With its emerald rainforests, palm-tree-lined shores, and endless array of fun activities, Phuket is a holiday destination straight out of the pages of National Geographic—and its fans would like to keep it that way. Luckily, it’s not just the rainforests that are green here; there are plenty of places to stay that are kind to the Earth. We set Expedia Australia the task of finding Phuket’s most eco-friendly hotels in Phuket.
Phuket is a wonderful place to say goodbye to your everyday life for a few days, withou saying goodbye to green values. In this island paradise, that can mean admiring awesome temples, eating some pretty amazing food, or just laying on the beach and frolicking in the ocean. Whatever your adventure entails, you’ll feel great retiring to accommodation that’s both luxurious and environmentally friendly at the end of the day.
These days, more and more people understand the importance of supporting sustainable tourism —and that includes staying at resorts that pride themselves on their excellent sustainability policies, like saving water and electricity, reducing consumption, and using biodegradable products. Check out some of our favourite eco-friendly hotels.
Swissotel Resort Patong Beach: Located off Ruamchai Road and just a few steps from the picturesque Patong beach is the Swissotel. After you wake up in your posh hotel room, make your way down to one of the on-site restaurants and enjoy a hearty breakfast. After that, the day is yours. Get yourself in shape at the fitness centre, then get pampered at the spa. And you can relax, knowing that the Swissotel brand operates a worldwide sustainability policy that includes yearly goals to reduce water and energy consumption, lower CO2 emissions, and it only award contracts to sustainable, ethical sub-contractors.
Movenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach: This beachfront hotel has truly embraced the green lifestyle. It’s been certified by Green Globe, a tourism sustainability program recognised around the world, since 2012. At the Movenpick, you can be treated to anything from a penthouse to your very own private villa, a stone’s throw away from the warm waters of the Andaman Sea. Nearby Karon Beach is a great place spend a few hours snorkelling. Thanks to policies like those at the Movenpick, which include using alternative energy sources and implementing community initiatives, you can rest assured Phuket’s natural treasures will be there for years to come.
Katathani Phuket Beach Resort: If you thought staying in a luxurious oceanfront resort that’s also eco-friendly was impossible, you haven’t heard of the Katathani. The amenities list is almost endless, with spa treatments and incredible on-site restaurants, and the list of eco-friendly policies is even longer. Katathani has solar panels that provide the energy for heating its water—and the water comes from its nearby reservoir. The soaps are organic and biodegradable, and some of its trucks run on biodiesel.
Get Out and About
Sure, the beaches are unbelievably beautiful, but don’t be afraid to venture into the city for a few hours. Old Phuket Town in particular is a perfect place to immerse yourself in traditional Thai culture. Sample some delicious street food, explore the galleries of the Thai Hua Museum, and shop for that perfect sarong.
So there’s no need to give up your green values (or luxury) while on holiday in Phuket. Enjoy tropical beaches, outdoor adventures, vibrant nightlife—and luxurious eco-friendly resorts. We’ll be expecting a postcard soon.