If you’re seeking a spectacularly peaceful stretch of shoreline to simply relax and get away from it all, you may be surprised to learn that Phuket offers a selection of tranquil sandy locations to escape to.
Phuket’s beaches are known and loved by travellers from across the world. Thanks to the powder soft sand and sapphire-blue waters, they’re one of Thailand’s leading attractions.
While many visitors can’t get enough of bustling beaches like Patong, Karon and Kata where there are plenty of restaurants and water sports available, others may prefer to head to quieter spots where they can lie down and soak up the rays in untroubled serenity.
Although guests staying in a holiday villa may find it hard to drag themselves away from their private poolside, a short drive to explore the coast will soon unveil a sublime selection of secluded beaches
Below is a selection of less crowded stretches of sand for discerning travellers looking for a beach fix.
Taking in the emerald jungle, crystal blue water and soft golden sand that form Phuket’s beautiful Nai Harn beach, it’s not difficult to see why this stretch of sand scored top honours as Thailand’s favourite beach in the 2017 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards. Situated on the southern tip of the island, very few hotels overlook this sandy expanse of land. What’s more, the beach is only a short distance from Promthep Cape – one of Phuket’s most spectacular sunset viewpoints. This divine stretch of coastline is a serene favourite of visitors and locals – especially those that simply want to enjoy a quiet swim or run.
Off the Beaten Beach Track
Situated at the northern, much less developed end of popular Bangtao Beach on Phuket’s west coast, Layan Beach offers a peaceful, secret vibe. There’s little here in the way of restaurants, so it’s the perfect place to pack a picnic and head to the beach for a chilled afternoon. Thanks to the position of Koh Kala, a small island just off the coast, the waters off Layan Beach are calm, offering excellent swimming conditions. Fringed by pam trees, the shady edges of this beach offer plenty of places to cool down in the shade.
Recently cleared of all bars and restaurants, Surin Beach is the ultimate destination for those in search of an authentic Thai beach with a friendly, peaceful vibe. Of course, the smooth white sand and blissfully waters don’t hurt, either. In fact, the fine sand and striking turquoise ocean are two of the attractions that make this beach a favourite haven with upscale visitors and the area behind is home to a number of luxury resorts and private villas.
Situated on the northwest coast of the island, the small cove known as Banana Beach provides a superb reprieve from some of Phuket’s busier coastal hotspots. This secluded gem is located between Layan and Nai Thon beaches, and offers a smart choice if you’re looking for a stretch of shoreline that feels blissfully isolated. There’s plenty of room to lay down your beach mat and enjoy the rays – but bear in mind that at high tide the surf can lap quite far up the beach.
While Phang Nga’s Natai beach is technically situated on the Thai mainland as opposed to Phuket itself, this beach is actually easier to reach from Phuket International Airport than the busier coastal hub of Patong. What’s more, it’s without doubt one of the region’s best-kept beach secrets in Thailand with a prime position off the well-worn tourist trail. Natai is the perfect destination to enjoy a relaxing day with your loved ones, breathing in the wonderfully laid-back atmosphere and dreamy coastal vistas – particularly at sunset. For the ultimate Natai experience, families and groups of friends can rent a stunning private holiday villa right by the soft sand.