ISLAND HOPPING HELICOPTER TOUR

Gain a new perspective on Phuket from the air with sky-high views.

DIVING IN THE ANDAMAN SEA

Discover a world of wonder beneath the pristine waters around the island.

SAILING IN PHANG NGA BAY

Sail through some of the world's most breathtaking waters on a luxury yacht.

From distinctive limestone karsts rising dramatically from the emerald-green waters of Phang Nga Bay to endless stretches of the crystal-clear ocean teeming with tropical marine life, Rosewood Phuket is ideally placed for experiencing the hidden lagoons, powdery-white beaches and colorful coral reefs of the Andaman Sea.

Culture lovers will discover a charming treasure-trove of intricate Chinese shrines and elegantly restored Sino-Portuguese mansions in the historic Old Town. A hike to the majestic mountaintop Big Buddha or quiet contemplation at immaculate Wat Chalong takes guests on an immersive journey into the rich and diverse influences that have shaped the island's fortunes.

Phuket offers guests the perfect blend of natural beauty and rich island heritage.

ESSENTIALS

Sailing and luxury yacht charters

Sail around the picturesque Phuket coastline or embark on an exploration of the breathtaking islands of the Andaman Sea, with pristine beaches, colorful reefs, sea caves and hidden lagoons just waiting to be discovered.

Snorkeling and diving

With some of the most beautiful dive sites in the world and excellent visibility in the warm azure waters, guests can explore exciting underwater worlds with diverse species of colorful marine life.

Historic Phuket old town

Discover a wealth of cultural treasures hidden among the narrow historic streets, where ornate shrines and temples, colonial-style mansions and Chinese shophouses beautifully preserve a rich cultural heritage alongside a thriving scene of boutique shops, cafés and authentic local restaurants.

EAT

Tu Kab Khao

Right in the middle of the Old Town, this beautifully restored home serves refined southern Thai dishes in a stylish environment that celebrates the traditional Phuket lifestyle – from the blue shutters on the ornately carved exterior andthe intricate patterns on the blue-tiled floors, to the exquisite tableware, this is a perfect backdrop for the delicious spicy local cuisine.

Accompany your meal with an inventive mixed Baba-Nyonya cocktail, or try the island's only local craft beer Cha La Wan, which is made in a brewery on the west coast.

Address: 8 Phang Nga Rd., Talad Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000
Tel.: +66 76 608 888
Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Royale Nam Tok

By day, this is a Belgian couple’s private pool villa, but as the sun goes down it becomes one of the island's best fine dining European restaurants. Your hosts are Corry Ringoet and Marc De Schriyver, who shipped their entire décor from their former restaurant in Antwerp, while the menu is French with Asian flourishes, such as the wonderful parrot fish in saffron sauce.

In such an intimate setting, it makes little sense to order off the menu. Instead, put it down and place your trust in the Belgian co-owners to select the perfect evening's dining for you.

Address: 116/102 Moo.6, T.Kathu, Phuket, Thailand 83120
Tel.: +66 85 886 3422
Hours: From 6.30 p.m. / Sunday closed.

Ka Jok See

From the outside, this unassuming Sino-Portuguese shop-house on the outer edge of the old town hardly warrants a second glance, however the enigmatic Ka Jok See is one of Phuket’s most popular restaurants of all time. Promoted almost entirely through word of mouth, the restaurant sparks into life on a Friday and Saturday night serving a fixed price menu of family sharing-style Thai dishes with flamboyant cabaret entertainment late into the evening.

Address: 26 Takuapa Road, Muang Phuket
Tel.: +66 76 217 903, Reservation required
Hours: Fri and Sat, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Catch Beach Club

This iconic beach club has been drawing in the stylish crowd for years. Once located on nearby Surin Beach, in 2016 it relocated just a short way up the coast to the shores of up-and-coming Bangtao. However, the same winning combination of the latest DJ beats, inventive dining and creative cocktails means that the Catch formula still draws in the most beautiful patrons.

Address: 202/88 Moo 2, Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket
Tel.: +66 653482017
Hours: 
Beach Club: 9 a.m. until late
Lunch & Dinner: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (10 p.m. last order)
Bar: 10 p.m. until late

EXPLORE

Helicopter tours

Peer down on the breathtaking natural landscape of Phuket and the surrounding islands with a captivating journey offering a bird’s-eye view of towering sea cliffs, lush mangroves, coastal jungle and pristine beaches.

Sea kayaking

Paddle through a tranquil scenic bay surrounded by dramatic limestone escarpments. When the tide is right, hidden sea-caves emerge offering access to secret tidal lagoons that are open to the elements, yet hidden from the outside world by the sheer cliff faces on all sides.

Si Phang Nga National Park

This expansive tropical jungle to the north of Phuket is the largest remaining natural rainforest in southern Thailand and is protected by National Park status. Guests will find numerous hiking opportunities through dense evergreen landscapes and discover picturesque waterfalls and diverse species of wildlife along the leafy, woodland trails.

CULTURE

Big Buddha

Phuket’s most iconic landmark is perched high on a mountain peak that offers breathtaking 360-degree panoramic vistas over nearby towns, rugged hillside terrain, offshore islands and picturesque Chalong Bay. A steep and winding mountain trail leads to the impressive 45-meter-high gleaming-white marble Buddha image, with many vantage points along the way for a moment's contemplation of the wondrous natural scenery.

Wat Chalong

Built at the beginning of the 19th century, Wat Chalong holds great historical and cultural significance, inspiring resistance to a Chinese uprising in 1836 and housing one of the islands' most sacred relics, a fragment from a bone of the Buddha. The richly decorated temple buildings, featuring a commanding three-story chedi (Buddhist commemorative monument), are an artistic celebration of Buddhist mythology and beautifully serene places for reflection.

Wat Suwan Khuha

Wat Suwan Khuha, meaning “Temple Cave,” is hidden away in the heart of an imposing limestone mountain near Phang Nga Town, with a vast, central cavern housing a majestic 15-meter-long golden reclining Buddha among other fine examples of Buddhist cultural icons. This unusual, natural temple ambience is heightened by the hordes of monkeys from the surrounding jungle that gather at the cave entrance.

SHOP

Lard Yai walking street

This vibrant Sunday walking street market is the best place to soak up the Old Town's charm and is a living canvas of local culture. Situated on Thalang Road in the heart of the historic center, each Sino-Portuguese shophouse is lit up with a dazzling array of ever-changing colors complemented by the infectious energy of local teenagers who produce lively street performances and an eclectic mix of imaginative handicrafts is on offer for purchase. Authentic southern Thai culinary specialties, as well as delicious street food, can be found on the many stalls lining the center of the street and in the crowded shophouse entrances.

Ban Boran Textiles

For authentic Thai handicrafts and textiles, Ban Boran Textiles is tucked away along a bustling street in the Old Town and offers woven cotton and silk clothing, original Thai silk scarves and beautifully embroidered bags. Here you will find a unique silver jewelry collection handmade by the tribes of the Golden Triangle from the northern regions of Thailand.

Surin Plaza

Located near Surin Beach on Phuket's west coast, Surin Plaza houses an intriguing blend of high-class boutique shops offering bespoke jewelry, fashion and Asian decorative arts. Guests will discover truly one-of-a-kind shopping opportunities, including Soul of Asia, with its rare and inspired collection of genuine Asian master paintings, antiques and artifacts, alongside side modern art works by Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali and Picasso.

FAMILY

Hanuman World

Drawing inspiration from the Thai National epic Ramakien, Hanuman World takes its name from Hanuman, the Monkey God, and offers guests an exciting and unique way of traversing 80,000 square meters of natural hillside jungle. Glide through the ancient treetop canopies on exciting zip lines or go at a more leisurely pace along the Sky Walk. An elevated wooden terrace bar among the trees serves local fruits and juices, offering a relaxing way to survey the beautiful surroundings.

Elephant sanctuary

In a serene natural rain forest habitat, Phuket Elephant Sanctuary offers a rare educational experience for the whole family. The sanctuary rehomes and rehabilitates Asian elephants that have endured harsh conditions providing entertainment in the tourist industry. Private tours to observe the natural behavior of the elephants ensure the ongoing success of the project and offer guests a rare glimpse of the majestic animals’ true nature.

GOLF

Red Mountain Golf Club

Built on an abandoned tin mine in the mountainous terrain of central Phuket, this dramatic par-72, 6,900-yard course pays homage to the island's mining heritage by creatively incorporating the red rock cliff faces and flooded craters in the overall design. This challenging hillside course features varying elevations and slopes, lush grassy fairways, fast running greens and dense jungle surroundings.

Mission Hills Golf Club

Conceived by Nicklaus Design, Mission Hills Golf Course is set amid an exceptional mangrove forest location on the picturesque northeast coast of Phuket. Offering breathtaking views over the limestone islands of Phang Nga Bay, this par-72, 6,806-yard seaside course offers challenging ocean breezes and expansive white sand bunkers throughout.

Blue Canyon Country Club

Hosting many prestigious tournaments, including the Johnnie Walker Classic, Blue Canyon Country Club offers two world-class golf courses on a lush 720-acre site in the beautiful Phuket countryside. Awarded “Best Championship Course in Asia” in 2001 by Asian Golf magazine, the course reflects a harmonious union with the verdant forests and canyons for a truly exceptional golfing experience.