Centara Grand Beach Resort

Set on Karon Beach, this striking, upmarket resort is within 14 km of Wat Chalong temple and the Phuket Zoo.

Featuring Sino-Portuguese decor, and balconies or terraces offering pool, garden or sea views, the elegant rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minifridges. Upgraded rooms offer in-room or outdoor Jacuzzis, or private plunge pools. Villas also have private pools, and add living areas and/or dining tables.

Snorkeling gear is free. Dining options include upscale Italian and Asian restaurants, as well as rooftop and poolside bars offering light fare. There’s also a posh spa, a water park and a fitness center.