Most beach-aimed flights from the UK head to the Med or the Caribbean, but Phuket is a rare example of an Asian airport reachable nonstop from British shores that sits by a stretch of balmy sand rather than a busy metropolis.
The beach in question, Hat Mai Khao, is Phuket’s longest, and is undisturbed enough to be a nesting ground for sea turtles each winter. Further down the sunset-facing coast you’ll find Ao Bang Thao and Kata, whose beaches are more geared to visitors, but also very easy on the eye. February sees the dry season in its penultimate month, and is less busy than December or January.
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- Thomson flies direct to Phuket from London Gatwick and Manchester in 111/2-13 hours.
- Sawasdee Village is a compact resort in classic Thai style, one street back from Kata’s beach.