One might not consider serious shopping in Asia’s evergreen beach destination. Well, we beg to differ. If you think shopping in Phuket includes stashes of trinkets, knick-knacks and tourist jumble – think again. Situated on the west coast of Phuket, we present you the magnificent Surin, home to Phuket’s hippest shopping strip.
In recent years, Surin Beach has become fertile ground for a fresh new crop of style-savvy designers, artists and craftspeople. Right in the heart of Surin sits the swanky shopper’s paradise – The Plaza Surin. With a dozen stores spread over two levels, plus a few boutiques alongside and across the road, Surin is a prime spot for quality contemporary shopping. You are sure to encounter a wide selection of women’s fashion like exotic resortwear and accompany beach accessories as well as distinct art pieces and homewares, while shopping in Surin.
Intricate works of art
We’re not kidding when we tell you Alexander Lamont is truly a homewares store like no other. This boutique is first and foremost, an emporium for art and artefacts, functioned as furniture, lighting and homewares. Inspired by the luminous decorative arts of Europe and Japan during the early 20th century, the team uses rare materials like glided shagreen, lacquered eggshell, patinated bronzed and luminous gold leaf to create intricate pieces. Together with meticulous workmanship and an aesthetic taste, Lamont’s pieces speak cutting-edge and contemporary, and could undoubtedly be the eye of all envy in your abodes.
Luxrious resort and beachwear
You may have heard of this one. Though located at the Plaza Surin, this stylish boutique is part of the eponymous and luxurious Andara Resort and Villas. If you know a thing or two about the Andara group, you’ll know that the brand oozes luxury – and it isn’t any different from this boutique. Andara Boutique carries stylish women’s resortwear and beachwear, fashion accessories and a mix of chunky and elegant jewellery handmade by locals. Select from a collection of colourful printed kaftans or mix and match with bikini tops, frocks and fedoras. What’s more, these pieces are perfect for any occasion –whether you’re chilling by the poolside or heading out to a yacht party. Indeed, the ultimate resort shopping experience.
Baru is all about harmonising sensuality and class. With stylish cuts, tropical and floral designs, embellished kaftans and kimono tops, you’ll be bringing chic to the beach in no time. Baru also offers up a slew of exotic designer swimwear, stylish leather bags and peculiar accessories to go with their prevalent women’s fashion apparel.
Fun and vibrant multi-concept store
G5, The Plaza Surin, 5/50 Moo 3, Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket, Thailand 83110 | Also available online.
A blend of the East and West. Ginger flawlessly combines the rich culture of Asia with sleek Scandinavian styles. This multi-concept boutique offers everything you need – from women’s, kids fashion and accessories embellished with sequins and buttons to fun and vibrant homewares and kitchenware. These contemporary and fun pieces is the result of a highly innovative design team based in Chiang Mai.
Beachwear and accessories with eye-catching prints
116 Moo 3, Cherngthalay, Thalang, Phuket, Thailand 83110 | Also available online.
If you’ve missed a couple of beach accessories for the kids and yourselves, fret not as Island Bliss offers just that – and more. Be spoilt for choice at their eclectic range of beach essentials for fashionistas, with a mix of beach totes, scarves, jewellery, silk and cotton tops and dresses and chic cushions to take home. Keep a look out for this boutique if you’re into the likes of tropical and tribal patterns, block, and graphic and tie-dye prints adorned with eye-catching neon hues.
High quality and comfortable swimwear
No matter how good we look in our bikinis, some of us may have some reservations in terms of comfort. Katalina strives to eliminate these fears by providing the best quality beach and swimwear. Stun in a wide-ranging mix of various styles like one-piece suits or the classic string bikini or for something bold, select from their collection of vibrant prints. Remember to leave the boutique with an accompanying coverall or kaftan to go with your chic bikinis!
Simple yet chic women’s beachwear
If you tend to stray away from over-the-top fashion apparel you’ll feel right at home at Lola. This women’s fashion boutique is all about tranquillity – mirroring the many pristine beaches in Phuket. Encounter a variety of jumpsuits, kaftans and tuniques, featuring Indian-inspired tropical themes, bold patterns and earthy colours in relaxed silhouettes.
Me & Malisa
Elegant women’s fashion
Situated on the second floor of Surin Plaza, this fashionable clothes and accessories boutique could certainly take you through all occasions. Whether you’re headed to a special dinner or a gala event, Me & Malisa delivers. The talent behind this label, Panatta ‘Mam’ Buthanom casually includes many artistic touches to her designs. The boutique also offers bespoke services should you fancy a unique souvenir from your vacation.
Across the road from the Plaza Surin, sits a quirky boutique by the name of Paul Ropp, a designer known to weave his eclectic dynamism seamlessly into his designs. The boutique flawlessly reflects his dynamic personality, as it displays distinctive and captivating pieces dedicated to women’s fashion. Hand-woven cotton, traditional silks and an array of embroidery patterns and hippy designs are just a fraction at what this delightful boutique offers. A must-visit if you’re into experimental colour and pattern combinations.
Multi-label beachwear boutique
Tryst is one of the few multi-label boutiques in the Plaza Surin. This boutique boasts a variety of everything you’ll need for the beach, from stylish swimsuits to laid-back and relaxed boho-chic cover-ups. If you fancy a scarf or a hat to complete your looks, the boutique also carries a range of accompanying tropical accessories. What we love about this boutique is that since it plays home to over 8 fashion labels, there’s no doubt you’ll find something according to your preferred look. Tryst – an apt destination to glam up your holiday style.
GUIDE TO SHOPPING IN SURIN