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The Surin Phuket
Since 1982, The Surin Phuket
Since 1982, The Surin Phuket
Since 1982, The Surin Phuket
Since 1982

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Since 1982

Located in the heart of the Andaman Sea, Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and fondly referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Andaman.’

Pansea Beach, one of Phuket’s hidden gems is situated on the island’s west coast.

There is only one other luxury resort which shares the secluded bay with its crystal clear turquoise waters and pristine white sand with exclusive direct access for hotel residents.

Established in 1982, the hotel that is now known as The Surin was one of the first luxury hotels on Phuket, which was relatively quiet and undiscovered at that time. Due to its stunning location on Pansea Beach, the hotel was originally referred to as “The Pansea”. However, over the years, The Surin Phuket has been refreshed and reawakened under the careful guidance of renowned American architect, Ed Tuttle.

The Paris-based architect and designer maintains respect for both the local culture and his own architectural philosophy by ensuring that wherever one looks throughout the resort, and interesting perspective can be seen. His intuitive vision continues to ensure that our hotel remains the timeless and elegant hideaway that it was conceptualized to be.

Guests can expect an unpretentious yet sophisticated ambiance complemented by high service standards against the unspoiled, lush backdrop that has remained unchanged through the years.

Hotel Timeline

The Pansea
The Pansea
The Pansea
The Pansea
The Pansea

The Pansea

1982 - 1995

Conceived in 1982, The Pansea was an early pioneer in bringing a new level of luxury to the exotic island of Phuket. The island was relatively quiet and undiscovered at that time, and the location of the resort was beyond appealing.

The Pansea received its namesake from its location. The hotel was situated along the white sands of the beach, backed by verdant jungle and boasting views across the Andaman Sea. In those days, the hotel only had electricity for a few hours a day, but back then, it was a real luxury.

The Chedi
The Chedi

The Chedi

1995 - 2011

In 1995, Paris-based architect, Edward Tuttle, was commissioned to breathe new life into The Pansea Hotel. During this phase, The hotel’s accommodations and grounds were given an upgrade and the resort was given a new name, The Chedi.

The architect has a keen eye and maintains respect for both the local culture and his own architectural philosophy by ensuring that wherever one looks, an interesting perspective can be seen. His intuitive vision has ensured that with each facelift of the property, the resort remains the timeless and classically elegant hideaway it was conceptualized to be.

The Surin
The Surin
The Surin
The Surin

The Surin Phuket

2011 - Present

The Surin Phuket came into being in 2011. Once again revitalized under the careful guidance of renowned American architect, Edward Tuttle.

The architect combined local materials and traditional Thai designs with modern functionality. All of the roofs of The Surin Phuket have been fitted with sustainable cedar shingles. These geometric forms are contrasted by the naturally irregular shapes of the surrounding tropical palms, shrubs and rocks.

Another unique characteristic of the resort is that during its transformations, there has never been an elevator installed. Instead, there are a series of stairs and walkways that connect the resort. The stairs and walkways allow guests to meander through the lush tropical foliage while enjoying the nature that surrounds the resort.

Elements of Western design can also be found throughout the resort, especially in the choice of a herringbone floor pattern for the library and the restaurant’s dramatic lighting. The restaurant’s umbrella-shaped ceiling is made from wood, but the floors and walls are made out of grey granite, as are the steps which lead to the hexagonal pool. Lustrous black anthracite, the hardest of all coals, makes up the pool’s tiling and creates dramatic reflections at night. Stark contrasts like these are visibly stunning and add to overall grandeur of The Surin Phuket.

Our Stars

Introducing The Surin Stars, a group of our wonderful employees who have all been employed at the hotel for over 10 years. Learn a bit more about them as well as about their experience working at our hotel. They’re excited to meet you and look forward to make your stay with us an immeasurable one!

Ms. Lakana (Khun Bee), The Surin Stars
Ms. Usakan (Khun Bat), The Surin Stars
Ms. Ratkwanrak (Khun Nokkie), The Surin Stars

Ms. Lakana (Khun Bee)

Guest Relation Manager

Khun Bee is the Guest Relation Manager at The Surin. Friendly and fun, Khun Bee likes to joke that she is the “Queen Bee.” She’s been employed at the hotel for 15 years. Talkative and outgoing with guests, Khun Bee enjoys the paradise views of The Surin. Moreover, she is close to her family of colleagues and look forward to welcoming return guests again and again. Khun Bee has formed close relationships with many of the guests, and she’s very proud of that. She says her interactions with the guests are the best part of her job. Khun Bee looks forward to seeing you soon at The Surin.

Ms. Usakan (Khun Bat)

Food and Beverage Manager

Khun Bat is the Food and Beverage Manager at The Surin. She’s been employed at the hotel for 12 years. She’s a big fan of the hotel’s location, and loves to see the sunset everyday. She prides herself on her teamwork skills, and can often be found planning the next beautiful wedding for guests. Khun Bat goes out of her way to make sure the guests are satisfied, and she really loves interacting with them and offering her local recommendations. She’s always willing to help, and loves when she can make all of the guests happy.

Ms. Ratkwanrak (Khun Nokkie)

Front Office Supervisor

Front Office Supervisor, Khun Nokkie, has been employed at The Surin for 14 years. She attributes her long duration to a good work environment and endless support from her boss. Khun Nokkie enjoys the camaraderie amongst her colleagues, and is proudest when she can assist the hotel’s guests during their stay, whether it be through offering them service at The Surin or suggesting things for them to do outside of the hotel’s grounds. Khun Nokkie loves exceeding guest’s expectations! Make sure to take the time to chat with her while you stay with us at The Surin.

Awards

For four consecutive years, The Surin Phuket has been honored by the World Luxury Hotel Awards. The prestigious World Luxury Hotel Awards is a recognized global organization which provides luxury hotels with recognition for their world class facilities and service excellence provided to guests.

In 2016, The Surin Phuket was awarded Luxury Beach Resort for the South East Asia region. In 2017, our hotel was honored to receive Luxury Romantic Hotel for the South East Asia region. in 2018, The Surin was recognized on a global scale as the only hotel worldwide to receive the award for Luxury Beach Hotel and in 2019, we have won Luxury Romantic Hotel for the Asia Continent.

Over the years, The Surin Phuket has been fortunate to receive various other awards, including those from the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor. In 2019, our hotel was awarded the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award, which is the highest recognition that TripAdvisor bestows. The Surin Phuket was recognized as for Top 25 Hotels in Thailand, Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Thailand, and Top 25 Hotels for Romance in Thailand. Additionally, since 2011, our hotel has been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence on a yearly basis.

Awards, World Luxury Hotel Awards Luxury Private Pool Villa 2016, 2017 and 2018
Awards, World Luxury Hotel Awards Luxury Private Pool Villa 2016, 2017 and 2018
Awards, World Luxury Hotel Awards Luxury Private Pool Villa 2016, 2017 and 2018