(Updated August 25, 2017)
Phuket’s gorgeous Andaman Sea coastline is truly appreciated in all its glory with a luxurious beach-club experience. Think soft sun beds, glam cabanas, and turquoise pools; gourmet snacks, swim-up bars, and signature sundowners. Along the west coast of Phuket, the bikini-body-beautiful and the abs brigade pose, whilst everybody soaks up the uber on-trend and chilled-out ambiance. The beach clubs of Phuket are hip, happening, and the ultimate hotspots to be seen and to people watch whilst sinking into your own beachside bliss.
Each year, Phuket’s beach club scene changes with new refurbs and exciting venues opening. However, what is consistent is that today’s Phuket beach clubs are becoming ever-more luxurious and are no longer the reserve of the young and restless. Instead, jetset couples flock to sample incredible menus, spectacular sunset cocktails, and dancing by the beach, with pool-splashing fun during the day.
Whilst the wild parties of iconic Nikki Beach may have left the shores of Phuket, Dream Beach, which opened at the end of 2015 in the same location, is just as luxuriously hedonistic, with a chilled-out vibe and a stylish and upmarket atmosphere too. Right by the gorgeously white sands of Layan Beach with its natural bay and sunset views, the setting may be timeless but Dream Beach is a contemporary vacation experience with modern-day mixologists, big international-name DJs, as well as a renowned Sunday Brunch and poolside parties; modern New York-style chic meets tropical beach paradise with two pools and a swim-up bar as well as designer sun beds, cool cocktails, and an exclusive rooftop bar and nightclub. /dreambeachclub.com
HQ Beach Lounge
Another west-coast stunner, HQ Beach Lounge is one of the latest beach clubs to woo vacationers with its chic and sophisticated energy. The contemporary design exudes stylish simplicity with a fresh appeal that creates an intimate, laid-back atmosphere during the day. At night, HQ Beach Lounge ups the tempo, creating a more club-like space. From simple beach mattresses, to poolside nests and white cabanas, the stunning location on Phuket’s famed Kamala Beach is what really adds a sense of panache and a reputation as one of the best beach clubs as well as one of the newest, only opening in July 2016. /facebook.com/hqbeachloungephuket
Catch Beach Club
Fun, fabulous and fashionable; Catch Beach Club, which reopened in 2017 after a short closure is a trend-setter that adds a touch of glamor and night-club chic to the beach-club scene in Phuket. Soft whites and ocean blues keep the décor simple with smart beds on the white sands of Bang Tao Beach and beds under a shaded sala by the pool. The menu is equally as cool and sophisticated with French oysters and Japanese sushi and sashimi, and so-called ‘Wow’ dishes that impress with Wagyu beef and Alaskan king crab. Snacks and gourmet foods from the East and the West create a balanced all-day dining a la carte menu, with Friday-night BBQs too. With DJs mixing decks on the terrace, al fresco dining by the sands and a curved outdoor bar that lights up with blue seaside colors, there is a distinct funky vibe that is all about feeling great rather than simply looking the part; adding some genuine excitement to Phuket’s tropical nights. www.catchbeachclub.com
Café del Mar
A luxury vacation is brought to life with an injection of Ibiza-style fun in the sun and the glamor of this iconic brand that represents the hedonism of enjoying life to the full. A vacation lifestyle that comes with a headlining soundtrack and struts its stuff with beach-chic fashion that is worn to stand out. Café del Mar is the beach club grande dame and opening in Phuket in 2017 on Kamala Beach defines the west coast as a destination that really knows how to party in style. The straw roof creates a beach club that is more about enjoyment than sophistication. Daytimes can be tranquil before the beats take over the night skies with guests either getting into the more upbeat vibe and staying for more or making a quick exit after dark. /cafedelmarphuket.com
XANA Beach Club
The vibe is music festival meets carnival at XANA Beach Club with more than a sprinkling of old style Miami Beach excess. The biggest of its kind in Phuket, the space boasts a 35-meter swim-up bar with pods on the beach to chill out in style and huge cabanas for 10; a perfect place for groups of friends who want a larger-than-life vacation experience. Those looking for a stylish beachside escape can relax during the day with sundowners to follow and a renowned all-day menu. State-of-the-art sounds, a rooftop terrace, and party area that can cater for up to 1,000, XANA Beach Club turns into a bar and club come evening time with some of the most famous DJs in the world hitting the decks. /xanabeachclub.com
From low minimum spends to VIP packages, beach clubs range from relaxed style to special occasion