With so much glorious coastline to show off, Phuket has some of Thailand's most beautiful beach properties. Rooms with a view are almost impossible not to find at Phuket’s luxury resorts. Private pool villas are something of a specialty here, and Thai hospitality and service are rightly celebrated.
Just 15 minutes from Phuket International Airport on the peaceful northwest coast, Trisara is one of the island's most exclusive resorts, with 48 ocean-facing private villas and a range of two- to six-bedroom residences. All rooms have private pools.
2. The Shore at Katathani
Set on lovely Kata Noi beach, The Shore has 35 seaview pool villas, eight garden-view pool villas and five two-storey pool villas. Guests can enjoy the serenity – no children under 12 allowed – but still access the facilities of sister hotel Katathani Phuket Beach Resort.
3. Katathani Phuket Beach Resort
Guests can choose from beachfront suites in the Thani wing, or the tropical setting of rooms in the Bhumi wing. The resort offers six pools and three jacuzzis, as well as four pools just for children. It's like a self-contained village, with shops, a mini-market and even a health clinic.
4. Amari Phuket
A rare haven of peace on Patong beach, the Amari sits at the southern end of the bay, far enough from all the action to ensure a sense of serenity, but close enough to be just minutes from the hustle and bustle. It has 380 guestrooms and suites, and the renowned La Gritta restaurant.
5. Andara Resort & Villas
Situated on Kamala beach on the west coast, Andara offers both pool villas with three to seven bedrooms, and suites with one to four bedrooms. The villas have private infinity pools. Silk restaurant is highly regarded, as is the resort spa.
6. Point Yamu Resort by Como
Views over Phang Nga Bay are a highlight of this east coast resort on the tip of Cape Yamu. There are 79 rooms and suites as well as 27 pool villas. Perfectly situated for exploration of the Andaman Sea's highlights, Phang Nga and the Phi Phi islands.
7. Indigo Pearl
The concept of this northern Phuket property recalls the days of tin mining on the island. There is a range of suites and villas, including one- and two-bedroom pool villas with private lap pools, saunas and steam rooms. The resort has three pools, two adults only.
8. Vijitt Resort
A lovely east coast property, the family-owned Vijitt offers a range of deluxe and pool villas in a lush tropical setting on Chalong Bay. Baan Vijitt restaurant is in a classical Sino-Portuguese house, while V Spa, overlooking a serene valley, is among Phuket's best.
9. Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villa
Mai Khao is Phuket's longest beach and is fringed by the wilderness of Sirinath National Park. The resort has one-, two- and three-bedroom pool villas and residences, and four restaurants to choose from. Anantara Spa offers six luxurious treatment suites.
10. Cape Panwa Hotel
One of Phuket's earliest luxury hotels, Cape Panwa's setting near the southern tip of the island is quite magical. There is a range of suites and villas, two pools, five restaurants, five bars and a lovely beach. The resort can also arrange yacht charters.