Phuket is so big, we’ve split it up into areas, select one of the below for detailed accommodation and food listings in that area. Sights and general overviews for Phuket as a whole can be found via the icons above. Don’t know where to start? Read an overview of Phuket’s different areas.
Coral is the more commercial of the two islands yet the single resort here is a pretty unassuming affair.
The words private island conjure up a lot of pretensions, but the Coral Island Resort is an unassuming place. If you'd rather not share it with the daytrippers, the beach in front of the resort is reserved for guests only. The resort's 64 bungalows are comfortably-sized with cheerfully coloured, spotlessly clean interiors. All have mini-fridge, air-con, and hot/cold showers. Prices change... Read our full review of Coral Island Resort.
Raya is very popular in high season and reservations are recommended. During high season some entrepreneurial locals run nameless bungalow operations, but rooms are limited. Camping is possible.
The Racha opened in 2003 and quickly joined the ranks of Conde Nast Traveler's list of hottest new resorts. With its white-washed walls and minimalist architecture, this heavenly resort looks like it belongs in the Mediterranean, not some far-flung Thai island. Of course, this kind of experience doesn't come cheap, but at least here you get your money's worth. They have two pools, a tennis court,... Read our full review of The Racha.
Located on the island's east, the Ban Raya is quite a hike from other inhabited bits of Raya but the resort's facilities will keep you from having to wander too far. The pavilions, the most expensive of the bungalows, are fully kitted out with satellite TV, living rooms, and simple kitchen facilities. Some are connected to each other, making them a good choice for groups or families. As the price... Read our full review of Ban Raya.
Rayaburi Resort is part of a chain in Phuket, but you would never assume it. It sits on pristine Siam beach, across 75 acres of palm trees and gardens. The resort was only built in 2009 — it's surprising it took so long for someone to develop this stretch of sand. The low-key building in no way alters the beauty of this perfect beach. The resort features 28 spacious rooms with dark wood... Read our full review of Rayaburi Resort.
For those who can't quite afford The Racha (that is, just about everyone), the Raya Father Resort is an affordable way to experience Ko Raya. It's situated in a clearing near the centre of the island, so the beaches, bays, and pier are within easy walking distance. The bungalows are boxy wooden structures with tin roofs and cozy, if slightly cramped, interiors. An extra 200B gets you a larger... Read our full review of Raya Father Resort.