Which Marriott Bonvoy hotel is the best in Phuket? We have already reviewed the hotel with the best club lounges in Bangkok, the best hotel club lounges in Phuket, the best hotel club lounges in Koh Samui, now we look at the best Marriott Bonvoy hotels in Phuket.
Luxury hotels in Thailand include the Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, The St. Regis Bangkok, The Peninsula Bangkok, The Siam, The Park Hyatt Bangkok, and the soon-to-open Four Seasons Bangkok At Chao Phraya River. There’s plenty of choice within the Marriott brand within Thailand including top brands like the Luxury Collection, EDITION, St Regis, W Hotels, and JW Marriott as well as mid-range brands like their Autograph Collection, Renaissance, Sheraton, Le Meridien, Design Hotels, and their Westin collections.
Ritz-Carlton hotels are often some of the best Marriott Bonvoy hotels in an area. They also tend to offer the best club lounges. Interestingly, you can get a bunch of free benefits at the Ritz in addition to all your usual Marriott Bonvoy points and status benefits if you book via our luxury travel concierge.
In terms of when to stay in Phuket, August is ‘green season’ when the weather is seriously rainy and humid, so this is probably the month to avoid. Of course, Phuket is warm all year round, so in terms of temperatures, you can’t go wrong!
1. The Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Phuket
The Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Phuket is a Rewards Category 6 Marriott Bonvoy hotel and is your best points Marriott Bonvoy hotel in Phuket (or actually just off the coast of Phuket).
The resort is on an exclusive luxury island located just off the east coast of Phuket and is reached by a short speedboat journey. Apart from the resort, there’s not much else to be found on Naka Yai, except for a picturesque fishing village and a couple of near-empty beaches. Once you’ve arrived on this exclusive island, you will find rich coconut groves, ivory sandy beaches, and limestone cliffs. After the short golf cart ride down the pier, you stop just past the entrance gate to take part in a resort tradition, the beating of the gong, a ritual that is meant to alert the dragon of your status.
The resort features 80 rooms and villas, either located on the beachfront or on the gently sloping hillside. While the rooms are great, the villas are the real stars of the resort, with clay walls and thatched roofs. The Sea View Pool Villa offers a glimpse of the Andaman Sea through the lush foliage, a separate bedroom pavilion, a semi-outdoor bathroom, and a private pool with sala, all linked by walkways made of large, flat pebbles.
There are two restaurants, a bar, library, reception area, and a large spa facility, all with the ambiance of barefoot luxury. The lagoon-style freshwater pool looks out over the sparkling sea and Phang Nga Bay at the horizon. There’s also a second adult-only pool a few steps behind the reception.
Facing the west coast of Phuket island, Naka Island’s private beach features white sands and is bordered by calm emerald-green waters. Furnished with umbrellas and sun loungers, with a food and beverage service. The beach at this hotel is absolutely ideal for swimming and snorkeling.
Naka Island features two dining venues, located beside each other. The food is good (but pricey). Z bar is situated oceanfront and offers a view of Phang Nga Bay’s limestone karsts on the horizon, jutting out vertically of the Andaman Sea. It’s the best place for cocktails and light bites.
2. The Naka Phuket, a Member of Design Hotels™
The Naka Phuket, a Member of Design Hotels™ is a Rewards Category 6 Marriott Bonvoy hotel and is one of your best points redemption and earning Marriott hotels in Phuket.
This 95 pool villa resort is perfectly located in Kamala Bay and is possibly the only resort on the island to offer two natural settings where an exclusive beach meets with an unspoiled hillside. The resort is only accessible via an isolated mountain road, making it the perfect location for those seeking to experience the ultimate feeling of seclusion, but as the resort is only 10 km away from Phuket’s bustling nightlife area of Patong.
To maximize your enjoyment, book one of the pool villas, which have great views of the bay with plenty of light, as walls are actually made from glass. Breakfast is included in all the rates so there are no platinum benefits whatsoever. The food in the restaurant is very good, and there is a free shuttle to Patong (which is a hectic Marmite resort that you either love or hate!)
3. JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa
While there is a JW Marriott on Phuket, the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa which is featured below, there is an even better JW Marriott up the coast which should be considered when you arrive in Phuket. Although it is not on Phuket island, it is usually the better choice when deciding which Marriott Bonvoy hotel to stay in. It is also cheaper than the JW Marriott Phuket on redemption as it is a Rewards Category 5 hotel, while the JW Marriott Phuket is a Rewards Category 6 Marriott Bonvoy hotel.
Just one and a half hours drive North from Phuket airport, you will find JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa. Located in Khao Lak, Phang Nga, this luxury hotel is a convenient retreat for those seeking adventure on the nearby Similan and Surin Islands or an animal experience like no other at a local elephant sanctuary.
This resort on the Andaman Sea features stunning pools and beaches. Nine beautiful restaurants and bars give you a variety of options for meals throughout the day, and the full-service spa offers a true luxury experience. Flexible indoor and outdoor venues make for the perfect destination wedding.
Modern and stylish guest rooms combine traditional elements unique to Khao Lak with the luxury of a five-star hotel. Choose the room that suits your needs, from premium rooms to suites, from romantic escapes to family fun. The style is typical JW Marriott with lots of dark wood. It is classy but not overly modern.
The highlights of this hotel are the great beach for swimming, although not usually for snorkeling as the waves can be big, in which case you won’t see much off the hotel beach. That said, it’s an easy trip to Similan Island where snorkeling is fantastic. This is also a very large resort so don’t expect the boutique experience.
Another highlight at the JW Khao Lak is the pool, which is huge with a small but fun water slide, making it a great choice for kids. By comparison, the JW in Phuket has small pools, which are not ideal for kids to play in, making the JW Khao Lak a much better choice for families. Of course, the resort is fairly remote, but then so is the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa.
4. JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa is a Rewards Category 6 Marriott Bonvoy hotel and is one of your best points redemption and earning Marriott hotels in Phuket.
The hotel itself is beautiful and lush with luxury Thai-inspired decor. It is an old property but well maintained. This luxury resort is also just steps from Mai Khao Beach, which is a superb beach. From here, guests can also explore the islands of Phang Nga Bay, including ‘James Bond’ Island, Old Town Phuket, and the Royal Phuket Marina.
The resort offers guest rooms, suites, and villas filled with luxury amenities, including plush bedding, marble bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, 24-hour room service, and free Wi-Fi, as well as outdoor space overlooking the tropical gardens or the Andaman Sea. Luxury suites boast whirlpools on their spacious decks, while stunning oceanfront villas offer ample entertaining space and private pools.
This luxury resort features an award-winning spa, family-friendly outdoor pools, which aren’t as good as the JW above although one could argue that the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa has the edge on luxury. In fact, there are 3 pools at this hotel, with one exclusively for adults. The JW Marriott Phuket also features a modern gym and many activities, such as Thai cooking classes, and 11 extraordinary restaurants and bars.
One advantage of this JW Marriott Phuket is that it’s near the turle village and Mai Khao Plaza (about a 5-minute walk from the lobby), which is ideal if you are looking for shops and cheaper restaurants.
Platinum Marriott Bonoy members can enjoy a very good free breakfast here. Book a stay here with our luxury travel concierge, and you will get all our free benefits too.
5. Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa
Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa is a Marriott Bonvoy Reward Category 5 resort, a 5-star retreat on Phuket Island with beachfront villas, on-site dining, a spa, a pool and more. Due to its size, it feels more boutique and more modern than the JW Marriott hotels featured above.
The beach here is long and empty but there can be big waves and a strong current in certain weather conditions. The hotel itself is immaculate with a fantastic breakfast, better than the breakfast at the JW, and being a small resort, it feels very romantic. The best rooms are the Pool Villas which are really private and are a better choice than the Naka Island Villas. All scenic hotel rooms and beachfront villas with stylish decor, pillowtop bedding, and sleek, modern bathrooms with robes, slippers, and deluxe toiletries
While the JW Marriotts above feel more like mega-resorts, whereas the Renaissance feels more boutique, although it can also feel more isolated without a car. If you have Platinum status, you have a good chance of being upgraded to a plunge pool villa at this hotel, which may well make it a better choice than the JW Marriotts.
On-site dining options include a captivating Thai restaurant, global comfort cuisine in a casual setting, a coffee house, a beachfront bar, and an engaging lounge. Punctuate your day with a rejuvenating massage, beauty, or wellness therapy at Quan Spa, or exhilarate your body with a workout in the fitness center or swim in the outdoor pool.
6. Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club
Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club is a Rewards Category 6 Marriott Bonvoy hotel and is one of your best points redemption and earning Marriott hotels in Phuket. It is right next door to the JW Marriott Phuket and is ideal for families as it offers spacious apartments featuring full kitchens.
This vacation ownership resort is a fabulous destination for families and groups, with a great location on Phuket Island and full access to the luxurious facilities at the neighboring JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa.
Spacious apartment rentals feature complimentary Wi-Fi, full kitchens, master suites with soaking tubs, washer/dryers, and a furnished balcony. Relax by one of the resort pools or break a sweat in the on-site fitness center before spoiling yourself with a spa treatment or unwinding at the beachfront bar. Satisfy every craving at one of several restaurants – from a modern steakhouse to a Japanese restaurant and an Italian eatery with a pizza delivery service.
7. Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach
Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach is cheaper on redemption and is a Rewards Category 5 Marriott hotel in Phuket. It has 3 outdoor pools, a gym, day spa, 8 restaurants and elegant venues.
This 5-star hotel welcomes families, couples, and business travelers to a beach-side retreat steps from Thailand’s Tri-Tang Beach and only minutes from the entertainment hub of Patong Beach and Phuket Old Town. Recently renovated rooms and suites offer indulgent bedding, flat-screen TVs, mini-refrigerators, mini-bars, inviting bathrooms, and balconies with pool, garden, beach, or sea views. Relax at the swim-up bar and sample delicious cuisine at one of the hotel’s innovative restaurants.
8. Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort
Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort Beachfront resort is cheaper on redemption and is a Rewards Category 5 Marriott hotel in Phuket.
It has the advantage of being near Patong so is more lively than the hotels above and has 2 large pools, a kids club, a 24-hour gym, and 10 restaurants & bars
Le Meridian is a 5-10 mins drive to nightlife yet offers a beautiful and secluded cove away from hustle and bustle. With a rejuvenating spa, inspired cuisine, and 416 rooms and 54 luxury suites are set against a soothing tropical setting.
9. Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach
Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach is cheaper on redemption and is a Rewards Category 5 Marriott hotel in Phuket with luxury rooms and villas, dining, a spa, pools, and event space.
Well-suited for families, couples, and business travelers, this resort inspires effortless relaxation with beachfront rooms and private villas appointed with plush bedding, marble bathrooms, mini-refrigerators, flat-panel TVs, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Elevate your stay in a scenic beach villa with a private garden and a 400m pool. Enjoy unrivaled water activities at Yacht Haven and Royal Phuket Marinas. Punctuate a memorable day with a swim in the sparkling lagoon pool, a restorative treatment at the resort spa, or delectable fare and creative cocktails at the distinctive restaurants and bars. Set on the sand within minutes of Phuket International Airport, this scenic resort is a luxury haven in one of the world’s most beautiful travel destinations.
10. Four Points by Sheraton Phuket Patong Beach Resort
Four Points by Sheraton Phuket Patong Beach Resort is your newest, cheapest and liveliest Marriott beachfront resort in Phuket. It is a modern, fresh Marriott Bonvoy Category 4 in the heart of Patong with 600 rooms (it’s big!), 5 restaurants and bars, and meeting venues. It opens in Mar 2020.
Nestled in the heart of the vibrant precinct of Patong beach, Four Points by Sheraton Phuket Patong Beach Resort provides a unique holiday or short break experience in one of Thailand’s most exotic destinations. Enjoy spacious rooms with Sheraton Comfort Beds while taking advantage of a 5-inch LCD in-room screen and complimentary Wi-Fi access.
Couples can stroll along Patong’s beach with stunning white sand, bathe in clear azure blue water while families enjoy a day of shopping. Taste delectable cuisine in one of 5 restaurants and bars or enjoy a refreshing Best Brew after taking a dip in one of the swimming pools. Workout in the 24-hour fitness center while children have fun at the Kid’s club. For meeting planners, 1200 square meters of meeting space including 2 ballrooms, 6 meeting rooms are useful. For weddings or social events, the sea view Grand Ballroom and al-fresco spaces are sure to make your event unforgettable.
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