The Best Resorts in Bangkok

This aerial view of Bangkok's business district is impressive but with our recommendations, take your mind off work and relax in one of the city's best resorts
This aerial view of Bangkok's business district is impressive but with our recommendations, take your mind off work and relax in one of the city's best resorts | © Prasit Rodphan / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Siobhan Grogan
24 December 2020

Vibrant markets, sizzling street food and elaborate temples attract over 22 million tourists to Bangkok each year. But, if you’re also hoping for some quiet downtime away from the daily grind, one of the capital’s resorts might be a better fit than the busier city centre hotels. So much more than a place to sleep, these resorts offer golf courses, meditation classes and even dinner cruises that guarantee a unique experience.

U Sathorn Bangkok

Retreat from the flurry and excitement of Bangkok at this quiet property tucked away in upmarket Sathorn. It’s hard to believe you’re in the city at all thanks to the on-site expansive gardens, courtyard swimming pool and sweeping drive. Meanwhile, amenities such as an all-day breakfast and a Michelin-starred French restaurant make it easy to have no regrets about spending all your time close to the resort. If you do want to explore further, there’s a complimentary bike hire and a free half-day trip to the floating market at Bang Kra Chao every weekend.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Terrace
Bar/lounge

Anantara Riverside Bangkok

Can’t decide between a city break or a resort holiday? This sprawling resort set amongst 11 acres of gardens on the west bank of the Chao Phraya river is the perfect mix of both, and features one of the largest pools in Bangkok, multiple tennis courts, six restaurants, as well as a kid’s club and fitness and cooking classes. Get your city fix with regular boat trips to Saphan Taksin Skytrain or take advantage of insider tours away from the big-name attractions with the expert in-house guide.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Full-service spa
Express check-out
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace

Into the Forest Resort

No prizes for guessing where this minimalist resort is hidden. Despite being close to a busy road and within walking distance of the gigantic Mega Banga mall, the hotel is tucked amongst the trees and feels like a remote forest hideaway. Simple riverside bungalows come with jacuzzi bathrooms, while a gym, swimming pool and on-site restaurant mean you can truly hide away from the world.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace

Dhabkwan Resort

For an authentic Thai experience, this resort in Nonthaburi Province half an hour north of Bangkok City offers something completely unique. Guests stay in striking Thai wooden houses with ornate carvings and real teak wooden bathtubs and can choose to participate in activities including flower arranging and cooking ancient dishes. If you’d rather someone else did the hard work, the on-site restaurant also serves traditional Thai food based on royal recipes.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Restaurant
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Terrace

Shangri-La Hotel

The imposing Shangri-La on the banks of the Chao Phraya river knows how to make a statement. From the ornate lobby dripping with chandeliers to the formal spa with ancient treatments and a riverside pool, the hotel goes all-out to impress. Dining options are particularly tempting and include a fine-dining Thai restaurant complete with traditional dance performance and a chocolate boutique for dessert disciples. For something a little off the beaten path, board the hotel’s very own dinner cruise ship and glide past riverside sights one evening.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Full-service spa
Concierge services
Limo or Town Car service available
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Smoke-free property

Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi Golf Resort & Spa

Half-way between the Suvarnabhumi International Airport and the city centre, this five-star resort has an 18-hole championship golf course, intimate spa with salt water infinity pool and an airy fitness centre. Kids are especially spoilt with a Lego welcome gift, movie nights, soccer sessions and brightly-coloured kids club for the under 12s. Even the entry-level rooms are a treat, with private balconies overlooking the golf course, marble bathrooms and a freestanding tub.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Limo or Town Car service available
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Navalai River Resort

Stay close to the city’s action at this resort on the Chao Phraya River. Historical sites including the Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha and Marble Temple are close by while the nearby Phra Athit pier facilitates easy boat transfers to Silom and Bangkok’s financial district. All rooms have large private balconies and the hotel has its own rooftop swimming pool and bar, plus a riverside restaurant, Acquatini, if you want to indulge in Thai-European dishes and killer cocktails.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
24-hour front desk
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

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  • Ariyasom Villa

    For a more intimate city stay, this beautiful 24-room boutique hotel surpasses all expectations. Occupying an old family home built in the 1940s, the hotel is located just off the Sukhumvit Road in downtown Bangkok, making it ideal for tourists and shoppers alike. Delightful rooms have Thai silk drapes, recycled teak floors, colourful fabrics and carefully-placed antiques. Guests can also enjoy access to a shaded pool, a library and small spa with an open-sided Sala for Thai massage.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Restaurant
    In-room accessibility
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Jasmine Resort Bangkok

    Business travellers, couples and those craving rest and relaxation will find everything they need at this hotel on Sukhumvit Road near the BTS Phrakhanong Station. There is a business centre, executive lounge, squash court and in-room kitchen for those staying for work, while couples will appreciate the Pool Residential Suite with an in-room plunge pool overlooking the city. Keen to make the most of the spa? Splash out on a spa suite with its own private jacuzzi and steam room.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    In-room accessibility
    Full-service spa
    Express check-out
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Limo or Town Car service available
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace

    Mövenpick Wellness Resort

    Connected to a leading holistic facility, BDMS Wellness Clinic, this property near the BTS Ploenchit station encourages you to check out feeling like a new person. It’s all about healthy living here, with organic smoothies at the Sala Pool Bar, nutritious buffets for breakfast and a healthy bakery. Even the fitness centre is state-of-the-art with a suite of machines to help spinal and orthopaedic recovery. It’s not all virtuous though – the lobby bar holds a nightly chocolate hour where guests can indulge in free sweet treats.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Express check-out
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Smoke-free property

    Saksiam Lakeside Resort

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    Escape Bangkok’s sweltering streets with a trip half an hour north to Nonthaburi. This lakeside resort is perfect when the urge to get back to nature strikes, with vast leafy grounds and glittering lake views. There’s an outdoor swimming pool, bar, restaurant and free private parking while rooms have smart TVs, minibars and rainfall showers. Guests can also opt to stay in renovated caravans instead, for complete privacy.
    These recommendations were updated on December 24, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.