Phuket, Thailand’s largest island, floats off the western coast and is bordered by the Andaman Sea. Comprising alabaster-white beaches, snorkeling in crystalline waters, and a splash of cultural sights, Phuket is a Thailand-in miniature destination with something to offer revelrous backpackers as well as honeymooners, and families. These Airbnbs in Phuket with private pools and million-dollar views give you a preview of the third outing of White Lotus.
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This high-end villa rental is located on the east coast with easy access to Yamu Pier for island hopping. The 30-meter infinity pool dangles over the Andaman Sea and is joined by a sala. All communal areas and bedrooms are generously sized with a games den and movie lounge being a bonus. Daily breakfast and a maid service are included in the rate but you can add meals for a surcharge.
Twelve guests, five bedrooms Price: $1,351 per night
The only snag with booking this Guest Favorite Airbnb near Phuket’s sandiest beach is that checking out will break your heart. Make each day count with sunrise laps in the private pool and afternoon siestas under the gazebo. The decor is a mix of Western and Thai with all the gizmos you’d have at home. Bang Tao’s restaurants and massage parlors are minutes away but Phuket Town is only 20 minutes by Grab/Uber.
There’s no need to call your optician: what the photos show is what you get with this top-rated Airbnb in Phuket. The east coast villa really does have a suspended infinity pool and multiple water features that’ll give you the sensation of floating above the Andaman Sea. Reach out about booking a driver or extra frills at this family-friendly rental in Cape Yamu.
This gorgeous vacation home cascades down the cliffside overlooking the white sand of Surin and Bang Tao beaches. The upper level opens onto an infinity pool bookended by two Thai salas that spare you from sunburn when soaking up the views. All interiors are lavished with teak and decorative art from the region while a whirlpool tub is poised with jungle views.
Patong isn’t every traveler’s cup of Thai iced tea but the same can’t be said for this stylish villa on the outskirts of town. All bedrooms have an en suite bathroom and TV while three have ocean views. An “indoor courtyard” marks the heart of the home and grants direct access to the curved infinity pool. The location makes it easy to dip a toe in Phuket’s riotous nightlife
Eight guests, four bedrooms Price: $1,435 per night
Flying to the number one slot for extra-large groups vacationing in Southern Thailand, this chiseled Airbnb sits on the remote northeast coast. The decor is ultra-modern and refined with full emphasis on the scenery and outdoor amenities. All bathtubs offer unobstructed sea views while both the infinity and kids’ pool hang over the water. Landlubbers may prefer the basketball court or ping pong table.
Fifteen guests, five bedrooms Price: $1,164 per night
Another option in the notorious Patong, this five-bedroom villa comes with a Muay Thai gym and a bounty of activities to rival the main strip. Besides the pool, you’ll find arcade games and a billiards table with skyline views of the bustling resort. A new addition to the accommodation scene, the rental is close to the party-centric town but you may be tempted to spend the night in while your private chef cooks up a storm.
Twelve guests, five bedrooms Price: $1,251 per night
Steps from one of Thailand’s most coveted beaches, this cheerful bungalow is adorned with Asian artwork and handspun tapestries. All rooms have direct access or at least views of the poolside where you can sip fresh coconut water and keep an eye peeled for lizards. All guests receive a complimentary bicycle for pootling around this boho resort.
Compact and cozy yet endlessly chic, this miniature villa has a private saltwater pool and spacious yard with shade. Powered by solar, the home is nicely tricked out for cooking, working, and relaxing. The Guest Favorite Airbnb is managed by a family who are on hand to assist with tours and transfers. Meanwhile, their pet labrador is always down for a game of fetch.
This listing may well lack the private swimming pool but it counteracts by giving you the Andaman Sea in its entirety. Formed of three sleeping cabins, the racing yacht can accommodate groups or even a couple seeking a luxury boat charter. Discounts apply to onboard stays of three nights or more and diving excursions and other activities are available at a surcharge.
Even couples can claim a posh pad with a private pool in Southern Thailand’s prime vacation spot. This Phuket penthouse for two is secluded and grants shocking views from the terrace. If you’re feeling sociable, pop downstairs and take your pick from two shared pools. Kata Beach is a stone’s throw from the apartment block whereas a Grab will scoot you up the road to Patang where you can let your hair down.
It’s legal to book an Airbnb in Phuket as a tourist. Hosts renting a property for less than 30 days are required to obtain a hotel license. If the listing does not detail this, it’s recommended to message the host ahead of booking.
What time zone is it in Phuket?
Phuket follows Indochina Time (ICT). As daylight saving time doesn’t apply to Thailand, the island maintains a consistent time zone of UTC/GMT +07:00.
Where to stay in Phuket?
Phuket has a reputation for being a party island although the vibe changes with each resort. Located in the southeast of the island, Phuket Town is the capital. This area has a culture-loaded Old Town, nightly food markets, and solid transport links. It’s worth considering Phuket Town for convenience although the nicest places to stay in Phuket for beaches and solitude are beyond the central hub.
The northwest coast yields some of the best beaches in Phuket. Close to Phuket International Airport, Bang Tao and Nai Thon are popular with couples, families, and travelers seeking a quiet vacation. Despite appearing far-flung, these towns are still less than 30 minutes from Phuket Town. Right down on the southern coast, Nai Harn Beach has a similar atmosphere. The eastern coast is where to stay for island hopping trips and views of Krabi province.
As the liveliest part of the island, Patong Beach is where to stay in Phuket for nightlife and watersports. However, this is the rowdiest area and is not to all travelers’ tastes. The southerly resorts of Kamala Beach and Kata Beach offer a diluted experience with a blend of family-friendly villas and romantic bungalows.