Bang Tao Beach on the northwest coast of the island of Phuket is a four-mile-long stretch of white sand flanked by a handful of bars and restaurants, and several luxury resorts and private villas. The largest resorts are part of the Laguna Phuket resort complex, which also provides most of the recreational facilities in the area. The relative quiet of Bang Tao offers a contrast to the party atmosphere that Phuket is known for.
The Himmaphan Phuket
The Himmaphan Phuket is only steps from Bang Tao beach, while Surin and Lamsaeng beaches are also close by. It is an intimate, exclusive villa that accommodates a maximum of 16 guests within its four-bedroom master residence and private guest pavilions. Inspired by the story of the hidden kingdom Himmaphan of ancient Thai mythology, the decor incorporates hand-carved furnishings and brightly patterned silks balanced with muted neutrals for a serene atmosphere. The villa bedrooms surround a ying-and-yang-adorned swimming pool with a poolside barbecue. The property comes with the services of two maids, a private butler and a gardener; a driver and babysitter can be arranged for an extra charge.
Sheraton Grande Laguna
Within its expansive property in a coveted location directly on Bang Tao Bay, the Sheraton Grande Laguna offers 419 guest rooms and villas, the Angsana Spa and a complex of four swimming pools connected by a meandering canal network. Boat trips are available from the resort to some of the hundreds of small islands in the bay, where you can dive or snorkel among coral reefs. Novices can take a scuba lesson in the resort's main pool; nonmotorized water sports equipment is complimentary. The resort offers guests free shuttle service to the nearby, 18-hole Laguna Phuket Golf Club. Two resident elephants visit the resort daily, to the delight of guests.
Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket
Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket features 226 guest rooms and suites, each featuring a private balcony and antique carvings. The open-air lobby with its vaulted ceilings and airy, low-rise guest rooms take advantage of sea breezes, while native casuarinas, coconut palms and other tropical vegetation provides shade and a tranquil atmosphere. Abundant on-site recreational opportunities include a three-hole pitch-and-putt golf course, a jogging track and a game room; an 18-hole golf course and horseback riding stables are adjacent to the property. Guests enjoy a choice of six dining establishments at the resort: Italian specialties at la Trattoria; traditional Thai cuisine at Ruen Thai; live music with drinks and snacks on the terrace at Horizon Lounge; seafood and on-the-beach seating at the Casuarina Beach Restaurant; and two casual cafes.
Best Western Premier Bangtao Beach Resort and Spa
The Best Western Premier Bangtao Beach Resort and Spa is located right on the white sand beach of Bang Tao with views of the Andaman Sea throughout the property. The family-friendly resort offers two-bedroom family villas, a separate children's pool and babysitting services. Other useful guest services include a scheduled shuttle to Phuket Town and Patong, airport transfers, laundry services and Internet access. Some of the bungalows boast private whirlpool tubs, and every room has a private balcony.
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