Island paradise, chilled-out retreat and party capital all rolled into one, it’s no wonder that Phuket is one of Thailand’s most popular destinations. While there is no shortage of neon-lit nightlife, for a beachside bar experience that feels a cut above the rest, here are just five of our Phuket favourites.
Nai Harn Resort, 23/3 Moo 1, Vises Road, Rawai, Muang District, Phuket
Reflections takes the infinity-pool-and-endless-views experience to the next level with its mesmerizing ambience and five-star service. Whether it’s cocktails at dusk, whisky by moonlight or a zesty spritzer during the day, Reflections is a dream destination for some romantic quiet time or relaxed conversation with friends.
Sri Panwa Hotel, 88 Moo 8, Sakdidej Road, Vichit, Muang, Phuket
The first thing you need to do when you know you’re going to be in Phuket is get yourself on the waiting list for Baba Nest. It is super, super popular – and it’s easy to see why. Baba Nest’s wrap around infinity pool surrounds the rooftop deck overlooking 360-degree panoramic views of the surrounding islands, Andaman Sea and Phuket’s southern peninsula. Combine this feeling of floating luxury with Sri Panwa’s exquisite cocktails, big comfy cushions and that mesmerising sunset backdrop and you can see why this famous Phuket bar has a global following.
The Kee Sky Lounge
The Kee Resort and Spa, 152/1 Thaveewong Road, Patong Beach, Kathu, Phuket
In terms of rooftop bars, the Kee Sky Lounge is literally ‘up there’ with the best. This is the perfect sundowner spot, away from the hustle and bustle at street level, and you’ll find it on the 6th and 7th floors of The Kee Resort and Spa. The 360-degree views of the sky, sand and sea are, as you’d expect, pretty spectacular – especially at sunset. But that’s not the only reason to go. The menu offers a choice of mouthwatering fusion tapas, such as the Rock Lobster & Salsa BBQ Dip, and upmarket cocktails include James Bond Island and Blue Patong.
Catch Beach Club
202/88 Moo 2, Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket
Owned by TwinPalms Phuket, the re-imagined Catch Beach Club is known for its dream location, great music, glamorous crowd and impressive selection of refreshing cocktails, wines and beers. The Club also offers a-la-carte dining with succulent fresh Mediterranean dishes, gourmet pizza, pasta and Asian favourites. Oh, and did we mention the service? It is absolutely impeccable. You will be made to feel like one of the privileged few at Catch Beach Club but don’t worry if you’re not staying at TwinPalms – Catch Beach Club is open to everyone. There’s also no entrance fee, which is always nice. If you want crimson sunsets over shimmering water and an amazing atmosphere to match, make sure you check out Catch Beach Club.
Cafe Del Mar
118/119 Moo 3, Kamala, Kathu, Phuket
Right on the golden sands of Kamala Beach, Café Del Mar is just like its namesake in Ibiza – a haven for music lovers, foodies and cocktail fanatics. Just like the original legendary chill-out bar, Café Del Mar Phuket is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing day by the pool and beach, sipping cocktails and pampering yourself with mouthwatering food. It’s also – and most famously – the perfect party venue for late night drinks and dancing. Just don’t forget to book your sunbed!
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