When it comes to picking the best beach clubs in Phuket, there's no shortage of great choices. There's quite a varied selection available, from grand seaside pool venues to places which, while modest in size, pack a punch where it counts. All of them share the same qualities of fun and sophistication and are fantastic places to enjoy a chilled-out day.

    Phuket’s beach club formula includes: setting up a stylish modern restaurant/bar made from natural elements as near to the sea and sand as possible, organizing the occasional party with internationally recognized DJs/artists, mixing it up with some capable barmen who know how to fix cocktails, adding a talented chef who can create delicious tapas and classy snacks to accompany the drinks, and the final touch... a beautiful sunset to insure everyone has the perfect evening at the beach club.

    Café del Mar Phuket is a classy beach club from the world-famous brand out of Ibiza. It brings the sophisticated party atmosphere of its namesake to the northern end of Kamala Beach, with a high-quality setting and a great soundtrack of chillout beats.

    Being right on Kamala Beach, Café del Mar Phuket is a great place to enjoy a few sundowner cocktails from the selection of classic and signature sips. There’s also a choice of Thai and international dishes available from the restaurant or snacks for sharing on your day bed. The higher-than-average price range attracts a sophisticated but fun-loving crowd, who enjoy smooth music played by resident and guest DJs, accompanied by a live saxophonist.

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    Location: 118/19 Moo 3, Kamala, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 2 am

    Phone: +66 (0)61 359 5500

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    Catch Beach Club

    Bangtao Beach

    Catch Beach Club near Sunwing Resort in Bangtao is a favorite hang-out spot out for many local residents and regular visitors to Phuket. It’s a great place for families with young kids. There's a swimming pool and some good options for water sports on top of their delicious food, good cocktails and a fantastic wine list.

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    Location: 202/88 Moo 2, Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 9 am until late

    Phone: +66 (0)65 348 2017

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    Xana Beach Club

    Bangtao Beach

    Xana Beach Club is located right on Bangtao Beach. A great beach restaurant during the day, Xana turns to a hip and happening bar/club after sunset. It offers signature mojitos and all the classic cocktails and a wide choice of tapas, European, Mediterranean and Thai cuisine. Look out for their great Sunday brunches during the high season, too.

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    Location: Angsana Laguna Phuket, 10 Moo 4, Srisoonthorn Road, Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)76 358 500

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    KUDO Beach Club

    Patong Beach

    KUDO Beach Club is known for its relaxed and luxurious atmosphere. The club is located on the vibrant Patong Beach and is the ideal setting for anyone looking to have some drinks and bar snacks in a scenic location. The club serves a range of drinks like delicious mojitos, which can be enjoyed as you gaze out over the glittering Andaman Sea. As well as their signature cocktails, you can also order some first-class dishes from the Italian restaurant.

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    Location: 33/1 Patong Beach Rd, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 12 am

    Phone: +66 (0)76 609 401

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    Paradise Beach Club

    Paradise Beach

    Paradise Beach Club Phuket is a large, well-developed party spot located in an isolated bay a short distance from Patong Beach. Featuring shops, restaurants, activities and fantastic Koh Phangan-style beach parties, it has an air of exclusivity without being prohibitively expensive. It's also the home of Phuket's only full-moon parties on the beach.

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    Location: 109 Muen-Ngern Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 7 pm (until late during full-moon parties)

    Phone: +66 (0)7 660 9609

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    Technically one of the hotel bar/restaurants for the Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket, COAST is open to non-guests, too. It specializes in fine cuisine right by the sand, with daily specials including lobster on Wednesdays, tuna on Tuesdays and barbecued lamb on Fridays. The club hosts special events such as pool parties and a diverse selection of performers, from singers to magicians to acrobats.

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    Location: 683 Wiset Rd, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)76 201 234

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    Carpe Diem Beach Club

    European wines with Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes

    Carpe Diem Beach Club urges patrons to seize the moment with help from a curated European wine list and a tasty mix of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean mezze. They certainly have the location to help – the bar is just steps from where the waves lap into stylish Bang Tao Beach.

    Interiors are suitably calm and elegant, with fabric director chairs encircling reclaimed lumber tables. There's a square bar space with high-rise seating, along with more secluded lounge neighborhoods with alfresco fire pits. You can pick from French blush rose and zingy margaritas on the beverages list, while Neapolitan pizza and baba ganoush dips are part of the food offering.

    Location: 99/1 Bangtao Beach Road, Choeng Thale, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from noon to midnight

    Phone: +66 (0)65 058 5388

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    Pine Beach Bar

    A stylish sundowner on Kamala Beach

    The Pine Beach Bar is the premier watering hole of the InterContinental Phuket Resort, at the north end of Kamala Beach. It's easy to get to – just head north from the buzz of Patong on the main coast road. The trip should take about 15 minutes by tuk-tuk.

    The first thing you're likely to notice is the view. It's direct west, meaning the sunsets here blaze right in front, casting a haze of pink and purple onto the casuarina groves and headlands on either side. There's dining in the day in the form of healthy Buddha lawn bowling and pub food. The evening is for artisan cocktails and jazz as the light fades.

    Location: 333/3, Moo 3, Kamala, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 11 pm

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    M Beach Club

    Cocktails right after leaving the airport

    M Beach Club adds a bit of energy to the luxe JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa. It spills out from the palm groves of Mai Khao Beach, around 15 km north of Phuket International Airport – you can be sipping a cocktail by the Andaman Sea only 20 minutes after leaving the arrival terminal.

    An exclusive spot, M Beach Club has clusters of coconut trees and crab-stalked sands for its nearest neighbours. Choose a seat on the main deck for head-on views of the water lapping the shore. It's a great place for sampling surf-turf mains and creative takes on Thai and European tapas, not to mention specialty homemade sangrias that top the club’s beverages list.

    Location: JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa 231, Mai Khao, Talang, Phuket 83110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from noon to 10 pm

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    Tann Terrace

    Sample cocktails and coffees with a difference

    Tann Terrace spreads through a shaded patio and deck space to claim arguably the best spot of all on the side of relaxed Karon Beach. It's toward the south end of the strand, easily reachable in less than 5 minutes from Kata and Kata Noi. You might need to search for it between the she-oaks and sea grapes.

    A lot of thought and precision has gone into the cocktail list. It begins with in-house specials, like the earthy Butterfly Effect, which mingles sake with ginger ale. There are New Zealand pinot noirs on the wine card, while passionfruit coffees appeal to adventurous drinkers.

    Location: 54 Karon Rd, Karon, Phuket 83100, Thailand

    Open: Daily from noon to midnight

    Phone: +66 (0)94 156 4546

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    Ben Reeves | Compulsive Traveler

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