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The rain-forested, mountainous island of Phuket in the Andaman Sea is Thailand’s largest island. The stunning white-sand beaches of the southern and western coasts are some of the most popular in Thailand. The capital, Phuket Town is a culture lovers’ paradise and Patong, the main resort town, is pumping by night; there are wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in the north, as well as some excellent dive spots. It’s also known for its beautiful, high-end hotels; here we review our top 5 best luxury hotels in Phuket…

1. The Pavilions Phuket

The Pavilions Phuket has sensational views, an award-winning spa, the largest outdoor pool in Phuket and the kind of premium luxury that makes you feel instantly calm and content. The ultra-chic, adults-only resort is perched high above Layan Beach, with the airport, Patong and Phuket Town all just 30 minutes’ drive away. It’s a 5-minute drive to the beach and a complimentary guest shuttle service is laid on.

Your private sanctuary will be one of the 93 luxurious suites and private pool villas in this spacious, private resort. All are luxurious, beautiful spaces with a facilities list to-die-for, but the swanky villas are the ultimate in Phuket-chic; you have your own private infinity pool – which is a must here and a sundeck with breath-taking sea views. Upgraded villas add saunas and the 2-story penthouses come with balconies and whirlpool tubs.

State-of-the-art amenities include a spa and wellness centre which offers Thai massage, a fully equipped gym and the blissful Firefly pool, the largest hotel pool in Phuket. Exquisite cuisine is served in three award-winning bars and restaurants. The champagne breakfast is complimentary, as is daily afternoon tea. As night falls head to the rather fabulous 360° Bar; endless vistas, exclusive signature cocktails and eclectic tapas make it the place to go to watch the sunset and the perfect start to your evening.

It’s not just us that’s fallen in love with this spot of paradise either; they’ve has won many accolades including World Luxury Spa Awards Winner 2016, World Luxury Restaurant Awards Winner 2016 and the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award 2016.

2. Paresa Resort

Paresa Resort lies near Kamala Beach in a stunning spot on a cliffside nestled in tropical forests overlooking the Andaman Sea. You are just a 7-minute drive from the beach and 45 minutes away from Phuket International Airport. Choose from Ocean Pool Suites or Spa Pool Suites; both are divine, with living areas and balconies (request yours with a sea view) as well as shared or private infinity pools. Amenities in some of the suites include kitchens, saunas and outdoor bathroom areas.

There are also residences and villas including an expansive 4 Bedroom Grand Pool Villa; most have multiple private pools and live-in staff. Amenities include a 25-metre salt water infinity pool with a poolside bar, a Thai spa, a cookery school, a well-equipped gym, a library and a private gallery. Diavolo is Paresa’s stunning Mediterranean restaurant, offering delights from a “sparkling wine” breakfast, right through to the evening meal. If you wish to sample the local cuisine, the popular Talung Thai restaurant delivers sumptuous traditional Thai dishes complete with the stunning sea views to which you begin to become accustomed.

3. Como Point Yamu

COMO Point Yamu overlooks the Andaman Sea and Phang Nga Bay from its hillside location at the tip of Cape Yamu. This chic resort is a 20-minute ride from Bangtao Beach and Phuket International Airport is 27km away. The 79 rooms and suites are designed by an Italian designer Paola Navone and feature floor-to-ceiling glass doors; most have private terraces or balconies with sea or mountain views. Suites add living areas and private pools, plus some have dining areas and 4-poster beds too. There are 27 gorgeous private villas which also enjoy private pools and the best views. The impressive 100m outdoor infinity pool has epic bay views, there’s a lovely spa and wellness centre with a jacuzzi and steam room, and a gym. The restaurants here offer a choice of refined Italian or Thai dining and there’s also 2 stylish bars.

4. Amanpuri

Amanpuri lies tucked away in Surin beach alongside a beach that can only be reached via the hotel or by boat, keeping it almost totally private. You are 3km from Kamala Beach, 24km from Sirinat National Park and 30 minutes from Phuket Airport in Thailand. This hotel is beachside rather than cliffside so there are no infinity views from the black-tiled swimming pool. Instead, the pool looks through swaying palms and out over the Andaman Sea. A stone staircase leads to Pansea beach, a rustic-chic restaurant, more swimming pools, a watersports centre and tennis courts. Aman Spa is tucked away on the far side of the resort, overlooking Bang Tao beach. Here, natural herb-infused treatments are offered in six light-filled pavilions that include a private steam room, shower, bath, and outdoor meditation sala. There are 4 dining options, including an Italian restaurant. The rooms are truly special here, luxury pavilions feature terraces and open-air lounge areas. The Garden Pool Pavilion plunge pools have to be the most secluded and private hotel swimming pools in all of Thailand. Upgraded options offer private pools, sea views and additional bedrooms and villas have kitchens, additional living space and private staff.

5. Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay

This Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay is perched high on a cliff offering epic views across Kalim Bay and out to the Andaman Sea beyond. Located in Kathu, you are 31km from Phuket International Airport. Modern, Asian inspired design helps to remind you that you are in Thailand, but really, you only need look out the huge windows to know that; it’s the views that really capture your soul here and they are what stays with you long after you return home. The rooftop pool is positioned high up so that the views are even better; have a swim, lay in the sun and sip on a cocktail from the swim-up Deck Bar. There are 194 rooms and villas and it’s hard to find a room that doesn’t offer an ocean view, most have balconies, and opulent suites and villas add heavenly private pools. There are 2 restaurants and 2 bars; highlights include an upscale Thai fusion restaurant and a whiskey lounge

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