While the standard hotel rating system only goes up to 5-star Deluxe, Phuket Island has many resorts that easily deserve a 6th star. The island has about 65 5-star hotels, including over a dozen that are some of the best resorts in all of Asia if not the world.
We’ve compiled a list of the finest of them, and all the resorts listed below consist of suites and villas only, so they attract an exclusive clientele even though prices at many of them are quite modest considering the size and private pool for each villa. A few also provide 24-hour private butler service, just to make sure each guest is as pleased as possible during their stay.
Visiting Phuket is so easy that you won’t need a travel agent to book a luxury holiday. Most of these resorts offer private airport transportation, so you get the most value by booking flights and taking advantage of the special online rates.
All of the resorts listed below:
- Feature only villas and suites
- Have luxury amenities and excellent service
- Offer good value for money
- Score very high in guest reviews
Best 6-star Phuket ultra luxury resorts
1 – Trisara Hotel
- High season starting from: US$1015 per night
- Low season starting from: US$764 per night
Arguably Phuket’s finest resort of all, the Trisara Hotel has 39 pool villas spread over a hillside that goes all the way down to a private beach. Each villa has a view of the Andaman Sea and an infinity pool out on its large deck, and most villas have a full kitchen. Romantic couples will be comfortable in the smaller pool villas, but families and groups can opt for villas with anywhere from 2 to 6 bedrooms.
This resort has a Kids Club so families with children have plenty of options, but the grounds are spread out like a luxury community so it’s popular with the honeymoon crowd as well. There’s also scuba diving, tennis courts, and a full beach club just out front.
>>More information about the Trisara Hotel
2 – Six Senses Yao Noi
- High season starting from: US$936 per night
- Low season starting from: US$571 per night
With a private and exclusive location on a nearby island, the Six Sense Yao Noi Resort is another that deserves a 6-star rating. There are 56 villas here, each with a private pool on a large sundeck, and each with an amazing sea view. This is a member of the acclaimed Six Senses luxury hotel chain, where the hotels have a unique design with very large rooms that are mostly open-air (with ceiling fans) and an air conditioned bedroom area.
The villa design combined with the tropical breezes on this hillside resort makes for an unforgettable luxury experience that is all about barefoot elegance. There are a couple of restaurants in addition to the in-villa dining option, plus a gym, tennis court, and private beach with full amenities. This is a better choice for honeymoon couples than families, but the larger villas are certainly well suited to groups.
>>More information about the Six Senses Yao Noi
3 – Sri Panwa Phuket
- High season starting from: US$486 per night
- Low season starting from: US$360 per night
Featuring 52 suites and villas that each have their own infinity pool, the Sri Panwa Phuket Resort is a full-service hotel, unlike many other villa complexes with only a few amenities. The rooms range from the large Pool Suites all the way up to the enormous 5-Bedroom Residence Villa, and all are outfitted with 5-star amenities including loaded iPods and state of the art sound systems.
There is also a “Beach Pool” that is set 60 meters above sea level, as well as a private beach below. Yoga & Pilates classes and Thai Boxing are among the more interesting activities available, but there are far too many to list. Of course there is a luxury spa as well as a large pool club that features a wide variety of recreation and dining.
>>More information about the Sri Panwa Phuket
4 – The Shore at Katathani Resort
- High season starting from: US$743 per night
- Low season starting from: US$404 per night
With 48 pool villas set over a secluded corner of a sandy beach, the Shore at Katathani Resort is very popular with honeymooners and other romantic couples. The villas are large, but not really family sized, and each has a private pool on its sundeck overlooking the sea. Each is also filled with deluxe amenities such as bathrobes and slippers for each guest and a premium entertainment system.
The resort does have plenty of activities and amenities on offer, including a fitness center, yoga classes, and even golf putting greens. There is an acclaimed restaurant and a pleasant lounge, but another key feature is that this hotel is reasonably close to Patong Beach, so those looking for shopping or nightlife are a short taxi ride away.
>>More information about the Shore at Katathani Resort
5 – Double Pool Villas by Banyan Tree
- High season starting from: US$1,087 per night
- Low season starting from: US$702 per night
Another prime contender for finest resort on Phuket, the Double Pool Villas by Banyan Tree is ideal for those seeking the best of everything. The 24 private villas here are enormous and come with two private pools within the private garden area of each. The two-bedroom pool villas even come with a 24-hour personal villa host, so whatever you need at any time will be taken care of.
Perhaps better still is the fact that this resort is a private enclave attached to the main Banyan Tree Phuket complex, which is part of the larger Laguna Phuket resort complex. Guests here get all the privacy they could want, but also direct access to the 30 restaurants and bars within the exclusive property. The private beach is just a few steps away if the private pools don’t offer enough room to relax.
>>More information about the Double Pool Villas by Banyan Tree
6 – Impiana Private Villas
- High season starting from: US$575 per night
- Low season starting from: US$425 per night
With only 11 villas in total, the Impiana Private Villas is the smallest of these 6-star resorts in Phuket, but the amazing hillside sea views from each villa make it one of the most desirable as well. Accommodation ranges from Deluxe Pool Suites all the way up to the Royal Villa, and all of them include a private infinity pool as well as butler service.
The intimate size helps keep it very private and exclusive, but unlike some of the others, this one has very few activities on offer. The villas are all large enough to host a party, and it’s also relatively close to Patong Beach and other popular areas, so it’s a good choice for those coming to explore Phuket when they aren’t just relaxing in their private infinity pool.
>>More information about the Impiana Private Villas
7 – Andara Resort Villas
- High season starting from: US$681 per night
- Low season starting from: US$434 per night
Featuring 63 suites and villas, the Andara Resort Villas is one of the larger Phuket hotels that could be in the 6-star category. Most of the villas and many of the suites have private pools, and all are very large and stuffed with luxurious amenities including Bose sound systems. Indoor and discrete outdoor showers and bathtubs are in every unit, so it’s well suited to romantic couples.
There’s an acclaimed outdoor Thai restaurant and a private beach with a club and lounge, so there is no shortage of ways to relax in the tropical breezes. There are tennis courts and a luxury spa as well, plus a common outdoor pool with sun loungers. This is a popular resort with many guests who return each year, so it’s one to be booked well in advance if possible.
>>More information about the Andara Resort Villas
We want private pool villa room.
My daughter an me want to stay in one of best 6 star Phuket luxury resorts close to the airport in March 2014 for 10 days and want to have one suite with separate bedrooms with sea view. Spa would be great. Please give us your suggestions and offers, tks and best regards Veronich Geutner
This is an interesting question without a perfect answer, but I’m sure I can help you. First off, there are no official “6-star” hotels anywhere, but in Phuket the 5-star category covers a huge range, so many people unofficially break it into 5-star and 6-star. In other words, you are actually looking for one of the best 5-star hotels in Phuket.
The other tricky thing is that almost all of the best super-luxury resorts on Phuket are on hilltops rather than on the beach. And to complicate matters more, most of the beach resorts that are close to the airport are in the lower category. So I highly recommend looking at resorts that are not too close to the airport, and since you are staying for 10 days, that one-hour trip from the airport and back shouldn’t really be much of an issue.
So looking at the best “6-star” resorts on Phuket with private pools that overlook the beach, there are two that I’d highly recommend.
This one is on a quiet and classy part of the west coast.
This one is on a small island just off the east coast, but it’s easy to reach. This one is easily one of the finest resorts in Thailand, and it’s not outrageously expensive considering all you get.
There are links on each page to find the cheapest rates, so have a look at those and I have a feeling either one would be just what you are looking for. -Roger
Thank you for providing such great information, with the crazy amount of hotels its very helpful. I’m looking for a 6 star resort to fit my family ranging from 6mths old to 67 year old. Boss lady want to be near town for massages but not patong, and she is also weary of tsunami with the tremors lately, would you have any suggestions? THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.
p.s. The Shore would not allow the baby 🙁
I’m wondering if you can help me I’m looking for an amazing place to stay for our honeymoon at the end of August. We would like the dining experience and some night life but Also somewhere romantic. Thank you Kate
If you haven’t seen it yet, please have a look at this post featuring the best honeymoon hotels in Phuket. A few of those are fairly close to Patong, which is where nearly all of the real nightlife on Phuket can be found, and most of the shopping and top restaurants as well.
On a honeymoon you definitely wouldn’t want to stay IN Patong (it can be a bit noisy and rowdy) but you’ll probably want to be in one of the nearby beach communities so you can take a taxi in a few times. Have a wonderful trip. -Roger
Hi I have a question I am doing the research for my wife’s 50th 27.6.2016.
We plan to invite approx 20 couples of like minded fun loving couple we want to party like were in our 20’s and recover in our 30’s.
Last year for my 50th my wife took us to Bangkok and we had the best time we stayed at the JW Marriot had 20 deluxe rooms and one large suite which our room but doubled as a common area for meeting drinking staying up late etc.
Restaurants are important bars etc day trips sight seeing .
My plan is to self fund my friends accommodation & breakfast they pay for only mini bar and spa etc at this stage it looks very much like arrive 25th check out all 29th or some may stay on further at their own cost.
Can you supply suggestions of hotels and approx costs
This sounds like an incredible party and it makes me regret not becoming one of your friends years ago. What was I thinking?
Anyway, we are mainly just an online guide to Phuket resorts and we don’t do any booking, nor do we have access to special group deals, unfortunately. I’m sure most of the resorts we have listed on this site would love to have your group, and I’d also think that you’ll be in a position to negotiate a better deal than you’ll find online. Generally speaking, it’s tough for real offline travel agents to offer better rates than a site like Agoda.com in Phuket for 1 or 2 rooms. But if you are going to book 20 rooms they should be able to negotiate a great rate. In fact, you might even consider going directly to the resorts because each of the larger ones will have a group-bookings manager. If you go directly to them you’ll also be saving the hotel the commission to an agent, so you should get an even better deal.
Long story short, what I’d recommend is using this site or one like it to pick maybe 3 resorts that you think could work well for your stay. Make a note of the per-room rate including all taxes and fees, and then contact each of those resorts directly and ask for the best deal they can make. It will be less than the online rate. June is one of the slower months in Phuket so it will be a buyer’s market for you as long as you are contacting larger resorts (with 50 or more total rooms). Best of luck and I’ll look for the videos online starting about a year from now. 🙂 -Roger