For animal lovers: Our Jungle Camp
Located on the mainland about a three hour drive north of Phuket is one of the oldest rainforests in the world. Few tourists stray this far from the beach, but Khao Sok National Park is an awesome side trip offering a whole different take on southern Thailand. The bamboo cabins and wooden cabins at our Jungle Camp are minimalist and cool enough in the evening that they are not air conditioned. There is a great little restaurant on site and the camp can organize a variety of activities for a good price, including nature hikes and rafting along lazy rivers.
Rooms: From £ 15, room only.
For those seeking solace: Sala Phuket Mai Khao Beach
Sitting plum on Mai Khao beach, the Sala Phuket embodies the laid-back Thai beach break. Everything about this hotel seems to have been designed to relax you: the minimalist styles, the calming white-on-white suites and villas, and the sunken swimming pool, with the Andaman Sea just beyond. Spend the day on the beach with a book or relax at the spa. The food is great too – freshly baked pastries for breakfast, tangy papaya salads and red curries for lunch and crawfish for dinner.
Rooms: Villas from £ 109, B&B.
Ideal for athletes: Thanyapura
Go for gold at this expansive fitness resort set deep in the island’s jungle. Top athletes come here to take advantage of the excellent facilities, including two competition pools, tennis courts and boxing rings. Mere mortals can also stay here, using the facilities and entering and exiting over 80 classes per week. A medical center offers comprehensive check-ups and a spa offers massages. Rooms are basic but have everything you need, including comfortable beds, power showers, and verandas.
Rooms: Villas from £ 70, B&B.