Also known as the Pearl of the Andaman Sea, Phuket earned its nickname for being Thailand’s most well-known and treasured holiday destination. With diamond-white beaches to glittery clear waters to the best entertainment and fun experiences, there is so much one can do in this paradise of an island.

Phuket is also an abode to many high-end spas, luxury hotels and fine-dining restaurants which is perfect for those who are looking for a holiday filled with indulgence. The best time to visit is from December to March, so start planning your holiday with this luxury guide to Phuket!

What to do

See Phuket from above: The best way to get a bird’s eye view of the whole of Phuket is to actually see it from above! Get a magnificent aerial view of not just Phuket but its surrounding islands such as Phi Phi and Phang Nga as well. Several companies organise helicopters and small flights that allow you to fly with experienced instructors over Phuket, and some even offer flying classes as well.

Charter a private yacht: Nothing spells out VIP more than a private yacht for yourself, especially if you even get your own crew, captain and cook onboard! Charter a yacht and explore the Andaman Sea at your own leisurely pace and visit whichever island your heart fancies. There are many hidden bays and quiet islands which you can explore and swim at, making this the ultimate luxury experience in Phuket!

Catching the spectacular sunset view at sea is also a great way to enjoy this experience. At Club Med Phuket, we offer a Catamaran Sunset Cruise on a luxurious boat which includes champagne and snacks as well. Join this cruise for an evening to remember!

Unwind at a luxurious spa: If you’re looking to be pampered from head to toe, there is no better place to be than in Phuket! There is an endless list of spas and massage places here, whether you are looking for something quick or a whole day of indulgence. Most spas also have a variety of treatments to choose from, from traditional Thai massages to manicures and facials to hot stone treatments. Feel like royalty while you unwind from a tiring day of exploration and sightseeing!

Discover Chalong Bay Rum: Go on this distillery tour to learn the process of making rum using Thai sugar cane and French techniques. Besides learning how rum is made, you can also learn to create some famous cocktails using rum from world-class mixologists here. What’s better than bringing home fantastic rum and some great cocktails recipes?

At Club Med Phuket, we offer an excursion to Chalong Bay that includes a guided tour of the distillery, delicious mojitos and tapas break as well as a cocktail-making workshop where you will learn 3 different rum recipes!

Visit an elephant sanctuary: Elephants are a gentle but majestic creature, which is why many of them have been used in show business as well. Visit the Retirement Park for Elephants which is a sanctuary for rescued elephants and ensure that they are well taken care of and are treated with dignity.

Sign up for a private tour where you can get up close and personal with these elephants, help feed and even wash them too. You may not get to bring them home, but this will definitely be a memory you will treasure forever!

Where to Eat

Food is a huge part of the Thai experience, and be sure to visit some of these luxury restaurants when you are in Phuket:

Suay Restaurant: Mixing locally-sourced ingredients with European cooking techniques, Chef Tammasak Chootong is a legendary figure in the Thai food scene. Try dishes like grilled lamb loin marinated in lemongrass and snapper with roasted chillies for a great fusion dining experience.

Chanadda Royal Thai Cuisine: Thai cuisine is known for its fiery flavours and you can find all of that here while also dining like ancient Thai royalty. Experience not just great food but a completely transformed dining experience and vibe that will certainly make you feel pampered and taken care of.

The Chu-da: Another great fusion restaurant located in Club Med Phuket where you can get the best of both worlds. An amalgamation of Thai tradition with modern elegance, prepare for a great evening at Kata Bay where you can experience an intimate wine and dine experience with your loved one(s)!