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Overview : Due to its abundance of luxury resorts Surin is generally considered to be one of the more up-market parts of Phuket. Its a very peaceful and attractive location with a small village area and an excellent beach. Surin resorts tend to specialise in seclusion and privacy with two of them (The Surin and the Amanpuri) having exclusive access to the location's second beach in Pansea Bay.
- Surin Beach (0.7km, white-sand)
- Pansea Bay Beach (0.3km, white sand)
- Beachside bars and dining
- Small town area with shopping
Distances by Road :
- Airport - 23 km
- Phuket Town Centre - 24 km
- Patong Nightlife & Shopping - 13 km
Staying Near Surin Beach
Attractive Beaches and Luxury Hotels
Surin is known for its high-end resorts and, although accommodation is available to suit most budgets, its generally considered to be one of the island’s more exclusive locations.
Staying Close to Surin Beach
Its primary feature is the lovely Surin Beach and its parallel walking path lined with shops, restaurants and bars which can get quite lively as the sun goes down. A little further back is the Surin Beach road which runs through a quiet village area with quite a few resorts distributed along it. This group of hotels which includes the highly recommended Twinpalms are all within a few minutes walk of the beach’s main bathing sections so may have extra appeal to those who prefer lying on the sand to lounging around a pool.
Staying at Pansea Bay
Surin has another nice beach in the adjoining Pansea Bay though access is restricted to guests staying at either the Amanpuri or “The Surin” resorts. Both offer luxury villas close to the sand and are well-rated by guests but for most the less expensive “The Surin” will be the better value choice as the Amanpuri is one of Phuket’s most expensive establishments.
Main Town Area
Behind the beach road is the main township which, though small, does have some shops aimed at the more affluent visitor such as art, fashion and antique retailers. Other than these outlets and a few other convenience businesses such as a supermarket and a bank the town area will not be of much interest to most people though development is always ongoing on Phuket and this could well change in the future.
Hotels Not so Close to the Beach
Surrounding the town in the overlooking hills are many more resorts nestled among lush tropical greenery with some situated on steep slopes such as Villa Baan Phu Prana that can provide stunning sea views and are popular as romantic retreats. It would pay to be aware, however, that these resorts would tend to appeal to visitors looking to be well away from the crowds as some people might find the location feels a little too isolated.
Surin’s classy resorts will have particular appeal to travellers looking for a luxury tropical holiday in a tranquil area though its worth noting that the nightlife and shopping of Patong is only around 20 minutes drive away should visitors feel like a change from all the peace and quiet
Our Pick of the Best Hotels Near Surin's Beaches
1Villa Baan Phu Prana - a small (8 rooms) luxury hotel located high on a hill offering exceptional ocean views in attractive surroundings far from the noise of the towns. Guest reviews are generally superb with the attentive and friendly service of the staff often attracting particular praise along with the sea views, infinity pool and general accommodation standards. An excellent getaway retreat that is still handy to local shops and a choice of beaches though tuk tuk transport (easily found) will probably be neeeded for those without their own transport.
2The Quarter Phuket Resort - another quiet upmarket retreat located in a scenic setting on a hill overlooking the bay that has spacious luxury apartments complete with their own jacuzzis. Worthy of consideriation by people wishing to be away from the crowds. Surin Beach is about 15 minutes walk away or guests can elect to use the hotel's shuttle service or tuk tuk to reach it in 5 (note: there are some steep slopes to negotiate). Generally very good guest reviews.
3Ayara Hilltops Boutique Resort - a very highly rated 48-room hillside resort offering accommodation with superb sea views and private jacuzzis. With its no-children policy and lovely green setting the Ayara is well worth consideration by visitors looking for a tranquil tropical getaway that is still reasonably handy to a great beach and some shopping. Note : steep slopes may have to be negotiated.
4Twinpalms Phuket Hotel - a very popular upmarket resort set within easy walking distance of Surin Beach. Spacious and luxurious rooms, and a superb garden-set pool and excellent facilities and service have gained this resort some very high ratings from guests.
5Manathai Hotel - a mid-priced 52-room resort located with walking distance of Surin Beach(near the more expensive Twin Palms) that offers a good standard of accommodation considering the price and upmarket location (called "Millionaire's Row" by locals. High ratings by most guests.
6Surin Park Hotel - high standard apartment accommodation (includes kitchenettes) that is located on a hillside withithin 10 minutes walk to either Bang Tao or Pansea(Surin) beaches. Family-friendly and quite well priced for the standard and exclusive Surin location. Good ratings by most guests.