Heading to Phuket for a romantic getaway? This guide to where to stay in Phuket for couples has got you covered.
Thailand’s biggest island, Phuket is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country and with good reason. With pristine beaches, breathtaking landscapes, a raft of adventure activities and a great selection of accommodation, Phuket offers something for everyone.
Within this guide, we’ll explore a selection of areas on the island that cater to different interests. Some areas are renowned for their vibrant nightlife, while others provide a serene and tranquil atmosphere, perfect for those seeking a peaceful retreat.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the best areas and hotels in Phuket for couples.
Where to Stay in Phuket for Couples
Phuket Old Town – Culture & History
Phuket Old Town is the perfect choice for those who appreciate history, culture and Thai cuisine. Its historic streets are lined with quaint Sino-Portuguese shophouses that are home to art galleries, quirky boutiques, and independent cafes.
Visitors to Phuket Old Town can immerse themselves in the charm of colonial architecture, delve into Phuket’s rich history at the Thai Hua Museum, and marvel at the intricate beauty of Chinese shrines.
The town is also the island’s foodie capital, boasting an array of street food stalls and restaurants that serve up some of the best Thai cuisine in Phuket. Many local eateries are even included in the prestigious Michelin guide.
Be sure to check out the Sunday Night Market along Thalang Road, Phuket’s Old Town main street. From 4pm onwards every Sunday, the area comes to life with numerous street food stalls, live entertainment and local artisan showcasing their crafts.
For an elevated dining experience in a romantic setting, be sure to book a table at Blue Elephant Phuket. Housed in a stunning colonial mansion, this fine dining institution showcases the best of Southern Thai cuisine. I suggest opting for one of their tasting menus to savour a variety of dishes.
The downside of Phuket Old Town is that it doesn’t have a beach. I would recommend staying there for 2-3 nights and spending the rest of your Phuket stay in a different part of the island.
Best Hotels in Phuket Old Town
Phuket Old Town offers an extensive range of reasonably priced independent hotels and guest houses. Compared to other parts of Phuket, major international chains have a small presence there.
Budget: The Besavana Phuket
Located just a short walk from Phuket Old Town’s main attractions, this hotel offers spacious modern rooms with private bathrooms, an outdoor pool and free parking.
Mid-range: Pearl Hotel
Pearl Hotel is situated on the edge of Phuket Old Town and offers contemporary rooms and suites with interiors inspired by the beauty of pearls. Guests can relax at the outdoor pool after a day of sightseeing. Dining options include an all-day eatery serving Thai and international favourites and a rooftop Chinese restaurant.
Luxury: Woo Gallery & Boutique Hotel
This stylish boutique hotel right in the heart of Phuket Old Town is houses in one of the historic shophouses. It combines elegant Thai-style interiors and modern amenities such as air conditioning and walk-in showers. Some rooms feature balconies.
Surin – Luxury and Privacy
Located on the west coast of Phuket, just 20 kilometres south of Phuket Airport, Surin is blessed with a stunning beach with white sand and turquoise waters. It is a great Phuket destination for couples looking for complete relaxation as it offers privacy that other crowded areas may lack.
Surin is often referred to as the “millionaires’ row” due to its collection of exclusive resorts and upscale villas favoured by both tourists and locals. While it was once known for its vibrant party scene and numerous beach clubs, most of them have since disappeared. Now Surin is a serene and peaceful spot.
The main attraction in Surin is undoubtedly its stretch of sand, inviting visitors to indulge in the ultimate beach experience. Take a refreshing swim in the sea or simply unwind on a sunbed with a good book in hand. For the more adventurous, excellent snorkelling and kayaking opportunities await.
Although the beach clubs are gone, numerous street food vendors still offer delectable and affordable culinary delights. Thai massages on the beach are also readily available. Beyond the beach, the village hosts a selection of charming boutiques and restaurants offering a range of international cuisines.
All in all, Surin is the ideal choice for those seeking a peaceful beach vacation in a luxurious setting. However, if you prefer a livelier atmosphere with plenty of activities, you may want to consider exploring other resorts towns in Phuket.
Best Hotels in Surin
Surin is a high-end resort town, so budget accommodation options are limited. However, you can still find a few options that won’t break the bank.
These spacious and modern serviced apartments boast generous terraces with breathtaking sea and mountain views. All units feature a well-equipped kitchen, air-conditioning and flat-screen TV. Guests can also enjoy an outdoor pool, gym and free parking.
Mid-range: Outrigger Surin Beach Resort
Located just a stone’s throw from the beach, this boutique resort features 60 stylishly decorated rooms and suites with a retro feel. It offers two swimming pools, a gym and a beautiful on-site restaurant – Nalu Bar & Grill – that brings together global flavours in a beautiful setting.
Luxury: The Surin
The Surin offers the ultimate luxury experience. Enjoy cottage-style accommodation in an idyllic beachfront setting, surrounded by coconut trees and rolling hills. The resort features elegant Thai-inspired interiors, excellent dining and a beautiful outdoor pool.
Mai Khao – Nature and Seclusion
Mai Khao, located in the northwest of Phuket, remains undeveloped as it is part of the Sirinat National Park. If you’re looking for serenity and a close connection with nature, Mai Khao is an excellent choice.
It is home to Phuket’s longest beach spanning 11 kilometres. Uniquely for Phuket, certain stretches of the shoreline can feel completely deserted. You can walk kilometres and see hardly any people.
There are a few luxury resorts and villas dotted around the area, but you won’t see the usually ubiquitous umbrellas, street food vendors or water sports around. There are a few eateries and bars near the beach, but none that are actually on it, preserving the untouched ambiance.
Phuket International Airport is located at the southern tip of Mai Khao. Plane spotting is a popular activity there as this section of the beach is on the flight path. As the planes descend, some people get close-up shots with them. However, it’s best not stand directly on the flight path for safety reasons.
Notably, Mai Khao is also a nesting area for rare sea turtles. The Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation protects the turtles and educates the public about the local ecosystem. A visit to their centre provides an opportunity to learn more about their important work and meet resident turtles that, for various reasons, cannot be released into the wild.
To sum up, Mai Khao is an ideal destination for couples looking to experience an untouched slice of Phuket. While the nightlife may be limited, and accommodation costs typically higher, the feeling of having an entire beach to yourself is an experience rarely found elsewhere in Phuket.
Best Hotels in in Mai Khao
Mai Khao has a limited selection of budget hotels. You may choose to keep costs down by booking a private holiday home. The luxury end of the scale is represented mainly by international hotel chains.
This reasonably-priced resort boasts a tranquil beachfront location and a relaxed atmosphere. It features an outdoor pool, an on-site restaurant specialising in Thai cuisine with a healthy twist and free kayak and bicycle hire. All en-suite rooms have a balcony or patio, some with sea views.
Mid-range: Melia Phuket Mai Khao
This five-star beachfront resort features a collection of luxurious suites and villas with garden views. Melia is the perfect choice for those who love modern interiors and serene natural palettes. The hotel has a beautiful outdoor pool surrounded by lush greenery and an on-site restaurant offering a menu of Thai and international dishes.
Located right on Mai Khao’s beachfront, JW Marriott offers luxury and seclusion. Spacious rooms incorporate Thai influences and have garden, pool or sea views. Guests can enjoy three outdoor pools, 11 bars and eateries and a wide range of activities from yoga to cooking classes.
Patong – Nightlife Capital of Phuket
Patong is arguably Phuket’s most popular resort town. It is famous for its vibrant nightlife scene which makes it a favourite Phuket destination among couples who love partying. Couples can enjoy a beach day and later head to Bangla Road, Patong’s main party street, for a fun night out.
The main stretch of sandy shoreline in the town is Patong Beach. It is far from the most beautiful beach in Phuket, but it is a hub of activity that offers numerous water sports options and beach clubs. It’s important to note that during the high season, the beach tends to become extremely crowded.
Regrettably, Patong has gained notoriety for its seedy side, characterised by go-go bars, adult shows, and the visible presence of prostitution. This aspect is primarily concentrated at Bangla Road.
However, Patong offers more than just a party atmosphere. The town is home to decent restaurants, street food markets, antique shops and artist studios. If you’re looking to explore beyond Patong’s hustle and bustle, you can easily charter a longboat from Patong Beach and head out to more remote beaches and nearby islands.
Personally, one of the highlights of Patong for me is Pum’s Cooking School. My husband and I participated in a cooking class there on our first trip to Phuket. We learned to prepare three classic Thai dishes, including Pad Thai, Tom Yum, and Thai Green Curry. Of course, you have the option to choose from a range of other delightful dishes.
All in all, if you are seeking peace and serenity for your couple’s getaway, Patong doesn’t quite offer that. But if nightlife is a priority, it is the place to be.
Best Hotels in Patong
When it comes to accommodation, Patong has something for every taste and budget. Keep in mind that you don’t have to stay right in the town centre to take advantage of its nightlife, shopping and restaurants. There are a few great resorts in the nearby areas that normally offer free shuttles to Patong.
Budget: Thanthip Beach Resort
Located within easy reach from Patong Beach, Thanthip Beach Resort offers good value right in the heart of Patong. Guests can enjoy spacious rooms, an outdoor pool and an on-site restaurant serving Thai and international favourites.
Mid-range: Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach
My husband and I stayed at Marriott Merlin Beach on our very first visit to the island. One of my favourite things about it is that you can enjoy a quiet beach setting while having easy access to Patong’s attractions.
Just a 15-minute drive from the resort town, Marriott offers free shuttles to Patong several times a day. You can spend the morning enjoying the small but picturesque Merlin Beach and make the most of Patong’s nightlife in the evening.
Luxury: Indochine Resort and Villas
This luxury resort is perched on a hillside overlooking Kalim Bay, located just north of Patong. Kalim Beach is not a swimming beach as the seafloor has a lot of dead coral. However, the resort offers regular shuttle services to Patong. The resort boasts a collection of luxurious suites and villas, some with their own plunge pools.
Bang Tao – Peaceful Beach and Great Amenities
Located on Phuket’s west coast, Bang Tao is one of the longest beaches on the island, offering beautiful sunset views perfect for a romantic evening. While some sections of it are nearly deserted, guests can still enjoy an active vacation.
The southern end of Bang Tao is home to a collection of luxury resorts, beach clubs and bars. The Laguna Phuket resort complex located here provides a host of activities for couples, including golfing, horse riding, and spa services.
The northern end of the beach is much quieter and only has a handful of hotels and eateries. This is the part of Bang Tao where you can walk for hours without encountering many people. It’s so peaceful and pristine that it feels a world away from areas like Patong.
Bang Tao is a great Phuket destination for couples looking to combine high-end accommodation, shopping and dining with one of the best beaches Phuket has to offer.
Best Hotels in Bang Tao
Bang Tao is another upscale part of Phuket with several international hotel chains on offer. However, a few hotels that are not located right on the beachfront can offer great value.
Budget: Diamond Resort Phuket
Just a 10-minute walk from Bang Tao Beach, Diamond Resort offers affordable accommodation and modern amenities. The rooms are simple yet spacious and airy. There is a large outdoor pool and a restaurant offering Thai and international foods.
Mid-range: Angsana Laguna Phuket
This stylish beachfront resort is part of the Laguna Phuket complex which offers great shopping, a golf course and a picnic park. Angsana offers a collection of luxurious rooms and suites featuring modern furnishings and Thai decorative touches. Guests can take advantage of the generous outdoor pool and a wide range of bars and eateries.
Luxury: Banyan Tree Phuket
Also set within Laguna Phuket, Banyan Tree features villa-style accommodation decorated with luxurious furnishings and Thai art. All villas boast a private pool and a generous outdoor area perfect for relaxation. The resort also features a private pool, serene spa and a collection of bars and restaurants.
Kamala – Peaceful Beach Retreat
Kamala is known for its relaxed vibe and is a go-to destination in Phuket for couples seeking a quiet retreat. Located on the southwestern coast of the island, Kamala boasts a beautiful long beach and a good choice of accommodation options.
It was originally a fishing village, but the word got out and Kamala is now a popular resort town. During the high season, the southern end of the beach can get quite crowded. However, even then the place doesn’t feel as busy as Patong.
The gorgeous beach is Kamala’s main attraction. The town offers a good selection of cafes and restaurants, including some that are located right on the beach. Every Monday and Friday, from 3.30pm to 11pm, there is a night market on the main street. It’s a great place for trying some local street food and load up on exotic fruit.
Kamala is home to Phuket FantaSea, a popular tourist attraction with a cultural performance and some rides. There’s been some controversy about having elephants and tigers perform in the show. Unfortunately, Thailand does not have the best track record on animal welfare. You may decide to skip the show for this reason.
As a Phuket destination for couples, Kamala offers a good mix of accommodation and dining options without feeling overly busy or deserted. It is perfect for those looking for a beach vacation combined with low key activities.
Best Hotels in Kamala
Kamala offers a great range of hotels for every budget, including some uber luxurious ones. The village has a mix of chains and independents. The latter are often the best value.
Budget: Wabi Sabi Boutique Hotel
Wabi Sabi Boutique Hotel is situated in the heart of the Kamala village, just a 10-minute walk from the beach. Rooms are modern, bright and spacious and some boast sea views. There is a good-sized outdoor pool and an on-site restaurant.
Mid-range: Layalina Hotel
This boutique hotel boasts an excellent beachfront location with gorgeous sea views. All luxurious rooms boast Thai touches feature a spa bath. When not at the beach, guests can enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool and a meal at the on-site restaurant.
To get away from it all in a luxurious setting, be sure to check out Keemala. This unique resort is perched on a hill overlooking Kamala and the Andaman Sea. It features a collection of design-led cottages and villas inspired by the landscapes and traditions of Phuket. It is easily one of the most unique places for a couple’s retreat in Phuket.
Cape Panwa – a Hidden Gem
Located in a secluded corner of southeastern Phuket, Cape Panwa is a haven for couples seeking peace and privacy. This part of the island remains less crowded and less developed compared to the more popular resort towns.
Cape Panwa offers a laid-back lifestyle, pristine small beaches, and breathtaking scenery. The area is home to only a handful of high-end resorts and condos, and there aren’t many activities outside of the accommodation.
Nevertheless, Panwa is home to Phuket Aquarium showcasing an extensive collection of exotic sea creatures. In the nearby Panwa village, you’ll find a selection of low-key restaurants serving both Thai and international cuisine. As evening falls, the seaside promenade comes alive with street food stalls. If you’re in the mood for a night out, Phuket Town is just a 20-minute taxi ride away.
My husband and I stayed in Cape Panwa for our honeymoon and one of the highlights of our trip was watching the sunset at Baba Nest. Nestled within the exquisite grounds of the luxurious Sri Panwa Resort, this stylish rooftop bar offers unparalleled views of the Andaman Sea.
The experience is pricy by Thai standards, but if budget allows, I highly recommend it. Be sure to book your table in advance, as seating is limited. A minimum spend of 2,000 baht (US $60) per person applies.
Cape Panwa is a great choice if you are looking to experience the quieter side of Phuket. It may not be the ideal destination for vibrant nightlife or major attractions. However, I believe that Panwa’s secluded atmosphere offers the perfect setting for a romantic couple’s getaway.
Best Hotels in Cape Panwa
Cape Panwa is a relatively small area, so there isn’t a huge amount of hotel options. The ones that are available are often on the pricier side by Thai standards.
Budget: Kantary Bay Hotel Phuket
My favourite feature of this excellent-value hotel is the rooftop pool with incredible sea views. Every room has a well-equipped kitchenette and a private balcony. Guests can enjoy a meal at either the on-site restaurant or the Thai and international eateries located right next to the hotel.
Mid-range: Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort
My husband and I stayed at Pullman Panwa for our honeymoon. The resort features a range of rooms and villas. We stayed at a gorgeous sea view villa with a private pool. It was a great choice for a romantic retreat. The hotel beach is nothing to write home about, but the outdoor pool area complete with a bar and cabanas is beautiful.
Luxury: V Villas Phuket, MGallery
This uber-luxurious resort offering villa-style accommodation with breathtaking views over the Andaman Sea is the perfect choice for those looking for complete privacy and relaxation. Every villa boasts a balcony and a private pool. To achieve complete zen, check out the sumptuous resort spa.
So here you have it. These are the best areas and hotels in Phuket for couples. The choice of where to stay ultimately depends on what type of experience you are seeking. The island is large enough to cater to all types of travellers. You may also choose to stay in different parts of the island to experience its different sides.
FAQs: Where to Stay in Phuket for Couples
Mai Khao is one of the most romantic areas of Phuket. Its National Park location has so far ensured that development stays limited. The area offers privacy and seclusion. You can spend hours walking along the beach and not see a soul.
The main party area of Phuket is Patong. The town’s main walking street, Bangla Road, is lined with nightclubs and bars. Unfortunately, Patong also has a seedier side. This is just something to be aware of when you’re there.
Phuket is a safe tourist destination in general. Don’t do anything there that you wouldn’t at home. Be extra careful on the roads. Thailand has one of the highest road death rates in the world and scooter riders and pedestrians are the most at risk. Don’t leave home without travel health insurance.
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