In the formative years of the island's tourist industry, beach bungalows, basic guesthouses and large, cheerless hotels aimed at tour groups were the only options. Since then, many small luxury resorts and spas have opened with the aim of attracting discerning guests who are tired of the standard offerings of 300-room chain hotels. From traditional Thai-style houses set in lush tropical gardens to ultrachic designer resorts to private-pool villas, Phuket is making a concerted effort to offer more upscale and varied accommodations.
Whether you are looking for an inexpensive guesthouse, a top-end luxury resort or anything in between, Phuket can suit your needs. Prices can vary greatly from season to season. The high season runs November-April, and hotels are most expensive then. However, Christmas and the New Year is the peak season, with many resorts charging an extra supplement. Booking is recommended well in advance if you intend to be in Phuket at that time. The low season is May-October, and you can find many bargains then. Although it is not the best time to enjoy watersports, the island is much more peaceful.
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