lounge at the pool's swim-up bar.

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  • Katathani Beach Resort

    Katathani Beach Resort

    On Kata Noi featuring a beach club with 6 pools, kids club, kids pool and water slide.

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  • The Shore @ Katathani

    The Shore @ Katathani

    Romantic destination for couples with private pool villas and views of Kata Noi.

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Surin

North of Patong is up-scale Surin, 10 minutes from the steaming nightlife and pulsating daytime activities of Patong while enjoying utter serenity back at your base. Surin is exclusive meaning unhindered relaxation awaits at primarily luxury retreats. Places like The Surin Resort and TwinPalms are located here which rank among the most luxurious places on the island. For families, DoubleTree Hilton offers a kids club and water-slides. Surin still has that quaint village feel, the sand is a fine white powder and the ocean a calm. The top Phuket hotels in the area has given rise to great restaurants and wine and beer bars, but little to none in terms of nightlife or rowdy crowds to disturb the peace

  • Novotel Phuket Surin Beach

    Novotel Phuket Surin Beach

    Affordable family friendly luxury in Surin offering direct pool access rooms, kids club and water slide.

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    The Surin
    Phuket

    This luxury resort is in Pansea Bay Surin. Two bed accommodation and seaside cottages.

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    Twinpalms
    Phuket

    Spacious accommodation a few meters from Surin beach offering private terraces and pool views.

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Kamala

Kamala is 20 minutes from Patong and offers a quaint village with ample restaurants, bars and shops and is home to one of the most talked about attractions in south east Asia, the Phuket Fantasea sometimes referred to as Thailand's Disneyland. This small and intimate bay is renowned for being clean, utterly tranquil and one of the best destinations for a romantic honeymoon stay at hotels like Cape Sienna, Ayara Kamala and the Hyatt. It also feature luxurious family accommodation at Paresa and Andara Villas. The Sunwing Kamala is an affordable 4 star resort and a great place if you are traveling with small children.

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    Andara Resort Villas

    Andara offers luxurious accommodation in 1, 2 and 3 bedroom villas with private pools, kitchen, separate lounges and incredible views.

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  • Novotel Phuket Kamala

    Novotel Phuket Kamala

    Caters to families in 2 bedroom villas and to couples with intimate suites with stunning ocean views and a choice of private pool or jacuzzi.

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  • Sunwing Resort Kamala

    Sunwing Resort Kamala

    Ultimate facilities for families with small children in Kamala. Family rooms, extras like baby feeding chairs and enclosed gardens is only the start.

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Bangtao Beach

Bangtao is a quieter 8 kilometer swath of pure white sand just north of Surin, 30 minutes from either Patong or the airport. Resorts in Bangtao beach provides such a wealth of entertainment activities and five star facilities that the need to venture to other areas is almost eliminated.

Bangtao is home to the exclusive five star Laguna holiday complex which include names like Angsana Laguna, Dusit Thani and award winning Banyan Tree resort. These tropical retreats are set around tranquil lagoons amid lush island greenery. Family friendly accommodation, kids clubs, private pool villas for the most romantic honeymoon experiences, pampering spas, a myriad of restaurants, night time entertainment and a championship golf course is part of the complex.

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    Angsana
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    The setting cannot be more idyllic, the facilities are unrivaled and accommodation luxurious.

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    Movenpick
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    Close to the Laguna Golf Course Movenpick offers .up to 3 bedroom accommodation.

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  • Sunwing Bangtao

    Sunwing
    Bangtao

    Rooms with high chairs for babies, baby cutlery, baby baths and safe enclosed courtyards.

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Nai Yang Beach

If you prefer seclusion, peace and tranquility and to be surrounded by pristine nature, Nai Yang is a hard one to beat. It is located to the far north of the west coast, almost an hour from Patong and right next to the environmentally protected Srinath National Park. A plus point is that it is not next to a main road like most other beaches and therefore creates a very rural and authentic feel. It features one of the top spa resorts on the island namely Indigo Pearl, which by the way is also the only resort in this area with a seaside setting. There are a few shops along the waterfront, local restaurants you have to try and also a trendy club, bar and restaurant.

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    The Slate
    Phuket

    Spa experiences beyond the imagination, romantic, a unique style, and your very own Pool, The Slate is a decadent retreat.

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  • Phuket Marriott Nai Yang

    Phuket Marriott
    Nai Yang

    With soundproof rooms stepping straight into a pool and a child entertainment centre Marriott Resort is ideal for couples or families.

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Mai Khao

At approximately 11 kilometers Mai Khao is the longest ribbon of sand on the island and since it is also far north and adjacent to Nai Yang it is quiet, bordering on deserted and perfect to escape the crowds and anything familiar. Lately it does feature a few vendors and of course luxury hotels like Sala Phuket Resort and Spa, Renaissance Resort and Anantara Villas, all of which are romantic hideaways.

  • Anantara Phuket Villas

    Anantara Phuket Villas

    This five star hideaway for couples have private pool villas in the most tranquil and beautiful part of the island.

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  • Renaissance Phuket Resort

    Renaissance Phuket Resort

    Luxury oceanfront villas including a 3 bedroom villa with the choice of your own pool amid unspoiled nature in the tropics.

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  • SALA Phuket

    SALA
    Phuket

    Private pool villas and two bedroom suites for families who prefer the tranquility of Mai Khao or couples on their Honeymoon.

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