Phuket is more than just a desirable destination in Thailand; it’s a world famous, international hot spot with mass appeal.
Travelers arrive in droves to this island. Why?
Because Phuket has successfully combined tropical beach vibes with an electrifying and exciting nightlife – along with a completely developed city boasting all the convenience of mainland living.
What more could you want?
As with any holiday, nobody wants to stay in an ordinary, run-of-the-mill hotel or guesthouse. The purpose of traveling is to find interesting and unique places you’ve never encountered before! This means that finding a cool, comfortable and unique place to temporarily call home is crucial.
Remember: Location, location, location! The placement of the accommodation should also make accessing the city, beaches and attractions easy for travellers.
There are several factors to keep in mind when selecting the perfect place to stay and luckily, we’ve done some of the leg work for you.
Check out our top 12 picks for the most coolest accommodations in all of Phuket – and for all kinds of budgets too!
1. Stay in a jungle treehouse (pool included!) – Keemala Treehouse
Start with local history, incorporate seriously creative design, add a big dash of luxurious style and you’ve got Keemala Treehouse.
The treehouses are inspired by the stories of the ancient Keemala clans. Each cottage or bungalow reflects the manner and culture of the specific clan, highlighting the importance of the traits they believed in.
With four different options to choose from, there’s a bungalow fit for couples, friends or groups traveling together.
These spacious, one or two-story pods each have their own pool and spectacular view. Nestled high within a lush jungle paradise, the peaceful vibes just don’t quit.
Completing the resort are the spa, healing retreats, bar and restaurant, all with total Zen vibes.
The natural setting of all the facilities provides an escape from the stress of everyday life, while still providing a hip atmosphere.
And for those craving a little sand and salt water, Keemala Beach is just 1.5km away, accessible by walking or complimentary shuttle from the Treehouse.
Relaxation and mental clarity here we come!
2. One of the 50 most beautiful resorts in Thailand? – Sawasdee Village Resort & Spa
Trivia: TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand) apparently voted Sawasdee Village one of the 50 most beautiful resorts in Thailand!
The authentic and ornate Thai decor has clearly caught the attention of locals and tourists alike.
Gold tones, warm lighting and a tranquil, temple-inspired theme are just some of the features that earned this Resort it’s title as one of the most beautiful resorts in the country.
The rooms are comfortable and inviting, made even more so by the meticulous attention to every detail.
From the wall décor, to the plush pillows on every balcony and terrace, no aspect is overlooked.
The tropical backdrop surrounding the grounds creates an intimate and calming atmosphere.
The full-service spa guarantees total bliss. And the beautifully crafted pools (and pool bar!) beckon you to take a dip.
Located just 10 km from popular Patong Beach, a stay at Sawasdee also situates you in proximity to Kata and Karon Beach.
3. How about a Phuket/Thai/Peranakan experience? – Little Nyonya Hotel
If you’re Singaporean or Malaysian, chances are you’ve watched or at least heard of Little Nyonya starring Jeanette Aw, Qi Yuwu and more in the hit series by Singapore’s Mediacorp back in 2008.
(If you’re from somewhere else in the world, feel free to google it and find out more about Peranakans of the past!)
Little Nyonya basically means little ladies, and Nyonya is what they call female Peranakans. Peranakans can be found in Indonesia, Singapore, Malacca and surprise, surprise… Phuket!
This hotel is owned by a Phuket Thai-Peranakan family with a history spanning over 2 centuries, and the mansion it’s housed in is quite simply spectacular.
Designed to “bring the past back to life”, rooms are fully fitted with Peranakan-styled furnishings and local art. The on-site restaurant, Two Grandmas, not only serves Western and Thai, but homemade Nyonya cuisine too!
If you’ve ever wondered what being Peranakan is like, welcome to the family at Little Nyonya and enjoy the stunning experience.
4. Modernisation meets the perfect location – Chic Boutique Hotel
A cosy and creatively designed lobby decorated with trendy furniture and funky art pieces welcomes each guest – and promises that your stay here will be pleasant and easy-going.
Equipped with its’ own in-house coffee shop and café, the Chic Boutique is a great place to relax, hang out or meet up for the day.
Spacious rooms make for a very comfortable stay, whether you are traveling with a group of friends or your significant other.
Most apparent are the clean lines, crisp interior design, and modern flair. Comprised of 23 rooms, this hotel provides an intimate feel without losing the privacy you crave while on holiday.
The Chic Boutique about the location. Situated on the famous strip assures you won’t miss a second of the action happening on Patong Beach. Shopping malls, restaurants, bars, massage parlors and the famous Patong Beach are all within walking distance.
Don’t forget about the pool! Perfect for a dip after a long day on the beach or pounding the pavement of Patong.
5. Get a slice of old world charm – Rommanee Boutique Guesthouse
Situated right smack in the middle of Phuket Old Town on Soi Rommanee (also known as the romantic road to locals) – one of the coolest things about Rommanee Boutique Guesthouse is that it’s in an old traditional Chino-Portuguese building.
This particular hotel gives you a double room with beautiful double arched windows looking out into Phuket Old Town. Truth be told, it definitely gives one a glimpse into another side of Phuket!
From the lobby to the quiet street, there are plenty of photo opportunities waiting, and its great location allows travellers to conveniently explore and access the town on foot.
Hungry? There are many Thai restaurants and coffeeshops in the vicinity too such as BCat Cafe, Bookheim Coffeeshop, Torry’s Ice Cream Boutique and more.
Not forgetting the Sunday night market that’s available just steps away. Rommanee Boutique Guesthouse provides an interesting stay at one truly charming area in Phuket.
6. Escape to nature and clear the mind – Perennial Resort
Inside an old-fashioned colonial style building, this luxurious yet cozy setup is reminiscent of a summer cottage tucked away in the middle of nature.
Seemingly far from the hectic city life, you are still just a few minutes drive from the Phuket airport, and if you fancy a game, 3km from the nearest golf course.
A sweetly decorated lobby welcomes each guest and immediately eases the mind.
Air-con, wifi, TV with satellite and cable along with fully furnished rooms add a modern twist that guarantees total comfort and convenience.
Modern, cottage-style bungalows are complete with front porches, outdoor seating, woven hammocks and accompanying open air gazebos.
The soothing setting is ideal for anyone looking to avoid the hustle and bustle of a big city. Perennial Resort is where serenity and tranquility are found.
The in-house restaurant cooks up authentic Thai favorites and the full bar serves up exquisite cocktails in a gorgeous garden setting.
End the day by digging your toes in the sand and watching a stunning sunset on Nai Yang beach, just a few blocks away. Don’t want to leave the resort grounds? No problem – relax in the outdoor pool or hot tub.
7. Enjoy oceanfront views from your room and the infinity pool – Secret Cliff Villa
Romance, white sand beaches, turquoise ocean, sunsets and more, that’s what one can expect at Secret Cliff Villa. Perched on the sloping cliffs of Karon Top View, this gorgeous accommodation provides views for days.
From rooms with spacious balconies providing spectacular views looking out over the Andaman Sea, and an infinity oceanfront pool…
If your Phuket vacation was a cake, then Secret Cliff Villa would be the cherry on top. It’s the perfect place for those looking for a true blue ocean experience with a little more privacy and romance.
Secret Cliff Villa also provides free transport twice a day to both Karon and Patong Beach so guests are able to get their fill of the beach!
Including the on-site Thai/International restaurant, and spa – your vacation is pretty much perfect whether you choose to remain in the resort-style hotel all day, or head out.
PS: Super random, but there’s even a special cliff top fishing bar service for those who’d like to indulge in a spot of fishing, as well as boxing training and equipment for boxers.
8. Beautifully inspired by traditional Chinese settlers – O’nya Phuket Hotel
Centrally located, O’nya Phuket is another great choice that provide easy access to everything from Central Festival Phuket, Big C, Phuket Old Town and beaches too.
We especially love how this hotel drew inspiration from the traditional Sino-Portuguese shophouses – so much so that its decor and ambiance gives travellers a muted experience of early Chinese settlers in Phuket.
With 24 stylish boutique rooms available, this hotel guarantees a truly comfortable stay in peaceful surroundings – so much so that you might not bear to leave the hotel!
Stepping out of the hotel also feels like you’re stepping out of a dream and back into reality.
Thankfully if you’re one of those who’s always hungry, you’ll be glad to know that an Indian restaurant, pasta cafe, sushi bar and a Western cafe are just around the corner!
9. Affordable eclecticism in Phuket Old Town – Quip Hotel
The most affordable hotel on this list at a staggering $16, Quip Hotel definitely gives travellers a bang for their buck with stylishly quirky digs! Those who love a good industrial theme will definitely enjoy a stay here.
The rooms are clean and comfortable with a minimalist industrial touch, and provide more than enough space for the smart traveller.
Once you’ve settled in, head down and you’ll get to the super cool cafe in Quip Hotel – head up at night, and you’ll find yourself at a really chill rooftop bar.
Wherever you are in this hotel, you’re bound to get some really cool photos since every corner of the hotel is pretty much photo-worthy!
Yet another hotel located in the grand Phuket Old Town, Quip Hotel is conveniently located close to the main areas. With a bar and Thai/International restaurant available on-site, along with massage services, what more can we really ask for?
10. A piece of film history with actual history too – The Memory at On On Hotel
How cool is this place?
Not only was it made famous in 2000 thanks to its cameo in Leonardo Di Caprio’s The Beach, it was also opened decades ago in 1929 by the grandfather of the current owner.
Trivia: Did you know that the first On On hotel had 5 rooms that cost 80 satang each? (1 baht = 100 satang!)
“On On” means ‘happiness for all visitors’, and it’s a great hint at what travellers can expect with a stay at The Memory at On On.
Recently renovated in 2013, it exudes the nostalgic Sino-Portuguese style of the past. Upon stepping in, take in the grandeur of this beautiful hotel with its large lobbies, courtyards with a fountain and more.
It’s also located in Phuket Old Town so you know that it’s conveniently located in the heart of things. (We hear that in the vicinity, Brassiere restaurant offers great continental delicacies, and Pint Factory has an amazing collection of beers and ales!)
If you’re looking for a place to stay in that truly has its own distinct character, The Memory at On On Hotel is where you really need to be.
Have the cash to splash? These 2 hotels are not only super cool, but incredibly luxurious too!
1. Futuristic lines and posh design collides with high-end beach front property – Iniala Beach House
Exclusive ocean front luxury villas on Natai Beach provides guests with everything their hearts desire.
Each villa has a crew that works around the clock to make sure every desire is met. Exceptional service and location guarantees a holiday taken at Iniala will be in the lap of luxury.
White sheets and upholstery and carefully woven bamboo furniture decorate each of the three villas. The peaceful and serene vibes coupled with views of the lapping ocean waves just beyond the glass doors is total serenity.
Amenities galore, Iniala Beach House offers boating, canoeing, hiking trails, yoga classes, fitness center, kids club, massage and spa facilities, snorkeling, diving and more. Iniala truly understands the meaning of all-inclusive!
If you’re not up for an activity-filled day, you won’t be disappointed chilling out for the day with poolside dining and lounging and BBQ facilities.
2. Why limit yourself to a stay on land when you can sail in style – Maid Marian 2 Luxury Yacht
A stay on a proper luxury yacht provides all the comforts and amenities of staying in a 5-star resort on land – and more!
The MM2, docked in Phuket Town, is fully equipped with wi-fi, kitchen, bar and a 24-hour front desk. Each of the five bedrooms has a sea-view and includes private bathroom, toiletries, and room service.
The common area has comfy couches, a mini-bar and a flat-screen TV for all your entertainment needs. The outer top deck is fully equipped for days spent lounging in the sun with sun beds, wraparound sofas, upholstered tables and chairs and BBQ facilities.