In spite of its growing popularity as a spot for tropical beach holidays, the island of Phuket continues having some of the cheapest 5-star resort prices in the world. Out of over 1,000 resorts and hotels on the island, around 60 of them claim to be five stars at least on one of the major hotel scales. This competition means that room rates can be very reasonable, at least in the off season months.
Whether you want to stay directly on the beach, or in a luxurious and spacious compound in a quiet area away from the crowds, there are many 5-star options in Phuket. During the high season (December through March) room rates will of course be higher, but you can still get great value compared to many other resort areas.
All 5-star resorts are not the same, obviously
It’s very important to note up top that just because a resort calls itself “5 stars” doesn’t mean it could be part of the Four Seasons chain and is the ultimate in luxury. But on Phuket you can count on any “5-star” hotel to have all the main services and amenities you’d expect, and have at least some level of “luxury” to it.
Some 5-star Phuket resorts start under US$100 per night, and other start at over US$600 per night. There will be a huge difference between them, but that doesn’t mean the cheap ones are bad. In fact, we don’t even list resorts that get frequent comments that say they aren’t really five stars. Read about the features and amenities carefully, and read the reviews before you book. Phuket has fantastic deals for those who look carefully.
8 Cheapest 5-star resorts in Phuket
Note: Prices change with availability and these are the lowest prices we found. They are likely to be a bit higher, depending on your own dates.
- Low season starting from: US$68 per night
- High season starting from: US$147 per night
With 195 guest rooms and a popular location along Kamala Beach just north of Patong, the Thavorn Beach Village & Spa completed a renovation in late 2012, and it’s offering promotional deals in the aftermath that would be appealing even for a 3-star resort.
This is a family-friendly hotel with large rooms, a Kids Club, as well as tennis courts, fitness center, lagoon pool, and 6 restaurants and bars. The high season rates are very competitive as well, and being in a quiet beach area so close to the Patong shopping and nightlife should make this one a good choice for active guests or those just wanting to relax.
- Low season starting from: US$71 per night
- High season starting from: US$114 per night
With 62 rooms and villas along the quiet bayfront on the eastern side of Phuket, the Serenity Resort & Residences offers excellent value for families and others looking more to relax than hit the nightclubs. It’s the smaller Serenity Rooms that are in this lower price range, and the larger rooms do jump quite a bit up in price but they also hold at least 4 people.
Even the smallest rooms come with robes and slippers for each guest, plus free wi-fi access, so this isn’t a resort that tries to stack new fees on top of the room rate. The remote location should be a plus for most guests, and there is a regular shuttle into Phuket Town, which isn’t far away. Patong Beach is a fairly short taxi ride as well, for those who want to mix things up a bit.
- Low season starting from: US$73 per night
- High season starting from: US$352 per night
If the Avista Phuket Resort was located directly on the beach, room rates would probably be double, but since it’s 5 minutes away by foot, it’s one of Phuket’s best luxury hotel deals. There are 143 rooms here in 4 different classes, and all come with large LCD TVs and other luxury amenities including a couple of cans of free beer in the minibar each day.
This is another family-friendly resort with a full Kids Club and multiple swimming pools, so the beach is easy to forget even though it’s still close. The location in Kata Beach is also very convenient as it’s a short taxi ride to Patong as well as other popular west coast beaches, so you can mix the quiet resort with any kind of fun you choose nearby.
- Low season starting from: US$83 per night
- High season starting from: US$148 per night
A large resort with a total of 224 rooms, the Phuket Panwa Beachfront Resort located in the Panwa Cape district is great for those who are looking for lots of activities to choose from, both in the resort and just outside. In fact, guests will find themselves near shopping, Makham Bay, Phuket Aquarium and Old Phuket Town. For those who love to adventure, there is great snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking, hiking and waterfall viewing close by and great for day activities no matter your age.
The resort itself ranks high with great reviews all around. Past guests rave about the 3 swimming pools to choose from, the water activity center on-site, the private beach that allows a bit of peace without the intrusion of other vacationers from outside the resort and the different restaurants to choose from.
- Low season starting from: US$89 per night
- High season starting from: US$227 per night
Near a choice of beaches, including the famous Kata beach, the Metadee Resort and Villas and its team of helpful staff help to make your dream of that ‘perfect’ vacation a reality. With 76 different rooms to choose from, guests will find plenty of living space in each along with internet, a 32″ LCD TV, mini bar, mini fridge, dressing table, sofa, desk and little extras including a bathrobe, beach bags and 24 hour security.
Resort amenities include a restaurant, laundry service, a fitness center, swimming pool surrounded by lush greenery, a jacuzzi, concierge and private airport transfer if needed. There is also a spa within the resort that offers a wide selection of treatments including aromatherapy, deep cleanses and fully body massages alongside a jacuzzi and sauna.
- Low season starting from: US$90 per night
- High season starting from: US$215 per night
A nice sized resort with a no children under 12 policy, the Cape Sienna Phuket Hotel & Villa is a great choice for romantic couples that are looking for good quality time for a budget price. The rooms themselves, although you would think would be on the small side, are actually very spacious with a private balcony offering a view of the ocean. There are 4 different types of rooms available, making it easy for couples to choose the one that suits them the best.
Though many may prefer a resort right on the beach, past guests have raved about the views, detailing that staying right on the beach isn’t necessary due to the amenities on-site including a 30-meter pool, tennis court, Snooker Room, ‘The Gallery’ which hosts a library, boutique shop and Sosta Bar, a gym and a spa. When you do decide to venture out of the resort, you’ll find golf, shopping, boating and nightlife nearby.
- Low season starting from: US$91 per night
- High season starting from: US$149 per night
Found just north of Phuket and close to the airport, the Maikhao Dream Resort & Spa Natai features 56 guest rooms at modest prices. What makes the resort even better is its on the beach location, great for those who wish to spend countless hours lying under the sun. Due to its location, those who are seeking nightlife and non-stop shopping will find that this isn’t the best as it is more suited to those looking for more of a relaxing vacation with a bit of peace and quiet.
Even though the resort itself is considered on the small side, it is actually a full service resort with a large number of options and amenities. You’ll find restaurant and bar options, outdoor pools, a postal service, babysitting, a gift shop and a list of water sport activities to choose from. There is also a three-story spa on-site offering a range of facials, manicures, pedicures along with other treatments.
- Low season starting from: US$94 per night
- High season starting from: US$122 per night
A small resort accessed from Phuket only by a 20 minute speedboat, the Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa is close enough for comfort yet still far enough for some added privacy. There are 90 different rooms to choose from in 5 different styles, great for those who are looking for a particular view or their own private pool. Each room comes with dressing room, day bed, sun beds, a great view of the ocean, air conditioning and the added bonus of 8 free bottles of water daily.
The resort is filled with different amenities, some familiar while others a bit unexpected, making it unnecessary to travel off island for daily activities. Some of the fun things to see and do include cooking lessons, a swimming pool, bicycle rentals, motorbike rentals, fishing trips around the island, snorkeling trips and a Thai boxing lesson. If you’re a romantic couple looking to take the next step, you’ll find that there are also wedding services on-site.
- Low season starting from: US$96 per night
- High season starting from: US$178 per night
With 188 rooms on a large lot on the hill overlooking Patong Beach, the Sea Pearl Villas Phuket Resort is a fantastic bargain for the right type of guest. Each room has a private Jacuzzi out on its deck, which is a feature you’d normally not see anywhere near this price range. There’s also a regular shuttle into the heart of Patong, so guests can come and go easily, though the resort is well suited to spend all your time there.
In addition to the standard outdoor swimming pool, this resort has a clubhouse that features many recreational activities as well as yoga classes, Thai cooking classes, and much more. It’s a popular resort with many return guests, but it’s not for everyone. Some reviews say that the service doesn’t qualify as 5 stars, and if that’s true this might not be ideal for those who need a lot of help on a holiday.