Racha Hotel Phuket

Luxurious and romantic villas on an island south of Phuket

Featuring 85 villas, most of which complete with 1 or 2 private infinity pools, the Racha Hotel is a deluxe 5-star resort located on Racha Island, about 15 kilometers south of Phuket. To reach it you get ground transportation from the airport to a dock in the south, and then a 30-minute speedboat ride to reach the serene bay where the resort is located. Obviously the remote location is better for romantic couples and others who aren’t interested in exploring Phuket itself, but there are boats coming and going daily so anything is possible.

The villas are all very large and modern, complete with iPods (not just docking stations) full of music and a deluxe sound system. Most are large enough for families, though without a Kids Club this is a more popular choice among romantic couples and families with older children. Many guests come back every year, and the reviews are exceptional, so the Racha Hotel is worth a look for anyone interested in relaxing luxury in the upper price ranges for Phuket.

Rooms/suites/villas: 85
Area: Racha Island
Category: 5-star

Room types

  • Deluxe Villa
  • Grand Deluxe Villa
  • Grand Deluxe Pool Villa
  • Junior Pool Suite Villa
  • Spa Pool Suite
  • Grand Pool Suite Villa
  • 2 Bedroom Grand Pool Suite
  • The Lighthouse

Special room features

  • LCD TV with DVD unit and satellite channels
  • iPod with Bose sound system
  • Minibar
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Safe deposit box
  • Air conditioning
  • IDD telephone
  • Separate shower and indoor bathtub
  • Outdoor rain shower


  • High season online specials from US$290 per night
  • Low season online specials from US$245 per night

Restaurants and bars

  • Earth Cafe
  • Fire Grill
  • Ice Bar
  • Sunset Beach Restaurant
  • Club Del Mar

Resort features

  • Yoga
  • Fitness Center
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Canoeing
  • ATV riding
  • Nature walk
  • Mountain biking
  • Tennis

Spa information

The Anuba Spa offers a wide variety of massages and other pampering treatments.

Nearby activities

  • Yacht tours

Distance from Phuket International Airport

60 km / 38 miles – 45 minutes by car then 30 minutes by boat

What the reviews say

Reviews for the Racha Hotel are generally excellent, with the majority of guests remarking that it’s the best resort hotel they’ve ever stayed in. The modern and well furnished rooms are said to be very comfortable, and even scented to each guest’s preference. The grounds and common areas get very high marks, as do the restaurants and food.

The reviews that aren’t a full 5 stars are usually 4 stars, so not many ax-grinders in the bunch. The few criticisms tend to be the fact that the food and drinks are a bit pricey (although that’s what you should expect on a remote 5-star island resort) and that the beach isn’t private so you have to mix with some day-trippers until the last boats go back to Phuket around 3:30pm. Overall this looks like a top class resort and as long as the remote location isn’t a problem, it offers good value.

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