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How to Find the Best Places to Stay in Kamala and Surin

When looking for places to stay in Phuket it is easy to believe that Patong is the only place to be. Sure, Patong has a wide range of accommodation options plus a buzzing nightlife, lots of restaurants, and a great beach – but there are other options on this large Thai island. Kamala and Surin are both good choices for visitors looking for a quieter, more laid-back place to stay on Phuket. Located side by side on the west coast of Phuket, both Kamala and Surin are a short drive from bustling Patong but a world apart in terms of atmosphere. The towns are surrounded by lush tropical greenery and they have excellent beaches with fine white sand. Here are some ideas for places to stay in Kamala and Surin.

Kamala Beach and Surin Beach

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All About Kamala

Kamala attracts families and groups of friends looking for a quiet town and a quieter beach. In particular, the southern end of the beach at Kamala is not half as crowded as Patong but it still offers enough amenities and facilities for a comfortable stay. Kamala is a bit bigger than Surin and is not overrun by tourist amenities, making it an interesting place to stay. The shops and restaurants nearer to the beach are good for tourists, and the area alongside the beach is where most of the resorts in Kamala are located. But this is not the only area in Kamala where you can find accommodation. Secluded, exclusive hotels are located in the hills surrounding the town – a great option for those looking for a little privacy, as well as a more economical accommodation option.

Hotels and Resorts in Kamala

Swissotel Resort

Swissotel Resort is a family-friendly resort with a kids club and a pool with a waterslide. The suites are spacious and include small kitchenettes and separate bedrooms. This resort is located within walking distance of both the beach and the town. Read more here!

Sunwing Resort

A large, family-oriented Kamala resort, the Sunwing Resort has seven swimming pools, a kids club, and large rooms and suites. The resort is close to the beach. Go to…


Kamala Beach Resort

Adjoining the Sunwing Resort is the Kamala Beach Resort which is also family-friendly with good access to the beach and many swimming pools.

Cape Sienna Phuket Hotel & Villa

Set on a small hill overlooking the sea, this upper price range option is a secluded and peaceful resort with all the facilities for a luxury stay. Children under the age of 12 are not allowed at the Cape Sienna Villa resort so this is an option that is best suited to couples and groups of friends.
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Andara Resort Villas

Located close to the Cape Sienna Phuket Hotel and Villa, this luxurious hotel also has fabulous sea views and high-quality amenities. The Andara Resort Villas are set a little apart from the main town so you probably need your own transport to easily get around, although without transport you can still enjoy a relaxing resort experience as the hotel has all you need for a comfortable vacation.

Layalina Hotel Phuket

A smaller hotel with only 15 rooms, the Layalina Hotel is right on the beach in Kamala which makes it perfect for families and friends. All the rooms are large and they have great sea views. You are close to the center of Kamala as the shops and bars are within easy walking distance of this hotel.

Kamala Beach and Surin Beach

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All About Surin Beach

Surin is less of a beach town and more of a beach resort destination. Home to many of the island’s most upmarket resorts, Surin is the place to go for a quiet, relaxing vacation in exclusive surroundings. The small town does not have much to offer in terms of nightlife or restaurants, but most people staying in Surin find all they need within their resort. The beaches close to Surin, however, are beautiful and many resorts offer private beaches for guests’ use. The resorts and hotels here are set back from the sand in tropical greenery and the tranquility of the place is ideal for solitude seekers and honeymooners.

Hotels and Resorts in Surin

The Quarter Phuket Resort

Located in the leafy hills of Surin, the Quarter resort provides luxury accommodation with whirlpool baths, plus lovely sea views. The beach is a 15-minute walk or there is a hotel shuttle bus to transport guests to the shore.

Villa Baan Phu Prana

This tiny, eight-room luxury hotel in Surin is also set on the hillside overlooking Surin beach. The resort offers attentive service and villas with ocean views, an infinity pool, and peaceful surroundings.

Ayara Hilltops Boutique Resort

Yet another hillside getaway, the Ayara Hilltops resort is tranquil and secluded, with a no-children policy. The resort has 48 rooms and the beach is within easy reach.

Manathai Hotel

An affordable option in Surin, the Manathai Hotel is near to the beach and offers good value rooms plus attractive facilities.

Twinpalms Phuket Hotel

Located within easy walking distance of the beach, the Twinpalms hotel is a popular choice for families and honeymooners alike. There is a large pool surrounded by tropical vegetation plus a range of high-quality facilities and amenities.

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