Phuket is one of the most popular destinations in Thailand, luring visitors in with its relaxing beaches, stunning vistas and lively nightlife. Trying to work out where to stay in Phuket? Read my step-by-step guide to help you choose the perfect accommodation for your trip.

Where to Stay in Phuket

Where to Stay in Phuket Thailand: At a Glance

  • Best area to stay in Phuket for nightlife: Patong
  • Best area to stay in Phuket for families: Karon
  • Best area to stay in Phuket for tranquility: Bangtao Beach
  • Best area to stay in Phuket to get off the beaten track: Kamala
  • Best area to stay in Phuket solo: Nai Harn Beach
  • Best area to stay in Phuket for couples and on honeymoon: Mai Khao Beach

Where to Stay in Phuket For The Location?

Wondering where is best to stay in Phuket? Which is the best area to stay in Phuket?

Phuket has a lot to offer, but we would say that the best area to stay in Phuket Thailand would be Patong.

Patong is one of the most popular areas on the island as tourists flock there year round. This area accommodates to all visitors no matter their price budget, offering beach-front views at most hotels.

Patong is known for its pristine beach, but it also has a bustling nightlife and a variety of culinary treats to choose from for your meals.

Phuket Hotel Recommendations: Which is the Best Hotel in Phuket?

The best place to stay in Phuket is the Anantara Mai Khao in the north of the island.

This all-villa escape is set a distance away from the hustle and bustle of other parts of the island and offers a luxury getaway from it all.

Is there anything more refreshing than sliding open your bedroom door and hopping straight into your private pool before catching a few rays in your private sala (outdoors lounge)? If so, we’re yet to come across it.

Read at the end of this article for my full review of the Anantara Mai Khao to see why I’ve chosen it as one of the best hotels in Phuket Thailand.

Phuket Hotel Price Guide

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Best Area to Stay in Phuket for Nightlife: Patong

Patong is one of the best places to stay in Phuket. During the day you can dig your toes into the white sand of Patong Beach or visit one of the shopping malls close to Phuket Town and as the sun goes down the center of town lights up.

Phuket Town becomes party central as go-go bars, nightclubs, and cabarets overflow the streets. It’s easy to stay in Patong no matter what your budget as there’s a seemingly endless choice of hotels.

Things to do in Patong

Hotels in Patong Phuket

Amari Phuket – The Best Hotel in Patong

Tucked away in a secluded area of the beaches of Patong is Amari Phuket. This five-star hotel is relaxation at its finest with customer service their number one priority.Amari Phuket

The views just from the lobby of the hotel are breathtaking and only get better when you’re one of Amari Phuket’s well-furnished suites. If money isn’t an issue than Amari Phuket is the place to stay.

Cost: $$$

Diamond Cliff Resort & Spa – The Best Hotel in Patong for Couples

In the hills of Patong is the authentic Thai resort, Diamond Cliff. Diamond Cliff Resort & Spa is extremely popular among couples traveling together thanks to the resort’s romantic atmosphere.

Diamond Cliff - Where to Stay in Phuket

Diamond Cliff offers plenty to do on site: between two swimming pools, a rejuvenating spa and activities throughout the day for all ages, it’s easy to spend your whole time in the resort.

Cost: $$

Patong Resort – The Best Hotel in Patong for Families

Just a short walk from the center of town and Phuket Beach is the ideal family hotel, Patong Resort. Entering the resort you’re greeted by the friendly staff with coconut welcome drinks in hand for you to quench your thirst after your travels.

Book yourself in for a massage, relax on your private balcony or head out and explore the Patong area.

Patong Resort offers the perfect refuge from the hustle and bustle but is within easy striking distance of many of the area’s famous bars, restaurants and clubs.

Cost: $

Where to Stay in Phuket With Family: Karon

Wondering where to stay in Phuket but not keen on the livelier aspects of Patong? Unlike Patong, Karon is a quieter area and the perfect place for families and those looking to relax and not party the night away in town.

Karon beach is the third longest beach on Phuket Island and features exciting sea-based activities.

You’ll also find some of the best authentic Thai cuisine in Karon – don’t miss the weekly marketplace held at the Buddhist temple close to the centre.

Things to do in Karon

Hotels in Karon, Phuket

Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort – The Best Hotel in Karon

One of the grandest resorts on the list is Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort. Taking over about 40 acres and surrounded by Phuket’s greenery, Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort has 417 suites, two swimming pools, four tennis courts, and more.

Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort

Rooms are airy and spacious and it’s set on a nice stretch of beach that’s perfect for soaking up the sunshine.

Cost: $$$

Horizon Karon Beach Resort & Spa – The Best Hotel in Karon for Couples

Situated not far from the beach is the four star resort, Horizon Karon Beach Resort & Spa. The resort is surrounded by luscious greenery creating a peaceful environment for guests.

Horizon Karon Beach Resort

For couples looking for a decently priced place to stay in Phuket, Horizon Karon Beach Resort & Spa is a great place to consider. The food and drinks are highly praised as well as the friendly staff.

Cost: $$

Baumancasa Beach Resort – The Best Hotel in Karon for Budget Travelers

A great place to stay on a tight budget while visiting Phuket is Baumancasa Beach Resort.

The seaside resort has 235 rooms all designed with a modern Asian contemporary emphasising comfort for all its guests.

Every little detail to make your stay at Baumancasa Beach Resort has been thoroughly thought out – making for a pleasant and attentive stay.

Cost: $

Best Area to Stay in Phuket for Tranquility: Bang Tao Beach

Looking for a tranquil experience? Bang Tao Bay is the place to stay. Located on the west coast of Phuket Island, Bang Tao Bay is a peaceful area and not overflowing with tourists like some other parts of the island.

This is an area where the majority of your time may be spent at your resort – it’s a fair distance to take day trips to other parts of Phuket. Want more information? Check out these travel tips for planning your trip to Phuket.

One of Bang Tao Bay’s highlights is that you are surrounded by locals and don’t have to walk far to watch residents participate in ancient lifestyles of fishing, farming, and rubber tapping.

Things to do in Bang Tao Beach

The Best Places to Stay in Bang Tao Beach

The Pavilions Phuket – The Best Hotel in Bang Tao Beach

The Pavilions Phuket is one of the best places to stay in Phuket, thanks to an idyllic location overlooking Layan Beach.

Pavilions PhuketThis adults only resort in Phuket is often named as the best hotel in Phuket for couples.

This section “Sunset Coast” more than lives up to its name – but The Pavilions makes an impression at any time of the day.

Guests are encouraged to create their own perfect holiday with a series of personalised in-villa holiday experiences. Cooking classes, guided yoga sessions, even underwater photography classes – the experiences make for a memorable holiday.

Not so keen? Each villa comes with a private pool, perfect for spending lazy days with a cooling cocktail in hand.

Cost: $$$

Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort – The Best Hotel in Bang Tao for Couples

For a premier beachfront setting Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort is the perfect place to stay in Phuket for couples.

Outrigger Laguna Phuket

Spacious rooms are paired with a simple, understated decor and super-comfortable beds that you won’t want to get out of.

Guests have a breathtaking view of the glistening blue lagoon while enjoying the Thai inspired dining that is available on the property.

Cost: $$$

Bangtao Beach Chalet — The Best Hotel in Bangtao for Budget Travelers

Unlike most resorts in Phuket, Bangtao Beach Chalet is a low rise resort in tucked away in Bang Tao touching the rural Thai greenery surroundings.

Bangtao Beach Chalet

This cozy resort is one of the best places to stay in Phuket if you’re not trying to spend an obscene amount of money, but still want to stay in a great hotel in Phuket.

The bungalows are simply furnished and are a short walk to the beach.


Andaman Seaside Resort – The Best Value Hotel in Bangtao

The 32 room resort, Andaman Seaside Resort, is one of the best low priced resorts bordering Bang Tao Beach.

Andaman seaside resort

Guests can take a break from the sandy beach to relax by the swimming pool in the center of the property. If you don’t mind small quaint suites with a friendly staff then Andaman Seaside Resort is the place for you.


Best Area to Stay in Phuket To Get Off The Beaten Track: Kamala

The fishing village of Kamala is one of the lesser developed areas of Phuket Island. If you’re wondering where to stay in Phuket and are looking to get a little off the beaten track, Kamala’s a good choice.

The town offers peace and quiet to travelers looking to relax in an intimate area.

Along the 2 kilometer beach you won’t find public facilities like you’d find in Patong – only a few bar and restaurants, but the remoteness is very much a part of the area’s charm.

Things to do in Kamala

The Best Places to Stay in Kamala, Phuket

Ayara Kamala Resort & Spa – The Best Hotel for Couples in Kamala, Phuket

A perfect place for couples to stay while visiting Phuket is Ayara Kamala Resort & Spa.

Ayara Kamala ResortThis romantic resort focuses on guests finding a sense of tranquility during their stay. The resort, located on a remote hillside, is worth the stay if money isn’t an issue.

Cost: £££

Novotel Phuket Kamala Beach – The Best Hotel in Kamala, Phuket

Along the Kamala Beach is Novotel Phuket Kamala Beach, a modern resort with plenty of views of the Andaman Sea.

Novotel Phuket

This resort is perfect for those looking to stay in Phuket and not break the bank on booking a place to stay. Novotel Phuket Kamala Beach has one restaurant and three bars on the property for guests to enjoy.


Kamala Tropical Garden – The Best Place to Stay in Kamala for Budget Travelers

Only a few minutes away from the beach is Kamala Tropical Garden. This low budget resort may not have a view of the beach front, but from every room you’re guaranteed a poolside view.

Kamala Tropical Garden

The staff are friendly and always available no matter the time if guests need assistance. Although you’re a distance away from Patong’s nightlife there are plenty of bars and restaurants down the road from the resort.

Cost: $

Where to Stay in Phuket Solo: Nai Harn Beach

The charm of Nai Harn Beach tends to be overlooked by many travelers, but it is one of the best areas to stay in Phuket if you’re looking for a mix of solitude and nightlife.

Nai Harn Beach has very few tourists populating the beach leaving you to relax in silence enjoying the clean turquoise sea but you’re only a twenty minute drive to the lively Patong nightlife.

Things to do in Nai Harn Beach

  • Bring your camera to Phuket’s most photographed island, Phromthep Cape
  • Check out the views at Karon Viewpoint
  • Sail away on a boat tour by PinkShrimp Yachting
  • Visit the Nai Harn Monastery

The Best Places to Stay in Nai Harn Beach

The Nai Harn – The Best Hotel in Nai Harn

A grand secluded sanctuary, The Nai Harn Resort overlooks the Nai Harn Bay from almost every visible angle.

The Nai HarnEvery one of the 130 guestrooms features a view of the bay and the boats that sail through the water. The staff accommodates to the needs of guests and are always surprising guests with thoughtful gestures.

Cost: $$$

The Windmill Phuket Hotel – The Best Hotel in Nai Harn for Families

Opening in late 2014, The Windmill Phuket Hotel is another great place to stay while visiting Phuket. The hotel is within walking distance to Phromthep Cape where you can watch the sunset along the bay.

The Windmill Phuket

This is a great hotel for families visiting Phuket as it’s not in the middle of the crowded city and the rooms are large and spacious.


Alphabeto Resort – The Best Hotel in Nai Harn for Budget Travelers

Perfect for those on a budget is Alphabeto Resort.

Alphabeto Resort

This charming modern resort offers 22 rooms and 8 villas. It’s the perfect spot if you’re looking for a comfy place to rest your head after spending your days exploring Nai Harn and the rest of Phuket.

Cost: $

Where to Stay in Phuket for Couples: Mai Khao Beach

There’s not very much to see and do in Mai Khao, so this is truly the best place to stay in Phuket when you really want to get away from it all.

On the north-west of the island, Mai Khao is blessed with long, quiet sandy beaches and beautiful views. It’s also close to the airport, so you can hop from your plane to the beach in the shortest time possible.

The Best Hotel to Stay in Phuket for Couples and the Best Luxury Hotel in Phuket: The Anantara Mai Khao

The Anantara Mai Khao is a tranquil escape tucked away behind a particularly quiet section of Mai Khao beach. Lanna-style villas come with private pools, sun decks and lots and lots of space.

Pool Villa, Anantara Phuket

The Anantara Mai Khao is my choice of the best luxury hotel in Phuket. It’s my favourite hotel on the island, thanks to its combination of privacy, comfort and luxury – not to mention its position on the absolutely stunning Mai Khao beach.

Want to know more? Read the full review now…

Review of The Anantara Mai Khao

“Control your breath, move to downward facing dog and hold”.

As my arms started to shake, I wondered, not for the first time, how I’d come to be doing yoga in a dark and sweaty room. Particularly when I could have been lying down on the beach that lay so tantalisingly close to the window.

Still, here I was, forcing my body into unfamiliar contortions and trying to control my inhalations and exhalations. It was all part of my self-imposed relaxation programme at the Anantara Mai Khao, one of the finest luxury hotels in Phuket.

Phuket has long been on the luxury traveller’s radar as a must-visit destination. It is frequently named as the best hotel to stay in Phuket for couples but it’s also a brilliant island resort for a solo escape.

With its combination of perfect beaches that stretch for miles, skirting the azure-blue Andaman Sea and high-end, it’s become the Thai byword for escaping it all.

Hammock by the sea at Anantara Mai Khao

There are so many luxury hotels in Phuket that it can be difficult to stand out, but the Anantara Mai Khao excels. Not only does it have a beautiful beach, top of the range fitness centre and gorgeous infinity pool, it’s real value lies in the high level of privacy it offers guests.

The Anantara is an all-villa hotel, each one with its private swimming pool, outdoor bath and sala (terrace area) it brings a fresh experience in this popular destination.

My first glance at a map of the island should have given me a hint of what was to come. Most of the resorts were gathered around Patong and Karon beaches in the south, but it was only when I traced my finger to the other end of the island did I find Mai Khao beach.

There’s only one other hotel in the area and the beach is almost untouched, infusing visitors with the same calm that pervades the hotel.

Anantara Mai Khao Review: The Villas

The villas at the Anantara are remarkable.  The private terrace and pool areas simply but stylishly done – with outdoor sun loungers, a rain shower and bath completing the look.

The raised sala containing the bar area is set in the shade, which provides a cool respite from the area’s notoriously hot sunshine. Sliding doors from the bedroom open out straight onto the pool, making for a refreshing wake-up call each morning.

Anantara Mai Khao Review: The Spa

I forced myself to leave my villa to explore the rest of the resort and I wasn’t disappointed. One of the highlights of the resort is the famous Anantara Spa.

I consulted with the in-house Ayurvedic specialists and was given a tailor made programme for the duration of the stay.

It starting with a Shiodara treatment (in which oil is poured onto the forehead in rhythmic patterns) and an avocado body scrub to replenish the skin.

The spa itself is impressive.  Dark wood and light cream complement the resort’s decor whilst ensuring spa-goers are met with the perfect atmosphere to unwind and de-stress.

There are yoga classes twice daily to help guests achieve an all-round wellbeing. That’s how I’d found myself sweating away at 9am while my disturbingly flexible instructor manipulated my body into previously unthought of poses.

Anantara Mai Khao Review: Dining

The resort offers a wide range of dining options treetop bars and gourmet cellars to name a few, but the signature eatery Sea.Fire.Salt lures guests with impressive views out onto the beach and Andaman sea.

It serves delicious seafood and barbecue dishes, complemented with their very own salt sommelier.

If you are looking for something unique to the region, their Phuket cooking classes are not to be missed. Thai food has garnered itself a bit of a niche in the hearts of food lovers around the world.

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