How to Choose a Hotel in Phuket

How to Choose a Hotel in Phuket

By Chris QuanUpdated Nov. 17, 2021

As Phuket provides many choices to stay, decide which area you want to stay first. Do you prefer to stay in party central, a busy market street, or a relaxed and calm place?

Take a look at the budget you prepared for accommodation. If you prefer a cheap hotel near many tourist destinations, just simply choose a hotel within Patong Beach area.

But if you have a big enough budget, enjoy your time at a luxurious hotel which has satisfying facilities like a private beach, bar, gym, pools, spa and sauna.


  • Accommodation prices in Phuket will vary according to the season. Low season is from May to October and peak season from November to April.
  • For low budget travellers and people who love to party, the most suitable area to stay is within Phuket Town, on Patong Beach, Kalim Beach, or Karon Beach.
  • If you go to Phuket with your family and want to enjoy a beautiful beach, staying near Kata Beach is the perfect choice.
  • To enjoy a holiday with your kids, choose Khao Lak Laguna Resort in front of Khao Lak Beach, which offers children’s playground, swimming pools and a jacuzzi.
  • Hotels near Surin Beach and Mai Khao Beach are the most suitable for luxury travellers, people who want an exclusive destination.
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Choosing a Beach

Patong Beach is the main tourist area in Phuket that has plenty of accommodation and shopping, lots of restaurants, a shed load of bars and a beach full of tourists. The beach has a great atmosphere in the day, and there’s always plenty going on to keep the whole family entertained.

Kata beach is a popular stop-over for many tourists; it is well worth renting a scooter or tuk tuk to go and seek it out. Kata Beach is generally better suited for families, no matter what time of year. It has a beautiful palm-lined white sand beach with almost crystal-clear waters.

Bangtao Beach is a stunning 8-kilometer stretch of white sand. The famous Laguna Phuket, one of the largest resort complexes in Asia, would be the best choice to stay for a family vacation in Phuket. It offers seven hotels and resorts which are located a walk away from beautiful Bang Tao beach.

Resort Styles and Average Ranking

Phuket has endless accommodation options. You can choose from backpacker to luxury lover. For backpackers who are looking for cheap accommodation, there is no real need to stay in a backpacker hostel, as private rooms in hotels and guesthouses are relatively cheap. 

For the budget traveller - you can choose a charming little guesthouse that offers a cozy feel, free wi-fi, pool, and sea view at an affordable price; away from the noise but still within walking distance of everything you would want to see.

For the luxury lover - simply choose a resort near Bang Tao Beach, the home to Laguna Phuket which is a great place for luxury. Everything you could want in private is there: beach, bar, gym, pool, golf course. It is not cheap, but it will be worth it.

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Length of Stay and Budget

To enjoy all the entertainment in Phuket, you should at least stay 3 days. But if you stay just for a short time, you can choose hotels which are close to the main tourist destinations. If you stay longer, you can choose a hotel or resort that offers great facilities to be enjoyed.

Asia Highlights’ Handpicked Resorts

Here we give some recommendations for places to stay:

Resorts at Khao Lak Beach

The Waters Khao Lak by Katathani Resort

Rating: 4-star resort

Location: Bang Niang Beach, Takua Pa District, Phang Nga 82190

Features and why we recommend it:

The Sands Khao Lak by Katathani is located right by Bang Niang Beach, only 5 minute walk away. Located in Khao Lak, about 1-hour drive from Phuket International Airport.

There are six swimming pools, a fitness centre, free scheduled shuttle to the beach, a swim-up bar and an on-site pool bar. It also offers stylish rooms with free wi-fi, private balcony, safety box, refrigerator and minibar.

Khao Lak Laguna Resort

Rating: 4-star resort

Location: Khao Lak Beach, Takua Pa District, Phang Nga 82220

Features and why we recommend it:

Khao Lak Laguna Resort is located in front of Khao Lak Beach, a beautiful resort with a unique design of oriental, art between the mountains and the blue ocean. Five-minute walk to Khao Lak centre, one-hour drive to Phuket International Airport

There are eight oriental-style beachfront bungalows with private balcony with ocean or garden view. Guests have access to a day spa, children’s playground, two free-form swimming pools with elevations and a jacuzzi; also available are Thai cooking classes, and healthy activities likes yoga, taichi and muay thai, with professional instructors.

Bangtao & Surin

Arinara Bangtao Beach Resort

Rating: 4-star resort

Location: Bangtao Beach, Cherngtalay, Phuket 83110

Features and why we recommend it:

Arinara Bangtao Beach Resort is located just steps away from the fabulous beach of soft white sand, bordering the sapphire sea on the west coast of Phuket, only a 30-minute drive from Phuket International Airport, close to Phuket Adventure Mini Golf, Masjid Mukaram Bangtao, and Wat Anamai Kasem Temple.

The minimalist design style of clean lines, wooden furnishings and Asian inspired touches create a relaxing atmosphere that perfectly suits the tropical setting.

There is a fitness center, outdoor pool, children's pool and playground. All rooms are air-conditioned with private balcony, minibar, free wi-fi, and safety box.

Twinpalms Phuket

Rating: 5-star resort

Location: Surin Beach Road, Thalang, Phuket 83110

Features and why we recommend it:

Twinpalms Phuket Hotel is located on Phuket’s Millionaires Row, 175 meters from Surin Beach, 25 minutes away from Phuket International Airport, in an area with one of the most beautiful stretches of golden tropical sand in Phuket. It offers you the comfort of a luxury resort, combined with the relaxing tranquillity of a secluded getaway.

There are only 97 luxurious and spacious residences, suites and rooms, featuring a private terrace facing the pool, with garden view. Featuring a private beach, a swimming pool, spa, beauty centre, beach lounge. All contemporary and stylish rooms are air conditioned, and soundproofed.

Kata & Karon

Katathani Phuket Beach Resort

Rating: 5-star resort

Location: Kata Noi Road, Karon, Phuket 83100

Features and why we recommend it:

Katathani Phuket Beach Resort is located 850 meters from Kata Noi Beach, 2.5 kilometers from Kata Porpeang Market, an hour drive from Phuket International Airport, a 30-minute drive to Patong Beach and Promthep Cape.

There are 518 decorated rooms featuring balconies, free wi-fi, refrigerator, and round-the-clock room service. Enjoy six swimming pools and six restaurants, water sports activities, indoor games, fitness centre, spa and sauna.


Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach

Rating: 5-star resort

Location: Tri-Trang Beach, Patong, Phuket 83150

Features and why we recommend it:

Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa is located on a beautiful secluded stretch of white sandy Tri-Trang Beach, set on a lush forested mountain side, in tropical landscaped gardens. Around 4.4 kilometers from Patong Beach and 4.3 kilometers from Bangla Night Street, within a 30-minute drive from Phuket FantaSea and Laem Singh Beach.

The resort offers 414 elegant rooms and suites with luxury bedding, modern technology and a private balcony with scenic views. Resort facilities include three outdoor pools, whirlpool, modern fitness center, eight excellent restaurants, spa, tennis courts, poolside bar, conference space and meeting rooms.

Burasari Resort

Rating: 4-star resort

Location: Patong Beach, Tambon Patong, Amphur Kathu 83150

Features and why we recommend it:

Burasari Phuket is called the ‘tropical oasis’ in Phuket, a serene boutique resort located just 50 meters from Patong Beach, a 40-minute drive from Phuket International Airport, a 10-minute walk to nightlife district Bangla Road.

The resort provides chic interior design, 2 outdoor pools with gentle waterfalls, a bar, a spa and beauty treatments. 186 luxurious rooms with northern and contemporary Thai elegance come with air-conditioning, private balconies or terraces; selected rooms feature direct pool access.

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