Phuket, Thailand

Foto Hotel

Rates from (ex tax)$125.51

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (THB4,690.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Photographic memory


High on Kata Hill

Life really is black and white at Foto Hotel in Phuket, a stay styled with monochrome fabrics and furnishings, vintage cameras and photographic prints. The restaurant is relaxed, the spa is serene, the sea views are sweeping and the fun-loving bar holds Saturday-night sessions with drinks and DJs.

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Photos Foto Hotel facilities

Need to know




12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Guests who arrive early or need to check out before a late flight can rest in the Process Room, a quiet, dimly lit room with reading chairs, an on-loan iPad, cold drinks and snacks.


Double rooms from $192.68 (THB6,154), excluding tax at 17 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (THB6,153.85), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include buffet and à la carte breakfast, WiFi and minibar drinks and snacks.


Look out for the hotel's mascot, a black-and-white checked bear – you might even end up sharing your bed with one.

At the hotel

Spa, gym, swimming pool, boutique, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, minibar, bathrobes, slippers.

Our favourite rooms

Book an Ocean Hall room for views of Kata Noi and the Andaman Sea. These rooms have a balcony with a sea-facing bath tub and an oversized day-bed; inside, there's a huge bed and a sleek monochrome bathroom. Walls are decorated with black-and-white pictures of Phuket and words of wisdom from famous photographers.


The outside pool has sweeping views of three Phuket beaches: Kata Noi, Kata and Karon. It’s a popular spot for posing and selfies, so be resigned to unintentionally photo-bombing while you swim.


Milk-white Bokeh Spa, tucked away in the leafy gardens, dispenses massages and facials (using honey, coconut oil and fresh fruit extracts) every day between 11am and 10pm. It's lit softly in the evening, giving an added glow to your treatment.

Packing tips

Nikon camera; monochrome beachwear.


The hotel offers a free shuttle bus service to Kata Beach three times a day. Guests can hire motorbikes for around THB300 a day.


Foto isn't suited to guests under seven; it's more of a couples' retreat and rooms sleep two people only.

Food and Drink

Photos Foto Hotel food and drink

Top Table

Sit outside and soak up some rays, or cuddle up on one of the marshmallow-soft white banquettes inside the relaxed dining room.

Dress Code

Small swimwear; big grins.

Hotel restaurant

Poolside restaurant Tiffin Mama has a deliciously playful menu: try the candyfloss chicken, noodles with blue crab and tamarind sauce, or rice with green curry sauce and crispy minced sea bass. Unlike the rest of the hotel, Tiffin Mama packs a colourful punch, thanks to its paintbox-bright displays of spices, cooking oils and other Thai ingredients.

Hotel bar

The Great Shot Bar overlooks the pool and sea. Sink a cocktail or two (try the luscious lychee martini) and toast the views. Every Saturday night, the hotel holds a poolside social session with drinks and DJs. Let staff know if you want to join the party (spots get booked up fast).

Last orders

We love a hotel with a laid-back approach to breakfast – at Foto, you can stroll down at 1pm and still get served the breakfast menu. The last drinks are muddled around 11pm.

Room service

Order items from Tiffin Mama’s menu to your room until 10pm. Dip into your free minibar snacks if you’re craving a light bite between meals; the salty biscuits and jewel-coloured jellies are moreish energy boosters.


Photos Foto Hotel location
Foto Hotel
218/9 Koktanod Road, Karon, Muang


Fly into Phuket International Airport (, which receives regular international flights from dozens of destinations. Try Thai Airways (, Cathay Pacific ( or Air Asia ( if you're coming from Europe or Asia, or from Australia check out Virgin Australia ( or Jetstar ( Bangkok Airways ( offers domestic connections. The hotel is 50km away – an hour's drive.


It’s a half-hour drive from the hotel to Phuket Old Town, but we don’t reckon you need a car here – taxis are pretty cheap and you can gad about by bike or tuk tuk.

Worth getting out of bed for

The hotel organises a bunch of different tours, some with meals included. Let staff whisk you to Phi Phi Island and Bamboo Island, Khai, Khai Nok and Khai Nui islands, Phang Nga Bay and Panyee Village, Similan Islands or Taichai Islands. You can also spend the day fishing, or opt for a nocturnal fishing trip with a sunset dinner and a trip to Coral Island included. Walk down the hill – or get a tuk tuk – to Kata Beach and spend some idle hours sun-soaking. Keen surfers take note: the waves are at their best between May and October. Pick up beachwear or boho threads at Kata Centre, at the northern end of the beach, close to Karon. 

Local restaurants

Can’t decide between French or Thai cuisine? At Boathouse Wine & Grill (+66 (0)76 330 015; you don’t have to. There’s a temptingly indulgent degustation menu (we’re talking pan-fried foie gras, oysters with mignonette and so on) and a French or Thai set menu. Oenophiles should hot-foot it to Mom Tri's Kitchen (+66 (0)76 333 568; on Kata Beach for its award-winning wine list and the gourmet goodies served alongside it. There are more than 750 labels to work through; when it comes to the food, we’d go with the chef’s suggestions – gae yang krapraw (lamb chops with a spicy chilli, garlic and hot basil sauce), gung tuna kee mao (lobster and tuna steak with wild ginger) and the ilk. Two Chefs Bar & Grill (+66 (0)76 286 479; on Kata Beach serves up an array of light bites and mains with international influences – if you’ve overdone the Thai flavours, take a break with bouillabaisse, fish and chips or a juicy steak.


Photos Foto Hotel reviews

Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this beachside hotel near Kata Beach and finished Instagraming their stay, a full account of their luxury Thai break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Foto Hotel in Phuket…

The clue’s in the name: Foto Hotel is more keen on cameras than a Year 12 photography student. The black-and-white styling, empty frames on walls and stash of Kodak Brownies may all seem a bit random, until you learn that the hotel is the brainchild of four young Thai architects, each of whom has a passion for photography. The architectural connection explains the building’s clean, clear lines and fresh, contemporary design. Guests here take the ‘foto’ theme to heart – you’ll see them posing by the pool, bar and in Tiffin Mama. Who could blame them for wanting to freeze-frame such a picture-perfect experience, though? Whether you’re nibbling free and delicious minibar snacks from the comfort of your big bed, lounging by the pool, sunbathing on the astroturf lawn or sinking cocktails at the sea-surveying bar, you’ll be having photogenic fun. 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Foto Hotel’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Modern rooms with good design, pool with a view, away from the bustle of the beach. And massive beds!

Don’t expect

Not to sweat a bit walking up and down the hill!


Stayed on 7 Dec 2016

We loved

Super comfy bed. We recommend Mom's Tri villa restaurant

Don’t expect

It felt a little unfinished and impersonal, it took us a little while to remember where our room was, maybe a few more signs would be helpful?


Stayed on 20 Aug 2016

We loved

Ocean Hall with open views of the sea to the right, mountains to the left. Good and friendly service. Picturesque infinity pool and cabana. Loved lounging on the daybed on the balcony.

Don’t expect

Gourmet cuisine at the hotel's one and only restaurant. Small menu with even smaller Thai selections. But sufficient for a short stay. Also, it's true what others have mentioned about the towels needing a refresh/replacement - I wasn't sure if mine was a hand towel or a bath mat!


Stayed on 15 Jul 2016

We loved

The decor, the pool area, late breakfast, the cocktails, the view, the location. Chomlae restaurant next to the hotel serves the best Pad Thai we tried whilst in Phuket. Visit Kata Noi beach (infinitely better that Kata Yai - too touristy and spoiled!). After Beach Bar on the hill ten minutes walk away from the hotel (up the hill, not down!) is well worth a visit. Great travel kiosk outside the hotel who are more than happy to help you out, including scooter rentals which are the best value for money for discovering the island (though not for the faint hearted!)

Don’t expect

A great level of english from the staff, it was a challenge!


Stayed on 26 Mar 2016