How much you should spend on holiday accommodation in Thailand is a question very much influenced by how much you want to keep available for fun and entertainment, bargain shopping impossible to ignore and of course going on culinary adventures of the exotic kind. But if you were guaranteed of the best Phuket accommodation deals putting cash back in your pocket and see prices previously considered wishful thinking, you could set your sights higher, look at 5 star hotel deals, maybe book a villa with a private pool, live the luxury high-life and indulge in lavish spa treatments and still be able to spend on all the island's thrills and spills. Read on to see how this dream becomes reality.
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Anantara Phuket Layan Beach
Romantic couples escape. Private pool villas in a secluded bay with amazing views.
Those prices you are hoping for are in fact available, but on the internet, laying your finger on them is not always all that easy and can take forever. The good news is you found us, so the battle is won. Allow us a short explanation and read on.
Our first step to satisfy your needs is to offer the biggest selection of accommodation in Phuket, whether that be for bespoke 5 star luxury, a cheap room or family friendly hotels with facilities for kids, because the bigger the choice the more likely you are to find what fits both your style and budget.
Secondly we positioned ourselves so we are able to guarantee we can fetch and deliver the cheapest rates right to your door no matter which beach hotel you choose from the more than 1 000 we have available on the island. We do it like this.
We believe in networking and have established partnerships with the intention of letting you pay less. This allows us to list and compare rates of all the top travel booking websites when you do a search on ihotels.travel. Type your dates of stay into the price and availability search box provided for each venue and you will see the rates of all the top accommodation booking websites, including the ones you might have missed earlier listed on your screen in price order, including book now pay later deals and, free cancellations. Now simply proceed to book at the most economical price.
Things to Do and See +
In this paradise each day is filled with great do-it-yourself activities or with organized sightseeing tours. We can talk about it forever, but here are the top attractions.
First-off we suggest arranging tours, especially tours which include boat travel once you are in Phuket. You can do this with your hotel's tour desk or with one of many agencies on the island. This way you are not committed to set time tables and can do your tours when the weather is good.
Organized tours like visiting Phi Phi islands which include snorkeling in iconic Maya Bay located on uninhabited Phi Phi Le, next to Phi Phi Don which feature the location's resorts is one of the most popular day trips you can and should do.
Boat tours in spectacular Phang Nga Bay and canoeing among its captivating cave formations, stopping at small scattered islands and amazing beaches is a must.
The kids will love the Phuket Fantasea, Thailand's Disneyland and adults should definitely invest one evening seeing the Simon Cabaret show. Elephant trekking around jungle clad hills is a great adventure as is horse riding on the beach. You can have our fill of snorkeling and scuba diving and there are some top notch golf courses. Water sports like jet skiing, para-sailing and kite boarding get the adrenaline going.
Where to stay - Best Beaches +
Booking beach resorts before understanding each area could be a mistake. Phuket has many beaches, all spectacular, but with different proximity to nightlife, shopping and restaurants. Some are secluded, some brimming with activity.
Think about your expectations. Would you spend more time at your resort utilizing its facilities, or will you be out and about, mingling in a cosmopolitan crowd. Then follow our tips to book accommodation on beaches best for you.
For quiet seclusion away from commercialism Mai Khao and Nai Yang are at the northern tip of the island's west coast. Both are pristine beaches partly due to their location within a protected national park and subsequent limited number of resorts. Here you are more likely to find 5 star hotels and less cheap accommodation. It is 45 minutes drive from the primary entertainment area of Patong and Karon and near the airport.
Going south 15 minutes is 8 km long Bangtao beach in Talang, less quiet than Mai Khao and Nai Yang, but still laid-back and 20 minutes from Patong. It is home to the Laguna resort complex featuring great hotels for families with kids, as well as Banyan Tree Resort & Spa's luxury private pool villas. Between Bangtao and Mai Khao yummy white sandy coves like Layan Beach is best for couples on honeymoon.
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Heading further south, 10 minutes before arriving in Patong is Surin Beach and adjacent Pansea Bay. It is the most upscale area in Phuket featuring primarily luxury 5 star resorts. The area is tranquil with top notch restaurants and bars near enough for convenience, yet far enough to feel secluded.
Finally we arrive in Patong, the primary entertainment, shopping and nightlife hotspot. The beach is three kilometers long, Bangla Road's clubs tun the night into bright neon colours, the number of restaurants and bars are endless and it sees the largest collection of hotel accommodation offering anything from budget savvy deals to extravagant luxury.
A 10 minute drive over the hill is Karon Beach, a primary location with no lack of entertainment, restaurants, markets and nightlife venues. Here Centara Grand Beach Resort with its water park with slides for the kids is a big hit with families, as is its 4 star cousin namely Centara Karon.
Moments south of Karon is Kata, a great location for a romantic honeymoon. Many of its resorts are located directly on the soft sand with no separating road and, many like The Shore at Katathani offer private pools villas with amazing views. It is less busy than Karon, but definitely not too quiet. In fact, it is the best beach for just about any occasion.
Best Beaches to Stay
Bangtao Beach Hotels
Best location for families who enjoy a laid-back atmosphere. Read More
Karon Beach Hotels
Very popular, ample island facilities, 5 minutes from Patong. Read More