Phuket’s most peaceful hideaway resorts, quiet beach escapes

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Despite being well-developed, Phuket offers a surprising number of hidden retreats

Is Phuket too busy and crowded with tourists to have many secretive, little-seen beach retreats? Far from it. This is a big island, 50 kilometres from top to bottom, with scores of different beaches and different atmospheres. While Phuket’s most famous beaches, Patong, Karon and Kata certainly do get crowded in peak season from mid December to March, there are many other stretches of sand on the island that remain tranquil, with few visitors at all.
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Here we give a Top 10 list of the more interesting true beachfront getaways, including modest but comfortable, 3-star accommodations like the hard-to-find Baan Krating to super luxurious villas like those in the secretive Trisara. These peaceful retreats are found on all corners of Phuket, from the far southeast to the far northwest. One on a close-by island is also included. The writer has not slept in all of them, but has been familiar with them all over many years, and has shot photos of each on multiple occasions over the years.
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Note that more hidden secrets on Phuket can be found on a separate page called Phuket’s Top 10 Most Romantic Beachfront Resorts . Some on this ‘most romantic’ page are also remote hideaways, but not all, because some romantic couples also like to be closer to the busier areas with more activities.
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Cape Panwa Hotel – hiding out on Phuket’s southeast corner

Cape Panwa Hotel & Spa opened in Phuket during the 1980s, a time when resorts could buy up the land behind a whole beach – exactly what the owner did here. The hotel thus enjoys the luxury of its own private beach. Also, with so much space, they retained the coconut plantation behind the sand and built on the hillside behind. That gives guests an extraordinary tropical beach complete with coconut plantation – plus grand views from all rooms. The beach faces east, unlike the majority of Phuket’s famous west coast beaches, and while it does not have particularly deep, clear water, it has soft white sand and is both scenic and peaceful.
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Both beach and hotel are hidden from view on Phuket’s far southeast corner, on the tranquil Cape Panwa peninsula. Though far from the famous tourist coast beaches, this area gives easy access to Phuket town and many lifestyle attractions on the east side. Set in a quiet backwater on Phuket, complete with its own private beach and lots of lush coconut groves, Cape Panwa Hotel is definitely one of Phuket’s most delightful beach escapes.
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The Mangrove Panwa Phuket Resort – hidden at the back of Chalong Bay

This new low-key, family-run resort lies in a small backwater at the top end of Phuket’s Chalong Bay but is accessed from the Cape Panwa peninsula. The Mangrove Panwa Phuket Resort is well hidden even from the road that passes it, making this a quiet haven seen by very few visitors to Phuket. True to its name, The Mangrove Panwa Phuket Resort lies adjacent a large mangrove forest, one whose channels make for good kayaking (the resort provides kayaks). Forest surrounds the resort, and there are still quite a few birds in the trees here. The Mangrove has only the smallest of beaches, but rather than a real beach resort, this is a calm, green forest escape by the bay.
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32 small, modern bungalows are spread widely through expanses of native trees and gardens. The modest swimming pool and a relaxed, sand-floored restaurant are set back from the beach, surrounded by lawns and trees. The view is largely green, showing flashes of the bay through the foliage.
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Though this peaceful little resort is only ten minutes drive from Phuket Town, the sense of tranquillity within makes guests feel very, very far from everywhere.
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The Village Coconut Island –escape from Phuket Island to an island escape

Getting to this island hideaway requires stepping onto a boat, though the water journey is both short and scenic. And The Village Coconut Island has several boats daily each way, providing convenient connections to the ‘mainland’ of Phuket.
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This luxury, 5-star resort has its little coconut-covered island virtually to itself, with no other resorts in the area. And to ensure that their guests do not go wanting, The Village has just about everything one is likely to need in a beach resort, including two swimming pools, two restaurants, a gym, spa and etc. Its top range accommodations are pool villas facing right onto the beach.
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Guests of The Village Coconut Island can relax in absolute tranquillity, plus get to and from the island without ever coming across the crowded beaches or traffic jams that some people now complain about on Phuket.
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Baan Krating – a real hideaway on Nai Harn Bay that’s hard to find

Looking for a beach hideaway on Phuket where you might never be found? Try booking yourself into Baan Krating Phuket Resort . And if you haven’t been there before, be sure to arrange an airport pick-up – or you might not get past the obstacles to find your bed.
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Facing beautiful Nai Harn Bay and some of the prettiest scenery on Phuket, this modest ‘forest’ resort lies on a small beach at the extreme southwest corner of the island. Accessed along a small track from Nai Harn Beach, the hazard that keeps Krating’s area so quiet is the Phuket Yacht Club Hotel. The road passes right through the hotel – into the basement, turn left under the hotel and drive out the other side. Most people assume the road comes to an end at this hotel, and turn back.
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As the photos show, this resort is build into forest running up a hillside, giving the rooms ocean views through the foliage. While the beach is small and rocky, the granite boulders along this shore create excellent underwater topography for marine life, while the exceptionally clear water here makes snorkelling right in front of the resort, and all along the coast, very pleasant.
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Anantara Resort Phuket – tranquillity on Mai Khao Beach

Anantara Resort Phuket fits both tranquil hideaway and super luxury categories, and this Phuket hotel could be called this renown group’s finest creation in Thailand. At the north end of the small strip of resorts on isolated Mai Khao Beach, this is far from the crowded beaches of Phuket’s southwest near Patong. Mai Khao’s ten kilometres of sand has hardly a building near it, and sees only a small scattering of visitors through the high season, and then only near the cluster of resorts. Even during the high season it’s not difficult to find a kilometre of sand to yourself on Mai Khao, and in the low season you wouldn’t be greedy to expect a few kilometres.
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Enhancing both the sense of isolation and the natural environment here, Mai Khao has neither villages nor urban development at this north end. The resorts back onto a mix of salt bush scrub, forest and lagoons.
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Anantara Phuket is especially low density, with luxury villa rooms scattered between and around lagoons, often connected by elevated walkways. As the photos show, Anantara Phuket’s beachfront area is especially attractive, and certainly relaxing. Tranquil? Both the Mai Khao area and the resort itself qualify for that, and for some couples this could be the perfect place for a healthy mix of chilling out and firing up.
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Ayara Kamala – a peaceful escape clinging to a cliff

Almost hanging off a cliff, or clinging to an exceptionally steep hill slope, Ayara Kamala is not your typical beach resort – but an excellent remote and romantic escape it can be. Facing west, and the setting of the sun over the Andaman Sea, this resort is all about grand ocean panoramas. For sand and water guests can take the hotel shuttle to nearby Kamala Beach – or take a pleasant one-kilometre walk.
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Life up high in a pool villa watching the sun sliding into the ocean can be very seductive indeed, and very private. Outside this resort there are no neighbours, just forest. The resort has a small, intimate sun deck down by the ocean, where guests can also swim in the high season months when the water is exceptionally calm and clear. The rocky shoreline is also good for snorkelling.
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Araya Kamala’s villas are modern and comfortable, even if not as stylish as some. They are spaced to provide privacy, and the only noise you will hear is that of the wind. Some couples spend most of their time chilling right here with the views, but for those who rent transport to get around the island each day Araya can make an idyllic, tranquil hideaway to return to each evening, preferably in time for those often-dramatic sunsets.
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by John Everingham
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Trisara – is this Phuket’s top luxury beach hideaway?

Trisara has often been called Phuket’s top, super-luxury resort. This lofty title might now be challenged, however, with the opening of exceptionally luxurious international resorts like The Regent and The Westin in Phuket. But Trisara’s huge advantage that can never be challenged by any other top-end beach resort is location, an exceptionally remote and stunningly beautiful hillside overlooking a small beach and sweeping views of the Andaman Sea.
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The average visitor to Phuket may see Trisara’s gate when driving up the northern coast road, but will never suspect that within lies one of the most beautiful of beachfront resorts in Thailand, in one of the most idyllic locations. See the photos here, or more in Trisara’s main photo gallery for confirmation.
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Couples looking for a sumptuous, 5-star pool villa in an exceptionally tranquil environment, with amazing panoramas of the Andaman Sea from their private pool and bedroom, can do no better than here at Trisara. And you can be sure the outside world will never get close enough to find you or interrupt.
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The Vijitt Resort – hidden escape in the suburbs of Chalong & Rawai

The Vijitt Resort Phuket is nervous about calling itself a ‘true beachfront’ resort because some guests have been disappointed that its beach is not suitable for swimming. But in spite of the short-comings of its beach facing Chalong Bay, this is an exceptional ocean-front hideaway with many benefits that will suit lots of people.
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A tranquil, spacious and green environment tops its list. However, it’s the opposite side of that coin – lots of activity – that brings the other major advantage to The Vijitt. The adjacent Chalong–Rawai–Nai Harn suburbs are some of Phuket’s most interesting, with the best variety of restaurants, bars, clubs, massage services, herbal saunas, alternate healing, shopping centres, boat services and other lifestyle attractions on the island. An expat community of a few thousand makes this end of the island their home, and these, rather than tourists, fuel this interesting throng of lifestyle services.
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The Vijitt is beautifully placed in coconut groves by its narrow beach, offering guests excellent sea and island views. Most of its modern, trendy chalets are built up an expansive hillside amidst tropical foliage, all completely out of hearing of the surrounding urban chaos. And when guests wish to dip fingers or toes into a new lifestyle experience, it’s probably right here in the Rawai-Nai Harn area, just a short drive away, or perhaps a walk.
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Chandara Resort – a remote retreat in Phuket’s northeast

Chandara Resort & Spa might be called the original ‘remote resort’ on Phuket – and even daring. The resort opened well before Phuket’s famous beaches near Patong had become crowded, and before there was significant demand for secret hideaways on Phuket.
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Chandara was built on a low hill overlooking a small beach at Ao Po, on the northeast corner of the island, as far from the main tourist beaches as it was possible to get. Since then one other resort has followed into this region, but Ao Po still remains a tranquil escape from mainstream Phuket.
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Chandara is an all-villa, 4-star resort with all modern comforts. The rooms are surrounded by lush tropical foliage, which creeps in to join guests in their bathrooms in some places. Peaceful ocean and island views can be enjoyed from many parts of the resort, including from the infinity edge swimming pool. On clear days the vertical rocky monoliths of Phang Nga Bay can be seen to the north.
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With Chandara being relatively close to the airport, it is possible to drop into Phuket, take a holiday here, and never see the beach crowds, traffic jams or over-development that many people now complain about on Phuket. And for more, this resort is the best jump-off point for boat trips into magical Phang Nga Bay.
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Renaissance Resort – stylish tranquillity on Mai Khao Beach

The spacious green beachfront, the open air beach bar and the infinity-view, black pool of The Renaissance come together as disparate design elements to form one trendy, beautiful whole. This beachfront area is supremely relaxing, and one of the most attractive on Phuket. But it’s the location of Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa on remote Mai Khao Beach that puts it on the list of Phuket’s most beautiful beach hideaways.
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This is a large resort, with 180 rooms, most in three-storey buildings facing an inner garden courtyard. These accommodation blocks carry their own stylish looks with hints of Asia. The trendy design begins in the soaring roof of the reception and is carried all the way through to the beach bar with its sand-floor. The finest accommodations are the chalets opening onto wide open lawns beside the beach.
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With this outstanding, grassy beachfront area being the highlight and focus of the resort, it is put to good use with guests enjoying atmospheric dining under-the-stars here.
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Mai Khao Beach is far from Phuket’s famous beaches like Patong, and its other crowded neighbours on the southwest coast. There is little development within several kilometres of this beach. Renaissance has a handful neighbouring beach resorts, but still the beach never sees anything like a crowd, and the wider area remains quiet and peaceful – the ideal beach getaway for some.
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