The Nai Harn, Phuket, Thailand
The Nai Harn beach is rated as one of the best in Thailand - and the world. Within this coveted location, the eponymous Nai Harn hotel cascades inconspicuously down one of the forested hillsides, as white froth on the crest of a wave. Where better than to take in this dreamy postcard of a coastline than from a vantage point high in the hills?
Each of the Grand Ocean View rooms have large private terraces overlooking the sea, complete with a day bed to while away the hours reading, writing, or just plain chilling, listening to the distant breakers. With in-room dining on the menu, the terrace is a romantic option for dinner, if you prefer the privacy of your own room and front row seats for an incredible sunset over the Andeman sea.
The rooms are fabulous: cool, clean, spacious and beautifully decorated. Lots of crisp white with touches of blue, with a luxurious but relaxed beachside vibe: light wooden panels with ceramic ornaments; accents of clear green glass. A big bowl stands on the table filled with dragon fruits, lychees and papayas. It feels all at once friendly, generous, romantic and classy.
Phuket is an excellent base for exploring the islands that surround the southern province. Island hopping, rafting, snorkelling and diving are popular activities. Adventurers can zipline or trek if you fancy the inland jungle. The hotel even offers a shuttle to nearby beaches if you want to sample the surf against a different backdrop for a day. If you don’t want to venture too far from the hotel, here at the Nai Harn you can simply stroll down to the beach on your front doorstep. It’s one of the best in Thailand after all.
The Nai Harn, in its prime location, is also now fast gathering momentum as a strong culinary destination.