Paradise found in Phuket
Phuket, nicknamed the Pearl of the Andaman, is Thailand's biggest island, connected to the west coast of the mainland by a series of bridges. It's home to some delicious traditional restaurants, as well as burnt-orange sunsets, luxury resorts, hidden gem attractions, and some of the best diving sites in the world.
Not many islands can boast as many sandy beaches and clear waters as Phuket can. The winding coastal roads along the west coast offer stunning views and easy access to pristine beaches. Whether you want to sample the wild pace of Patong or find peace on a remote stretch of sand in the north, Phuket's got a beach for you no matter your tastes. Many also have nearby restaurants or wandering food sellers, so there's no need to interrupt your bronzing for lunch.
Things to do
Take a trip to Phang Nga Bay:
Phang Nga Bay is unique, characterised by sheer limestone cliffs and emerald-green waters. The park's most famous rock formation is James Bond Island, which starred in The Man with the Golden Gun back in the '70s. Taking a boat trip to this national marine park is an essential must-do for visitors to Phuket.
Escape to Phi Phi Island:
A 90-minute ferryboat ride from Phuket is Phi Phi Island. Here, you'll find yourself surrounded by classic beaches, stunning rock formations, and vivid turquoise waters teeming with colourful marine life - Phi Phi Island is simply paradise perfected.
Shop in Phuket old town:
Fancy a morning or late afternoon wander? Sino-Portuguese trinkets, Buddhist and Chinese shrines, cool cafés and funky, quaint shops in the most unlikely places will surprise and delight you in the heart of Phuket's sleepy capital. The unique blend of colonial and Chinese architecture in Phuket's Old Town makes for a fascinating and unforgettable stroll. Expect the unexpected and don't forget your camera.
Explore Bangla Road, Patong:
Considering a late night? Make your way to Patong's Bangla Road, which is lined with typical Thai neon bars and nightclubs. From 9pm onwards the town is buzzing - and it doesn't stop until the early hours, living up to its reputation as the nightlife centre of Phuket.
Located on the Phuket's sheltered north coast, the Indigo Pearl resort offers chic accommodation, set against the backdrop of a tropical rainforest. Choose from an array of luxury suites or opt for a Pool Pavilion with your very own plunge pool. Sample the mouthwatering cuisine and admire the innovative design of the Black Ginger floating restaurant or relax in one of Phuket's finest spas, the Coqoon Spa. Fitness and wellbeing forms an important part of the resort's life and you can enjoy regular yoga and pilates classes, work-out in the gym or hire a bike and explore the island. The resort has three swimming pools, one dedicated to families, who will also enjoy the Kids Club with fun-packed programme of activities.
Set on the beautiful white sands of Kata Noi Beach, the Katathani Phuket Beach Resort is the perfect retreat to relax. Rooms and suites are simplistic and spacious, decorated in soft neutral tones, some of which have oversized bathtubs and walk-in showers. Guests will be spoilt for choice with six swimming pools, four children's pools and three Jacuzzis® as well as a range of activities including tennis, yoga and golf putting greens. Complete your stay by pampering yourself at the Tew Son Spa with a garden massage overlooking the spectacular turquoise ocean.
Situated on a secluded area of Karon Beach, the Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket is the perfect escape for couples and families alike. Designed in a Sino-Portuguese style, all rooms and suites feature a balcony or terrace some of which come with a view of the Andaman Sea. For a little added luxury, upgrade to a room or suite with a private outdoor Jacuzzi® or plunge pool. Kid's can enjoy the on-site waterpark featuring a pool, slides, water features and a lazy river whilst the adults can relax in the award winning SPA Cenvaree.
Located in a quite corner of south-east Phuket, the Cape Panwa hotel offers luxury accommodation, a great choice of restaurants and a private beach. Contemporary in style, the rooms are light and airy and provide a range of options including Family Suites with separate bedrooms and outdoor whirlpool as well a luxurious Pool Villas with their very own private infinity pools. Sample the mouthwatering cuisine in five different restaurants, including Thai and Italian and enjoy a refreshing drink and upbeat live music with old friends and new at the Lighthouse pub. The Cape spa is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate with a range of treatments, as well as a sauna and whirlpool and the two swimming pools and private beach offer plenty of opportunities to try a variety of watersports.
Located along Phuket's north west coast between lush green forests of Sirinath National Park and the island's longest beach Mai Khao, the Anantara Phuket Villas are sure to impress. 91 luxury villas are dotted around the resort, resembling a traditional Thai village, all finished to a high standard with contemporary furnishings and private pools. The inviting infinity pool is a perfect place to relax with a swim-up bar serving refreshing drinks and tasty snacks. The tantalising dining options range from seafood barbecues to Italian classics and for a truly unique experience, be sure to try the Thai tapas in The Tree House restaurant, accessed by a spiral staircase wrapped around an ancient Banyan tree. A visit to the Anantara Spa is also a must, whilst the Elephant tracking trip is a great way to explore the surrounding jungle.
The Sovereign Standard
To help you choose your perfect holiday we have rated all of our hotels using our own system.
Classical Sovereign hotels are more modest hotels offering charm and character, or an exceptional location. Many of these hotels have been firm favourites with Sovereign customers for countless years and offer great value for money.
Luxury Collection hotels offer everything you would expect to go hand in hand with a luxury holiday. They offer high standards of service and attention to all those important little details.
Exclusive Collection hotels provide the ultimate luxury; they are the finest, most opulent hotels offering superlative service and excellent facilities, which will satisfy the needs of even the most discerning traveller.
Family Collection hotels are some of the finest family-friendly resorts and offer a wide range of facilities for both children and parents. Families can enjoy a whole host of amenities including fun kid's clubs, a dedicated children's pool and spacious accommodation.