Arguably the region's favorite seaside playground, Phuket brings together the best in urban sophistication to a tropical, sun-kissed setting. Long lazy crescents carve sandy enclaves into the coastline, offering countless ambiances to complement dazzling sunsets, be it perched in a trendy beach club or from the sanctuary of a hilltop villa.
In the absence of metered taxis, chauffeured limos and self-drive cars remain the most convenient ways to explore the island's varied attractions. Over 30 beaches offer a variety of seafront experiences, from retail therapy in an ocean view shopping center to quayside seafood feasting or a tranquil stretch of tree-lined beach arching between dramatic rocky headlands. Offshore islands and dive sites are explored easily with speedboat or luxury yacht charters.
Global citizens and regional jet-setters take advantage of direct flights to Phuket from over 30 cities including Sydney, Frankfurt, Shanghai, Moscow, and Abu Dhabi. While its tropical attractions are enticing, the Pearl of the Andaman also boasts a heritage old town, and the island's luxury resorts are considered amongst the finest the world over. You'll need help narrowing down your top 20 luxury hotels in Phuket, so let our been-there-gawked-that photography make it easier.