Top 10 Luxury Phuket Hotels and Resorts
It was suggested to me several times that I should add some more hotel information, a bit more specific that the Best Phuket Hotels list (a list which has been updated several times over the years). So, I have done a Top 10 Family Hotels in Phuket post, and a Romantic Hotels post and now here's the Top 10 Luxury Hotels in Phuket. The rankings are based on TripAdvisor ratings. There's a link for each hotel to online booking / availability and for guest reviews. I use Agoda.com for hotel booking - most of the links below are to Agoda.
1. The Baray Villa (Kata Beach)
The Baray Villa consists of 14 luxury villas, which are run by the Sawasdee Village Resort, and yet totally separate from the resort. Villas are 2 floor houses with huge rooms, jacuzzi, direct pool access, set in tropical gardens, with a spa (of course) at the resort. Not on the beach, it's about 10 minutes walk to the sands at Kata Beach, but I reckon you'd stay here to relax and feel special. Rent a scooter to get around Kata or scoot down to Naiharn or a sunset drink at the After Beach Bar.
• The Baray Villa Rates and Reservations
• The Baray Villa Reviews
2. The Shore at Katathani (Kata Noi Beach)
The Katathani Resort has been open for many years. The Shore is their newer luxury pool villa wing, opened in 2010 on quiet Kata Noi beach. And it looks great! Pool villas, many have sea view but the view does vary, all villas with private pools of course. Very popular with couples. Check the reviews below - most are from couples.
• The Shore at Katathani Rates and Reservations
• The Shore at Katathani Reviews
3. BYD Lofts (Patong Beach)
BYD Lofts is a different hotel, the rooms are like serviced apartments, with kitchens and a shared rooftop pool, near the center of Patong Beach, but not in a noisy area. Surprised to see it listed as a luxury place, you normally imagine beach front .. BYD I guess is 5 minutes or less walk to the beach. A good place to stay if you like to be near the center of all the action (that's what Patong is) but need a quiet place to retire to.
• BYD Lofts Rates and Reservations
• BYD Lofts Reviews
4. Villa Zolitude (Chalong)
Villa Zolitude is "up in the hills" .. and seems to be very popular. Located between Phuket Town and Chalong. Not near any beaches, certainly not within walking distance - about 10km to Kata or Karon. Villa Zolitude is reached by driving up the road to Radar Hill (which is the highest road in Phuket). Certainly quiet up there, away from the crowds by quite a distance. Good idea to have some transport if you stay at this hotel. It amuses me to see reviews complaining about the location. Hey, folks, do some research!
• Villa Zolitude Rates and Reservations
• Villa Zolitude Reviews
5. Kantary Bay Hotel (Cape Panwa)
The Cape Panwa area is a beautiful part of Phuket well away from the main Phuket beaches, an area that we really like. Kantary Bay Hotel is right by the Phuket Aquarium, with studio, 1 bedroom, and 2 bedroom suites. All suites have a living room and kitchen. Panwa is a little out of the way, south of Phuket Town and at least 30 - 40 minute drive to the main beaches - good to have a car if you stay here. I am sure the hotel has some shuttle services though.
• Kantary Bay Hotel Rates and Reservations
• Kantary Bay Hotel Reviews
6. Pacific Club Resort (Karon Beach)
The Pacific Club Resort seems to rank in the top 10 every time I do a top 10. It's in "the" top 10 and the family top 10, and yet it's not by the beach, so the hotel itself has to be good! It's about 10 minutes walk down the hill on a little back road which I think would be very dark at night to the sands of Karon Beach. The hotel is in the hills, with seaviews and jungle views - the hills behind Karon are very green. There are standard rooms and suites with 1 or 2 bedrooms. The restaurant is also meant to be very good, especially the steak, and I keep saying I will try it one day!
• Pacific Club Resort Rates and Reservations
• Pacific Club Resort Reviews
7. Renaissance Resort and Spa (Mai Khao Beach)
Mai Khao Beach is still one of Phuket's gems. It's like 10km long with just half a dozen resorts plus a couple of small bungalow operations. Renaissance is one of the best in the area, close to the airport (don't worry, you can't hear it) and right on the beach which is never crowded. There's a variety of rooms - simple "deluxe" rooms up to pool villas with seaview. Remember that Mai Khao Beach is way up in the north of Phuket, it's over 40km from here to Patong, Karon and Kata. I mean, if you want solitude, why would you visit these main beaches anyway? So again, I am perplexed by reviews moaning about the location. I love the location!
• Renaissance Resort Rates and Reservations
• Renaissance Resort Reviews
8. Twin Palms (Surin Beach)
Surin Beach, despite rampant hillside development manages to retain a laid back feel on the beachfront with small restaurants and bars although they tend to be a little expensive, and yet Surin is so so different to the big beaches it's nice to come here for a meal and drink sometimes. Twin Palms is not huge, under 100 rooms - the more luxury rooms are huge duplexes and penthouse suites. Twin Palms also has its own semi-private beach club (Catch Beach Club) right by the sea.
• Twin Palms Rates and Reservations
• Twin Palms Reviews
9. Trisara Phuket Villas & Residences
Trisara has private pool villas near a small private beach just north of Layan beach (which is north of Bang Tao Beach) in the north of Phuket. 39 villas, lots of space. Villas of varying sizes from 2 - 6 bedroom, so can be ideal for families or weddings. Or just for a relaxing trip for a couple. My favourite review says "makes you feel like a rock star" :)
• Trisara Rates and Reservations
• Trisara Reviews
10. Mom Tri's Villa Royale (Kata Noi Beach)
Mom Tri Devakul was one of Phuket's tourism originals. His Boathouse hotel opened many years ago on Kata Beach. Villa Royale was built later on the rocky headland overlooking Kata Noi beach. A stairway from the hotel takes you down to the beach. Great views from the rooms and from the restaurant too. It's got a certain touch of class, only 35 rooms and is often fully booked well in advance. Mostly a place for couples.
• Villa Royale Rates and Reservations
• Villa Royale Reviews
For Phuket hotel bookings, I recommend checking out Agoda.com first - it's what I use.
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