The best luxury hotels in Phuket

Phuket needs no introduction. Located in the Andaman Sea, Thailand’s largest island is blessed with lush mountains, white sand beaches and luxurious resorts, making it one of Asia’s most iconic destinations. Thanks to its warm climate and convenient links to international airports, Phuket is an ideal destination to visit all year round, although sunbathers will want to visit during the dry season when sunshine and blue skies abound between the months from November to March.

With a sprawling area of ​​over 200 square miles, choosing where to set up shop is important. And with hundreds of chic hideaways and all-inclusive resorts, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Here is our selection of the best luxury hotels in Phuket and the neighboring island of Koh Yao Noi.

V Villas Phuket

Located on Cape Panwa, the southeastern tip of Phuket, V Villas Phuket is a relative newcomer to the luxury hotel scene and has quickly become one of the most popular locations in town. Perched on a hill overlooking the pretty bay of Ao Yon, the V Villas Phuket is a colorful and design hotel that will appeal to a young and trendy clientele. The property has 19 private pool villas with bright, airy bedrooms and comfortable living areas. Each suite is perfectly integrated with the exterior, whether you have a suite facing the sea or the hill. Personalized 24-hour butler service is impeccable, and a private buggy is available 24 hours a day to escort you around the property.

V Villas is a short walk from the beach, and the resort’s proximity to attractions such as Old Phuket Town and the Big Buddha makes it a pleasant place to relax while still being able to reach major sights with a short taxi ride. Akoya Star Lounge, the hotel’s rooftop bar is a stylish meeting place with 360-degree views of the bay. Come by for hip DJ sets, creative cocktails and a tapas-inspired menu before dining downstairs Yon Ocean House. This chic Art-Deco-inspired restaurant serves Thai and European specialties like yellow curry with local crab and black ink risotto with tiger prawns and shiitake mushrooms.

Amanpuri

One of the most legendary hotels in the world, Phuket was the birthplace of the Aman brand in 1988 with the opening of Amanpuri. Nestled in a coconut grove on the sea, the hotel is a true oasis on the west coast of Phuket, and the epitome of elegance. Its open courtyards and reflecting pools flanked by traditional pavilions evoke a real sense of place and make you feel away from the rest of the world. The word Amanpuri means “place of peace” in Sanskrit, and the hotel lives up to its name.

The property’s architecture was inspired by the ancient Buddhist capital of Ayutthaya and pioneered an aesthetic that has set Aman apart from its competitors for over 30 years. Guests can book jewel pavilions set along elevated walkways that wind through the jungle, or spacious villas with up to nine bedrooms and private plunge pools. Amanpuri is located on a wide sandy beach dotted with loungers and cabanas: enjoy cocktails and sweets at the Beach Terrace restaurant before lingering at the Sunset Terrace to watch the sky turn pink, purple and blue before you. Amanpuri’s restaurants have flavors that span the globe: Bouabok offers specialties from southern Thailand, Nama celebrates Japanese washoku, and Arva serves Italian classics. Amanpuri can also arrange a private dinner on the beach by candlelight for an unforgettable evening.

Como Point Yamu

Named for its location east of Phuket’s Cape Yamu, Como Point Yamu is an elegant hotel with 106 rooms, suites and private villas. With bright interiors offering stunning sea views, the hotel will appeal to aesthetes who appreciate minimalist design and escape. Suites are designed by Paola Navone and play with turquoise nautical patterns and burnt red accents, a nod to Thai Buddhist iconography and Phuket’s Peranakan culture. The crowning achievement of Como Point Yamu is undoubtedly its expansive pool deck offering 360 degree views of the famous Phang Nga Bay.

With its grand halls, manicured lawns, and plentiful meeting rooms, the hotel is versatile and well-suited for weddings and corporate retreats. The hotel has two dining options: Mermaida casual all-day dining restaurant offering comfort food from Italy, and Nahmya, perfect for a romantic dinner of Thai specialties, from noodle soups and curries to stir-fries. Be sure to book a spa day at Shambhalathe beautiful spa at Como Point Yamu which offers holistic treatments ranging from foot acupressure and detoxifying skin treatments to deep tissue massages.

Naka Island

An idyllic resort located on a secluded island, Naka Island is just a 10-minute speedboat ride from Phuket and is perfect for couples and families looking for the privacy and comfort of an all-inclusive resort. The hotel’s 67 villas and 23 rooms have expansive private gardens with pools and bungalows designed for lounging, playing chess, or enjoying an in-villa dinner. The property was designed with sustainability in mind — smooth clay walls, wooden thatched roofs, and open-air bathrooms immerse guests in the open air. Naka Island is a hotel that truly conveys the essence of tropical living and barefoot luxury.

Guests can enjoy on-site experiences such as spa treatments and cooking classes, or take a boat trip to the Phi Phi Islands. Bicycles are also provided so guests can venture outside the resort and cycle around Naka, a colorful island with a small local community. The station has three Restaurants serving a range of cuisines to please all palates. My Grill, Naka Island’s signature beach restaurant, focuses on locally caught seafood and premium steaks imported from Australia, while Tonsai serves up Thai dishes in a casual setting.


Where to stay in Koh Yao Noi

Located 5 km off Phuket, Koh Yao Noi is a true island paradise and a great alternative for travelers looking for a small town vibe and a leisurely pace of life. Home to just 6,000 people, it’s easy to navigate by moped and offers visitors more accommodation options than its big sister, Koh Yao Yai, with a quieter atmosphere than Phuket. Here’s where we recommend you stay on the island.

Six senses Yao Noi

An eco-friendly retreat nestled in the treetops, the Six senses Yao Noi is one of the most “green” luxury hotels in Thailand, in every sense of the word. The property features 56 lavish villas and suites with treetop pools and spectacular views of the ocean and surrounding jungle. Six Senses Yao Noi prides itself on its friendly and personalized service. Each room therefore has its own Guest Experience Maker who is available 24/7 via an app to accompany you throughout the property, bring you extra pillows or book a spa treatment for you. Perched on the highest point of the property, The top of the hill The restaurant serves contemporary international and Thai dishes next to an infinity pol that overlooks the impressive limestone pinnacles of Phang Nga Bay.

A stay at Six Senses Yao Noi promises not only relaxation but also personal enrichment. With sustainability at its core, Six Senses Yao Noi has designed unique experiences to help regenerate the island’s tropical flora, fauna and people. You can pick fresh eggs from the chicken farm, kayak through the mangroves, try your hand at Batik painting classes, and take Muay Thai lessons right on the beach. The property also seeks to uplift the island community by coordinating island cleanups and volunteering at a local school.

Cape Kudu Hotel

A charming boutique hotel that fuses coastal chic with tropical island style, Cape Kudu Hotel is a great place to stay for city dwellers looking to slow down on island time. Part of Thailand’s first chain of luxury hotels and serviced apartments, the hotel epitomizes warm Thai hospitality, though the decor will make you swear you’re on vacation on Cape Cod. Cozy rooms with whitewashed wood furnishings and balconies with rope hammocks complement the beach aesthetic and make you feel right at home. The property has two swimming pools, a reading room with pool table, and an intimate spa for relaxing treatments.

Overlooking the swimming pool, the Hornbill Restaurant serves Thai and Mediterranean dishes, while the neighboring Cafe Kantar, a pastry shop-wine bar-gelateria, offers gourmet bites at lunchtime. The hotel is a short walk from the beach, giving you easy access to boat tours of the bay. Be sure to book a morning excursion on a traditional longtail boat: you’ll start with a floating breakfast before stopping at scenic Hong Island to sunbathe and climb to the lookout for one of the most incredible views in all over Thailand.

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