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. Thanks to 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 of total relaxation – ideal for a peaceful escape. It is located on thesouth-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
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. When the tide is low, 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 THB 2,723 net per room per night.
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 tenminutes. 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. This tranquil resort is surrounded by lush green trees. It features two swimming pools, one of which has a direct staircase to Naithon Beach. Guests can opt for a Pool Villa with cliff-edge views. The resort offers six dining experiences and Pullman wellness program that designed to help guests to adapt a healthier lifestyle though sleep, food, sport, and spa, perfect for a tropical island retreat. Rates start from THB 2,900 net in a Deluxe Room including breakfast.
The vibe here is easy-going. 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 waterskiing. 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 stories 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 THB 1,839++ including breakfast for a minimum stay of seven nights.
It is almost the polar opposite to a busy beach, 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, and 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. Rates start from THB 1,399++
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 five-minutes walk from Patong Beach. Guests can relax in comfortable rooms with decor inspired by the ocean, and chill out by the swimming pool. This hotel is pet-friendly, so furry friends are welcome free of charge. Rates start from THB 999 net.
Silky soft sand, tropical palm trees, clear waters for surfing or snorkelling, and a brilliant 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 ten-minutes walk from Kata Beach.
The modern rooms, outdoor swimming pool, and the restaurant and bar are perfect for a hassle-free holiday with friends, families, or couples. Rates start from THB 939 net.
Left: ibis Phuket Patong Right: ibis Phuket Kata
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 energizing destination to 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.