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If you plan to visit Thailand’s largest island, Phuket has dozens of hotels apt for any type of traveler. Phuket’s pristine beaches, numerous activities, and world-famous nightlife make it a popular vacation destination for couples, digital nomads, families, and youthful backpackers — all with hotels to match.
And if you have a bank of points, whether credit card points or hotel points, you’re in luck because Phuket has many hotels where you can spend those hard-earned points and miles. From Marriott’s family-friendly resorts and Hyatt’s Small Luxury Hotels perfect for honeymooners to IHG’s budget Holiday Inns and sprawling Wyndham resort complexes, it’s easy to find the right hotel or resort for you where you can pay with points.
Because Phuket is a relatively large island that’s a major hub for tourism, travelers will find many points properties from budget to luxe. With so many properties, finding award availability or decent points rates shouldn’t be too tricky, as you may have a few different options that fit your travel style. Booking your Phuket hotel with points frees up that extra cash so you can splurge on dining, shopping, and activities once you get to Thailand.
Plus, both cash and points rates for prime hotels can be low in Thailand, so it’s a great way to maximize your points to stay longer and hopefully be able to take advantage of deals like Marriott’s or Hilton’s “stay 4 nights with points and get the fifth night free” promotions. Whether you’re looking for the best honeymoon hotel in Phuket or the best hotel in Phuket for families, hotel points can make that dream resort stay a reality. From beachfront luxury to jungle hideaways, these are some of the best hotels in Phuket you can book with points.Hot Tip:
If you don’t have hotel points, remember that many credit card points transfer to hotel loyalty programs. Chase Ultimate Rewards points earned from a card like the Chase Sapphire Reserve®, American Express Membership Reward points earned from a card like The Platinum Card® from American Express, and Capital One miles earned from a card like the Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card all transfer to various hotel programs, meaning you can amp up your hotel points balance with a quick transfer.
From the ultra-luxe Naka Island private island resort to the more affordable Le Méridien properties, Marriott has several hotels on the island of Phuket where you can stay using points. Here are some of our top picks.
This beachfront, family-friendly Phuket resort is perfect for travelers who want to relax in one of the resort’s 3 pools (the pools are massive, spanning nearly 10,000 feet in total), at the peaceful, recently renovated spa, or on the blissful Mai Khao beach. However, there’s also plenty to do nearby for active travelers, like the Yacht Haven Marina, prime snorkel and dive spots, and the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation. The JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa is also near the airport for quick trips.
With ample room types, from the most basic, garden-view king rooms to family rooms with extra space to oceanfront options, you can choose the accommodation that best fits your travel style and situation. And with 11 different eateries and bars, you’ll have plenty of choices if you decide to eat at the resort.
Room rates start around $92 or 40,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.
A 15-minute drive from Phuket Old Town, Westin Siray Bay is for travelers who want to admire the ocean from the infinity pool or their very own balcony and still reach areas of cultural interest or enjoy street markets with ease.
The resort’s rooms all feature Westin Heavenly Beds; some have private plunge pools overlooking the sea. But don’t worry if your room doesn’t have its own pool, as you can find 3 main pools (including a kids’ pool) along the grounds. While it’s worth noting that dining options are somewhat limited at the hotel, it does feature a beachfront Italian restaurant, and there are several other dining options nearby, ideal for those who prefer to eat outside of the hotel.
Rates start around $108 or 30,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.
The brand new Le Méridien Phuket Mai Khao Beach Resort practically glistens with modernity, spotlighting large, sleek guestrooms and suites with private balconies that overlook the property’s gardens, the pool, or the sea. The Explore Spa has Thai-inspired treatments and design, and the kids’ club has indoor and outdoor spaces for kids to enjoy and play.
On-site dining offerings range from Mediterranean to Thai, and guests can get 50% off on drinks during happy hour from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day at Ocean Kitchen, one of the hotel’s main restaurants. The weaving, lagoon-inspired pools are ideal for adults and children, and you can always wander down to the beach below. As with all the resorts along the beautiful Mai Khao Beach, the Le Méridien Phuket Mai Khao Beach Resort is only a 20-minute drive from the Phuket International Airport (HKT).
Rates start at $130 or 34,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.Hot Tip:
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Although we already included the newest and most modern Le Méridien outpost in Phuket above, we had to include the original Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort, mainly due to its stunning secluded cove beach that feels world’s away from some of the more touristy, busier beaches on the island. Guests can enjoy complimentary beach volleyball games and non-motorized motorsports on the 500-meter stretch of sand flanked by dense tropical foliage on either side.
The hotel is large, with nearly 500 guestrooms and suites decorated with Thai artwork and teakwood furniture. Over two-thirds of rooms offer ocean views, though you may spot a monkey swinging from the treetops of the jungle-view rooms. You can also play mini-golf on the property or swim in 1 of 3 large pools.
Rates start around $135 or 31,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.
A step above the other Phuket Marriott properties, The Naka Island is located on its very own island just off the east coast of Phuket called Koh Naka Yai, an exotic outcrop far from the tourist hordes that can overrun certain areas of Phuket. The resort offers all sorts of experiences (some for an additional fee and some complimentary), such as bicycles, kayaking experiences, cooking demonstrations, garden tours, boat tours, birdwatching excursions, yoga, turtle releases, and children’s activities.
Many luxurious suites and villas include private beachfront pools, and all have separate living and sleeping spaces. There are 4 restaurants on the property (and breakfast is included in the room rate), but do note that you’re on a small island without the expansive dining options you’d have off the resort in Phuket, so be prepared to eat at The Naka Island for most of your stay, unless you’re prepared to take a speedboat over to the main island of Phuket for an occasional meal.
Room rates start at $240 or 44,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night and include breakfast.
Hyatt has a large presence on the island of Phuket, especially thanks to the Small Luxury Hotels program, which features intimate boutique properties where travelers can earn and burn Hyatt points. From the Twinpalms Phuket, one of the best hotels in Phuket for honeymooners, to the family-friendly Hyatt Regency Phuket, these are the best hotels in Phuket you can book using World of Hyatt points.Hot Tip:
One of the best hotels in Phuket for a honeymoon is Twimpalms Phuket, a sexy boutique resort within the SLH portfolio that combines indoor and outdoor tropical living for a chic and secluded getaway. The hotel sits on the edge of Surin Beach, home to 97 rooms and suites, some of which feature private pools and others that encircle the lagoon-style main pool.
Massive floor-to-ceiling window doors open to private patios and decks with daybeds and loungers perfect for relaxing. Twinpalms Phuket also has several tranquil spaces where couples can spend time together, such as a library, wine room, and verdant gardens. It’s also dedicated to sustainability, using eco-friendly alternatives to plastic straws, packaging, and water bottles throughout the resort.
Rates start at around $200 or 17,000 World of Hyatt points per night. For an even more intimate experience, consider the Twimpalms Montazure, which has just 46 rooms and is located on Kamala Beach.
This family-friendly resort claims to have the largest infinity pool in Phuket and access to the house reef on Kamala Beach for those who want to experience Thailand’s diverse marine life. The Hyatt Regency Phuket’s 184 rooms and 17 suites offer amenities like a balcony overlooking tropical gardens or the ocean, and some rooms and suites come with private Jacuzzis and plunge pools.
Dine on international and Thai dishes at one of the 5 restaurants, including one of Phuket’s best teppanyaki eateries, Mizu. You’ll also find plenty of details around the resort perfect for that vacation photo op, like beach swings, poolside cabanas, and in-water pool loungers. The kids’ club has indoor and outdoor recreation spaces to play and enjoy while parents relax at the on-site spa for a Thai massage.
Rates start at $162 per night or 9,000 World of Hyatt points.
You may not realize that while Phuket’s golden sands and azure waters make this island famous, the interior is full of dense jungle greenery. And honeymooners may want just that: a secluded escape tucked away from the tourists in their private glamping hideaway. Enter the Keemala Hotel Phuket (a Hyatt SLH property), where you can stay at poolside cottages, tented pool villas, treehouses, or Bird’s Nest villas. Our favorite room choice is the Bird’s Nest villa, which overlooks the rainforest and the sea from its private deck and pool.
The hotel is perfect for couples looking to experience bonding, relaxation, and gastronomy, as you can sign up for cooking classes, visit the Mala Spa, or take Thai boxing or yoga classes together. And don’t worry if your chosen room doesn’t have a pool because the main pool is stunning, ensconced in lush foliage, and it even has a waterfall.
Rates start at $800 or 35,000 World of Hyatt points per night.Hot Tip:
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Travelers who want a bit of extra space and privacy should consider the Aleenta Resort, part of Hyatt’s SLH program. This all-suite hotel offers spacious, private suites (lofts to 4 bedrooms and everything in between) that blend indoor and outdoor living. Even the smallest suite measures nearly 900 square feet. We favor the beachfront suites, which have private pools and lead directly to the pristine sands of Natai Beach.
With 6 golf courses nearby, as well as the towering limestone cliffs of Phang Nga Bay (you’ll actually leave the island of Phuket via the Sarasin Bridge to reach the Thai mainland to get to this particular hotel, though it’s only a 30-minute drive from the Phuket Airport), there’s much to do and see if you get tired of beachcombing. For an all-inclusive Phuket hotel experience, the Aleenta offers various packages, like food and accommodation; food, alcoholic beverages, and accommodation; and other packages that include wellness and spa treatments. All guests, even those who choose just the accommodation package, can access complimentary resort activities such as yoga, Pilates, and meditation.
Accommodation-only rates start at around $500 or 21,000 World of Hyatt points per night.
This hotel is located a block from Patong Beach, one of Phuket’s most infamous party areas. Ideal for budget backpackers or youthful, social travelers, guests can enjoy 3 pools and 3 swim-up bars. Rooms at the DoubleTree by Hilton Phuket Banthai Resort are basic but clean and contemporary, and all come with balconies or outdoor space. Some of the most coveted rooms have decks that open up to the main pool so you can jump right into the water from your room.
When it comes to dining and drinking, the hotel does the latter slightly better. Although The Shore offers breakfast and The Port is open for lunch and dinner, guests may prefer to make new friends at the swim-up bars and the colorful, happening beer bar.
Rates start at $87 or 24,000 Hilton Honors points per night.
IHG offers several hotels in Phuket, from the wellness-inspired Six Senses Yao Noi (located on one of Phuket’s neighboring islands) to a stylish Hotel Indigo and even one of the nicest and newest family-friendly Holiday Inn Resorts out there. Here are the best hotels in Phuket to book with IHG One Rewards points.Hot Tip:
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Flanked by rolling jungle foliage on one side and the crisp blue Andaman Sea on the other, the InterContinental Phuket sits on the shores of the popular Kamala Beach. Its design is shaped like a Thai temple, and the local land inspires its interior spaces (think rich hues and warm woods). Its outdoor areas include 5 swimming pools and calm corners that inspire relaxation and joy. Each of the 221 rooms offers mountain, sea, or pool views, and some come with direct pool access.
The on-site Sati Spa is a must-visit, a peaceful enclave offering Thai-inspired body and facial treatments. Make sure to dine at Jaras, a Thai restaurant recommended by the 2023 Michelin guide, with a 9-course tasting menu.
Rates start at $210 or 30,000 IHG One Rewards points per night.
Not all Six Senses properties are available to book with points. Still, Phuket travelers with a big pile of IHG One Rewards points are in luck, as the Six Senses Yao Noi, located just a quick speedboat ride away from the island to the smaller, quieter island of Koh Yao Noi, does accept payment in points.
This hotel is ideal for travelers who want to get away from the busy Phuket to absorb the natural essence of Thailand’s islands and relax amidst beautiful scenery. All villas have private pools, and the spa occupies its very own Thai longhouse, offering treatments and programs focusing on sleep, immunity, fitness, brain health, heart health, detox, and much more, ideal for guests in need of a wellness retreat. Guests can also use complimentary bicycles to explore the island’s hidden beaches, coconut farms, and rice paddies.
Rates start at around $500 or 105,000 IHG One Rewards points per night.
Hotel Indigo properties are typically abuzz with local charm, and the Hotel Indigo Phuket Patong is no different. Yes, it does have the party-inspired atmosphere many of the hotels along Patong Beach have, but this one feels slightly more upmarket, thanks to its chic design and rooftop pool. Part of the rooftop pool dangles over the roof’s edge so swimmers can look out the glass bottom to Patong’s busy streets and party in style here. The hotel also has a Muay Thai ring (as well as a gym) for those ready to learn the art of Thai boxing.
Each of the 180 guestrooms features colorful artwork, unique furniture, and ergonomic workspaces apt for digital nomads. But the real fun is at the hotel’s Pots, Pints, and Tikis bar, where you can sample local craft beers and cocktails.
Rates start at $88 or 19,000 IHG One Rewards points per night.
Privacy abounds at the wood-clad Dinso Resort & Villas Phuket, where travelers can enjoy all the action at the nearby Patong Beach and town while still feeling set apart from the hustle and bustle. Following the wooden walkways amid the tropical greenery makes this hotel feel like a delightful adventure. However, we love that it’s still close enough to town that active travelers can stay busy.
For the utmost privacy, opt for one of the resort’s 26 pool villas, which feature private pools set in the hills that overlook the city and beach. Some rooms also have freestanding tubs, expansive balconies, and outdoor showers and tubs.
Rates start at $96 or 30,000 IHG One Rewards points per night.
Holiday Inn properties typically don’t make our top hotel lists in general, but the Holiday Inn Resort Phuket Karon Beach might soon be one of the best hotels in Phuket for families. Expected to open in late 2023 after rebranding, this property will offer family suites, 3 swimming pools, a spa, 3 restaurants, and a Siam Adventure Club for the little ones.
The hotel is located on Karon Beach, within easy reach of activities, restaurants, and local highlights like the Big Buddha and Karon Night Market. It’s also ideal for families on a budget, as it has affordable nightly rates and offers a “Kids Stay and Eat Free” program.
Rates aren’t available just yet, but we can expect cash rates to hover around $100 per night and points rates to be around 19,000 IHG One Rewards points per night, which is what rates are at the other Holiday Inn Resort Phuket property.
Although Wyndham has several properties in Phuket, including some hotels from Days Inn and Ramada, we recommend our top 2 favorites: These are the best hotels in Phuket to book if you’re a Wyndham loyalist.
Although the suites and villas at the Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay have their own private pools (regular guestrooms don’t, but most still have impressive sea views), it’s still worth diving into the main infinity pool overlooking the expansive Andaman Sea. This particular resort is best for adults, who should spend some time at the Zana Spa, which features therapeutic massages, Thai herbal compress experiences, a Vichy shower, a sauna, Nuad Pra Kob treatments, plus other body and facial rituals.
Almost the entire hotel faces the ocean atop a winding hill, so expect impressive views from nearly every corner of the property. Just know that this property isn’t directly on a sandy beach, but Kamala Beach is just a few minutes north, and others are nearby.
Rates start at $58 or 15,000 Wyndham Rewards points per night.
Families should opt for the Wyndham La Vita Phuket, home to 516 rooms and suites circling a collection of lagoon pools and waterpark. Rooms come with kitchenettes, perfect for families with small children or babies, and others feature direct pool access.
Take the kids to the Splash Station, which has various slides and water fun for children of all ages. Or, hop on the hotel’s complimentary shuttle to the nearby Nai Harn Beach. The Shawn n’ Sheep kids’ club is open for children ages 5 to 12, and teens and adults can head to Fungy, a game room with a pool table, darts, and a PlayStation 4.
Rates start at $150 or 30,000 Wyndham Rewards points per night.Hot Tip:
Okay, you got us — the resorts listed below can’t exactly actually be booked with traditional hotel points (although you could use American Express Membership Rewards points to book them via Amex Travel). But booking them via the Amex Fine Hotels + Resorts (FHR) program can offer ample perks that make your trip more affordable and luxurious. After all, those hotel breakfasts and paid hotel room upgrades can add up on regular stays, but those are things you’ll get for free (among others) when booking with Amex FHR. Here are some of the most opulent hotels in Phuket that are best booked with the Amex Fine Hotels + Resorts Program.Hot Tip:
Booking Amex Fine Hotels + Resorts with the Amex Platinum card offers benefits such as a room upgrade upon arrival (when available), daily breakfast for 2, noon check-in (when available), guaranteed 4 p.m. late checkout, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a unique property amenity, such as a spa or food and beverage credit valued at a minimum of $100.
Designed in traditional style to reflect Thai heritage, Amanpuri from Aman offers pavilions accessible by raised walkways that feature outdoor space and views — some of which come with private pools. The resort also has pools ideal for larger groups, families, and guests (yes, there’s even a 9-bedroom villa!) who want additional space and privacy.
The hotel offers an array of water sports, cultural activities, and family-friendly excursions to suit all and any tastes. Love it so much you don’t want to leave? You can even own an Amanpuri villa, but you won’t be able to use your points to do that.
Rates start at $1,200 per night but can go up to $7,000 for the lowest room categories on peak dates.
Surrounded by a national park, the Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas winds around a tranquil lagoon. Even the lowest category rooms come with ample outdoor space, outdoor showers, a private pool, and practical amenities like a kitchenette and a washer/dryer. The property also features a beachfront pool with in-water cabanas, a Muay Thai boxing ring, beach yoga sessions, and a spa that offers everything from traditional Thai massage and kids’ bubble baths to sound healing and cannabis journeys.
Resort dining options include Thai food, beachside Mediterranean cuisine, and Japanese food from the famed Tree House, a restaurant set upon ancient Banyan trees overlooking the lagoon. Note that Anantara participates in the DISCOVERY loyalty program, which offers savings and benefits at Anantara Hotels and Resorts worldwide.
Rates start at $230 per night.
Banyan Tree’s villas are ideal for solo travelers, couples, and families. The all-pool-villa hotel has 1-bedroom villas and options with 2 and 3 bedrooms that can accommodate larger groups. The resort is set on 89 acres of peaceful Thai waterfront and jungle, with cycling paths, tennis courts, a fitness center, a golf course, a spa, and access to Bang Tao Beach.
The Banyan Tree Spa is famous for its signature treatments, which include the Royal Banyan massage, weightless pool therapies, plant-infused restorative journeys, and Banyan Tree facials. The hotel, dedicated to sustainability, hosts an annual sea turtle release event and weekly beach cleanups.
Rates start at $250 but can run into the thousands during peak travel dates. Guests can earn and redeem ALL — Accor Live Limitless Reward points for their stay. Points can be redeemed at a rate of 2,000 Reward points for €40 (~$42) off your bill.Hot Tip:
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Rosewood Phuket occupies nearly 2,000 feet of beachfront land at Emerald Bay. While we love the pavilions and villas (there are 71 of them), which offer private plunge pools, floor-to-ceiling windows, and more, the beachfront infinity pool is a true oasis. The freeform, lagoon-style pool feels like several peaceful spaces, all overlooking the turquoise sea.
As with most Rosewood properties, wellness is a focus at this hotel, where the Asaya Spa offers special wellness programs. Programs vary in theme but usually include wellness consultations, healthy meals, fitness, and physical and emotional therapies.
Rates start at $750 per night but can be triple that in high season.Hot Tip:
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Phuket is a large island that offers all types of accommodation, from affordable hotels right in the middle of all the action to exotic villas with private plunge pools (and everything in between). The good news? You can stay at many of these hotels using points and miles. Or, if you don’t yet have a stash, you can earn points and miles on your stay.
Just make sure to think about your travel situation and travel companions before booking. A luxury honeymoon escape at Hyatt’s Twinpalms Phuket differs greatly from the party vibes at the DoubleTree by Hilton Phuket Banthai Resort, the grandeur of The Naka Island, or the family-friendly scene at the Wyndham La Vita Phuket.
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No, the JW Marriott Phuket isn’t all-inclusive. However, you can book a rate that includes breakfast. Most hotels in Thailand aren’t all-inclusive. But meals are generally affordable in Thailand, with many different types of food available, including Western and Thai food. Street food is easily accessible, affordable, and tasty.
The taxi ride from the Phuket International Airport (HKT) to the Twinpalms Phuket is about 45 minutes long.
Six Senses Yao Noi organizes a complete pick-up process for its guests from Phuket International Airport to the Ao Por Pier (about 30 minutes), followed by a speedboat transfer (45 minutes) to Koh Yao Noi and the resort. Costs vary depending on whether you choose a private or shared speedboat transfer.
The nicest part of Phuket depends on what you’re looking for in your vacation. Patong is the party area, best for backpackers or party animals. Families will love Karon; cultural enthusiasts and foodies may prefer Phuket Town, and Kamala has many luxury hotels. Mai Khao Beach is a quiet, beautiful beach, and Koh Yao Yai is best for those who want to escape busy Phuket for nature and tranquility.
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