All Phuket Beaches listed here are the one that we personally love to go and go quite often. Some of the places like Had Thala may not be recognized by tourist.
Kata Beach is the most beautiful beach in Phuket (in my eyes) and I think no one who ever been to Phuket dont't know this beautiful Kata Beach. Kata beach is good for swimming, sunbathing or just relaxing, many shades area to be if you don't want to take sunbathing. You will see the mix of foreigners and Thai in Kata Beach, not like Patong where you will only see foreigners. It is easy to get to Kata Beach from every where in Phuket as you will be able to find a traffic sign along with road. If you are coming from the airport it would take about 1 hour or up to 1 and half hour if you are on the road during rush hour. I love to go to Kata beach for taking sunset picture especially during raining season. During June last year (2015) there was a boat sink at Kata which made it more beautiful and became a nice back drop for people who crazy in taking photo like me!
Had Thala is set in the east coast of Phuket and very close to my house (I live near the Heroine Monument in Tarua), where only takes about 30 minutes from the airport. I and my daughter oftenly go there on weekend, mostly in the afternoon and sometimes in the morning for beautiful sunrise photo. There is always getting low tide when we go, so many times that I was asked by my girl "where's water gone, why always no water here!". Had Thala is not a well known place even though for Thai people, only local (I mean people who lives near the place) will be there for family picnic in the evening. And I can see more bikers love to bike there in the morning now.
Even though Had Thala is not a beautiful beach but I love it here because it's quiet, away from crowded tourist, shopping and every thing, especially it is a place that has a great sunrise!!
Where to stay in Had Thala
There is no accommodation in Had Thala but if you want to stay nearby area, I would suggest Paklok or Ao Por area for you. However, not many choices to choose but Villa is a good idea to stay there.
Layan Beach is part of the Sirinath National Park (Nai Yang Beach), it is not a well known beach for tourist and even for Thai people as the entrance of it is quite rare. That make Layan to become a great place for hiding from the crowd. Layan has a long white sandy beach but not so good to swim but not a problem during hot season. During low tide you will see the beach likely to be separated into two parts, I can't explain how beautiful it is but I think you will get the same impression to me if you see it! You will rarely find foreigner at the beachfront of Layan, most of tourist there are only Thai local people. Many of them are being there for fishing. Layan has no hotels, restaurants, bars or shops near the beach area at all, only a few local food shops (not really like a shop) could be found. That makes me very happy to go there for taking picture. I love to go to Layan Beach after work, as it's not far from my house (near Heroine Monument in Tarua) and traffic condition is not that bad like driving down to the town. So most of my pictures here in Layan are during sunset.
Travel to Layan is easy from Bang Tao Beach and only takes 5 minutes by car or motorcycles. But quite hard to reach if you are coming from other places!
Where to stay in Layan
As I mentioned above that there is no hotel which is close to the beach to stay, but you can find it in the area (only luxury or villas). I will list hotels in the nearby area below.
Karon Beach is one of popular destination for tourist in Phuket, located close to Kata Beach, we always combining to call it as "Kata Karon" for these two beaches. However, Karon beach is not that safe to swim as Kata Beach due to the fact that sea conditions of these two places are totally different. Most of tourist going there for sunbathing, relaxing, having fun with varieties of beach activities or just strolling along the beach. Karon is like other tourist destinations where very easy to find hotels to accommodate starts from economic up to high end hotels. Lots of restaurants, bar and shops could be easily find. But the good thing is that all of those things are not set right to the beach, there is a road to separate beach from shops and hotels. Travel to Karon is just easy for both driving by yourselves of call a taxi service.
Where to stay in Karon Beach
As popular as Kata beach , wide choice of hotels could be easily find in Karon Beach.
Ya Nui beach is a small bay, located north of Laem Phromthep and is on the way to the View Point. Yanui Beach is also not far from Nai Harn Beach, only 10 minutes drive away. The beach is a not a popular place for recreational activities in the sea, but it is good for tourists who want to relax in an atmosphere of tranquility. Beach is not long and not white sandy beach like other beaches in Phuket. Most of tourists are going here for swimming, sunbathing also snorkeling is an ideal. With scenic view point background, many of Thai people like to go there for taking pre-wedding pictures.
Travel to Yanui Beach is not that difficult if you going from Rawai Beach, just less than 10 minutes drive to the same direction to Laem Promthep but you have to turn right before going up to the hill. In addition, travel from Nai Harn is also possible.
There is only one hotel in Yanui Beach, but if you want to stay close to it, stay at Nai Harn or Rawai beach is recommended.