Beach Lovers Rejoice
Beach lovers rejoice, whether you are in search of water sports, some downtime on tree-fringed beaches or a swim in the calm waters of a remote bay, Phuket has it all. Travellers to this tropical island are spoilt for choice with a diverse array of offerings from the popular west coast to the more secluded east coast. There are over 30 beaches in Phuket, and each beach has its own unique character.
With the reopening of Phuket on 1st July 2021, beach lovers can now discover plentiful opportunities to sunbathe, swim, or snorkel at their favourite beaches. Accor offers an extensive collection of hotels and resorts across the island with access to a diverse array of beaches, from the economical ibis hotels, the midscale Novotel offerings and premium settings of Pullman and MGallery.
The atmosphere of Panwa Beach is one of total relaxation – ideal for a peaceful escape. It is located on the south-eastern tip of the island, away from the hustle and bustle of the west coast. Sunbathers can unwind amidst the picturesque views overlooking the crystal waters of the Andaman Sea. Its calm, shallow waters make it ideal for those who want a relaxing time in the water. The wide bay makes for an ideal sunset walk.
Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort is nestled in a cove overlooking the broad palm-lined arc of Makham Bay. The hotel’s private stretch of sand features rich natural life with of over 100 sea species and during low tide, guests can take a unique ‘Marine Walk’ to explore the diverse array of aquatic life up close. During the high tide, guests can enjoy water sports such as kayaking, paddle boarding, windsurfing, and Hobie wave sailing. Rates start from Bt2,723 net per room per night.
Meanwhile, sand, sea and serenity are three words that describe Naithon Beach. Unlike some of the other popular Phuket beaches, Naithon is a small, pristine shore, which can be walked from end to end within ten minutes. It is often described as a hidden gem as it can feel like a secret little paradise for those fortunate enough to discover it. Located in the northern reaches of Phuket, only 12 minutes’ drive from Phuket Airport, this remote beach allows travellers to start their vacation sooner and enjoy it a little longer.
Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach is perched on the headland overlooking the Andaman Sea above Naithon Beach where lush green trees surround the tranquil resort almost wrapping it in nature’s grasp. It features two swimming pools, one of which has a direct staircase to Naithon Beach. The resort offers six dining experiences and Pullman’s wellness programme that was designed to help guests to adapt a healthier lifestyle though sleep, food, sport and spa; perfect for a tropical island retreat. Rates start from Bt2,900 net in a Deluxe Room including breakfast and a little more for a Pool Villa with cliff-edge views.
Beach Lovers Rejoice – Karon Beach
Over at Karon Beach, the vibe is definitely more geared towards an easy-going lifestyle. Wedged between the famous Patong Beach and Kata Beach, Karon is a middle-ground between the hustle and bustle of many western beaches and the laid-back atmosphere of other bays. As one of the longest beaches in Phuket, there will always be space for sunbathing and beach volleyball. It a popular venue for water sports, such as windsurfing, wakeboarding and water-skiing. The boardwalk across the beach is lined with restaurants, boutiques and nightlife.
Avista Grande Phuket Karon – MGallery is perfect for those looking to enjoy a holiday near Karon Beach, whilst immersing in local folklore of the island. Located just a five-minute walk to the beach, the unique design of this boutique resort is inspired by the mining industry of Phuket back in the 19th Century. Its beautifully designed restaurants allow guests to experience a culinary fusion of Phuket-inspired dishes and beverages. Rates start from Bt1,839++ including breakfast for a minimum stay of seven nights.
Kamala Beach is almost the polar opposite to a busy seaside resort, which is quite rare on the west coast. Kamala is serene, beautiful and inviting. It boasts a two-kilometre beach surrounded by dense hills. Sun-seekers will find themselves in paradise as they soak in the tropical sunshine, while the calm, turquoise waters make it ideal for paddle boarding and kayaking. As the tides change, surfers will find themselves at home, with the area becoming a great destination for riders of all levels.
Nestled in a quiet corner of Kamala Beach, Novotel Phuket Kamala Beach is one of the few resorts in the area to offer direct access to the beach. With the glistening waters on one side and a backdrop of lush green hilltops on the other, the resort is the picture-perfect spot to spend quality time with friends and family. Offering a 180-degree view of Kamala Bay, On The Roof, is a romantic rooftop bar to watch Kamala’s sky turn into shades of pink at sunset. Guest room rates start from only Bt1,399++.
The famous Patong Beach is a must-visit for those in search of fun in the sun. It is a beach paradise by day with a wide range of activities, from banana boats, jet skiing, street food, to beachside massages and a vibrant party destination by night. Patong is also a nice spot to watch the sun sink below the horizon with a local beverage in hand. The bustling town behind the beach offers a bountiful collection of restaurants, bars and shops.
ibis Phuket Patong is a vibrant hotel located just a five-minute walk from Patong Beach. Guests can relax in comfortable rooms with décor inspired by the ocean or chill out by the swimming pool. This hotel is pet-friendly, so furry friends are welcome free of charge. Rates start from Bt999 net.
Kata Beach is renowned for its silky soft sand, tropical palm trees and clear waters that make it perfect for surfing or snorkelling. The laid-back atmosphere make Kata Beach a lovely tropical getaway. It never gets too crowded and is big enough to ensure ample space for a towel on the beach. At one end of the beach, there are colourful long-tail boats, while down the other are some terrific restaurants and bars. It is ideal for families or friends who want a break from the more popular beaches.
ibis Phuket Kata is a comfortable lifestyle economy hotel, located a ten-minute walk from Kata Beach. The modern guest rooms, outdoor swimming pool, and the restaurant and bar are perfect for a hassle-free holiday with friends, families, or couples. Rates start from Bt939 net.
After discovering Phuket beaches, the scenic coastal town of Khao Lak is another destination to consider for a tranquil retreat amidst the lush green fields and towering coconut trees. Not only it is renowned for its pristine beaches, the untouched nature, famous National Park, and charming, historic Old Town are waiting to be explored. Khao Lak is located just a few hours’ drive from Phuket International Airport and visitors to Phuket are now able to travel to Khao Lak after seven days and negative Covid-19 results.
The newly opened Pullman Khao Lak Resort is an energising destination where guests can recharge and reconnect. This stylish resort is enriched by the vibrant local culture, taking influence from the nearby Takua Pa Old Town. With the beachfront location, the resort faces the Andaman Sea and its beautiful sunsets. It offers a wide choice of accommodation solutions with 14 room categories, from Deluxe Room, Family Suite, to two-bedroom pool villas, perfect for families or friends travelling together.
Rediscover the best of Thailand and reserve your trip now with peace of mind, knowing you can enjoy the flexibility to cancel your stay up to three days before arrival. Guests staying in Phuket can enjoy 20% off seven-night stays, or 30% off 14 night stays. After a seven-night stay in Phuket, vaccinated travellers are able to travel to selected destinations including Khao Lak and Koh Samui, as part of the 7+7 programme.
Phuket is the choice gateway to re-explore the rest of Thailand. Arrivals can enjoy Phuket for at least seven days before exploring select destinations or 14 days before travelling to the rest of the Kingdom. For conditions of entry and stay, click here.
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Main image: Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort courtesy Sunya Thadathanawong.