Delightfully framed by rocky, forest-clad hills, this is a truly beautiful bay – definitely up there with our favourites. On one flank The Nai Harn hotel climbs up the hillside, on the other the windmills of Laem Promthep (Promthep Cape) grace the skyline. There are a number of bars, restaurants and shops to welcome the hungry and thirsty sun worshippers. On this, Phuket’s most southerly beach, the waters lap gently on the firm, tan sands throughout the dry season. During the monsoon rains in contrast the crashing breakers are impressive – best admired from the safety of the beach unless surfing is your thing – and definitely not a sight to miss.