From dining in tree-tops to 11km of white sand beach and unrivaled pampering: Ten of Thailand’s best luxury hotels revealed
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The land of white sand, azure waters, vibrant cities and lush rain forests has long been a firm fixture on travel bucket lists for tourists across the globe.
Little wonder then that Thailand boasts some of the best, most impressive, most opulent hotels in the world.
With such an dizzying array of luxury options it can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to planning your dream holiday.
Here we make a (modest) start at helping you by listing ten of the best across Thailand.
1. Banyan Tree Bangkok
Situated in the heart of buzzing, vibrant Bangkok this hotel is the city’s only 5 star, all suite hotel.
From its location in the Sathon/Silom area you can easily explore Bangkok’s rich culture, the highlight of which is the stunning temples dotted around the city, it’s shopping and cuisine.
Luckily the Banyan Tree Bangkok’s award winning spa is the perfect antidote to the city’s hustle and bustle. With a panoramic view of Bangkok’s skyline, you can indulge in signature treatments like the Royal Banyan massage – which features a warm herbal pouch dipped in sesame oil -using natural ingredients.
Situated in the heart of buzzing, vibrant Bangkok the Banyan Tree Bangkok is the city’s only 5 star, all suite hotel
Each suite at the Banyan Tree Bangkok has it’s own unique name and layout and feature sumptuous decor with luxury touches like aromatherapy burners included, but it is it’s stunning roof top bars and seven restaurants that keep loyal customers returning time after time.
From modern Cantonese in the Bai Yun restaurant to Thai beers and street food at Saffron Sky Garden and al fresco haute-cuisine overlooking Bangkok’s glittering cityscape, there really is something for everyone – without even leaving the hotel!
2. Rosewood Phuket
Nestled in a quiet headland in Emerald Bay, the Rosewood Phuket benefits both from the coastline and traditional seaside towns and being a short drive from the island’s cultural heartland, the historic Old Town.
Every room features floor-to-ceiling windows opening on to the private garden terrace with an infinity pool, relaxed outdoor seating and a daybed
Accommodation is split between 71 pavilions and villas, all just moments away from a breath-taking white sand beach. Decked out in cool, neutral tones with a beachside flair every room features floor-to-ceiling windows opening on to the private garden terrace with an infinity pool, relaxed outdoor seating and a daybed.
Every detail has been thought of from designer bed with Frette linens, in-room Nespresso machines and touch-panel in-room technology system.
As well as oozing luxury, the hotel has a strong focus on wellness or ‘Asaya’. Guests can chose to follow a 1- 14 day Mindful Eating program, holistic ‘ideal balance’, ‘Inner Peace, or ‘Life Energised’ programs which combine a blend of special diets, massage and treatments and education. They also run meditation and yoga immersion courses.
3. Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp Chiang Rai
As the name suggests, Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp Chiang Rai combines 5 star opulence with being tantalisingly close to the natural wonder of the jungle – including its resident elephants.
Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp Chiang Rai is positioned on a jungle ledge and offers star opulence
Overlooking the border with Myanmar and Laos, the hotel is positioned on a jungle ledge and has its very own Dara Elephant Camp, where guests can connect with elephants in their natural environment. Overseen by biologists, vets and experts, the camp combines conservation of these gentle giants with educating guests in a truly once-in- a-lifetime experience.
Connected to the hotel, the Dara Elephant Camp offers guests the chance to connect with elephants in their natural environment
Explore 160 acres of bamboo forest, indigenous gardens and rice paddies before heading back to the resort to relax in luxury on your balcony daybed as the mists of the jungle swirl around you. The hotel also features two restaurants covering Thai and Italian cuisine and a spa which utilises the sound of the jungle bird song for its sound track and local herbs and plants in the products.
4. Rayavadee Krabi
Known for its white sand beaches, crystal clear water, extensive coral reefs, caves and waterfalls, Krabi is perfect for those looking for unparalleled natural beauty and for keen divers and snorkelers.
The hotel’s 96 two-storey pavilion rooms and 5 luxurious villas are nestled among tropical gardens and coconut groves.
Located in Krabi’s (a collection of 130 islands) Phranang Peninsula on the border of Krabi Marine National Park, Rayavadee Krabi has been built around the surrounding nature – rather than through it. The 96 two-storey pavilion rooms and 5 luxurious villas (which each come with butler service) are nestled among tropical gardens and coconut groves.
The star of the hotel’s four dining options has to be The Grotto which sees guests enjoy lunch or a barbecue dinner under an ancient limestone cliff on the edge of Phranang Beach.
5. Anantara Lawana Koh Samui
If luxury at the water’s edge is your idea of paradise, then Anantara Lawana Koh Samui is for you.
Anantara Lawana Koh Samui’s two bedroom Lawana Pool Villa which offers views of the sea from almost every angle
Tree Top Sky Dining & Bar offers gourmet tastes in an exclusive canopy
With an infinity pool overlooking the white sand beach and a restaurant called Ocean’s Kiss, the sea plays a large part in the hotel, which also offers romantic treetop dining among the forest canopy.
As well as 5 star luxury Anantara Lawana Koh Samui has a strong focus on wellness.
Individual spa treatments three day Rejuvenate and Revitalise Program, a five day Relax and De-Stress Program or work up a sweat with Thai boxing classes. MD PhD and qualified Osteopath-Myotherapist Dr Serge is also available for guests’ treatments.
6. The Layana Koh Lanta
This adult’s only resort has only 57 guest rooms, suites and villas so offers intimate luxury. With some rooms offering private hot tubs and Jacuzzis, and both the hotel restaurant and lounge bar set over looking the ocean, the The Layana Koh Lanta screams romance.
This adult’s only resort has only 57 guest rooms, suites and villas so offers intimate luxury
The hotel’s Linger Longer spa has won awards and boasts no less than six indoor air-conditioned treatment rooms, two outdoor foot massage salas, a hydro massage pool, salt spa (in which guests recline in a room that aims to mimic the environment found in natural salt caves) and a sauna with shock shower.
As well as innovative touches like a juice bar and yoga platform in the hotel itself, guests can explore Koh Lanta and the nearby islands both on and under the water (diving and snorkeling are especially good) or by land.
7. Santhiya Koh Yao Yai
Located in Koh Yao in Phang Nga this southern Thailand gem offers a stretch of private beach to its guest, as well as numerous restaurants and an impressive spa.
The large eco-luxury resort comprises of 39 teakwood pool villas and 109 deluxe rooms and six restaurants to chose from. Some of the Santhiya Koh Yao Yai suites include private swimming pools with jacuzzi and outdoor sunken bathtubs for that added relaxation opportunity in total seclusion
The large eco-luxury resort comprises of 39 teakwood pool villas and 109 deluxe rooms and six restaurants
Every possible taste and mood is catered for across the hotel’s restaurants. From burgers and snacks on the beach at the Titian Grill to Saaitara Restaurant- perched above Phang Nga Bay, this restaurant offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the Andaman Ocean.
The hotel also offers a range of events like a pool family day and a sophisticated all-white dress code evening. For those who like to enjoy their entertainment late into the evening there are events like the Friday night pier party and Wednesday night beach party feature a drum show, live DJ and Thai dancers.
8. Shangri La Bangkok
Part of the international Shangri family, the Shangri La Bangkok has an enviable location on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in the heart of the buzzing city.
Despite its urban surroundings, the hotels vista of the river, ample foliage and free-form central swimming pool means it feels like a oasis in the heart of the city.
Elegant opulence abounds in one of the lobbies of the Shangri La Bangkok
Despite its urban surroundings, the hotels vista of the river, ample foliage and free-form central swimming pool means it feels like a oasis in the heart of the city
Rooms and suites are in the two wings of the hotel – the Shangri La wing and the Krungthep Wing with all featuring opulent furnishings and wood paneling, while suites boast marble-floored bathrooms with things like separate rain showers or jacuzzis.
Among the dizzying list of facilities and amenities offered are a complimentary shoeshine service, its own hair and beauty salon and babysitting service, while the award-winning CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, offers some of the largest private spa suites in Bangkok, and a diverse menu of treatments drawn from the ancient healing traditions of Asia.
9. Ritz Carlton Koh Samui
Thailand’s second largest island Koh Samui is known the world over for its postcard-worthy white sand beaches and natural beauty, so it is little surprise really that the Ritz Carlton hotel group decided to build here.
One of the hotel’s ultimate pool villas which boast a panoramic ocean view of Gulf of Thailand
The Ritz Carlton Koh Samui is situated in a private bay with its own swathe of golden sand and the 175 sit among the trees just behind the beach. All the villas have their own pool and suites offer balconies with sweeping views to be enjoyed from your day bed.
Villa Kasara has three bedrooms, each with spacious natural stone-designed bathroom filled with natural light and a expansive outdoor area with a large private swimming pool
Each treatment on the extensive spa menu is begun with a Songkran Shower, the hotel’s signature pre-spa ritual inspired by the annual Songkran festival involving the throwing of water and there is a health bar serving fresh juices and smoothies.
Aiming to absorb local culture, the hotel offers, among more traditional dining options, the Baan Talat restaurant which mirrors a Thai food market, allowing guests to peruse numerous food ‘stalls’ before choosing their food.
10. The Sarojin Khao Lak
This boutique beach resort is not only perched on an 11km white sand beach, but is also within easy reach of Similan Islands, Phang Nga Bay and no less than five national parks.
Set in the heart of The Sarojin Khao Lak, the Ficus restaurant is nestled under the hanging roots and canopy of the ancient Ficus tree and beside the magnificent Lotus Pond
Sarojin Khao Lak’s two fine dining restaurants, Ficus and Edge both benefit from the award winning wine cellar, and offer Thai as well as Mediterranean dishes, while – in a nod to the hotel’s effort to aid guests total relaxation – breakfast, which is served with sparkling wine, is served until 6pm every day!
The Similan and Surin Islands’ Marine National Parks are just 1 hour away from the Sarojin beach by the hotel’s speed boat and reefs start just meters into the water. But if snorkeling (or the range of water sports on offer) aren’t to your liking, the Pathways Spa has four open air treatment pavilions (two doubles and two singles), with rain showers and couples’ baths to keep you occupied.
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