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Holiday means sunset drinks. Or not? These are the best places to watch the sunset in Phuket, tried and tested. Trust us. From the simple promenades to the swanky high-end rooftop bars.
1. Foto Hotel
From the rooftop bar of the Foto Hotel one can see one of the best sunsets in Phuket over Kata and Karon. It has a cool vibe, comfy beanbags/sofas and great drinks. This is a place to keep to yourself. Oops! Opens from 6,30pm to 11pm.
2. Phromthep Cape
If you are on a round the island road trip, then this is a perfect place to see the end of the day with great views away from Phuket. It tends to get crowded at sunset as everyone tries to capture the best shots but it is still worth the trek if you have a car.
3. Joe’s Downstairs
The acclaimed restaurant located on Kalim Bay offers hip and trendy drinks and tapas food to snack on at sunset time. The setting, against the rocks and the low tide above the water, is divine.
4. Le Versace
As the name indicates this is a French version of Versace’s rooftop restaurant. The owners must truly love him for they have devoted the restaurant entirely to Versace’s eponymous logo and God-like faces. Expect golden and white over Patong’s most incredible view. As the restaurant puts it, “There’s a very thin and precarious line running between classy, tasteful décor and outright kitsch. The Versace, a French restaurant in Patong Beach, flirts with this line outrageously and manages – against all the odds – to come out on top”. See for yourself.
If you have some time, here’s an interview with owner George Dufresne talking about why Le Versace (and Phuket) is special (13 mins).
5. Baba Nest
We would be fools not to include one of CNN’s most beautiful rooftop bars in the world on the list. But be sure to book well in advance as this gets filled up quickly. Baba Nest is located in one of Phuket’s most stunning, luxurious and breathtaking properties, Sri Panwa. Located on the cape of the same name, Sri Panwa manages to wow with infinity cliffside pool villas and one of the most chic, fabulous and laid-back bars in town with one of the most amazing views. A treat to the senses.
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6. Patong Beach
Ok, it is crowded, filled with banana boats, parasailing, drunken bachelor parties and other less than peaceful things, but Patong also offers incredible sunsets right on the beach. If you are looking for something moe casual-sand-between-my-toes type of place, this is it. Simply sit on the sand and watch the sun set behind the horizon.
7. Your own yacht
Staying on solid ground has its advantages, especially to those with weak legs at sea but setting sail from Phuket will give you the most incredible sunset views, all to yourself and in the complete peace of the sea. Rent a sailing boat from one of Phuket’s marinas with a full crew, and sail out to Phang Nga Bay and beyond. Every night, the stars will surprise you as you get lost counting the many that cover the mighty sky. If you were looking for epic sunsets, this is it.
8. From a beach club
Whether it is at Catch Beach Club, Nikki Beach or even Kata Rocks (with a day pass) your drinks and music supply will be satisfied. Both offer sunset views to go with it. There is also a side of beautiful people, champagne popping shows and classy sun loungers.
9. Cape Panwa Promenade
If you prefer a more DIY option than sitting at a high end hotel, the Cape Panwa promenade, is an easy evening stroll. There are benches to sit and watch the sunset, or a nice promenade to walk along holding hands.
Here are our top 3 picks of hotels to stay at that offer restaurants and suites with gorgeous sunset views
An infinity pool to die for with eponomously named Kata Rocks restaurant. So you can have second helpings of sunset with your meal.
Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort in Kamala
5* luxury with views of Kamala Bay to unwind. Includes Nahm Spa and breathtaking sunsets from aptly named Sunset Grill Restaurant.
La Flora Resort Patong Phuket
Relax to an ocean adjacent resort that boasts jacuzzi, sauna and The Surface Bar & Restaurant serving international fare. Watch the sun go down to a trendy vibe over famous Patong Beach.
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