Bangtao Bay is a tranquil area in Cherngtalay district 20 minutes from the airport and in stark contrast to the throbbing activity of Patong 20 minutes further south. The sweeping bay stretches 8 km with no signs of over development or countless hotels lining the beach. Our below hand-picked list of the best hotels in Bangtao Beach Phuket offers luxury accommodation and unrivaled facilities on this stunning coastline which won't drown you in crowds.
Though outside the human fray, the area still offers water-based recreation, ocean-side restaurants, beer bars, a Thai market selling local foods and clothing, and it is near a big attraction namely the Phuket Fantasea. To the southern end there are great affordable resorts such as Best Western Premier and the family friendly Sunwing Resort and Spa which offer thoughtful facilities if you are traveling with small children.
The opposite northern end of the beach is where the epitome of luxury is found at the 5 star hotels of the Laguna holiday complex offering spacious accommodation for families, romantic hideaways, plus extensive recreational facilities. These include beachfront resorts surrounded by placid lagoons featuring their own golf course like Angsana Laguna, Dusit Thani and Outrigger, as well as the award winning Banyan Tree.
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Angsana Laguna offers romance in rooms with balconies extending over placid lagoons, poolside rooms, and one bedroom loft suites with private jetties which are for adults only. The 2 and 3 bedroom suites equipped with a kitchen, living area and private pool are ideal for families.
Banyan Tree is an award wining luxury resort featuring exquisite Oriental style. With vaulted ceilings, parquet flooring, seating areas and oval shaped outdoor bath tubs each villa has its own pool set in private manicured gardens, and some even have in-villa spas.
Best Western is an affordable hotel toward the southern end of Bangtao Beach with manicured lawns and shady trees right up against the sand. Enjoy a seaside pools with a sunken bar, splash areas for the children, and a child entertainment centre.
This luxurious retreat settles between 2 lagoons and the sea. With all featuring outdoor terraces guests can choose between beachfront rooms, ocean view rooms, or lagoon-side rooms. Recreation include a seaside pool, horse riding in the surf, tennis courts and water sports.
Laguna Holiday Club is fringed by a golf course, pools and ponds. Its junior suite, one and 2 bedroom suites all feature equipped kitchens and balconies overlooking the golf course or lagoons. Add a kids club and pool with slide and it is ideal if you travel with children.
From the cozy one bedroom residence to 3 bedrooms suites and penthouses equipped with private pools and Jacuzzis, free WiFi, kitchens and bathrooms with sea views, Movenpick Bangtao Phuket answers to the accommodation needs of couples and larger groups.
Surrounded by placid lagoons with rooms facing the ocean or lagoons Outrigger Laguna Beach Resort offers peaceful tranquility. It features ample sports facilities such as tennis courts, wind surfing and fitness centre, as well as a kids club, a great spa and access to a golf course.
Sunwing is our first pick for the best affordable place to stay if you travel with small children. It features specially equipped baby rooms with a welcome kitchenette, rooms with enclosed ground floor terraces, and child minding and recreation for the little ones.
By combining self catering facilities and the same level of privacy as your own home with hotel-like facilities, Two Villas Holiday offers a level of convenience which is tough to beat. Its one and two bedroom villas each have a pool in a walled garden, and a modern kitchen.