Wednesday, 20 August 2014

The Best of Phuket - Most Luxurious Places to Stay, Eat and Spa, Thailand

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Phuket at Sunset
Dubbed the "pearl of the Andaman" Phuket is not only home to a wealth of beautiful beaches but also to a stunning collection of luxury properties, opulent spas, fine places to dine and spectacular locations for a drink. Easily accessed by a number of airlines, direct flights lasting about 80 minutes from Kuala Lumpur are available both with Air Asia and Malaysia Airlines. The recent opening of the new low cost terminal KLIA 2, with a direct line via the express train, makes it very easy to head over for a weekend getaway. Once on the island taxis are generally high quality vehicles but rather pricey, so think about what you want to do while in Phuket and choose your location wisely.

Accommodation, food and drinks are available for all budgets in Phuket but here we summarise our favourite luxe locations in: 

The Best of Phuket - Where to Eat, Drink, Stay and Spa

Best Luxury Resorts and Villas in Phuket

The Pavilions - The ideal place for an adult get away. This adults-only resort is so well equipped you'll never want to leave your private pool villa. In room spa treatments, gorgeous views, large accommodations and a delicious menu of gourmet cuisine give this resort all round appeal. They also get The Yum List award for Best Hotel Breakfast in Phuket.

The Pavilions Phuket
The Pavilions Phuket

Sri panwa - Glamorous, stunning, breathtaking - one of the most spectacular views I've encountered and most striking properties I've visited. Ever. 

Sri panwa
Sri panwa 

Banyan Tree Phuket - Simply stunning. The new spa villas are a dream - surrounded by water and gardens, and including a daily spa ritual to get you started - they're the perfect spot to unwind and luxuriate in warm Thai hospitality and the tropical lush environment.

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Banyan Tree Phuket 

Andara Resort and Villas - Absolute luxury of space and service. The 'smallest' suite is 153m2 and they all just go up from there. For the truly discerning traveler.

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Andara Resort and Villas

The Surin Phuket - Get the best of both worlds with this resort located on the exclusive Pansea Beach, but also right next door to the lively Surin Beach. Peace and tranquility or, party and people? It's your choice.

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The Surin Phuket

Twinpalms - Contemporary, fashionable and fun! We love the three storey penthouse pool suite with our own personal butler, but there are a variety of other categories too. Awesome pool.

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Twinpalms Phuket

Point Yamu by COMO - This stylish boutique property offers a secluded getaway with easy access to the UNESCO protected Phang Nga Bay. Restaurants provided lots of healthy food choices, many of which are sourced locally. 

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Point Yamu by COMO 

BYD Lofts - Clean, contemporary, affordable rooms in central Patong. Cooking facilities in the room, but washing services and everything else you can imagine within walking distance too. It's on a quieter side street so you avoid the hubbab of the most heavily visited tourist area on the island.

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BYD Lofts 

Best Luxury Spas in Phuket

The Banyan Tree Spa - Private spa villas, a comprehensive selection of packages and, highly trained professionals make The Banyan Tree Spa worthy of a whole day visit.

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The Banyan Tree Spa

The Surin - Skilled and warm caring therapists. A country cottage atmosphere set amidst the jungle.

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The Surin Spa

The Andara Spa - Opulence is found in enormous treatments rooms and beautiful surrounds.

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Andara Spa

Esthederm Sun Spa - Specialised treatments for Phuket's tropical climate. Combining clinical knowledge with the gentle Thai touch.

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Esthederm Sun Spa

Cool Spa, Sri Panwa - Stunning location, strong therapists.

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Cool Spa, Sri panwa

The Pavilions - During high season you have to be an in house guest to enjoy a spa treatment here - which everyone does, every day as they are sooo good! Low season however gifts outsiders with the opportunity to partake in a package, so rainy days are now something to look forward to.

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The Pavilions

Best Restaurants in Phuket

The Plantation Club - Beautifully presented Thai dishes. A few new items on this menu for us. We loved every one.

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The Plantation Club

Joe's Downstairs - Known as THE place for a drink and good meal in Patong.

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Joe's Downstairs
Best restaurants phuket
Joe's Downstairs

La Sirena - A wonderfully nutritious and delicious wellness menu  that keeps even the fussiest of health nuts (like myself) very happy.

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La Sirena

SILK Thai Restaurant - Chef Ooy's shares her mum's recipes in this beautiful restaurant.

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SILK Restaurant

The Siam Supper Club - Comfort food, well-executed desserts and loads of good old-fashioned fun. Don't miss the jazz jam on Monday nights.

The Siam Supper Club
The Siam Supper Club

The 9th Floor - superb wine menu, refreshing views and consistently good food has earned this restaurant a great reputation amongst island residents and tourists alike.

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The 9th Floor

Les Diables - Heavenly cakes, wholesome meals and indulgent Sunday brunches - all reasonably priced. Book ahead for Sunday brunch - it's super popular with expats and locals living on the island.

les diables, boat lagoon, phuket
Blueberry Cheesecake - Les Diables
Les Diables
Roast Duck in Orange Sauce  - Les Diables

Baan Rim Pa - Royal Thai Cuisine and gorgeous views.

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Baan Rim Pa

Best Bars in Phuket

The Siam Supper Club - Awesome atmosphere, classic cocktails, well-chosen wine list.

The Siam Supper Club
The Siam Supper Club

Catch Beach Club - The place to party on the beach. (Please note at the time of review the government were announcing a removal of any commercial structures from all public beaches. Catch and BIMI Beach Clubs were partially on the beach and partially on the other side of the road. They should remain, however the parts of the property may no longer exist when this article is published.)

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Catch Beach Club

BIMI Beach Club - The place to party during the day. We love their fruity cocktails with a serious kick. (See note above attached to Catch.)

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BIMI Beach Club

Baba Nest - Stunning, stunning, stunning views!

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Baba Nest

360° Bar and Grill - Beautiful sunsets over the sea and valley viewed from the hilltop. A rockin' tapas menu and great cocktails too.

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360 Degree Bar and Bistro
best bars in phuket
360 Degree Bar and Bistro

And... the WINNER for the MOST FUN IN PHUKET goes to Ka Jok See!!! A seriously good time.

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Ka Jok See


  1. Great selection. Is that something like otak otak at the Plantaion Club? Looks so so good, sure would love to try that.

  2. love this compilation, it looks like a great guide for how to seriously enjoy a trip to phuket! baba nest for me! :)

  3. When I grow up I want to come back to this list and go to some of these places.