The Best Luxury Hotels in Thailand

The Six Senses on Koh Yao No, east of Phuket
The Six Senses on Koh Yao No, east of Phuket | Courtesy of Six Senses Yao Noi
Carl Pettit

Pampering yourself in Thailand isn’t hard to do. This land of friendly, tourist-oriented people excels at providing all-encompassing tropical retreat experiences. From world-class dining options to a a huge range of spa treatments, we’ve prepared this list of luxury and five-star hotels in Thailand for your next holiday.

1. Keemala, Phuket

Resort, Treehouse

Floor to ceiling windows look out on lush tropical rainforest from a luxurious suite at the Keemala Hotel, Thailand.
Courtesy of Keemala Hotel / Expedia.com
Keemala, on Phuket, combines private pool villas with a holistic spa. Select from clay pool cottages or airy two-level treehouses with open-air terraces and monsoon showers. Book yoga classes, “slimming” massages or reiki treatments at the spa. Alternatively, work up a sweat with some high-intensity interval training (HIIT), followed by healthy meals or tasty afternoon snacks that cater to every kind of dietary requirement (vegan, gluten-free and more) under the seaside sun.

2. Sala Samui Choengmon Beach, Koh Samui

Luxury

A plunge pool and sun loungers sit next to the deck of a luxurious, contemporary guest suite at Sala Samui Choengmon Beach, Koh Samui, Thailand.
Courtesy of Sala Samui Choengmon Beach / Expedia.com

Travel to this Koh Samui beachside resort for the extravagant villas with swimming pools. Stay for the indulgent pampering. Many villas and suites – adorned with marble and wood panelling – come with open-air showers and generous deck space. After splashing in your pool or soaking up the sun, tuck into Italian food at Pangaea Restaurant (try the Lombard-inspired ossobuco veal,) or else opt for chef-curated in-villa meals if you can’t bear stepping away from your poolside sanctuary.

3. Kalima Resort & Spa, Phuket

Luxury

An infinity pool connects a luxury guest suite and the Andaman Sea with its mountain-lined horizon at Kalima Resort & Spa, Phuket, Thailand.
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Set on a verdant hillside, Kalima Resort & Spa is a wise retreat choice that still keeps you close to the bustle of Patong Beach. This luxury hotel in Thailand boasts villas with private pools and luxury suites with expansive sea views augment this sunny locale’s embracing cuddle. Come evening, if your family wants longer on the beach, fret not – the resort built a sandy artificial hillside beach, along with a nine-hole mini-golf course to keep the good times rolling.

4. Katiliya Mountain Resort & Spa, Chiang Rai

Luxury

A four-poster bed and spacious seating area open out on to a sun-drenched private balcony at Katiliya Mountain Resort & Spa.
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In the green hills of Chiang Rai, Katiliya Mountain Resort & Spa offers a variety of suites with terraced woodland vistas. The garden park, with deer and a macaw reserve, is loads of fun. Explore nearby Buddhist temples and golden pagodas (like Wat Phra That Doi Thong), then wander back to the resort for an invigorating body scrub. Next, select from a menu of red wine, coffee or lavender salt for a healing body mask. Unwind at the end of the day with brandy or whiskey at the Fireplace Bar, which does indeed feature a large stone fireplace under a sloping ceiling.

5. Dusit Thani Pattaya

Luxury

A seating and office area in a guest suite at Dusit Thani Pattaya overlooks a bay dotted with fishing boats.
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This Thailand luxury hotel, with views across Pattaya Bay, will spoil you rotten. Once you leave your suite, frolic on the beach before moseying over to the Devarana Spa. Herb-based body treatments – lasting more than two hours – will refresh your skin with heaps of therapeutic mud. The bistros, bakeries and restaurants on the premises ensure that your belly will always be full. If meals on spikes appeal, the poolside skewer restaurant was made for you, with sweet and savoury dishes (even hamburgers) cooked – or at the very least presented – on long metal skewers.

6. Pimalai Resort and Spa, Ko Lanta

Resort

Tropical rainforest covers a shoreline hillside where the Pimalai Resort and Spa and its expansive pool area are located.
Courtesy of Pimalai Resort and Spa / Expedia.com
If you can’t live in the clouds, how about residing on a high hillside in Krabi for a while? The villas and infinity pools come with sheer drop-offs (perhaps not suitable for young children) overlooking the beach and sylvan hillside. Apart from the lovely spa, you can enjoy creative diversions like Thai cookery classes, held in the resort’s organic garden and main restaurant. Dive training and scuba excursions are also on offer, as are Muay Thai sparring sessions.

7. Soneva Kiri, Ko Kut

Resort

The decked pool area at the Soneva Kiri with its private guest suite surrounded by tropical rainforest.
Courtesy of Soneva Kiri / Expedia.com

Soneva Kiri is for anyone who ever fancied living on their own private stretch of island. The rainforest villas (with private pools) dotted around a small western arm of Koh Kood Island are only the beginning of your stay. Take a dip beneath Yai Ki waterfall, try your hand at SUP (stand-up paddle boarding) through a mangrove forest, or book an in-villa barbecue and watch your personal chef grill fresh seafood for dinner. When the sun sets, wander over to the ultramodern observatory to gaze up at the stars and planets in the pristine night sky.

8. Rosewood Phuket

Luxury

An outdoor dining area sits on the patio of a private suite at Rosewood Phuket overlooking its infinity pool and surrounding rainforest.
Courtesy of Rosewood Phuket / Expedia.com

Fronting Emerald Bay, Rosewood Phuket is a treat for your senses. Stay in modern suites or villas – private pools, decks and daybeds feature – with touches of Thai design, located near the secluded Tri Trang Beach. Thai seafood, Italian cooking, along with down and dirty (but truly delicious) seafood options can be had in the various eateries. Assess your health at the spa with a wellness or body composition consultation, and perhaps try a stretching session, deep cleanse or collagen-lifting treatment.

9. Six Senses Yao Noi

Boutique Hotel, Luxury

A netted canopy hangs over a large bed with crisp white sheets in a guest suite that opens out to a private pool area at the Six Senses Yao Noi, Thailand.
Courtesy of Six Senses Yao Noi / Expedia.com

East of Phuket lies Koh Yao Noi Island. The island, brimming with postcard-ready seashores surrounded by colourful coral, makes for an exceptional tropical setting. Lay your head down in a thatched-roofed hillside villa with an infinity pool. During the day, enjoy kayak trips, beach and jungle walks, or book a cookery class. Hit the spa later on for a deep tissue massage – or else try an “age-defying” or antioxidant facial to erase your worries. Chow down at several different dining spots, where sustainable, locally-sourced ingredients (and excellent wine) are par for the course.

10. Amanpuri

Resort

Traditional style Thai architecture provides shade around the luxurious pool area of Amanpuri, Phuket, Thailand.
Courtesy of Amanpuri

Want to isolate yourself from the rest of Phuket in one of the top hotels in Thailand? If that’s the case, Amanpuri, on a secluded peninsula, is the way to go. Private villas with temple-inspired architecture can easily accommodate groups of varying sizes. If looking for a break from the rat race, a multi-day medical detox immersion or weight management program can kickstart a whole new you. If visiting for fun, paddle boarding (including a bike-like “pedal” board) and scuba diving options abound, letting you make the most out of the warm, aquamarine sea that surrounds the hotel.

Looking for luxury hotels in Thailand with a little more to offer? Check in to one of these luxurious wellness and spa hotels , read our guides to the best beach hotels to book in Thailand or one of the best beach resorts in Thailand, bookable on Culture Trip.

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