Everyone knows that Thailand is home to some of the most beautiful hotels, but it also offers some incredibly luxurious resorts too. From private beaches to tree-top dining, full-service spas to infinity pools, Thailand‘s resorts are worlds apart from the wooden bungalows you might be used to in the Land of Smiles.
Set on the scenic island of Koh Samui, the Four Seasons features a private beach, luxurious rooms and a pool with a view of the sea. Reserve yourself an oceanfront massage or head down to the Rum Vault, Asia’s largest rum library with hundreds to sample. In the mood for something more active? Try yoga or Muay Thai kick-boxing at the gym. There are also childcare options to help give parents a well-deserved break.
Krabi is arguably the most beautiful of all the Thai provinces, and Phulay Bay encapsulates all of that beauty within its hotel. From its stunning infinity pool, you are treated to a classic Krabi vista, overlooking the sea and mountains. The architecture and design of the hotel is beautiful, combining Thai themes with striking features, such as its stone wall fountain. Located by the beach, take advantage of the oceanfront cabanas and enjoy your time in paradise in a state of luxurious bliss.
Koh Kood is one of the most beautiful islands in Thailand. With its unique decor and environmentally friendly design, Soneva Kiri resort goes all the way in matching that beauty. It’s the definition of a luxury hotel; gorgeous, modern rooms and villas are situated between the lush green rainforest and the white sands of the beach. The pool has an unbeatable bay view, and the treetop dining offers Mediterranean lamb souvlaki and barbecued squid alongside a rum cocktail.
Located right on Phuket’s gorgeous Surin beach is the Twinpalms resort. If the pristine beach with turquoise water isn’t enough, you can enjoy a palm-tree lined outdoor pool, dotted with loungers. For the ultimate in luxury, book the penthouse suite with a rooftop terrace or take advantage of the limousine service. The rooms are minimal and clean, staff are caring and attentive and, with three restaurants and a full-service spa onsite, it should be on anyone’s list if you’re looking for a luxury beach resort in Phuket.
For privacy away from the crowds, book one of 28 pool villas in Hua Hin, Thailand’s original beach resort area. With the beach just a short walk away, a restaurant and bar onsite, plus a full spa service, the only problem you’ll have is finding a reason to leave. 24-hour butler service only adds to the appeal. Choose between one-, two- or three-bedroom villas, complete with rain showers and spa baths.
Nothing says elegance like a private beach and swim-up villas, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at the Banyan Tree Samui. The hotel has several first-class amenities; from its many on-site bars and restaurants, to its spa service and indoor and outdoor pools, you’ll struggle to find a better equipped hotel in Koh Samui. With gorgeous rooms that feature stunning views of the bay, there’s little wonder that so many people save to enjoy a night in paradise here.
Sara-Jane Armstrong contributed additional reporting to this article.