Boasting sandy beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters and towering limestone karsts, Phuket is an increasingly popular destination amongst Singaporeans for a quick beach getaway. Especially with its new airport terminal completed last year to cater to its massive tourism boom — increasing airport capacity to 12.5 million passengers a year from its previous capacity of 6.5 million — more airlines are offering flights to Phuket from Singapore. Singapore Airlines alone has daily flights to the tropical island.
It is no surprise then, that this year sees many new resort openings in Phuket, with hotel chains finding ways to inject luxury into the beautiful province. Visitors to Phuket are now spoilt with options when choosing where to stay. Boutique hotels, beach villas, private island resorts — the possibilities are almost endless. There really is no better time to head to the sunny Thai island.
If you’re not sure where to go the next long weekend (the Hari Raya Puasa holiday), we’ve got you covered. From Hong Kong-based Rosewood Hotels & Resorts’ first foray into Southeast Asia to the ultra-luxurious Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay, here are the best new resorts to check out in Phuket in 2017.
(Main image credit: Hyatt Regency Phuket)
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Opening: Second quarter of 2017
Located on a 600-metre beachfront on one of Phuket’s last secluded beaches, Emerald Bay, Rosewood Phuket is the ultra-luxury hotel group’s first foray into Southeast Asia. Boasting 71 villas and 32 residences, Rosewood Phuket is the perfect island escape.
Landscape designers have carefully preserved the 150-year-old banyan trees in the surrounding 40-acre forest, with landscaped rooftops blending beautifully with the hillside forest. Facilities include four restaurants, Sense spa boasting six spa villas, swimming pools, a yoga pavilion, a gym, and a wedding pavilion for up to 100 guests.
Rosewood Phuket, Muen-Ngoen Rd., Tri-Trang Beach, Patong, Kathu District, Phuket 83150, Thailand
Opening: Late 2017
Nestled up in the Kata hills, The Hermitage Kata Phuket boasts some of the most awe-inspiring views, with the mountains, waterfall, and sea views of both Kata and Karon Bay. The resort offers a total of 87 rooms — from pool suites to rock jacuzzi villas — which are incorporated with the natural environment of the property.
A wide range of services and facilities are provided in the three-level clubhouse, which includes a restaurant, poolside lounge, spa, fitness centre, and swimming pool.
The Hermitage Kata Phuket, Karon, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83100, Thailand
Opened: December 2016
Formerly the Merlin Beach Resort, this beach resort was refurbished and rebranded as the Marriott in December 2016. The resort, located on a secluded stretch of Tri-Tang Beach, offers a quiet oasis within proximity of attractions such as Patong Beach and Phuket Old Town.
Guests can expect beautifully designed rooms and suites with private balconies and scenic views, as well as a range of dining options including Italian and authentic Thai cuisine.
Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach, 99 Muen-Ngoen Road, Tri-Trang Beach, Patong
Opened: November 2016
Nestled on the edge of a cliff just north of Patong Beach, Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay boasts sweeping views of the Andaman Sea. The newly-opened resort offers 214 stylish rooms (including luxurious pool villas with private infinity pools), along with leisure facilities such as two outdoor swimming pools overlooking the sea, a spa offering traditional Thai therapies, a well-equipped gymnasium, and a kids’ club.
Its grand ballroom features high ceilings and expansive glass panels, making it perfect for extravagant gala dinners or weddings.
Located along the upscale Millionaire’s Mile on the west coast of Phuket is Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort. The hotel, overlooking Kamala Bay and the Andaman Sea, will feature 201 guest rooms with uninterrupted views of the Andaman Sea and its tropical sunsets. The resort is easily accessible — it’s just 10 minutes from Patong and 35 minutes from Phuket International Airport.
Amenities include more than 4,300 square feet of meeting facilities, three food and beverage outlets (The Pool House, Sunset Grill, and The Pool Bar), a club lounge, fitness centre, outdoor swimming pool, and spa.
Hyatt Regency Phuket, 16/12 Moo 6, Tambon Kamala, Amphur Kathu, Phuket, 83150, Thailand