Where to Stay

HK Magazine - - TRAVEL -

If you want to avoid the crowds and the mad­ness, then you’ll want to avoid Pa­tong town on the is­land’s south­east edge. It’s the most de­vel­oped part of the is­land, and hence the most rau­cous.

In­stead, head to Bang Tao beach on the north­east coast. The La­guna com­plex is home to sev­eral re­sorts, but it’s also got some­thing for the more bud­get-con­scious trav­eler: Cas­sia Phuket (from THB3,750 ($830) per night through Oct 29, 64 Moo 4 Srisoon­thorn Rd., Ch­erng­ta­lay, Phuket, (+66) 76-356-999) bridges the gap between ser­viced apart­ment and ho­tel, and is geared to­wards the younger, more in­de­pen­dent trav­eler. As you walk in, the huge open space of­fers a gro­cery store, bar and hang­out ar­eas, and feels more like a beach bar than a ho­tel lobby. The rooms are com­pact and well de­signed, with full kitch­enettes. Many boast tall ceil­ings con­tain­ing a loft space chill-out area should you just want to kick back with a break­fast de­liv­ered straight to your room.

Cas­sia’s prox­im­ity to (33, 33/27 Moo 4, Srisoon­thorn Rd., Ch­erng­ta­lay, Phuket, (+66) 76-372-400) means that if you’re down for a bit of pam­per­ing, it couldn’t be sim­pler. This was the group’s first ho­tel, and lit­er­ally wrote the book on the trop­i­cal “gar­den-style” spa. Get the sig­na­ture Thai mas­sage for an out-of-this-world ex­pe­ri­ence.

Banyan Tree Phuket

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