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There are literally hundreds of hotels to choose from in Phuket, but these five are consistently ranked among the top on the island by guests and travel writers. There is definitely a bias towards expensive hotels here, but don't feel like you have to spend a ton to enjoy your stay as there are a couple of very reasonably priced options, too. Read up on Phuket's variety of beaches before you decide where to stay on the island.
Ayara Hilltops Boutique Resort and Spa
This luxury hotel in the hills above Surin beach is features beautiful Thai-style suites surrounding a large swimming pool. The suites, which are all over 1,000 square feet, are massive and beautifully decorated. There is a small bar and restaurant on the premises. The only negative: it’s a long walk down a steep hill to the beach. This is an adults only property, no children under 16 are allowed and the policy is enforced.
This upscale, modern hotel also on Surin Beach is still one of the hottest properties on the island despite that it’s been open for nearly 10 years. Rooms and suites surround the property’s pool and connected lagoon, so some guests can actually swim from their doorways to the swimming pool. The modern, clean design makes up for the fact that the standard rooms are just a bit small. The beach is just across the road from the hotel.
Patong Terrace Boutique Hotel
The cheapest option on this list is actually a fancy guest house, despite calling itself a boutique hotel. Don’t let that put you off, as the property is an excellent value for what it is. Rooms are very clean, stylish and comfortable but can be very small and some do not have windows, although the hotel will make clear during booking whether your room has a window. Staff are professional and genuinely helpful. The location, in Patong, is very convenient to the beach, Jungceylon mall and Soi Bangla’s night life but can be a little loud.
Mom Tri's Villa Royale
This hotel set in the cliffs overlooking Kata Noi Beach has been around for many years and continues to offer guests a wonderful experience. The hotel, formerly the summer home of one of Thailand’s most famous architects, has a distinctively Thai aesthetic and was also designed to take advantage of its beautiful natural surroundings. Rooms are big and clean and some offer excellent views. Staff are helpful and friendly. The on site restaurant, Mom Tri’s, is one of the best on the island for high end Thai and international food.
Sunsuri Beach Hotel
This large hotel on Nai Harn Beach, one of the island’s most secluded, has very nice rooms, excellent facilities and great prices. The design of the property is so modern that at first glance you could easily mistake it for a swanky new LA condo development. The multiple, multi-level swimming pools have fun extras like a diving board and water slide but there are so many rooms that when the hotel is at full capacity it could be quite crowded. Rooms themselves are neutrally designed and are spacious.