Thailand is definitely one of my favorite destination to travel in Asia, a tropical paradise with lush forests, white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters.
It is a rather big country that has so much to offer – from the cool mountains in the North to the ruins of Ayutthaya and from the bustling city of Bangkok to the beautiful islands in the Andaman. The beautiful cities and islands provide travelers with the perfect escape one is looking for.
Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and it is located an hour by flight away from Bangkok. The beautiful island in the Andaman Sea, with beautiful white sandy beaches, coves and bays is one of the Thailand’s top destinations.
The island is a magnet for tourist from all over the world, with plenty of accommodation to cater to all segment of travelers, including some ultra-luxurious and uber-exclusive hotels.
Compiling this list is not easy, as there are so many of these exclusive resorts in the area, so narrowing down the Top 15 is a tough challenge for us too.
Iniala Beach House is one of the most luxurious boutique designer hotel in the world, and its located at the golden edges of Natai Beach on the mainland across from Sarasin Bridge.
High on design, the 10 different rooms at Iniala have been crafted by 10 different internationally renowned artists and designers. The rooms are divided across three villas and one out of this world 415 sqm penthouse in different themes – futuristic, boudoir, desert and Buddhism.
Each of the rooms is completely different and extraordinary in its own way; the penthouse has that sci-fi “floating” furniture while the Collector’s villa wows you with walls clad in broken Celadon ceramics and Villa Siam on the other hand is a Thai inspired maximalist fantasy with and exquisite golden dome spa chamber. In contrast, Iniala Shores, a collection of four five-bedroom villas, are calm uncluttered affairs with enormous Ibiza-esque white spaces and huge turquoise infinity pools that roll straight onto the beach.
Each of the suites at Iniala Beach House comes with their own personal butler, chauffeur, spa therapist, fitness instructor and chef while the meals are personalized according to your own preferences.
This resort is so exclusive that the Kardashians booked up the resort for one of the vacations to Thailand.
Keemala Phuket is definitely one of the most instagrammed resort in Phuket, with its highly unusual architecture.
Shaded by an enchanted canopy of rainforest overlooking the Kamala Village, the resort’s 38 exclusive villas are designed for guests wanting a rustic, yet lavish glamping experience.
The iconic villas here are those two-floor villas built in the canopy with half moon private pool as well as the bird’s nest villas with grand terraces.
Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas is a 91-villa uber-luxury property with gorgeous private pool villas that is spread around expansive grounds for maximum privacy. This Southern-Thai designed property boast intricate wood carved open-air pavilions, reflection pools and pagoda-style structures. Thick clusters of palm trees and enormous ferns add to the tropical vibe of the resort.
The standout feature at Anantara Mai Khao Phuket is definitely its infinity swimming pool. Exceptional landscaping details within the pool includes submerged islands of trees and plants, turtles statues that spit water into the pool and geometrical cut-out with submerged jets surrounded by clusters of comfy lounge chairs under chic white umbrellas.
Trisara in Sanskrit means “The Garden in the Third Heaven” is one of the most luxurious properties in Phuket. This is a resort that constantly gets on Phuket’s Top 10 list and it never fails to amaze.
Guests are privately chauffeured from the airport to the resort which boast a private golden-sand beach in a sheltered cove, infinity pool, three restaurants, and beautiful accommodations with private pools and picturesque views of the Andaman Sea.
Each of its 37 villas have an eye-popping Andaman Sea views and are so generously spaced apart. Huge terraces come with dining tables, over-sized loungers and bright-blue infinity pools, while inside each earth-toned villas are found glossy woods furnishing that are coupled with tasteful Thai artworks, bowls of lotus flowers and spa-like bathrooms complete with dressing areas and outdoor showers.
The Naka Island is a luxurious property consisting of 67 earthly, organic-shaped villas with private courtyards, private pool and giant outdoor soaking tubs nestled among lovely beaches and lush coconut groves in the small island Naka Yai 10 minutes off from Phuket.
Guests can embrace a laid-back island life, rejuvenate at Spa Naka, lounge on the resort’s private beach, swim in the very large beachfront lagoon-style pool overlooking the turquoise sea, or settle in for the sunset with an innovative cocktail or custom-blended juice from the resort’s spectacular Z-bar.
The resort’s terrific spa is tucked into a garden like hideaway, free of all distractions and dedicated to guests’ well-being. You can choose from an array of signature indigenous botanical treatments, each performed by expert therapists but I would highly recommend the signature Watsu treatment, a 60-minute-aquatic therapy with combination of shiatsu pressure points, gentle stretches and the absence of gravity to help alleviate all your aches and pains.
The resort sits right on a private sandy white beach and bordered by clam turquoise waters which you can explore with kayak, stand-up paddle-board or catamaran. Umbrellas and sun loungers lined the beach while food and beverage services are made available for guests.
All the 67 private villas are wrapped within high walls draped with thick jungle greenery. Stepping stone paths will lead you to your stylish villas in smooth clay floors and walls, rounded corners, sunken dining areas and netted beds, with outdoor bathroom consisting of large soaking tub and private steam room.
This is a perfect resort for those looking to get a quiet tropical beach vacation with hardly any crowd.
Kata Rocks is one of the best five-star luxury villas Phuket has to offer and features a seductive blend of style, serenity, signature Thai hospitality and island comfort.
Located on a hill in the south-end of Kata Beach, Kata Rocks is so beautifully designed in its white-on-white minimalist concept from white linens to the iconic white umbrellas shading the white sunbeds overlooking a white tiled pool.
Kata Rock’s award winning exterior design gives you that sensation of floating on a luxury yacht with futuristic nautical influence, tinted glass windows framed with sleek louvre window panels that wrap around the buildings on three sides.
One of the star attraction of Kata Rocks is definitely its high-tech Infinite Luxury Spa which offers a much broader range of treatments other than the typical massages. You have a selection of the facials, Thai and Kundolini massages, mud wraps and body scrubs but you should book yourself in for a chromo-therapy treatment, in which a “floating massage”, performed on a warm water bed, is accompanied by different colors of light designed to relax and rejuvenate.
Kata Rocks Resort no doubt is quickly making a name for itself as one of Phuket’s most fashionable luxurious resorts.
COMO Point Yamu is a stylish luxury contemporary resort located at the tip of Cape Yamu offering a 360 degree spectacular Andaman Sea view and the dramatic limestones of Phang Nga Bay.
Guests at the resort can choose from a sexy 100-meters long swimming pool, lined with white and blue loungers overlooking the emerald-green sea, or head-out on a speedboat a private stretch of beach where one will find the Como Beach Club.
The Como Shambala spa is one of the best on the island for a deeply relaxing massage.
Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Amanpuri Phuket enjoys world-famous reputation for its personal services, an extensive variety of activities and delectable cuisine.
Amanpuri which means “City of Peace” in Sanskrit is a resort nestled in a coconut plantation overlooking a sheltered bay in the Andaman Sea. Private villas grace the peninsula affording guests spectacular views, while other facilities include a Beach Club and lap pool, a hillside gym and spa and a number of restaurants, situated in picturesque locations around the resort.
The sincere and heartfelt service creates the ambiance of a welcoming private home where guests can relax and rejuvenate in beautiful natural surrounds.
This is truly a luxury resort that radiates the warmth and spirit of the Thai culture.
The 56 all-villa resort of Six Senses Yao Noi sets one of the highest benchmark for island resort living in Asia with attention to detail and focus on the unique destination further encapsulating the Six Senses hallmark rustic style and barefoot luxury vibe.
Guests to Six Senses Yao Noi are guaranteed an escape to a romantic hideaway in the spacious thatch-roofed villa cascading across the hillside in Koh Yai Noi with superb bay views.
The Six Senses Yao Noi’s attractive and airy villas maximize natural light with floor-to-ceiling windows with a terrace framed with tropical greenery and a nicely sized private infinity pool lined with elegant loungers and daybeds. The interiors are dominated by beautiful wooden floorboards and chunky pine-wood bedside tables and fixtures. The high thatch-style ceilings and dark-wood wall paneling add to the sense of elegant indulgence. Bathroom is romantic, with sunken window-facing bathtub adjacent to daybed upholstered in stunning yellow and a rain shower complemented by an outdoor shower is surrounded by elegant gray wood panels.
With its honey-colored beaches, spectacular hilltop infinity pool, thatched sala pavilions and serene Zen garden spa, Six Senses is a tropical island dream scene. Golf buggies zip guests up and down the hillside, while bicycles, kayaks and boats are available to explore local villages and secluded seashores at your own pace.
Andara Resort and Villas is one of the most expensive resort in Phuket, but with the price tag comes many extras like private chefs and access to a customized yacht.
Andara Resorts is a smaller property but the villas and suites are well laid-out for privacy and maximum views of the Andaman Sea and Kamala Beach below. On the exterior, the resort is lushly landscaped with palm trees and hanging greens over rock walls while the impressive lobby is accessed by a short flight of steps that leads to mahogany floors accented with floor-to-ceiling wooden pillars with small reflection pools, running water features and cast iron pots hold white orchids.
All of the 63 villas and suites at Andara Resort have the option of a private chef and each is super spacious. Pool Villas will have the best views of the Andaman Sea and comes with bedrooms that open directly onto pool terraces. Indoor and outdoor showers, lavish dining and living spaces, and modern appliances make the villas more than comfortable.
The Shore at Katathani is an upscale, adult only 36-room villa resort that caters mainly to couples and honeymooners. Tucked away in a secluded cove along Kata Noi Beach, The Shore at Katathani prize itself on its intimate collection of private pool villa hideaways built within lush, palm-filled gardens where couples can experience the ultimate blend of luxurious seclusion and boundless space.
The intended atmosphere at The Shore at Katathani is relaxed, uncluttered, and beach-inspired. The hotel includes a small gym, library and spa with the main attraction being a gorgeous stretch of soft white powdery sand beach that curves gently from a rock outcropping at the far end of Kata Noi Beach.
The Shore at Katathani is a resort definitely worthy of being on this list.
Nested along a 600m beachfront at Emerald Bay, the 71 pavilions and villas Rosewood Phuket is an exquisite tropical beach hideaway of innovative design with subtle Thai influences that blends organically into its lush natural landscape.
This is one of the most expensive luxury resort to be built in Thailand to date with about half of its budget spent on ecologically sound architecture and sustainable practices such as 100 percent rainwater harvesting, coral reef restoration to one of the largest solar energy system in Phuket and roof gardens to naturally help cool the interiors.
Asaya, the Rosewood world class concept spa, is already one of the best wellness facility in a country offering not only than massages but also life and relationship coaching, holistic bodywork therapies and bespoke retreats designed to help you eat, sleep and generally be a happier more well-rounded person.
Rosewood Resort indeed is an epitome of luxury island living in Phuket
Sri Panwa Phuket has always been a perfect synonym for glamour, fun and amazing vibes in context to Phuket. The resort and villas has one of the most beautiful contemporary Thai interiors as well as a completely international crowd.
Spread across the discreet jungle-covered peninsula in the southeast of Phuket, Sri Panwa has three swimming pools, a beach, a spa, excellent restaurants and the renowned Baba Nest.
The 52 standalone villas ranging from airy one-bedrooms to extravagant five-bedroom mansions with large private swimming pools are generously positioned around the jungle-covered hillside ensuring absolute privacy for the guest while the newly added Habita wing, on the other hand, is a more sociable affair with 10 penthouses and 20 ocean view suites grouped together around a pretty hillside swimming pool.
Sri Panwa is no doubt the most happening luxurious resort in Phuket.
Paresa means “heaven of heavens” in Thai and with a host of “angels” offering immaculate services, infinity pool that lit up with twinkling LED lights at night and a panoramic view of the Andaman Sea over the Millionaire Mile, Paresa Resort Phuket is truly your heaven on earth.
An ultra-stylish, boutique hotel, Paresa Resort pays extra attention to minimalist detail. Guests enter the property through a paved stone-walled courtyard, and is a greeted with a bang on an antique Burmese gong, cold towels and a cup of refreshing lemongrass tea before being led out onto a gold-tiled platform for a picturesque panoramic view of the Andaman. The semi-opened lobby is of a bland minimalist design with minimal furniture but one that would befits a high-end spa.
The resort’s 49 over-the-top luxury villas are designed with high attention to privacy, comfort, and ocean views in mind with each villa in slightly different layout, size, and features. Each of the luxurious villa has its own gorgeous infinity-edge pool that overlooks the Andaman Sea and a furnished balcony.
Paresa Resort definitely lived up to its moniker of the heaven of heavens.
The Racha is a luxurious eco-chic island resort set on a pristine white beach on Koh Racha Yai, 20 km off Phuket. A 35-minute boat ride from Phuket will get you to the island where you will be greeted with the sight of white-washed villas built with clean lines, one with the natural surroundings of the tropical landscape and water.
The island is known for its natural beauty with excellent corals and stunning marine life. Some of the 85 luxurious villas comes with private pools and spacious outdoor bathrooms including the iconic five-story, two-bedroom Lighthouse with 360 degree views of the island.
The features at The Racha cater to adults who enjoy sun, swimming, and outdoor activities. There are two outdoor swimming pools, one overlooking the beach is rectangular-shaped with floating potted plants for the tropical ambiance while the freeform garden pool is more secluded and accented with a waterfall feature and submerged benches.
This conclude our list of the Top 15 Most Luxurious Resort in Phuket to stay in 2020. Do give us your comment on our list as you stay and enjoy at these resorts.