Whether you’re picturing those dreamy scenes from ‘The Beach,’ a stunning island hide-out that’s fit for a Bond villain, or simply the inviting turquoise waters that Thailand is famous for, Phuket and the surrounding islands are what fantasies are made of.
Phuket is the largest of Thailand’s islands, with endless stretches of white-sand beaches, and crystal clear waters. Many people are drawn to the vibrant nightlife, but it’s the ultra-exclusive slices of barefoot luxury that we want to introduce you to. Arrive by speedboat to a high-spec island pad like The Naka, or experience the epitome of seamless service at Amanpuri.
Khao Lak has an infinite stretch of white sand beach and rolling waves which are amazing for body-boarding and kite-surfing. Inland, you can cycle to the nearby villages or head deep into the beautiful national parks for elephant trekking and tropical waterfalls.
The beautiful island of Yao Noi is all about the breathtaking views, and that's exactly what you'll get at Six Senses Resort which gazes out towards mountains, mangroves, and the majestic limestone stacks of Phang Nga. If you tire of swimming and sunbathing here, you can kayak through mangroves, or cycle inland to rubber plantations and the island's quiet village.
Sleepy Koh Lanta is not only beautiful but one of the most culturally diverse islands in Thailand. Discover the mix of Thai-Muslim, Thai-Chinese, and sea gypsy cultures as you hang out at the historic harbour; tuck in to the diverse cuisine, and visit the rustic Chinese-style shops with their wooden cladding.
Nestled in the south of Thailand, and bidding ‘wai’ to the Andaman Sea, Krabi is a beach idyll that's famed as much for its natural beauty as its friendly locals. Gathered around the coast are magnificent limestone crags draped with vines, and hence one of the main reasons people visit the island is for the amazing rock-climbing.
In Ko Phi Phi Lee you can visit Maya Bay, which had a starring role in ‘The Beach’; snorkel and dive the vivid coral reef; go rock-climbing; and kayak into caverns beneath the limestone cliffs.
The peaceful island of Koh Racha is the place to enjoy Thailand's simple pleasures. The beaches are truly beautiful, and there are also rainforest trails to trek and cycle. What the island is really known for though is the amazing snorkelling, thanks to the crystal clear waters and shallow corals reefs on nearby Raya Coral Island.