Around Phuket's east coast few places reveal a mystical charm quite like Phang Nga Bay where lime stone monoliths break the surface of a placid ocean and islands dot the landscape. Some are uninhabited, but on those which do feature accommodation, the number of hotels are limited, and spaced far apart to keep things authentic, private and intimate. Beaches and rain forest are pristine and there is little nightlife. To escape the ordinary into such exotic bliss, our hotels on islands near Phuket offer an opportunity to experience rare originality.
Though, while man-made attractions may be absent, this natural environment lends itself to an outdoor lifestyle of note. Longtail boats will take you to explore fascinating sites in the Hong archipelago with deserted beaches where you can swim and sun bath without a soul in sight, snorkel in a rainbow of colorful sea life at Kai Island near Koh Yao Yai, canoe in the lagoon caves of the bay or check out local life on a village tour. Back at base hotels excel in the art of pampering with outrageous spa treatments and recreation seeing days pass in a blur.
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In the centre of Phang Nga Bay, Yao Noi and Yao Yai are 8 km apart. Within 15 km from Phuket Ao Por Grand Marina Pier the bigger Yao Yai is the first you reach by boat where Glow Elixer is one of only 11 resorts to stay at. It sits snug against the most idyllic beach offering seaside villas equipped with a personal pool.
Snug in the embrace of sheer limestone cliffs Paradise Koh Yao is a boutique resort comfortably at home in its own private bay on Yao Noi island. Offering suites with a spa bath overlooking tropical scenery or even your own pool it is the ideal get away from it all for couples who need a high degree of privacy.
Phi Phi needs no introduction and situated on an all but private beach Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort offers bungalows with rustic elements such as thatched roofs and wooden terraces and deluxe bungalows with ocean views when you absolutely have to be near the beach while indoors one finds the epitome of luxury.
Only 30 minutes from the airport and another 20 minutes with the hotel shuttle boat Santhiya features authentic teak wood villas opening to your pool and soaking tub on the terrace, all with enchanting bay views. With dining for 2 at the far end of a jetty and sublime spa treatments it is an utterly romantic destination.
While it has a rustic appeal to blend seamlessly into its jungle clad hillside setting Six Senses is the epitome of luxurious outdoor living in an authentic tropical environment. Villas come with their own private spa treatment areas and pools, and some have direct, private access to the beach.
When you want to feel you have it all to yourself while remaining close enough to Phuket to be there within 5 minutes, The Naka which is the exclusive resort to Naka Island will be ideal. It features massage salas on the beach, its spa is absolutely unique and all accommodations are equipped with a pool.
The best of only 2 hotels to stay on Koh Racha Yai, this hideaway hugs an eye searing white beach. It offers scheduled boat charters from the pier in Chalong Bay and features classy villas with a minimalist style infused with subtle Thai decor and their own pools, some at arm's length from the lapping waves.
Featuring suites with spa baths and free standing villas with one to 5 bedrooms sleeping up to 10 persons Coconut Village is located on Koh Maprao reachable within 10 minutes from the pier. It sits directly on a lengthy private beach offering a tennis court, onsite water sports, fitness centre, a spa and Turkish steam baths.
If you want to experience the true meaning of idyllic charm on a private beach you can do it here. Set at the base of a lush hillside and the beach near a local village Zeavola features the most befitting, rustic, yet luxurious wooden bungalows conducive to an outdoor lifestyle.