An island of luxury and simple pleasures, extreme sports and relaxing spas, delectable and unique-tasting foods, ancient and modern architecture, frenzied and tranquil beaches, Phuket Island is, in every aspect, a land of contradicting elements. Yet, when these elements are joined together, it comes together as one word, pleasure.
Choosing the best Phuket island resort for your holidays can be tedious if you only use travel guides and recommendations from local communities. You might end up doing the same thing most tourists do prior to arriving at the island: spend too much time Internet research because there are hundreds of Phuket beach hotels and Phuket holiday villas scattered all over the island.
If you want a shortcut to finding the very best Phuket island resort and hotels, the first thing you need to do is filter your search using certain categories.
Location and atmosphere
Phuket houses some of the rowdiest and quietest resorts in Thailand. Lively Phuket beach hotels and resorts are mostly found in Phuket’s west coast, while quieter Phuket holiday villas and resorts are predominant in the east coast and the neighboring islands between Krabi and Phuket. The east coast also offers some of the most exclusive Phuket holiday villa and resorts, which can mostly be found near the Phang Nga Bay National Park and surrounding islets.
Phuket only offers world-class accommodations. There are a lot of five-star Phuket beach hotels which provide excellent facilities and services. Tourists who want a taste of Thailand’s local culture often go out of their comfort zone and traverse the seas to step on some of the isolated islets around Phuket. For bigger families and guests who want to experience the privacy of a luxurious and comfortable home, private Phuket holiday villas can be rented for months.
The gorgeous white-sand beaches of Phuket are the island’s main attraction. Spectacular diving spots and golf courses are visited by sports enthusiasts all year round. One of the most popular tourist’s destinations near the island is Phang Nga Bay where Phuket’s towering limestone cliffs and karst formations will surely take your breath away. The James Bond Island, named after the renowned movie ‘The Man with a Golden Gun’, is visited due to its famous rocky pinnacle and rock formations. Sea Gypsy Island offers a remarkable sight as the island itself is a whole rock and the village is literally built over the water using stilts. Tourists also enjoy Phuket’s temples, shrines, mix architecture, museums, national parks, and nature.
Phuket is a renowned vacation spot for the rich and the elite. However, even with the seemingly high accommodation rates, there are resorts that offer a mere $250 per night for a family of four. If you are not limited with a tight budget, you can choose a Phuket holiday villa for THB35,000 or $1,143 per night. The Village in Coconut Island also held occasional villa sales for private ownership, giving foreign businessmen, investors, and private individuals the chance to own property in Phuket, Thailand.