Each year, travellers of all ages are repeatedly lured to the kingdom of Thailand for its vibrancy.
Phuket is Thailand’s largest island boasting a mix of festivity and commercialism, while the capital city of Bangkok is where you can chat to lively locals and visit the colourful street markets by day and night.
Dubbed the 'Pearl of the South', Phuket is located in the Andaman Sea off Thailand's west coast and is connected to the mainland by the Sarasin Bridge. The island’s landscape is incredibly diverse, with rocky and sandy beaches, tall cliffs, forests, waterfalls and temples.
With regards to accommodation, Phuket caters to all, with a variety of simple guesthouses and hostels to modern resorts and luxury hotels.
Visitors have a plethora of activities that they can take part in, such as mountain biking, bungy jumping, golf, diving and elephant trekking.
A variety of tours offer day trips to the cliffs of nearby Phang Nga Bay, Koh Phi Phi, and the beaches and islands around Krabi. The island is also a haven for shoppers and boasts a pumping nightlife featuring karaoke and live bands.
For travellers who wish to unwind by doing absolutely nothing – here is a list of some popular Phuket resorts, there are so many more!
Banthai Beach Resort & Spa
The Banthai Beach Resort & Spa is beautiful situated amongst lush tropical gardens that inspire tranquillity and contemplation. The rooms themselves use traditional Thai architectural designs as inspiration to ensure a rewarding cultural experience. There are three free-form swimming pools, a Jacuzzi and fitness centre for guests.
Centara Karon Resort
Overlooking the adjacent Karon Beach, the Centara Karon Resort has a terrific kids club to make sure that younger members of the family are well catered for. Kids of all ages will enjoy the swimming pools and the tennis courts. After a busy day relaxing, enjoy a delicious meal at the Lotus Restaurant.
Kata Beach Resort and Spa
For the ultimate in relaxation, chill under an umbrella in the beautifully-landscaped grounds of the Kata Beach Resort and Spa or head across to the Kata Beach to appreciate the true beauty of the Island. For those who wish to splurge, consider staying in the Grand Pool Access suite – there is direct access from the room to a private fresh-water swimming pool.
Merlin Beach Resort
Coconut palms and tropical gardens are a welcome feature of the Merlin Beach Resort. With an emphasis on peace and tranquillity, the rooms within the complex either have a view of the central pool or out over the ocean. The kids club is a terrific way for the younger travellers to enjoy their Thai holiday.
Patong Resort Hotel
The Patong Resort Hotel is a terrific option for travellers who wish to enjoy the facilities associated with a resort but who wish to explore the famed night life of Patong. A standout feature of the Patong Resort is the lobby that boasts Chino-Portugese inspired architecture. After you’ve checked in – head to the herbal steam or enjoy tennis on the courts.
Phuket also has its own airport, which makes it easy to get to and from Bangkok. It is just over an hour by jet from Bangkok or Singapore, with daily connections scheduled to most major Asian airports.