Visit Thailand’s largest island, Phuket, for its stunning white-sand beaches, its beautiful rain-forested hills, its cultural capital Phuket Town and its fabulously hip resort town Patong. On an island so famous for its beaches, of course, stay beachfront. And rather than the vast, somewhat soulless resorts, why try a smaller boutique resort. Here is our pick of the top 5 boutique beachfront resorts in Phuket…
Aleenta Phuket Beach Resort & Spa
The ultimate in boutique luxury, the beautiful five star Aleenta Phuket Resort & Spa (pictured above) can be found on the pristine Natai Beach in Phuket, just 20 minutes from Phuket International Airport. The multi award-winning beachfront resort is achingly chic and stylish, with warm tones and huge windows everywhere making the most of the gorgeous ocean views.
The resort concept is: “all suites, all private” and this is delivered in luxury suites and villas, which come with plenty of private space. The suite sizes range from 80m up to stunning 5 bedroom beachfront Grand Villas. With 11 room types there’s a wide range and it’s a tough choice when your options include: feature double-height ceilings, private sundecks, private pools, outdoor baths, outdoor Jacuzzi, being right by the beachfront, etc.! If budget allows, I would have to recommend one of their incredible Grand Deluxe Pool Villas; a harmonious flow is created between your large private pool and the expansive interior of the luxury villa; divine.
They do infinity pools very well indeed at Aleenta! Whether it’s the main pool or one of the private pools, the gorgeous ocean view is perfectly framed by the pool. The Ayurah Spa & Wellness centre offers a medical, results-orientated approach to wellness with your ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation being their goal; there is also a fully equipped gym and a kids club at the resort.
Exceptional fine dining can be enjoyed at The Edge Restaurant and The Natai Restaurant and there are an assortment of bars; with a swim-up pool bar; beachside lounge bar and a fabulous rooftop bar – the place to head to watch the sunset over the ocean.
Amanpuri Phuket, Thailand
Amanpuri Phuket is tucked away on Surin beach alongside the holiday homes of the rich and famous on Phuket. The beach can only be reached via the hotel or by boat, keeping it almost completely private. A towering Thai pavilion sits at the Amanpuri’s centre, fringed by lush jungle and facing onto a vast black-tiled swimming pool with a glorious view of the Andaman Sea. A stone staircase leads to Pansea beach, a rustic-chic restaurant, more swimming pools, a water sports centre and tennis courts. A spa is tucked away on the other side of the resort, overlooking Bang Tao beach. Amanpuri’s 40 Thai pavilions and 43 villas exude Thai elegance. Garden pavilions are secluded, with a walled garden, sunken bath and outdoor shower. Opt for a Garden Pool Pavilion for private dips in your own plunge pool.
Bandara Villas Phuket
The sophisticated all-villa boutique resort, Bandara Villas, enjoys a striking beachfront location. Located on Panwa Beach, the resort overlooks Ao Yon Bay and is 21 miles from Phuket International Airport. Choose from 30 uniquely designed villas which offer sea views and most have private plunge pools too. Update to a bi-level villa for sunken tubs and dining areas. The Sumpao Restaurant offers à la carte dining with Thai favourites alongside exhilarating ocean views. Or try Thai and international tapas with a cocktail or two and more panoramic sea views at the chic rooftop Sumpao Bar. There’s a shared beachfront swimming pool, the Shine spa, a fitness room and direct beach access.
Kata Rocks Resort
At five star, beachfront Kata Rocks every one of the 34 self-contained villa has its own private infinity pool with stunning ocean views. Couples will find everything they could possibly want in the one bedroom villas and can choose between those which are all on one level, or those with the bedroom located on the upper floor (Ocean Lofts). Families or groups can opt for two or three bedroom villas, or the sensational four bedroom penthouses. In addition to your own private pool at your villa, the hotel boasts a 35 metre infinity pool for all guests to enjoy. You can also head to the Infinite Luxury Spa if you fancy being thoroughly pampered or to the state of the art gym or just stroll onto the white sands of Kata Beach. There is a relaxed seafront bar and restaurant which serves Thai and Mediterranean cuisine.
Anantara Vacation Club Phuket Mai Khao
Anantara Vacation Club’s signature resort in northwest Phuket offers a luxurious beachfront escape. Just about meeting the boutique heading with 30 one & two bedroom Pool Villas and 68 one & two Bedroom Apartment Suites and 2 Three Bedroom Royal Suites! The one & two-bedroom villas are a highlight, decorated in zen style Thai décor they include a living room, a full kitchen and dining area, a huge bathroom with a large standalone tub and an outdoor shower, as well as a private pool and private decked area. The resort also has a large tropical swimming pool with a swim-up bar and the cabanas have a direct view of the beach. Other facilities include a gym, a kids club, a spa and three restaurants. The beach is a real pull here; just a stroll through the rustic villas and you’ll stumble across the tranquil sun kissed sands of Mai Khao – Phuket’s longest beach.
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