Hidden gem – the Best Western Supalai Resort, Phuket

For those who desire a holiday in Phuket, but enjoy a slower pace of life less than the traditional resort areas, the Best Western Supalai Resort could hold the answer. Situated on the quieter, but no less beautiful, North-Eastern coast of the island, this elegant resort is tucked away in the forested hillside overlooking the turquoise waters of Phang Nga bay.

Interestingly this seclusion doesn’t mean the resort is remote or cut off. Phuket airport is only 15 minutes drive away (approximately the same distance as Patong), and the resort has enough on-site facilities to keep guests entertained. The resort has a huge, two-level swimming pool with cascading fountains, while the Sundaree Spa boasts an array of treatments from traditional Thai, herbal, oriental, aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, Swedish, sports and foot massage through to body wraps and expert waxing treatments. For more active guests, water sports are available, while day tours and hire cars are available to explore the island.

The resort’s 144 sea view rooms and 38 poolside villas feature modern East Asian decor where the style is definitely ‘East-meets-West’. The sea view rooms comprise Deluxe, Super Deluxe and Grand Deluxe, while the pick of the bunch is the House Pool Villa which features a 4.5m x 9.5m infinity edge private pool encompassing the fabulous panoramic ocean view.

The Best Western name and reputation may not be as renowned in Asia as other hotels brands, but this resort from the world’s largest hotel chain offers everything one might expect from any of the more sought-after names in Thai hospitality. It is comfortable, modern and affordable, with a serene location and a level of peace and intimacy that is perfect for families and couples. For a piece of Phuket without the usual hustle and bustle, the Best Western Supalai is truly a hidden gem.