Ao Sane is a rocky beach on Phuket's southwest coast and is one of the island's loveliest little secrets. The diving and snorkelling at this beach is excellent and the beach's character is encapsulated best by the word "tranquil". Ao Sane has enough trees lining its edge to provide shelter from the sun at all times of the day and also has ample sand space for sun lovers, too.
This 200-metre-long beach enjoys regular return visitors in high season and, as it has a series of rudimentary bungalows and a restaurant, it resembles a small community at times.
To get to Ao Sane, head to Nai Harn Beach and follow the road under The Nai Harn, the 5-star hotel at the northern end of the beach. After driving through the hotel grounds, head up over the hill and you'll come to a small parking lot with a road leading down to the beach. It's possible to take a vehicle down this hill but most visitors choose to park at the top and to walk down.
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Facilities on Ao Sane Beach
For many, the charm of Ao Sane is its ruggedness and its uncomplicated natural attractiveness. There are no sunloungers or bodyboards for hire, no jet skis or kayaks and no wandering hawkers to disturb you. Make sure to bring your own towel to sit on.
There's a shower and toilet halfway along the beach, adjoining the restaurant. Ao Sane is never crowded but there are some prime shady spots that get snapped up by early risers.
Ao Sane Beach restaurants
The restaurant on Ao Sane Beach is a cheerful place with good, cheap cuisine and an international bohemian atmosphere. It serves food from breakfast to late in the evening. Five minutes away, in nearby Nai Harn, the scope of meals ranges from snacks bought from the convenience stores to a choice of simple beach restaurants to fine dining at The Nai Harn.
Ao Sane Beach activities
Because of the rocks on the beach, the rough texture of its sand, and a marked slope down to the sea, there aren't a lot of sports like volleyball and football on Ao Sane Beach. However, it's undeniably a magnificent snorkelling and diving spot. You'll have to bring your own mask and fins as there are none for hire here.
The underwater life here is outstanding and abundant. At low tide, go out at the easternmost end of the beach (the direction towards Nai Harn) as there's a channel out through the rocks there.
Where to stay near Ao Sane Beach
For accommodation, Nai Harn has The Nai Harn and the nearby Sabana Resort. A little further inland is the Mangosteen Resort & Spa but the closest hotel to Ao Sane is the 3-star Baan Krating Resort, which lies some 500 metres to the west of the beach, along a track through the trees.
Best Hotel on Ao Sane Beach
Baan Krating Phuket Resort
Baan Krating Phuket Resort boasts a secluded location on the beautiful southern side of Phuket, only a 15-minute walk from Nai Harn Beach or a 15-minute drive from Phuket’s city centre.This resort offers an exotic holiday destination, with a unique jungle setting, overlooking the glittering ocean, and is also a great spot for snorkelling (possible from November to March only).The resort provides well-appointed accommodation, with 65 detached and semi-detached villas located on a hillside.Facilities include a freeform swimming pool with a children’s pool, a clubhouse with an internet café and panoramic sea views. Read More...
Ao Sane Beach
- Location: Rawai, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand