One of the best things about life in Singapore is its proximity to so many tropical, beachy getaways. And when it comes to that perfect long weekend away, there’re three things we look for. One; a fancy hotel. Two; pristine swathes of powdery white sand and azure waters. And three; a short flight time. Which is why Phuket in Thailand tops our list of dreamy weekend getaways time and again. Fancy hotels? You betcha! Dreamy beaches? Check! Travel time? One hour! Boom. And as it’s only a quick weekend break it’s always worth splurging on a swish insta-worthy hotel. Need some inspo? Here’re our top picks of the most luxurious places to rest your head next time you jet off to the land of smiles.
In the north-western hills of Phuket, you’ll find this secluded private pool villa beach resort. Each of the stunning villas sit on the tropical hillside staring out to sea. Yup, you can wake up to the shimmering Andaman waters before taking a morning plunge in your very own infinity pool. When you tire of that, head down to the main resort and stroll along the secluded white sandy beach. Your pals will be drooling over your Insta' snaps.
Overlooking the crystal clear waters of Kata Beach, this swanky resort is what minimalist dreams are made of. Think clean lines, luxurious finishing touches, and spacious pool villas that each come with a stunning sea view. And it’s only a short walk to Kata Town (though the resort is so beautiful you probably won’t want to leave!).
Nestled on the calm shores of Nai Yang Beach, and a short drive from the airport, The Slate is an exotic escape from SG life. The suites and villas are jaw-droppingly swish, while the rest of the resort is equally intoxicating. Expect to spend most of your time lounging around the swim-up pool bar, or in one of seven on-site eateries.
Perched atop Cape Panwa in the southeastern tip of Phuket is the stunning Sri Panwa. It’s a tranquil oasis far from the madding crowd. Surrounded by natural jungle and the Andaman Sea, this tropical haven will force you to leave your worries at the front door. Utter bliss!
This tiny island off the east coast of Phuket is home to the divine Naka Island resort. Think glorious beaches, coconut groves, and picturesque views across Phang Nga Bay. A mere 25 minutes from Phuket airport, you could be reclining on a lounger in tropical paradise in no time. We’ve got our eye on the Royal Horizon Pool Villa: #HolidayGoals.
This contemporary resort on Phuket’s east coast is dreamy. The bright, breezy suites and villas are not only zen-inducing, but also have breath-taking views across the glittering ocean. If you’re a spa junkie, you’ll be pleased to hear that the COMO Shambhala Retreat awaits. Looking for total relaxation? This is your place.
A more idyllic pocket of paradise you’d be hard-pressed to find. Go all out with a stay at the truly spectacular Six Senses Yao Noi resort. Located between Phuket and Krabi it takes a little longer to reach, but when you arrive (via speedboat, no less), the extra miles are totally justified. Yes, it’s pricey, but for a special occasion it doesn’t get more luxurious than this.
Because who doesn’t want to stay in the most glamorous treehouse ever? The jungly villas and houses perched on the mountainside are little pods of luxury. Arguably the most unique resort in Phuket, it’s an enchanting wonderland close to Kamala Beach.
If peace and quiet is what you’re after, Amanpuri (which translates as 'place of peace') is your mecca. The pavilions and villas nestled in the hillside are elegant and contemporary in design, and overlook a private swathe of white sandy beach. Heaven.
Meaning ‘heaven’ in Thai, Paresa is truly that. It’s remote cliffside location keeps things private and each villa boasts uninterrupted views out to sea. Though there is a shuttle that runs regularly to connect you with Kamala beach and the town, we’d be happy staying holed up in this luxurious cocoon!
Now your accommodation is sorted, all you need to worry about is how to pass the time. For that, check out Klook and it’s array of brilliant suggestions and itineraries of things to do in Phuket. What’s more, purchase a Klook Fuzzie gift card and you’ll currently receive 15% instant cashback*.
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