By Lee Cobaj
This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler.
The Pearl of the Andaman Sea has lured the glitterati with its wondrous landscape, diamond-white beaches and luxurious accommodations for decades. Located on Thailand’s rugged Andaman coast, surrounded by some of the world’s best diving, Phuket is an island filled with extraordinary yet accessible experiences which range from visiting elephant sanctuaries to unwinding at spa retreats, beach clubbing and hanging out on beautiful far-flung islands. The time to visit is over the December to March high season, when those mesmerizing emerald waters turn mirror calm, skies are blue — clouds mere decoration — and bright white yachts bob on the horizon.