Pansea Beach is found just north of the beautiful and extremely popular Surin Beach, on Phuket’s west coast. Almost 400m long, it is one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket. Like a true tropical cliché, it is fringed by coconut trees and other exotic trees and plants. Lapped by the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea, Pansea Beach offers top-notch snorkelling opportunities at both ends, and becomes a stunning sundowner spot most evenings.
Pansea is separated from Surin by a small rocky cape on which a steep man-made path used to give access to the beach. The path was unfortunately closed off with a fence in 2014, making it almost impassable.
Pansea is generally assumed to be the private beach of The Surin Phuket and Amanpuri Phuket (which respectively occupy 80% and 20% of the beachfront), but privatisation of the coastline is illegal in Thailand, so it is actually free for public use. This assumption, combined with access being only by The Surin Phuket reception, means that Pansea Beach is significantly quieter than Surin Beach, despite being of a higher quality.
Besides the two resorts’ beach bars, sun loungers with umbrellas, and water sport centres, a few local businesses are still present on Pansea. Towards the southern end of the beach, a small shack serves reasonably-priced drinks and fruits, and also rent inflatable rubber rings and airbeds; in front of The Surin Phuket’s Beach Studio Suites, a group of local masseuses await guests who want to enjoy a relaxing oil or Thai massage right on the beach; and right between The Surin and the Amanpuri, guests can rent jet skis (only two are available) to noisily explore the surroundings.
Summing up, Pansea Beach is a secluded piece of paradise. The alternative access to the beach being rather tricky, the best way to fully enjoy this lovely strip of sand remains to book a room at The Surin Phuket or at the Amanpuri.
The Surin hotel on Pansea Beach
The Surin Phuket
Surins distinctive personality comprises seven types of individual hillside bungalow accommodations coupled with the fact that it borders Pansea Beach, surely one of Phukets most striking strands.Its facilities are brand new and accomplished while the hotel design is arresting and modernistic yet still somehow managing to pull off a distinctively Thai retro flavour.Accommodation is state-of-the-art and connected by hillside walkways and paths.Halfway down the hill is a distinctive black swimming pool while beachside bungalows are the last word in a comfortable beach holiday.Local shopping and dining is a stroll away, as are several up-market beach clubs while the legendary party and shopping scene at Patong is a 30-minute ride away. Read More...