One resident we spoke to, who prefers to remain anonymous, says he is aware of at least 12 break-ins in the past few weeks - and others dating back two years.
He said some raiders had entered villas while residents were occupying the premises, and sleeping. Europeans, Scandinavians and Hong Kong expats were among the victims, he said.
Local police have played down the reports but the owner who spoke to Phuketwan said police patrols had intensified in the area where he was aware the thieves were operating.
It is believed the issue of the large number of robberies was raised directly recently with Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha.
The hillside behind Surin beach and further south in Kamala is regarded as perhaps Phuket's most luxurious west coast residential zone.
Villas cost in the $2 million to $5 million range. Some owners leave their properties vacant when they are not in residence.
''Vacant or occupied, it doesn't seem to make much difference,'' said the owner who spoke to Phuketwan. ''To go into a house while people are sleeping is extremely dangerous.''
He said the thieves made off with computers and electrical goods.
''My own place has been raided three times in a bit more than two years,'' he said. ''In one of the robberies, the thief took some blank cheques from my cheque book and later tried to cash a cheque for 80,000 baht.''
He said his home was robbed for the third time about a month ago. Police were unable to talk about the specifics of the case without a name, which Phuketwan had undertaken not to reveal.
Security guards contacted at some of the exclusive premises confirmed that it appeared a break-in gang was operating in the area.