A favoured destination in Thailand, Phuket is a paradisiacal island that caters to travellers of all kinds. Famed for its splendid variety of beaches, Phuket oozes with local charm, natural beauty, an array of tourist attractions and flavourful local cuisine.
Each of Phuket’s neighbourhoods is diverse and offers something new to travellers. With the recently announced rules of having to stay on the island for a specific time before you can hit the mainland, why not make your way around Phuket and villa-hop for a range of holiday experiences? We’ve drafted the ultimate Phuket itinerary for you to see the best of the island.
A sleepy fisherman’s village on Phuket’s west coast, Kamala is nestled between rainforest-covered mountains and the Andaman Sea. Popular with European tourists, the quiet neighbourhood retains a laid-back vibe with friendly locals and plenty of opportunities to soak up Phuket’s glorious nature.
Kamala is an excellent destination to acclimate yourself to Phuket. The peaceful Kamala Beach is ideal for sunset watching, the local market on the main road is a sensory overload of scents and tastes, giving travellers a wonderful opportunity to sample local Thai cuisine and the neighbourhood is easy to navigate on foot.
The perfect spot to sit back and luxuriate while recovering from jet lag, Villa Amanzi Kamala is a heavenly escape. This designer villa is built on a hillside overlooking Kamala Beach and features six bedrooms, a 15-metre pool and stylish living areas. Villa Amanzi Kamala is ideal for a tranquil holiday with family or friends.
Fun in the Sun at Kata
After you’ve recovered from the journey, you’re now all set for some beach fun. One of the most popular beaches in Phuket, Kata Beach is a lovely 1.5 km stretch of golden, soft sand. With crystal clear waters, plenty of shade and a variety of facilities located near the beach, Kata ticks all of the boxes for the ultimate beach holiday.
During the south-west monsoon season from May to October, surfers flock to Kata to take advantage of the beach’s sizable waves. Often referred to as Phuket’s Surfers Paradise, the local neighbourhood surrounding Kata Beach never fails to charm.
The neighbourhood features a large variety of dining options from local carts selling Thai street food to upscale restaurants serving international fare. Shopping opportunities abound at the night market as well as department stores and speciality boutiques. Kata also has a lively nightlife and plenty of activities for those travelling with children.
Regardless of whether you’re travelling just with your family or in a large group, Katamanda Estate has a range of stay options for you to choose from. We recommend the four-bedroom, sea view Katamanda – Villa Katamalee, a luxury villa within the estate, located near Kata Beach. The villa is fully staffed, and has a personal chef and a private pool, while our attentive Elite Concierge is on hand to answer any questions that you may have.
Upscale and Cosmopolitan Surin
Surin is an upscale neighbourhood boasting one of Phuket’s most glorious beaches. Surin Beach has fine white sand, calm waters and is perfect for swimming and snorkelling. The beach has a lot of facilities such as boutique shops, restaurants and hawker stalls.
Surin is located not far from the bustling neighbourhood of Cherngtalay. Cosmopolitan and hip, the close proximity of these two neighbourhoods allows travellers the chance to dine at some fine establishments including one of Phuket’s best local restaurants mentioned in the Michelin Guide, Kin-Kub-Ei.
Baan Surin Sawan is one of our most glorious villas in Phuket, and it’s located in a tranquil hillside estate only minutes away from Surin Beach. The four-bedroom villa brims with elegance and features a fascinating showcase of art and artefacts from around the world. Fully staffed with a private chef, personal pool and services of the Elite Concierge, it is the ultimate answer to a luxurious holiday in Phuket.
White Sands & Tranquility at Natai
Known as one of the most peaceful beaches in Phuket, Natai Beach is located north of the island, just over Sarasin Bridge. Its close proximity to Phuket International Airport makes it the perfect last stop on a Phuket holiday itinerary before you head off to other destinations or back home.
Before returning to the reality and demands of a busy life at home, take the time to enjoy all that Natai Beach has to offer. Blissfully devoid of crowds and with soft white sand underfoot, the beach runs along a ten-kilometre stretch fringed by coconut palms, ideal for long walks along the surf and sunset cocktails.
The serene environment of Natai Beach is the perfect place for yoga and meditation in your villa’s garden, or perhaps a personalised fitness training class in your personal gym. Book the Wellness Package and we will be happy to take care of all your wellness needs for you.
Elite Havens boasts a large collection of luxury villas on Natai Beach, and we adore them all. You will love the absolute beachfront Grand Villa Noi which is part of our signature collection and is an architectural masterpiece.
Sleek and modern, Grand Villa Noi offers sophisticated living amidst a lush and tropical setting. Ideal for families and groups of friends, this five-bedroom villa comes with a wealth of services including a private chef, personal butler, driver and on-site 24-hour security.
As Thailand opens its borders to vaccinated international travellers without the need for a pre-departure or on-arrival test from 1 May 2022, there is no better time than now to get packing and book a month of villa-hopping in Phuket. Get in touch with our reservations team for more information on our promotions and offers. We are looking forward to seeing you soon.