Long Tailed Boat at beach, Phuket, Thailand


The cosmopolitan island of Phuket is located in the south of Thailand and is the country’s most popular island. It is where the lush forests of the south meet with the luscious waters of the Andaman Sea and draw travellers from afar to relax, rejuvenate and unwind.

The seemingly endless beaches are dotted with restaurants serving the best in local cuisine, a highlight of any holiday to Thailand.

Accommodation on the island can range from simple local style hotels to exquisite resorts and spas with many plush additions such as private beaches, including The Sarojin, Anantara and Six Senses Yao Noi. Phuket seems to offer something for everyone, making it a perfect holiday destination for almost every kind of traveller; it is a place to relax and unwind and simply take in the magnificent surroundings and let thoughts of everyday life drift away.


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Snorkelling, Andaman Sea, Thailand

Similan Islands Snorkelling

Spend the day exploring the Similan Islands National Marine Park – an archipelago in the Andaman Sea off the southwest coast of the country. One of the best snorkelling spots in Thailand, do it in style with a private yacht charter.

Villa in Puket, Thailand

Hire a Private Villa

Hire a private, staffed villa with friends and family for a stay of pure Thai comfort and hospitality.

Longtail Boats, Maya Bay, Phi Phi Leh Island, Krabi, Thailand

Picnic on the Beach

Bundle up an beach blanket, a basket full of food and wine and a sun umbrella before being whisked by private boat to a deserted island for a beach picnic.

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Ariel View, Six Senses Yao Noi, Krabi, Thailand

Thai Massage

Spend the morning enjoying the breakfast at the Six Senses Yao Noi followed by a lesson in Thai massage.

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

The Sarojin £££££

  • Thailand
  • Beach and Island Escapes

The Sarojin is a smart boutique property with 56 rooms and views over the lotus pond, infinity pool or gardens. Home to white-sand beaches, beautiful gardens and an infinity pool make the Sarojin the perfect recipe for a beach stay.

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The Surin Phuket £££££

  • Thailand
  • Beach and Island Escapes

The Surin is located at Pansea Bay in north Phuket on one of the loveliest beaches in Phuket. The 102 Thai style thatched cottages are scattered across the hillside and most have spectacular sea views. With the dramatic black swimming pool, tennis courts, a lovely spa and water sports, the Surin is a stunning choice in an idyllic location.

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Anantara Layan Phuket Resort £££££

  • Thailand
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Anantara Layan Phuket Resort sits on a secluded section of Layan beach on the northwest coast of Phuket island. The 30 rooms and suites are nestled into the jungle covered hillside and a further 47 pool villas sit level with the beach. All are spacious and bright with a private balcony making the most of the beach and garden views. To keep busy there is a good selection of water sports, tennis, an excellent kids club and plenty of chance to relax by pool or at the spa.

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Elephant Hills, Khao Sok £££££

  • Thailand
  • Tented Camps

Elephant Hills, and its sister property, the floating Rainforest Camp, are both found in the lush green landscapes of Khao Sok National Park, a mere two hours from Phuket. Both combine comfortable but rustic tents, more akin to Africa than Thailand with proper beds, ensuite showers and a small terrace with hammocks. While staying here guests walk and hike, spot wildlife or explore the mangroves by canoe but the focus here is all about the elephant, working hard to prevent human-elephant conflict, care of former logging elephants or those working in the tourist industry.

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Amanpuri £££££

  • Thailand
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Amanpuri is one of the most exclusive hotels in Phuket. The accommodation is exquisitely designed in a traditional Thai style while retaining a simple luxury, typical of Aman. The beach is one of the best on the island and various water sports are available. Each pavilion offers huge amounts of space and fabulous views over the Andaman Sea, the dining options are eclectic and divine, and the spa is huge offering extensive wellness treatments.

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Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas £££££

  • Thailand
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Resembling a traditional southern Thai village, the Anantara Mai Khao is in northern Phuket and home to 91 beautifully designed villas, sitting on a long stretch of beach. With various villa types everyone is well catered for from one bedroom villas to pool villas sleeping up to six, perfect for families. The choice of restaurants includes the unique Tree House, which wraps itself around an old banyan tree. The Anantara Spa has open-air treatment rooms, the secluded M Beach Club offers an Ibiza vibe and children are catered for at the Jakka Kids Club.

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Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz.

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