Historic Phuket Town is a stunning blend of heritage, culture and architecture, a locale worth adding to any list of Phuket things to do. But where did it all begin? For centuries the island’s strategic location to the south of Thailand made it an important port of call on the trading routes between India and East Asia. Drawn to its rich natural resources, it played host to Dutch, British, Portuguese, French, Arab and Indian merchants, who painted it with a fascinating mix of cultural influences.
When tin became a valuable commodity in the 19th century, the Chinese arrived to stake their fortunes on the tin mining industry. With the fortunes made from tin, they built magnificent Sino-Colonial mansions, multi-level shophouses and brightly-hued Taoist temples in what is now known as Old Phuket Town. They also married into the local community, giving birth to the “Baba” (Peranakan) culture. From the culture to Phuket street food and architecture, this unique heritage is still visible in Phuket Town, an extraordinary chronicle of the island’s colourful history. All visitors to this unique locale are encouraged to put this on their list of Phuket things to do and spend their time absorbing all that it has to offer.
Moreover, in recent years the Old Town has undergone a renaissance to restore its old world charm. Sidewalks have been repaved and most of the overhead electrical cables buried underground. The century-old shophouses that line many of the streets have been refurbished and repurposed as boutique guesthouses, artisan coffee shops, intimate art galleries showcasing local talent, craft cocktail bars with live music, markets packed to the brim with the best Phuket street food vendors, and restaurants that showcase the true Phuketian cuisine.
A local initiative also turned the town into an open-air gallery for giant murals, with local artists and some of the country’s most famous street artists adding a dash of colour to street corners, restaurant walls and shop facades. It is recommended that visitors add trying to hunt for these impressive murals, especially the more visited ones like Alex Face’s signature character Mardi on Romanee Road, and Studio 4’s tribute to H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Dibuk, to their long-list of Phuket things to do.
As a result of its prime location, Novotel Phuket Phokeethra offers intrepid travellers the opportunity to experience the real Phuket, one beyond the beaches. With many uniquely Phuket things to do nearby, foodies can enjoy authentic Thai cuisine, Phuket street food and fresh seafood at the local market next door to the hotel. Or embark on extraordinary culinary adventure at neighbouring restaurants such as Tu Kab Khao, One Chun, Ka Jok See, and many more.
Dibuk, Thalang, Romanee, Yaowarat, Phang-Nga and Krabi roads that make up historical heart of the town offer a glimpse into Phuket’s fascinating past and are bustling with boutiques and fabric shops, coffee shops, bars and restaurants. So no matter what you have in mind for Phuket things to do!
As a hotel in Phuket that appeals to a diverse range of visitors, from families to couples and business travellers, Novotel Phuket Phokeethra boasts comfortable accommodations for all budgets, as well as quality facilities for all your leisure or business needs. These include the well-appointed Grand Ballroom Phuket and its spacious pre-function area, and the trendy Estrela Sky Lounge Phuket—a venue unlike any other.
Each of the 180 spacious guestrooms and suites are decorated to reflect the island’s serene tropical charm. Spread across 18 floors, all of our room types ranging from the comfortable Superior Room to the luxurious Presidential suite, feature modern décor, convenient amenities and undisrupted views of Phuket’s lush terrain and the picturesque sea. Every room at our hotel in Phuket has also been fitted with a ‘Live N Dream’ bed, a large rain shower and premium bathroom amenities, LCD TV, and a mini bar just in-case guests need a little bit of a pick-me-up.
In addition to all the fun attractions, and food adventures, the hotel offers plenty to add to your list of Phuket things to do. On the third floor, the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool is the perfect place to unwind after a long day exploring the island and eating delicious Phuket street food. Moreover, guests looking to maintain their fitness regimes don’t have to worry as the InBalance Fitness by Novotel is open 24-hours a day and is equipped with cardio and strength machines, as well as plenty of versatile room to do yoga, aerobics and dance.
Another must-add to your list of Phuket things to do is a visit to the InBalance Spa by Novotel: Leticia. The hotel’s wellness sanctuary offers a comprehensive menu of treatments ranging from traditional Thai and aroma varieties, to sports and reflexology. Guests can also opt for facials and other rejuvenating skin treatments that combine authentic Thai principles with modern cosmetology.
Novotel Phuket Phokeethra’s unrivalled location at the heart of Phuket Town also means guests are just a stone’s throw from some of the best restaurants and Phuket street food in the region. If you love food, you’re guaranteed to love Phuket. Our guests are encouraged to begin their culinary journey at one of the celebrated drinking and dining venues spanning Asian and Western cuisines. Dine all day at AMOR for local and international fare served in buffet and a la carte styles, or relax over an afternoon coffee or evening cocktail at Lua Lobby Bar.
The gem in our hotel in Phuket’s crown is the Estrela Sky Lounge Phuket. Situated on the 17th floor of Novotel Phuket Phokeethra with breath-taking views of the surrounding vistas, Estrela Sky Lounge Phuket is a sleek Sino-Portuguese inspired venue that offers all of the convenience of a city lounge coupled with incredible views of the Andaman Sea. The stylish restaurant-cum-bar serves a wide range of tapas, which are best enjoyed with your choice of beer, spirits, wines, soft drinks and tropical-inspired cocktails and mocktails. So trust us when we say that a visit to Estrela Sky Lounge Phuket is a must on every list of Phuket things to do. The Estrela Sky Lounge Phuket is also a fabulous setting for events of all sizes and styles.
When it comes to hosting get-togethers, our hotel in Phuket boasts all the elements one would need to organise a successful event. In addition to an unrivalled city centre location, Novotel Phuket Phokeethra offers 1,300 square-metres of modular event space, spanning the four versatile Bonita rooms and a magnificent 950-sqm Grand Ballroom Phuket best suited for largescale MICE functions and weddings.
For business events, the Grand Ballroom Phuket can accommodate up to 700 guests, making it perfect for a high profile conference, board meeting or exhibition. The modern venue offers high ceilings and a spacious pre-function area that is adaptable to meet the requirements of diverse event styles. The expansive Grand Ballroom Phuket coupled with Novotel’s ProAct, which offers personalised services and quality infrastructure to ensure that the planning process from start to finish goes smoothly. Moreover, our expert event planning team will be on hand to provide you with all the help necessary.
In addition to meetings, Novotel Phuket Phokeethra is also a destination for memorable weddings because of the warm tropical climate, ease of accessibility and the hotel’s versatile event spaces that encompass a Grand Ballroom Phuket and the stylish Estrela Sky Lounge Phuket. In addition to dreamy wedding venues, Novotel Phuket Phokeethra also offers a selection of fantastic Phuket wedding packages that can be tailored to suit your special day. These versatile packages in combination with access to our team of talented wedding consultants will make planning your once-in-a-lifetime celebration a seamless and enjoyable experience.
So whether you are simply seeking an escape; hosting MICE event in Phuket; organising an exclusive event at the glitzy Estrela Sky Lounge Phuket, or even celebrating the most important day in your life at one of the hotel’s many stunning venues. Our hotel in Phuket Town is an ideal place to enjoy precious time with delegates, families and friends.
I just finished a 3 days 2 nights trip at Novotel Phokeethra in Phuket town and really enjoyed the time I spent there. The hotel is really well kept and clean with really nice atmosphere. The...
We stayed here 2 nights and it was a typical hotel. The service was not the best we’ve had in Thailand and the location not ideal. The spa prices were massive compared with great spas...
We stayed in this hotel for a one-night stop before heading to the beaches. It is centurally located in the Phuket town and easy to walk around the Phuket city. The hotel was very clean with modern...
I only checked in for one night and it was not that great! Room was typical and other facilities are not that good. I cannot recommend you to stay within the hotel, there are plenty of places outside...
We stayed at this hotel in an executive room on the 12th floor for the last four nights of our holiday in Thailand. The hotel is relatively new and absolutely beautiful but very little storage for...
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Address: 40/5 Chanajaroen Road ,Tambon Talad Yai, Amphur Muang , 83000 Phuket , Thailand
Phone: +66 (0) 76-397-777 - Fax: +66 (0) 76-397-700
Latitude: 7.8797809 - Longitude: 98.3949058