Stretching an entire kilometre of the elite Millionaire’s Row on the west coast of Phuket, Surin Beach is widely regarded as one of the most salubrious spots around. Visit outside of the rainy season for the calmest waters and best views of the reef; seen either from a kayak, a boogie board or in the water with a snorkel. It’s lifeguarded too, so ideal for those nervous about a swim in the ocean and for families. You’ll find an array of fine boutiques, cafes and restaurants, as well as high-end resorts, at Surin Beach.
Twinpalms Phuket Resort
Located 200 yards from the popular Surin Beach on Millionaires’ Row, the Twinpalms Phuket Resort has its own beach club, plus three outdoor swimming pools set within a water garden-style landscape (a 50-meter lap pool, a lagoon-style pool and one for children). Kids can also let off some steam in their own club, with a programme of activities, while grown-ups chill out in the award-winning spa. Accommodation is across suites and villas; the largest providing private pools, kitchens with Nespresso machines, wine cellars and cigar humidors. The resort has a secluded feel and elegant decor.
With direct access to the white sands of Pansea Bay, guests at The Surin can swim, sunbathe and dabble in water sports in paradise. There are also two pools (one infinity), two floodlit tennis courts and a kids’ club with a range of activities and games to keep young guests entertained. The resort’s signature restaurant is perched right on the beach and serves a range of international and Thai cuisine. Lomtalay Restaurant, beside the pool, is a more casual dining experience with a menu of light bites, sandwiches and salads. And there’s the romantic Sunset Restaurant. A full-service spa provides a range of treatments and therapies, as well as yoga and meditation classes in a beautiful outdoor setting, overlooking the ocean.