Photo: Sunset over the bay.

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Cape Panwa

A few large, mid- and high-end resorts lie south on Cape Panwa perched on large hills with spectacular views. This area is becoming increasingly popular with sailors who want to live on land while their boats are anchored in Ao Chalong.

Cape Panwa Hotel
Toprange - 4,000B to 8,000B
27, 27/2 Mu 8, Sakdidej Road
T: (076) 391 1235

Stretching down a tall incline all the way to their own private beach, the Cape Panwa Hotel does not disappoint. Several buildings scattered about the property boast in total 212 chic and modern rooms. The Junior Suite rooms sit at the top of the cliff in a new building and have some of the best views. Larger suites have private jacuzzis on the balcony. All rooms have stereos, DVD players,... Read our full review of Cape Panwa Hotel.

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Cloud 19 Beach Retreat
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
30/10 Moo 8, Bor Rae-Ao Yon Road
T: (076) 20 0920

This hotel, once the home of a wealthy Thai family, is now a beach retreat on one of Phuket's quietest beaches. With 19 rooms you will feel very well taken care of by their staff, but of course at a heavy price tag. The rooms are set in white townhouses over looking Ao Chalong. The bar and restaurant surround a gorgeous mid-sized pool with a lawn and beach beds next to it. If you don't feel like... Read our full review of Cloud 19 Beach Retreat.

Radisson Plaza Resort
Toprange - 4,000B to 8,000B
44/5 Moo 8 Sakdidesh Road
T: (076) 60 2500

The Radisson Plaza sits on a beach suitable for swimming with picture perfect views. The 2009-built resort is stunning and was full at the time of research, which surprised us as it is so isolated from the rest of Phuket. But it's no wonder with fantastic rooms, a kids' club, two restaurants and free water sports. Most rooms have sea views but if you really want to splurge, book a deluxe villa... Read our full review of Radisson Plaza Resort.

Kantary Bay Hotel
Toprange - 4,000B to 8,000B
31/11 Moo 8 Sakdidej Rd.
T: (076) 39 1514

Footsteps from the Phuket Aquarium is the sprawling Kantary Bay Hotel. The lobby is breezy and the staff will immediately make you feel welcome. All rooms are apartment-style with a small full kitchen, living room, bedroom, bathroom, patio and air-con. The kitchens are very modern but the décor of the remainder of the apartment is outdated. If you don't want to swim in one of the two pools,... Read our full review of Kantary Bay Hotel.

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Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
39/6 Moo 6 Aow Yon Khao Khad, Panwa
T: (086) 329 5221

As the title suggests, these modest bungalows sit on the north end of Cape Panwa among mangroves. You could swim here – but we aren't sure you would want to. The only real budget accommodation on this side of Cape Panwa, The Mangrove has bungalows that are large and wooden with a basic fridge, TV, clean bathrooms, big beds and air-con. This place is mainly popular with Thais as shown by the... Read our full review of The Mangrove Panwa.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Cape Panwa? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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