5 Star Hotels in Phuket
Considering the glamorous location that Phuket is perceived to be, I have often thought the quality of the hotels are not up standard they should be. Many of the so called luxury resorts are quite old and in serious need of renovation. There are exceptions with hotels like the Andara, Paresa and Trisara Resorts, but generally the hotels like the Le Meridien, The Millennium Resort and the Hilton Arcadia seem to be more geared for large corporate groups and lacking the intimacy of a genuine five star product. A common complaint is that the hotel rooms are small and in need of some care and the Dusit Thani and the Laguna Beach Hotel are good examples of this.
As far as golfers are concerned Kata Beach is quite a long way from the majority of the golf courses, but properties such as the Katathani Beach Resort and The Shore at Katathani offer a high standard of accommodation In the centre of the island The Surin has been recently been refurbished and is a genuine 5 star property, but the resort will not suit everyone because of the many steps and you do need to be fit to get to the beach and back. The Angsana Laguna (formally Sheraton) is the newest hotel and excellent quality and although its a very big hotel you dont get that feeling as its very spread out.
Unfortunately the recession took care of the new Grand Hyatt and Shangri La projects, but the good news for Phuket is that a number of new top quality hotels are about to open in the next year including a Park Hyatt, U Sunsuri Resort and the Kalima Resort & Spa which hopefully will raise the standard of the top end of the market.
My personal favourite is the Andara Resort & Villas in the resort of Kamala which can claim to be 6 star quality, but for luxury, views and outstanding service The Andara cannot be beaten!.