As the largest island in Thailand, Phuket has over 1,000 resorts and hotels that are spread on over a dozen beaches. The island is nearly 50 kilometers from north to south, with most of the crowded areas near the south, while the airport is way up north. As a result, many people prefer Phuket resorts near the airport for a few different reasons.
The most obvious reason to choose a resort near Phuket International Airport is that it will take less time and cost less money to get there, and for a stay of only a few nights that’s worth considering. However, the beaches nearest the airport are also the most secluded and most relaxing on the island, as well as home to many of Phuket’s best overall resorts.
To save you time we’ve sorted through every luxury resort in Phuket to find the very best that could be considered close to the airport. A few are in the super-luxury category, while others are very reasonably priced yet still rated at 5 stars.
All of the resorts listed below are:
- Close to Phuket International Airport (but not too close)
- Offer good value for money
- Score very high in guest reviews
7 Best luxury resorts close to Phuket Airport
1 – Trisara Hotel
- High season starting from: US$1,113 per night
- Low season starting from: US$685 per night
Easily one of Phuket’s finest resorts overall, the Trisara Hotel is only 15 kilometers from the airport, and a quick 20-minute ride into paradise. They have 39 villas that each have a private pool on their large balcony facing the Andaman Sea just below. The hillside views are spectacular, and the service is at least as good.
The villas here range from studios all the way up to a 6-bedroom Ocean Front Residence, so it can be perfect for romantic couples all the way up to large groups. There are several restaurants and bars to choose from, even though most of the villas have a full kitchen. There’s also a Kids Club so the young ones can be looked after while the parents pamper themselves in the spa.
- High season starting from: US$218 per night
- Low season starting from: US$149 per night
With 180 rooms and villas on a quiet beach only 13 kilometers from the airport, the Renaissance Phuket Resort and Spa is one of the best value resorts on the island. It’s an upscale part of the Marriott Hotels family, so you can count on professional service and attention to detail. This is another family-friendly resort with a Kids Club, but it’s also spread out enough that romantic couples will feel welcome as well.
The Deluxe Rooms at this beachfront resort are reasonably priced during the high season, but during the low season the room rates are phenomenal, as they prefer to fill them at steep discounts rather than let them sit empty for months. The guest reviews here are also very strong, so they have many return guests and are often booked up before some of the others in their price category.
- High season starting from: US$225 per night
- Low season starting from: US$131 per night
With 96 suites and villas and a location only 4 kilmoters from the airport, the Dewa Phuket Hotel is a very popular choice for those who prefer to be in the upscale portion of the island in the north. Even though it’s incredibly convenient for shorter stays, it’s also very well set up for longer stays since each suite and villa is large and set up like a condominium.
They even offer a free shuttle to and from the airport, so there is no stress or confusion on flight days. The Dewa Phuket is a bit inland from a quiet beach, which is easily within walking distance, with a local village nearby as well, allowing guests to experience local food. This is another that is well suited to families, with a playroom and babysitting service. Reviews are good and room rates are very competitive, so this is one to book early if possible.
- High season starting from: US$290 per night
- Low season starting from: US$148 per night
With 177 suites and villas, the Indigo Pearl Hotel is located on the posh Nai Yang Beach, only 20 kilometers and a quick ride from the airport. Those looking for a complete resort experience will appreciate this one, as they have 6 different restaurants, 3 swimming pools, and a long list of activities and water sports options. There’s also a Kids Club and kid-friendly menu items at several of the restaurants.
Visitors who love 5-star amenities such as oversized towels and slippers will be very happy here, even though room rates are quite modest for this category. The reviews for the Indigo Pearl are extremely positive and solid as well, with many guests who return each year. During the high season the rates are on the low side for 5-star suites at a Phuket beach resort, and during the low season the rates are unbelievably modest.
- High season starting from: US$437 per night
- Low season starting from: US$291 per night
Another of the closest to the airport, the Anantara Phuket Villas has 83 villas that each have a private pool. The location on the upscale Mai Khao Beach is only 7 kilometers and less than 15 minutes from the international airport. The pool villas here come in 4 different categories, even the smallest of which is large and very luxurious.
Each villa has a large private deck surrounding the pool, so it’s like having a beach house on Phuket while you are here. There are 5 restaurants and bars, each with its own specialty, and many daytime activity options including tennis, water sports, and even cooking classes. The guest reviews are very good here, and they do justify the higher room rates, but during the low season the rates are unusually low.
- High season starting from: US$237 per night
- Low season starting from: US$182 per night
Among the largest 5-star beach resorts in Phuket, the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa is a quick 15 kilometers from the airport. They have 265 rooms and suites in a huge and posh complex on Mai Khao Beach. All rooms come equipped with luxury features such as oversized soaking tubs and separate showers, and robes and slippers for each guest.
Even with 265 rooms, you wouldn’t expect a dozen restaurants and bars, but that’s what you get here so avoiding crowds is easy if that’s your goal. There are also 3 swimming pools, tennis, volleyball, and many water sports options. This is another that gets a long string of extremely positive reviews and a large group of guests who return each year, but with so many rooms they still have very moderate prices to help fill them up, especially during the low season.
- High season starting from: US$277 per night
- Low season starting from: US$175 per night
With 79 rooms and villas along Mai Khao Beach only 18 kilometers north of the airport, the Sala Phuket Resort and Spa is an ideal choice for families looking for a quiet resort far away from the nightlife zone. Most of the rooms and villas here have their own private pool, but there are 3 common pools for those who want service or supervision of the kids.
The only rooms without a pool are the Deluxe Balcony rooms, and even those are very large and extremely well appointed. All the other villas are large or insanely large, peaking in the 2 Bedroom Presidential Pool Villa at 619 square meters (the size of a mansion). Even with all of this luxury, the room rates are very reasonable and guest reviews are very good.
- High season starting from: US$116 per night
- Low season starting from: US$116 per night
A short 15 minute ride from the airport, the Imperial Adamas Beach Resort is great for short stays at the start or end of your vacation as well as longer stays as you’ll find a nice selection of restaurants and bars to choose from right on-site. You’ll also find a fitness center, garden, swimming pool, retail shop and a tour desk where you’ll find great information about local tours for when you’re ready to leave the resort.
If and when you decide to travel down to Patong Beach and its surrounding shops and nightlife hotspots, you’ll find that the resort offers a free daily shuttle, allowing you the best of both worlds without having to pay extra. With 116 rooms, you’ll also find that this resort is great for both couples and families as there is enough space for everyone to move around comfortably.
- High season starting from: US$597 per night
- Low season starting from: US$376 per night
With villas the size of a house, the Maikhao Dream Villa Resort & Spa offers guests a home away from home and serves as one of the most exclusive 5-star villa resorts in the area. Though it’s near the airport, it’s a bit out of the way from Patong Beach and its nightlife, great for those looking for a quieter vacation.
Even though the resort is located far away from shops and restaurants, you’ll find 2 restaurants, 2 bars, a Kids Club and other services including a gift shop, a florist and a postal service on-site. The villas are meant for relaxation and feature a refreshment bar, 2 large TVs, living and dining areas and several bedrooms, great for large groups. You’ll also find that instead of having to share a pool with all of the other resort guests, you’ll have your own sunken private swimming pool located in a wood pool deck.