Phuket is slowly building up its beach club scene, with ultra-chic establishments popping up along its golden coasts. While stylish interiors and a postcard-perfect beachfront are common across these venues, each has its own charm and unique amenities to draw the crowds in. Here’s a glimpse of some of the best that the island has to offer:
Akyra Beach Club Phuket
Lazy, leisurely afternoons are best spent at a place like Akyra. Unlike the more popular beachfront establishments located down south, Akrya isn’t frequented by hordes of expatriates or vacationers, so you’ll get to enjoy the best of the venue’s peaceful ambience and luxe amenities. There’s a freeform pool for refreshing mid-day dips, and a pool bar manned by Akyra’s master mixologist to keep you well hydrated through the day. Delicious food and excellent service helps round out an enjoyable experience at this elegant venue.
Akyra Beach Club Phuket is located at 2 / 7 Moo 5, Natai Beach, Phuket, p. +66 76 592 500.
Catch Beach Club
It’s not hard to see why Catch is a favourite beachfront hangout for expatriates and travellers alike; it boasts a sleek, stylish décor, swimming pool, water sports activities, well-crafted cocktails, and a menu listing out an array of mouthwatering Mediterranean fare. Best of all is the club’s prime location along the pristine shores of Surin, a paradisiacal stretch of coast ideal for soaking up the tropical vibes, catching spectacular sunset shows and taking in vistas out to the Andaman Sea.
Catch Beach Club is located at 12/88 Moo 2, Cherng Talay, Bang Tao Beach, Phuket, p. +66 65 348 2017. Open 9am-2am on Monday-Saturday and 9am-12am on Sunday.
Dream Beach Club
With two swimming pools, four bars, and over a hundred comfy sun loungers, Dream definitely earns its reputation as one of the best beach clubs on the island. The Instagram-worthy venue is spread out across an expansive compound dotted with palms and patio umbrellas in eye-catching hues, and exudes a cool, easygoing vibe. Apart from its impeccable setting and extensive menu, what keeps the crowds coming back to Dream is its outstanding live acts, featuring renowned DJs like Barbara Tucker and collaborations for monthly parties with house labels Hed Kandi and Ministry of Sound. They also have a sister hotel five-minutes away connected by a free shuttle.
Dream Beach Club is located at Layan Beach, Soi 2, Thalang, Phuket, p. +66 98 048 3500. Open 11am-10pm on Monday-Saturday, 12pm-10pm on Sunday.
HQ Beach Lounge
The ultra-chic HQ Beach Lounge is venue of choice for the sophisticated. It’s quiet and discreet, thanks to the isolated location and surrounding woodland that add on to the venue’s sense of privacy. Seating options are aplenty – from sun mats set under towering trees and stools encircling the central bar, to pillowy sofas and beachfront cabanas. The drinks selection here is wonderfully extensive, featuring an impressive variety of cocktails, as well as a collection of old and new world label stocked in HQ’s very own wine cellar.
HQ Beach Lounge is located at 100/210 Moo 3, Kamala, Phuket, p. +66 91 165 0251. Open 9am-1am daily.
Iguana Beach Club
Situated along the shoreline sandwiched between the beaches of Kalim and Kamala, Iguana’s out-of-the-way location gives the venue a tranquil setting. The venue contains a dining area, bar, terraces built into a rocky coast and a beachfront lounge scattered with large cushions and low tables. By day, Iguana stays relaxed and casual with soft R&B tunes, but as dusk falls the atmosphere is transformed with lively beats. And twice a month, the venue comes alive with DJs and a vibrant crowd of partygoers.
Iguana Beach Club is located at Phrabaramee Road, Kalim Beach, Phuket, p. +66 81 415 1615. Open 11am-12am daily.
Paradise Beach Club
A popular party spot known for its full moon, half moon and black moon parties, nightly fireworks display and energetic atmosphere. Yet, the venue is much more than just a hip and happening beach club; located amidst its capacious grounds are a beachfront volleyball court, restaurants, stations for water sports activities (think stand-up paddleboarding), boutiques and a walking street-esque outdoor market – making this a fun-filled venue that offers something for every holidaymaker.
Paradise Beach Club is located at 109 Muean-Ngern Road, Patong, Phuket, p. +66 76 609 609. Open 9:30am-late daily.
RE KÁ TA Beach Club
Trendy RE KÁ TA is made for beach-goers who appreciate style and access to a full range of top-notch amenities; the sprawling grounds of the beach club is beautifully appointed, and contains a restaurant, bar, spa parlour and boutique store. The chic décor and excellent service lends RE KÁ TA a vibe that borders on luxurious, but the venue manages to keep its atmosphere casual and laidback – so you’ll feel right at home lounging here.
RE KÁ TA Beach Club is located at 184 Koktanode Road, Kata Beach, Phuket, p. +66 76 330 421. Open 8am-12am daily.
Xana Beach Club
Xana sets itself apart with its pristine, all-white décor, serene ambience, sun-soaked terrace and swim up bar. It serves as a relaxed hangout for sunseekers during the day, but when dusk beckons the venue takes on a different character altogether with its spectacular live performances, lavish parties and events like the Full Moon beach party.
Xana Beach Club is located at 10 Moo 4 Srisoonthorn Road, Thalang, Phuket, p. +66 76 324 101. Open 10:30am-1am daily.
Top Image courtesy of HQ Beach Lounge Phuket.