The Best Beach Hotels to Book in Thailand

Get a flavour of Thailand with a stay at a luxurious beach hotel
Get a flavour of Thailand with a stay at a luxurious beach hotel | © Banyan Tree Samui / Expedia
Siobhan Grogan

With a ravishing coastline stretching 3,129km (1,944mi), Thailand is a paradise for anyone who longs for lazy beach days. It’s home to some of the best beaches in the world, known for powder-soft sand, jungle-cloaked cliffs and hidden coves. Show-stopping islands include Koh Samui and Phuket, where hills blanketed in dense jungle tumble into crystal-clear water, and plush resorts hug private bays with endless sea views. Read on to discover the best beach hotels in Thailand, all bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Zeavola Resort, for rustic barefoot luxury

Resort, Independent Hotel

A swimming pool in a room with a great view at the Zeavola Resort in Thailand
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You may forget you live elsewhere after a few days in your rustic-luxe teakwood villa at this village-style resort on the northern point of Phi Phi Don Island. Encased in the Koh Phi Phi National Park, famed for its rugged cliffs, gorges and coral reefs, this resort is all about the outdoors – even bathing is a chance to be outside with al fresco rainfall showers. After gaining your PADI certificate – there’s no nicer place to study – or taking an easy boat trip to the local marine park beaches, lagoons and uninhabited islands, return to a lazy seafood buffet eaten under the canopy of a tree with your toes in the sand.

2. The Sarojin, for a deeply romantic retreat

Resort, Luxury

A room with a big outdoor area and a swimming pool at the The Sarojin in Thailand
© The Sarojin / Expedia

This secluded Andaman Sea-facing resort on the fringes of Khao Lak spoils you with dreamy acres of tropical gardens. The suites are on the comfortable side of minimal – think polished wooden floors, restful views of those palm-tree-fringed grounds and, in the case of Pool Residences, deep onyx plunge pools for cocktail-sipping under the stars. Four-poster daybeds line the pool, where you can finally finish your holiday read as the white fabric billows dramatically in the sea breeze. Afterwards, celebrate with a champagne cocktail at the bar tucked under the fig tree.

3. Zazen Boutique Resort and Spa, for inner peace

Resort, Hotel

A swimming pool and large outdoor area at the Zazen Boutique Resort and Spa
© Zazen Boutique Resort and Spa / Expedia
A hotel named after the Japanese word meaning “to find inner peace” was always going to excel at relaxation. This Bophut beach resort on Koh Samui doesn’t disappoint, with terracotta-tiled bungalows stuffed with home comforts; 80m (262ft) of white-sand beach; an open-air restaurant with traditional Thai dancers; and a glass wine cellar stocked with 300 labels. Switch off completely at the hushed spa, which offers Ayurvedic and traditional Thai treatments.

4. Six Senses Yao Noi, for spectacular excursions

Boutique Hotel, Luxury

A room with a swimming pool overlooking the ocean at the Six Senses Yao Noi
© Six Senses Yao Noi / Expedia

Though it’s tempting to drift between the private pool of your thatched suite and the idyllic hillside spa village, there’s no need to feel confined to the resort at this alluring hotel in Phuket. The outstanding excursions offered by Six Senses should not be missed: try a guided cycle trip past the rubber tree plantations, take a Muay Thai lesson, volunteer at a local school or sail across unspoilt lagoons on an island-hopping tour.

5. Trisara Villas and Residences Phuket, for panoramic ocean views

Resort

An infinity pool with a dining table overlooking the ocean at the Trisara Villas and Residences Phuket
© Trisara Villas and Residences Phuket / Expedia

Don’t panic about securing a sea view at Phuket’s Trisara Villas and Residences. All 39 villas offer panoramic outlooks over the glittering Andaman Sea, which you can enjoy from your personal terrace and the giant infinity pool built into the hillside. There are 40 expansive acres (16ha) of gardens to enjoy as well, with a spa, gym, 45m (148ft) lap pool and three excellent restaurants, including the Deck, which hosts an unmissable Sunday jazz brunch.

6. Sri Panwa Phuket Luxury Pool Villa Hotel, for the floating rooftop bar

Resort, Luxury

A bedroom with an ocean and swimming pool view at the Sri Panwa Phuket Luxury Pool Villa Hotel
© Sri Panwa Phuket Luxury Pool Villa Hotel / Expedia

With previous guests including everyone from Avicii to Snoop Dogg, Sri Panwa keeps seriously stylish company. Clinging to the Cape Panwa peninsula on the tip of southeastern Phuket, the resort is hidden within 40 acres (16ha) of rainforest with buggies to whisk guests between the waterfall pool, the secret underground nightclub, the spa and the jaw-dropping pool villas cut into the cliff. Book in advance for sunset drinks at Baba Nest, a floating rooftop platform with sweeping sea views, which might just be the most photogenic bar in the world.

7. Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort, for die-hard foodies

Resort, Spa Hotel, Hotel, Luxury

An outdoor open area at the Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort in Thailand
© Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort / Expedia

Foodies are truly spoilt at this chic, 122-villa resort on Koh Samui. Guests can feast on sizzling Thai stir-fries at the pool bar, enjoy a private candlelit barbecue on the beach or sign up for a cookery class to recreate Thai flavours at home. The romantic Tree Tops restaurant is truly unmissable, with just eight tables tucked between the foliage and seafood dishes that melt in your mouth.

8. Banyan Tree Samui, for a peaceful slice of paradise

Spa Hotel

A room with a view and a swimming pool at the Banyan Tree Samui in Thailand
© Banyan Tree Samui / Expedia

Hugging an immaculate white sand beach on the Gulf of Thailand, this all-villa resort is buried in dense jungle on the southeastern corner of Koh Samui. Though every villa has its own private pool, it’s difficult to resist the captivating charms of the private bay, where tranquillity is guaranteed via a ban on motorised watersports. Instead, enjoy windsurfing, kayaking and paddle-boarding, or simply swim in the glowing emerald sea.

9. COMO Point Yamu, Phuket, for views of Phang Nga Bay

Chain Hotel, Luxury

A villa with a kitchen and outdoor swimming pool at the COMO Point Yamu in Thailand
© COMO Point Yamu, Phuket / Expedia

Escape the daily grind at this luxury resort on Cape Yamu, a tropical peninsula on Phuket. The hotel overlooks the UNESCO-protected Phang Nga Bay – made famous by the James Bond film, The Man with the Golden Gun, and best explored on a day trip with John Gray’s Sea Canoe. Staying here is a dream for couples, families and thrill-seekers keen to dive, rock climb and whizz through the mangroves on a white-knuckle ATV ride. The less daring should stick to the renowned wellness offerings in the hotel, which include garden yoga, mini-massages, workshops and energising health dishes.

10. The Tongsai Bay, for a welcoming oasis

Boutique Hotel, Resort, Spa Hotel

A swimming pool overlooking the ocean and palm trees at The Tongsai Bay in Thailand
© The Tongsai Bay / Expedia

The wide curve of golden sand at Tongsai Bay is not just a beach but the focus of this friendly, family-run hotel. You can spend your days paddling, kayaking and snorkelling in the bath-warm waters, enjoy open-air movies and live music performances held on the waterfront in the evening. Elsewhere, there are two pools (one is adults-only), a floodlit tennis court, a gift shop, sweet spa cottages and three restaurants, including the renowned Chef Chom’s Thai.

Jo Fernandez contributed additional reporting to this article.

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