When heading off on holiday to Phuket, you can take your pick of hotels close to the nightlife action of Patong and beside some of Thailand's best beaches. Some ramp up the luxury factor with private beaches, infinity pools and rooftop bars, while others are spa resorts surrounded by greenery. Read on to choose your favourite.
Tucked up in the hills with views of the mountains, forests and sea on all sides, Avista Hideaway Phuket Patong invites those looking for affordable luxury. The main restaurant makes the most of the vistas and serves dishes from every part of the world. Patong Beach is just two minutes away by tuk-tuk and the finest nightlife on the island awaits, if you can bear to leave your chic room.
Right on the fringes of Bangtao Beach, a stay in Best Western Bangtao Beach Hotel guarantees you peace and relaxation while still being connected to the best bars and restaurants around. The pool offers a swim-up snack bar and families love this place for its kids' activity club, as well as a pool designed just for the youngsters.
Seclusion in sublime surroundings is the name of the game here. You can only access this hotel by boat, as it's tucked away from the world in a gorgeous corner of the Thai coast. Vast pools with micro-waterfalls, countryside walks linked by romantic rope bridges and tropical sea views give the feeling that you've stepped into a storybook.
Tucked next to Tri Trang Beach and just 10 minutes by cab from Patong's vibrant nightlife, Merlin Beach Resort is a good place to be if you're after a mix of activities and downtime on your holiday. The gym, cookery classes and movie nights will keep your body and mind engaged, while massage treatments, a quiet beach to call home and a room by the pool offer comfort with style.
Keeping close to the nightlife is what makes Patong Merlin Hotel appeal to holidaymakers with a zest for life. However the entire hotel is hidden from the wider world by tropical trees and plants, making it a realm all of your own. Huddled around four gorgeous pools, there's a spa so recuperation is always close at hand.
Featuring an artistic personality that still keeps things down to earth, B-Lay Tong is a trendy hotel to see and be seen. Just across the road from Patong Beach and within similar walking distance of the best bars and restaurants in town, the hotel itself gives you the opportunity to dine on both international and traditional Thai cuisine at the B-Hive Gallery, Bar & Restaurant.
This new hotel sits on a vanilla-white beach, with private patio pools and a big communal pool in the middle. Rooms are decorated with a mix of Asian chic and contemporary style. The Big Fish Restaurant underlines the seafood specialisation of this place, but with Phuket's old town just an hour away, you've got plenty to see and do.
At Arinara Bangtao Beach Resort spa therapy and retail therapy are yours to enjoy – it's just 10 minutes from the Laguna Canal Village shopping centre. You can opt for a room with direct swimming pool access and the beach is just minutes from your door, boasting some of the finest shores in Thailand. If you're feeling adventurous, surfing lessons are given just around the corner.
Much loved for its modern penthouse-style design, Cape Sienna Phuket Hotel keeps the creature comforts coming. A rooftop cocktail bar means you're making the most of the views, there's a spa, themed evenings and regular barbecue nights. While daily shuttle buses to Kamala Beach add extra convenience.
With its vibrant toy room, cute chunky exterior and sublime variety of things to do, from swimming to learning Thai boxing, it's easy to understand how Sunsuri Phuket appeals so much to families. The hotel has its own wine cellar for some more sophisticated grown-up entertainment too, and the entire place is nestled close to Nai Harn Beach.