Tue. Jan 31st, 2023

Phuket needs little introduction. Located in the Andaman Sea, Thailand’s largest island is blessed with lush mountains, white-sand beaches and luxurious resorts, making it one of Asia’s most iconic destinations. Thanks to its warm weather and convenient connections with international airports, Phuket is an ideal destination to visit throughout the year, though sunbathers will want to visit during the dry season when sunshine and blue skies abound between the months of November to March.

With an extended surface surpassing 200 sq miles, choosing where to base yourself is important. And with hundreds of chic hideaways and all-inclusive resorts, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Here are our picks of the best luxury hotels in Phuket and the nearby island of Koh Yao Noi.

V Villas Phuket

Located on Cape Panwa, the southeastern point of Phuket, V Villas Phuket is a newcomer to the luxury hotel scene and has quickly become one of the most popular places in town. Perched on a hilltop overlooking the pretty Ao Yon Bay, V Villas Phuket is a colorful, design-forward hotel that will appeal to a young, hip crowd. The property has 19 private pool villas with bright, airy bedrooms and comfortable living areas. Each suite is seamlessly integrated with the outdoors, whether you have a sea-facing or hill-facing suite. The personalized 24-hour butler service is impeccable, and a private buggy is available around the clock to escort you around the property.

V Villas is just a short walk to the beach, and the resort’s proximity to attractions like Phuket Old Town and the Big Buddha makes it a nice place to unwind while still being able to reach the main sites with a short taxi ride. Akoya Star Lounge, the hotel’s rooftop bar is a stylish hangout with 360-degree views of the bay. Come by for hip DJ sets, creative cocktails and a tapas-inspired menu before dining at the downstairs Yon Ocean House. This chic, Art-deco inspired restaurant serves Thai and European specialties like yellow curry with local crab, and black ink risotto with tiger prawns and shiitake mushrooms.


One of the world’s most legendary hotels, Phuket was the birthplace of the Aman brand in 1988 with the opening of Amanpuri. Nestled in a coconut grove on the sea, the hotel is a true oasis on the western coast of Phuket, and the epitome of elegance. Its open courtyards and reflecting swimming pools flanked by traditional pavilions invoke a true sense of place and make you feel far away from the rest of the world. The word Amanpuri means “place of peace” in Sanskrit, and the hotel truly lives up to its name.

The property’s architecture was inspired by the ancient Buddhist capital of Ayutthaya and launched an aesthetic that has set Aman apart from its competitors for over 30 years. Guests can book bijoux pavilions located along raised walkways that snake through the jungle, or spacious villas with up to nine bedrooms and private pools. Amanpuri is set on a large, sandy beach dotted with sun loungers and cabanas: enjoy cocktails and savory treats at the Beach Terrace restaurant before lingering at the Sunset Terrace to watch the sky turns pink, purple and blue in front of you. Amanpuri’s restaurants have flavors that span the globe: Buabok features specialties from southern Thailand, Nama celebrates Japanese washoku, and Arva serves Italian classics. Amanpuri can also arrange private dining on the beach by candlelight for an unforgettable evening.

COMO Point Yamu

Named for its location on Phuket’s eastern Cape Yamu, COMO Point Yamu is a sleek hotel with 106 bedrooms, suites and private villas. With bright interiors offering uninterrupted views of the sea, the hotel will appeal to aesthetes who appreciate minimalist design and getting away from it all. Suites are designed by Paola Navone and play with turquoise nautical designs and burnt red accents, a nod to Thai Buddhist iconography and Phuket’s Peranakan culture. The crowning glory of COMO Point Yamu is undoubtedly its expansive terrace with a swimming pool with 360-degree views of the famed Phang Nga Bay.

With its grand halls, manicured lawns and numerous meeting rooms, the hotel is versatile and well suited for weddings and corporate retreats. The hotel has two dining options: La Sirena, a relaxed, all-day restaurant offering Italian comfort dishes, and Nahmyaa, perfect for a romantic dinner of Thai specialties, from noodle soups and curries to stir-fried dishes. Don’t miss booking a spa day at Shambhala, COMO Point Yamu’s beautiful spa which offers holistic treatments from foot acupressure and detoxifying skin treatments to deep tissue massages.

The Naka Island

An idyllic resort located on a secluded island, The Naka Island lies just a 10-minute speedboat ride from Phuket and is perfect for couples and families looking for privacy and the comforts of an all-inclusive resort. The hotel’s 67 villas and 23 rooms feature spacious private gardens with swimming pools and bungalows designed for lounging, playing chess or enjoying a taste of in-villa dining. The property was designed with sustainability in mind — smooth clay walls, wooden thatched roofs and open-air bathrooms immerse guests in the outdoors. The Naka Island is a hotel that truly conveys the essence of tropical living and barefoot luxury.

Guests can enjoy on-site experiences like spa treatments and cooking classes, or take a boat tour to the Phi Phi Islands. Bicycles are also provided so guests can venture off the resort and bike around Naka, a colorful island with a small, local community. The resort has three restaurants serving a range of cuisines to please all palates. My Grill, The Naka Island’s signature beach restaurant, focuses on locally caught seafood and premium steaks imported from Australia, while Tonsai serves Thai dishes in a laid-back setting.

Where To Stay On Koh Yao Noi

Set 5km off the coast of Phuket, Koh Yao Noi is a true island paradise and a great alternative for travelers looking for a smaller-town feel and quiet pace of life. Home to only 6,000 people, it’s easy to cruise by moped and offers visitors more accommodation options than its larger sister, Koh Yao Yai, with a calmer atmosphere than Phuket. Here’s where we recommend staying on the island.

Six Senses Yao Noi

An ecological retreat nestled among the treetops, the Six Senses Yao Noi is one of the “greenest” luxury hotels in Thailand, in all senses of the word. The property has 56 plush treehouse pool villas and suites with dramatic views of the ocean and surrounding jungle. The Six Senses Yao Noi prides itself on its friendly, personalized service so each room comes with its own Guest Experience Maker who is on-call 24/7 via app to escort you throughout the property, bring you extra cushions or book a spa treatment for you. Perched on the highest point of the property, The Hilltop restaurant serves contemporary international and Thai dishes beside an infinity pol that overlooks the impressive limestone pinnacles of Phang Nga Bay.

A stay at the Six Senses Yao Noi promises to not only provide relaxation but also personal enrichment. With sustainability at its heart, the Six Senses Yao Noi has designed unique experiences to help re-generate the island’s tropical flora, fauna and people. You can pick fresh eggs at the chicken farm, kayak through mangroves, try your hand at Batik painting classes and take Muay Thai lessons right on the beach. The property also seeks to uplift the island’s community by coordinating island cleanups and volunteering at a local school.

Cape Kudu Hotel

A charming boutique hotel that merges coastal chic with tropical island style, Cape Kudu Hotel is a great place to stay for city-dwellers who are looking to slow down to island time. Part of Thailand’s premier luxury chain of hotels and serviced apartments, the hotel embodies warm, Thai hospitality, though the decor will have you swearing you were vacationing in Cape Cod. Cozy bedrooms with whitewashed wooden furnishings and balconies with rope hammocks complete the beach aesthetic and will make you feel right at home. The property has two swimming pools, a reading room with pool table and an intimate spa for relaxing treatments.

Overlooking the swimming pool, the Hornbill Restaurant serves Thai and Mediterranean dishes, while the next-door Café Kantary, a pâtisserie-wine-bar-gelateria, offers gourmet bites for lunch. The hotel lies just steps from the beach, giving you easy access to boat tours of the bay. Be sure to book a morning excursion on a traditional longtail boat: you’ll start with a floating breakfast before stopping at the picturesque Hong Island for sunbathing and climbing up to the lookout point for one of the most incredible panoramas in all of Thailand.

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