The best beaches are on the west coast. Patong, Kata & Karon are the most popular. Surin, Kamala and Mai Khao offer a more peaceful vibe.
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a very nice beach, with good restaurants and beach clubs
a quiet beach, just 5 miles north of Patong
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Patong is Phuket’s best-known beach destination and home to the island’s nightlife, gay bars, clubs, entertainment and dining options. Hotels in Patong offer an excellent base for gay visitors.
based on 1182 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Next to the gay beach. Fabulous bar & dining. Luxury choice. Free WiFi.
If you want to stay in the heart of Patong, then La Flora Resort is the place to be. It is the most booked luxury hotel in Thailand on Travel Gay Asia.
This 5-star resort is located directly behind the gay section of Patong Beach and is just a 5-minute walk to the gay bars & clubs in Paradise Complex. If you need to pop back to your room for a little something, it is no problem at all.
La Flora is surprisingly peaceful, with two private swimming pools, a gym and spa. The Surface Bar & Restaurant has excellent food and stunning sunset views.
based on 385 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Stylish design. Quiet location. Near the gay nightlife. Free WiFi.
The stylish B-Lay Tong, located at the north end of Patong Beach (about a 10-minute walk to the gay beach area), offers modern rooms & suites with free WiFi, king-sized bed, LCD TV, minibar, balcony with a view over the sea or gardens.
Style-wise, it’s all “funky Feng Shui” with plenty red for fire, blue for water, green for earth and yellow-gold for the wind. The raised pool overlooking the Andaman Sea, and the lobby bar are unbeatable for watching the sunset.
The hotel has one of the more peaceful locations in Patong but is still close enough to walk to the gay bars and clubs in the evening.
based on 2725 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Private beach. 10 minutes to gay scene. Amazing views. Free WiFi.
This luxury hillside resort, overlooking the bay, is located just 10 minutes by taxi to Patong gay beach and town and the popular Jungceylon shopping mall. It features a fabulous pool with gorgeous views, plus its own sandy beach.
Kalima offers different room types, from stylish suites, studios to private pool villas. Each modern unit features free WiFi, flat screen satellite TV, minibar and safe. Some rooms also have sea view.
There is an all-day restaurant, tour desk, 24-hour front desk and spa onsite. Free shuttle service to Patong Beach is provided 3 times a day.
based on 1213 Agoda reviews
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Why this hotel? Beachfront location. Close to Patong Town. Popular choice. Free WiFi.
Amari Phuket is located on a headland at the south end of Patong bay, a more peaceful area compared with hotels in Patong Town.
The contemporary Thai-styled rooms are spacious and feature king-sized beds, large LCD satellite TV, minibar, tea/coffee maker and free WiFi. Many rooms have fabulous ocean views. The resort has its own relatively small private beach area.
It is possible to walk to the gay beach and Paradise Complex, but in reality you will want to use a tuk-tuk which will cost 200 baht each way.
based on 5155 Agoda reviews
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Why this hotel? Great for gay nightlife. Excellent pool & gym. Popular hotel. Free WiFi.
An excellent choice for gay visitors. The 5-star Millennium Resort Patong is just a short walk from Patong Beach, the gay nightlife in Paradise Complex and Jungceylon Shopping Mall with its variety of food choices and entertainment.
Set in beautiful tropical landscapes, this large hotel features a luxurious spa, 2 fabulous outdoor pools and several restaurants. Guests can exercise at the well-equipped gym or enjoy a nice massage at the onsite spa.
Each modern guest room are nicely furnished, with large windows, satellite TV, DVD player and free WiFi. The hotel also has a business centre, with computer/fax outlets and an internet station.
8.4 Excellent, based on 987 Agoda reviews. Includes breakfast. Was $457 USD. Now $169 USD | click here
8.1 Excellent, based on 1115 Agoda reviews. Walk to the beach. Modern facilities. Great value. Includes breakfast. Was $116 USD. Now $90 USD | click here
7.5 Very Good, based on 3373 Agoda reviews. Includes breakfast. Was $430 USD. Now $71 USD | click here
8.8 Excellent, based on 1032 Agoda reviews. Includes breakfast. Was $685 USD. Now $151 USD | click here
9 Exceptional, based on 302 Agoda reviews. Includes breakfast. Was $213 USD. Now $104 USD | click here
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based on 1247 Agoda reviews
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Why this hotel? Close to Patong Beach. Walk to gay bars & gay beach. Great value. Free WiFi.
The great-value 5-star Phuket Graceland is just steps away from Patong Beach and features an impressive range of facilities including 2 outdoor pools, 4 restaurants, 2 bars, a gym, a spa and even a bowling alley.
Modern guest rooms feature flat screen TV, free WiFi, minibar and tea/coffee maker. Upgraded rooms have kitchenettes, living rooms with sea/garden views and direct pool access. Breakfast is included.
Gay scene-wise, the Graceland is only about a 15-minute walk from the gay beach and gay nightlife.
based on 2109 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Great views & facilities. Short tuk-tuk ride to Patong gay beach area. Free WiFi.
Located just a 5-minute drive to the gay-popular Patong Beach and Jungceylon Shopping Centre, the award-winning Avista Hideaway offers 3 outdoor pools, restaurant, rooftop bar, gym and spa facilities.
Guest rooms have a flat screen TV, DVD player, iPod dock, en suite bathroom with bathtub and a private balcony. Free WiFi is available in all areas.
You will enjoy the wonderful views from the perch, overlooking the beach. The restaurant serves a nice selection of Thai and international food. The hotel also provides a tour desk, a 24-hour front desk, a game room and a library.
Karon and Kata are two adjacent beaches, located directly south of Patong. These very nice sandy beaches are quieter than Patong Beach.
There is a good choice of hotels and restaurants in the area. A taxi or tuk-tuk to Patong takes about 5-10 minutes.
based on 282 Agoda reviews
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Why this hotel? Private beach. Excellent pool & dining. 5 km from Patong Town Free WiFi.
One of the finest resorts in Karon. Le Meridien Phuket has a beachfront location yet is only 5 km from the lively Patong town. The hotel offers a private beach, large pool, several dining options, day spa, modern gym and a wide range of activities.
Contemporary Thai styled guest rooms feature 37″ flat screen TV, tea & coffee-making facilities, private balcony and free WiFi. The service and staff are superb.
Beautiful, quiet location and definitely worth the price.
based on 464 Agoda reviews
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Why this hotel? Private resort. Beautiful views. Boutique luxury. Free WiFi.
Just 10 km south of Patong, Mom Tri’s offers 32 larege, elegant luxury suites, all with private balconies. The resort overlooks the sea and features saltwater & freshwater pools, restaurant, bar and gym.
Not the newest or the biggest, but this privately-owned & -managed resort offers the sort of service and attention to detail that others can only dream about.
Location-wise, the sandy Kata Noi Beach is just a few minutes’ walk down a path from the resort. The bars and clubs in Patong can be reached by taxi in about 20 minutes.
based on 536 Agoda reviews
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Why this hotel? Exclusive & private villas. Stunning views. Comfortable rooms. Free WiFi.
The Shore at Katathani is located just 20 minutes south of Patong (by taxi), at the end of one of Phuket’s nicer beaches. The resort’s hillside villas have stunning views (choose one with a sea view), and the large interiors have all the amenities you could wish for.
Excellent service and great choice of restaurants both onsite and locally. Buggies are available 24 hours a day to whizz you around the resort.
Gay-friendly and adult-orientated, with a minimum age of 12 for accompanying children.
Located 9 miles north of Patong, Surin Beach has a gorgeous white sand and is lined with tall Casuarina trees. There is a nice selection of restaurants, beach clubs, cafés and luxury hotels.
A taxi to Patong and gay nightlife takes about 20 minutes.
based on 415 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Gay-popular. Stylish & contemporary. Great location. Free WiFi.
This gay-popular, fabulously chic resort has exceptionally modern rooms and suites, some with private pools or direct access to the main pool. The Twinpalms is just a 2-minute walk from the beach.
The onsite Oriental Spoon Grill is one of our favourite Thai restaurants on Phuket. We strongly recommend booking your table a day or so in advance during peak season.
The Twinpalms is about a 5-minute walk from The Surin which is definitely worth visiting for lunch or dinner and just 20 minutes by taxi to the bars and clubs in Patong.
based on 471 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Beautiful beach. Excellent service & facilities. Free WiFi.
The Surin is located on one of the most beautiful and peaceful beaches in Phuket, overlooking Pansea Bay – a real tropical paradise.
This 5-star resort features fully equipped rooms with state-of-the-art facilities including a beautiful pool, gym, beach bar and luxury spa. The in-house restaurant is a destination in its own right.
Location-wise, The Surin is only 20 minutes from the bars and clubs of Patong. Highly recommended.
based on 189 Agoda reviews
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Why this hotel? Breathtaking views. Quiet area. Beautiful villas. Free WiFi.
This luxury boutique resort is situated on a hillside above Surin Beach (about 800 metres from the beach). Villa Baan Phu Prana features just 8 villas in beautiful Thai style with outdoor pool and fabulous ocean views.
The large, non-smoking villas have hardwood floors, a flat screen satellite TV, DVD player, refrigerator and free WiFi. Baan Phu Prana’s open-air spa is worth a special mention offering a very reasonably priced massage.
The resort provides free airport transfers. The gay scene in Patong can be reached by taxi in about 20 minutes.
Kamala Beach is a long sandy beach, located around 5 miles north of Patong. The seabed is relatively flat, so the water is shallow and recedes a long way at low tide.
Kamala is less developed than Patong, Kata and Karon, but there is still a good choice of restaurants and cafés. A taxi to gay nightlife in Patong takes about 10 minutes.
based on 533 Agoda reviews
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Why this hotel? Stunning scenery. Private villas. Popular with gay guests. Free WiFi.
Stunning luxury hillside resort, located halfway between Kamala and Patong. Paresa offers pool villas with breathtaking views of Andaman Sea and the sunset, and a private beach club with sun beds, shades and staff on hand.
The onsite Diavolo restaurant serves a fabulous à la carte menu of Italian specialities and fine wine. You’ll enjoy the resort’s stunning infinity-edge pool, gym and world-class spa.
A member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), Paresa Resort offers the warmest of welcomes to gay guests.
based on 2380 Agoda reviews
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Why this hotel? Hillside location. Exclusive villas. Fabulous views. Free WiFi.
If being close to a beach isn’t a huge issue for you, then consider Cape Sienna. This beautiful 5-star hotel offers top-notch service, stunning views and everything you need.
A wide range of facilities include an outdoor pool, gym, spa, tennis courts, three restaurants and even karaoke. The hotel’s poolside restaurant & bar serves both Thai and international cuisines.
Cape Sienna is a 20-minute drive from the airport. The hotel provides free shuttle service to Kamala Beach and Patong gay scene.
based on 264 Agoda reviews
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Why this hotel? Classy design. Fabulous pool. Great service. Free WiFi.
Peaceful and luxurious. The Bell Pool Villa offers private, tastefully designed accommodation, nestled in tropical landscapes. Each large pool villa comes with flat screen TV, DVD player, a full kitchen, lounge area and rain shower.
The resort provides in-room massages and spa treatments. Golfing trips and private yoga classes can be arranged.
The Bell is is a 2-minute drive from Kamala Beach and a 30-minute drive from Phuket airport. Gay nightlife in Patong can be reached in 10 minutes bay car.
Located about 8 km from Phuket Town, Panwa is a quiet, unspoiled spot on the southeast of the island and home to fishermen’s huts, a mangrove swamp and just a few luxury resorts.
The area offers scenic views across the bay and is a great spot for those seeking peace and privacy.
based on 675 Agoda reviews
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Why this hotel? Fantastic villas. Private facilities. Gay-popular. Free WiFi.
Sri Panwa is not on the west coast, but this private resort offers the ultimate in luxury. Sri Panwa’s collection of stunning villas and suites are located on a secluded hillside overlooking the sea.
We love the one-bedroom pool villas. Contemporary design with all the latest technology. From our own experience, we can tell you that the service is exceptional.
Patong Town takes about 35 minutes by taxi; but if you can afford this place, you can afford the taxi.
based on 723 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Private & quiet. Excellent bar. Modern & comfortable. Free WiFi.
Tucked away in a quiet spot on southeastern Phuket, Cape Panwa Hotel checked a lot of our boxes with its exclusive beach, tasteful rooms and attentive service.
The hotel offers excellent views of the ocean and is home to ten dining options, a spa, an outdoor pool and a gym. All guest rooms and suites feature flat screen TV, DVD player and free WiFi.
Cape Panwa Hotel is a 10-minute drive from Phuket Town and a 50 minutes from Phuket airport. A bit far from all the action in Patong, but perfect if you’re looking for a quiet retreat.
Mai Khao and Nai Yang make up a stunning 6-mile stretch of sandy beach along the northwestern coast of Phuket. These two beaches are the least developed and the most peaceful but also the furthest away from the Patong gay nightlife.
based on 1330 Agoda reviews
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Why this hotel? Beautiful setting. Unique rooms. Excellent onsite bar & dining. Free WiFi.
Located at the southern end of the beautiful Nai Yang Beach, this very modern boutique hotel (think industrial chic fused with tropical island luxury) offers a unique alternative to more traditional beach resorts.
The Slate has several choices of very good restaurants (Thai, Japanese, tapas, etc.) that attract customers from other resorts across the island. The exceptionally large rooms & villas have all the facilities you would expect.
A taxi from The Slate to Patong Town and gay nightlife takes about 30 minutes.
based on 347 Agoda reviews
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Why this hotel? Exquisite villas. Private pool. Superb dining & bar. Free WiFi.
Fabulous beachfront resort on Mai Khao Beach, next to Sirinath National Park. Set in a beautiful landscape designed by renowned Bill Bensley, the resort has a private beach, 5 dining options, a spa, and offers yoga and Thai cooking classes.
The Thai-styled, private villas (180+ m²) feature a large terrazzo bathtub, sun loungers and a private pool. In-room facilities include a flat screen TV, DVD player, espresso machine, iPod dock and free WiFi.
Located 40 minutes by taxi to the Patong gay nightlife. A great option if you plan to hit the bars a few nights a week.
based on 1054 Agoda reviews
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Why this hotel? Away-from-it-all, quiet location Great pool & dining. Popular with gay guests. Free WiFi.
This stunning ‘Condé Nast Hot List’ 5-star hotel is located on an unspoiled stretch of Mai Khao Beach. SALA Phuket offers contemporary designed rooms, suites & villas, most of which have a private pool.
The hotel has 3 large beachfront swimming pools, gym, spa, free WiFi, a fine restaurant and a bar. A popular choice on Travel Gay Asia – great option for gay couples or singles who are looking for a quiet, relaxing beach holiday, away from the crowds.
Phuket is connected to the mainland by a bridge over a narrow waterway at the northern tip of the island. Immediately north lies a stretch of more than 30 miles of uncrowded, sandy beaches. In recent years, a number of newresorts have opened, but the area remains largely undiscovered by mass tourism.
If the quality of the beach is more important than access to a gay nightlife, then you might want to consider this area. Here are some hotel suggestions:
These islands are located around 15 km from the mainland, halfway between Phuket and Krabi. Koh Yao Noi is one of the least developed islands in the area, with mountains in the centre and beaches on both sides. The beach on the east is great for swimming and snorkelling. You can take day-trip excursions from Phuket, but there are some great resorts if you’d like to stay a little longer. For more information and hotel recommendations, click here.
Phi Phi Islands
Phi Phi Islands are a stunning archipelago in the Andaman Sea that belong to Krabi province. These islands are a popular tourist destination, with diving & snorkeling sights, sandy beaches and plenty of things to see and do.
A day trip from Phuket is possible, although we recommend staying a night or two at one of the many resorts on Phi Phi. Click here to search all hotels on Phi Phi Island.