Holidaying in Phuket? Stay near Kamala Beach


If soft white sand, crystal clear waters and a laid back vibe is what you’re in search for, then Kamala’s your beach. Located just a short drive north from Patong’s boisterous party scene, Kamala is the ideal escape for those seeking a true island experience. The gently curving bay offers pristine azure waters, ideal for swimming or snorkelling, and is backed by a paved path complete with shady palms

The northern part of this 2 km stretch of beach has positioned itself as Phuket’s high-end hospitality hotspot in the past year with new classy developments such as Twin palm’s Mont Azure, HQ Beach Lounge and the iconic Cafe del Mar.

With it’s incomparably cool and relaxed vibe, A-list international DJs, Cafe del Mar is easily one of the best spots to enjoy spectacular sunsets on the island. World renown for it’s chilled out beats with more than 70 CD releases to date, Café del Mar is one of the largest music publishers of its genre in the world with a line up of musicians including Moby, Underworld, Chicane, the legendary DJ Sanchez and José Padilla all having worked with the label. Take in the chilled beats and gorgeous views while lounging on one of the large daybeds by the pool and sipping meticulously crafted cocktails. Or grab an ocean front table and enjoy a meal from the carefully designed menu created by celebrity chef Ronnie Macula . With an eclectic array of international cuisines including Thai, Japanese and Italian, it’s sure to appeal to the most discerning of palates.

At the southern end of Kamala beach sits a traditional Buddhist temple, Wat Baan Kamala. Although completely renovated due to devastation caused by the 2004 tsunami, it still retains its spiritual importance with many Thai monks attending for daily prayers. Visitors are also welcome to this charming village temple but are reminded to dress respectfully as this is a holy place for many Thais. Also found at this end of the beach is the beginning of a road which is commonly referred to as ‘Millionaires’ mile’. Featuring many of the top luxury resorts and villas on the island, it has hands down, the most magnificent views overlooking the Andaman sea and is therefore no coincidence that villas of many celebrities can be found here.
Kamala’s beautiful fishing village runs parallel behind the beach path and it is here you will find some of the very best seafood on the island, as well as plenty of boutiques, spas and an abundance of tailors. There are also two every active local markets, one in the south of the village which takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and the other in the north end which takes place every Monday and Friday. Both markets provide virtually everything you could look for, from electronics, clothing and local food to handcrafted items.

With both very traditional as well as high end chic to be discovered on Kamala Beach and its neighbouring village, the general vibe here is laid back and chill. You won’t get the crowds or noisy jet skis, simply the gentle sound of the waves, calming chill out beats from the beach clubs and on occasion, the mesmerising chants from the monks in the temple.

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