10 Best Hotels on Islands near Phuket

Great Tropical Island Resorts in South Thailand

Southern Thailand has a great number of idyllic islands of various sizes, with Phuket being the largest island in Thailand. Many of smaller ones are still large enough to feature at least one hotel or resort. A holiday in a small tropical island is a dream come true, and a great way to get away from it all.

Phuket is surrounded by a load of islands and islets. From the large Koh Yao Yai to the tiny Koh Maphrao to the world-famous Phi Phi Islands, there’s an island with accommodation for everyone in the area. Here is our editor’s choice of the 10 Best Hotels on Islands near Phuket, selected according to the quality of their amenities and facilities as well as for their stunning location.

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Phi Phi Islands - 45mn by speedboat

Holiday Inn Phi Phi is a long-established stylish resort located on Laem Thong Beach, towards the northern end of Phi Phi Don Island. Laem Thong is a very quiet area which has a few resorts and restaurants sharing the same strip of powdery soft white sand, with only a small local village there. Featuring classy bungalows set in a splendidly flowered garden under the shade of coconut trees, the resort offers a great range of facilities including wireless internet connection throughout its compounds, allowing guests to stay in touch with the rest of the world from this remote area. Read More...

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Koh Yao Noi - 20mn by speedboat

Six Senses Yao Noi is located on the small Yao Noi Island (hence its name) in the southern part of Phang Nga Bay. Located on the east coast of the island, the resort offers a stunning view of the Krabi archipelago and coastline. Koh Yao Noi is rather undeveloped, tourist-wise. Only inhabited by farmers and fishermen, it gives visitors a glimpse of the real life in southern Thailand. Six Senses Yao Noi has been built in a traditional Thai architecture (wooden structure and thatched roofs) in a way to respect its environment. Featuring high-end facilities such as helicopter transfer, top-notch restaurants, and the possibility to explore the area on the resort’s luxury yacht, Six Senses Yao Noi is the ultimate getaway for an outstanding vacation near Phuket. Read More...

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Koh Racha Yai - 30mn by speedboat

The Racha is named after the island it has been built on: Koh Racha Yai. Located approximately 20km south of Phuket, Racha is a group of two islands (Yai and Noi) reputed for the diving and snorkelling opportunities they offer. The Racha is set above Batok Bay on the west coast of Koh Racha Yai. The island hosts four main beaches (Batok, Siam, Ter, and Kon Kare) and a viewpoint, all of them linked by dirt paths. The Racha features a great choice of well-equipped rooms and villas, five dining outlets, and is especially renowned for the quality of its spa. Read More...

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Coral Island - 10mn by speedboat

Coral Island Resort is set on Koh Hae (Coral Island in Thai), a small island located only 5km south-east of Phuket. The island features only two beaches, a few bars and restaurants dedicated mostly to day-trippers, and the Coral Island Resort - a long-established beachfront hotel hosting 64 rooms and bungalows, as well as all the facilities required to spend a comfortable holiday. It has an ice cream corner, swimming pool, karaoke room, massage sala, dive centre and more. The reefs surrounding the island gave it its name and offer an excellent underwater playground for snorkelers and divers of any level. Read More...

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Koh Yao Yai - 20mn by speedboat

Glow Elixir Koh Yao Yai is a superb all-villa resort located on the west coast of the green island of Yao Yai at the mouth of Phang Nga Bay. The island, which had only one small fishing village and a few isolated farms until the beginning of the 21st century, now features a few first-rate resorts aiming at attracting people in search of peace and tranquillity in a wild and natural (yet comfortable) environment. Perfectly designed in a manner that pays tribute to the genuine local style while modernising it, Glow Elixir features 35 suites and villas, one seaside restaurant, and a great choice of leisure activities from scuba diving to ATV-riding to kayaking and more, in lush and sleepy surroundings. Read More...

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Phi Phi Islands - 45mn by speedboat

Situated on the east coast of Koh Phi Phi Don, Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort occupies the entire Bagao Bay. Perfectly integrated into its environment, it is built in a revisited local style offering all the comfort required for a tropical island holiday. With its huge swimming pool - including children pool - leisure and business facilities, fitness room, spa, boutique, library, water activities – diving, snorkelling, and sea kayaking - and two restaurants, the resort is indeed like a village in a secluded area. Located some 30 minutes by long-tail boat from Tonsai Village, it is still relatively convenient for guests who wish to party at night. Read More...

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Koh Maphrao - 5mn by speedboat

Koh Maphrao (Coconut Island) is a small isle separated from Phuket by a narrow 500m arm of the sea. Retaining a genuine bucolic charm, Koh Maphrao seems pretty far from Phuket, despite the short distance between them. For example, the island is not yet linked to the electric power grid. The Village Coconut Island Beach Resort is the only accommodation choice on the island. Located on the east coast and set in a huge, splendid tropical garden, this stylish resort offers a haven of tranquillity to its guests. Featuring 236 villas (with up to five bedrooms) and suites, a great choice of water sports and beach games, a spa, and a choice between five restaurants and bars, the resort is a perfect place to spend a holiday with children. The short distance from Phuket is also great for people who’d like to benefit from all that the larger island has to offer in terms of attractions and activities. Read More...

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Koh Naka Yai - 15mn by speedboat

Koh Naka Yai is a small island located a few minutes by speedboat off Phuket’s east coast. Featuring long and wide beaches, coconut groves, and one fishing village, it offers the perfect spot for a vacation in the tropics. The Naka Island A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa is located towards the northern part of the island and allows its guests to benefit from stunning views to the many limestone islands of the world-famous Phang Nga Bay. The first-rate environmentally-friendly resort hosts 67 villas blending modern and traditional architecture, all of them equipped with top-of-the-range amenities. The choice of leisure activities available at The Naka Island is also five-star, and guests can enjoy Thai cooking classes, bike tours, culture walks, kayaking, sailing, and a lot more. The resort is the perfect place to get away from it all in style. Read More...

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Phi Phi Islands - 45mn by speedboat

Phi Phi Princess Resort is a long-established property set in the centre of Tonsai Village on Koh Phi Phi Don. Tonsai Village is the heart of everything in the Phi Phi archipelago; featuring a buzzing dining, shopping, activities, and nightlife entertainment scene, it is the place of choice for vacationers looking for an exotic and remote destination, yet who also want to keep a social life. Phi Phi Princess Resort offers the right accommodation choice for such a clientele. Hosting 26 rooms with present-day amenities, set in a two-storey contemporary-style building, the resort’s swimming pool, sunbathing deck and restaurant overlook the splendid Dalum Bay, renowned for its frantic nightlife. Unpretentious and affordable, Phi Phi Princess Resort is a great place for young travellers who want to party in an exotic destination. Read More...

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Koh Lone - 5mn by speedboat

Koh Lone is a small island lying in the centre of Chalong Bay on the south east coast of Phuket. It takes only a few minutes by boat to reach this beautiful, rather undeveloped island inhabited by a small community of fishermen and farmers. Baan Mai Cottages and Restaurant is a charming bungalow resort located on the north coast of the island, facing Chalong pier. Featuring only 10 wooden bungalows (baan mai means wooden house in Thai), all of them equipped with basic amenities (air conditioning and mini bar), the resort is the perfect place to enjoy a Robinson Crusoe-type of holiday in an idyllic tropical island. The short distance to Phuket’s shore permits guest easy access to the hustle and bustle of the most popular holiday destination in southern Thailand. Read More...

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