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Where to Stay in Phuket
The island of Phuket is certainly a resort town. Large luxurious hotels line the white beaches of the island’s shores. Although there was a period of rebuilding after the devastating 2004 tsunami that struck the island, many of Phuket’s most lavish accommodations remain intact, providing tourists with access to all that the city has to offer, from its clear warm waters to its many shops and restaurants. If you like to snorkel or swim and don’t mind the crowds, find a hotel near Patong Beach, the island’s most popular spot for water sports. If Patong is too crowded for your tastes, try Karon Beach. For those that want a real tranquil stay, find a secluded resort near Mai Khao Beach.
Phuket Hotel Tips
Phuket has a very severe monsoon season that occurs from May through October. You will definitely want to book your hotel outside of these months. April and November can be pretty wet as well, averaging more than 10 days of rain each, though you may be able to find some discount rates when the weather is more likely to be decent in early April and late November.
The winter months are Phuket’s peak tourist season. So if you’re planning on taking a holiday trip to Thailand, search for available rooms well in advance.
Phuket Hotel Recommendations
If you’re looking for an intimate, romantic getaway, make reservations at the J.W. Marriott Resort. Located on 27 acres of tropical gardens and natural preserved wetlands, the hotel offers guests one of the most secluded stays available on the island. Enjoy the 10-ile stretch of Mai Khao Beach. Swim in of three swimming pools or dip your feet in a freshwater pond. The resort also features a luxurious full-service spa, tennis courts and an onsite cooking school where guests can learn how to make traditional Thai dishes.
For those that’d rather be at the center of the action, look for resorts near Patong Beach. Compare rates at the swank Absolute Bangla Suites, a four-star resort that is home to Climax, one of Phuket’s hippest lounges. Or try Phuket Graceland Resort & Spa, which features a majestic outdoor swimming pool and its own bowling alley.
Or you find accommodations near Karon Beach. The five-star Centara Grand Beach Resort provides guests with private balconies in all rooms, a luxury spa, a swimming pool and tennis courts. The resort also caters to families, boasting a children’s pool, a playroom and a playground.
All flights to Phuket arrive at the Phuket International Airport (HKT). From here, travelers’ best bet to their hotels is either by private taxi, limo or hotel shuttle. Public buses are available as well and can transport passengers throughout the island. Car rentals are usually discouraged as driving around the island can be difficult.
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