Thailand and its people have been captivating the hearts and minds of travellers for centuries. With its extraordinary beaches, breathtaking jungles and valleys, eclectic food scene from fine dining to street food, spa retreats and exclusive island resorts it’s easy to see why. And with such a diverse landscape and holiday offering comes an equally diverse selection of hotels, resorts and retreats boasting five-star facilities, and a level of service (with a smile!) that is rarely matched. Read on to find out more about our favourite luxury hotels in Thailand.
Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve – Krabi
Providing guests with uninterrupted views of Phang Nga Bay from their large rooms and suites, the Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is a popular place to stay among luxury lovers who value their privacy. There are several impressive outdoor pools that boast infinity edges to make the most of the spectacular bay vistas. The Reserve and Royal pool villas are especially enchanting and feature silk screens and furnishings that are sure to make guests feel like royalty. Dining here is a lavish experience and lovers of fresh seafood dishes can unwind on the terrace at the Lae Lay restaurant, while couples can enjoy a candlelit suppler right on the sand.
The Siam – Bangkok
The Siam is surrounded by historical places, museums and notable Bangkok temples, offering sightseeing convenience. The luxurious hotel is set on 3 acres of privately owned premium river frontage – the River of Kings. It has a total of 39 guestrooms and is characterised by an oriental allure along with contemporary comforts. Designed by two world-renowned architects, Bill Bensley and Krissada Sukusol, The Siam offers one of the largest suites in Bangkok, as well as open roof terraces, private pool villas and a sumptuous spa. Eating here is an unforgettable experience, with the hotel providing exclusive dining services on its teakwood houses. Plus guests can take a trip on the river, watching Bangkok by boat from the private piers while sipping on one of The Siam’s irresistible cocktails.
The Peninsula – Bangkok
The Peninsula has established itself as one of the best hotels in Bangkok. It’s won many awards over the years, including the ‘World’s Best Hotel 2003′. The hotel is conveniently situated on the banks of the river Chao Phraya. A wavy design characterises The Peninsula, and its beautiful form offers a panoramic view of Bangkok City. The hotel is located about 35 minutes from Don Muang International Airport. The 39 Peninsula guestrooms are among the most technologically advanced rooms in Bangkok. Guests can control their environments with the push of a button. And families revel in the space provided by staying in one of the Sky Residences, offering a two-floor private oasis. The unique Paribatra Aviation Lounge on the 37th floor comes with its own helipad for travel in ultimate style.
Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas – Hua Hin
Formerly known as the Sofitel Centara Grand and originally as the Railway Hotel, the Centara Grand Beach Resort dates back to the coming of the railroad, and today it’s considered a classic. Renovations and extensions have tastefully maintained its colonial-style rooms with wood furnishings, complementing its beach-side setting and landscaped gardens, while its central location in a popular part of town makes it ideal for sightseeing and shopping. A fitness centre and spa can be enjoyed by guests and the fabulous golfing facilities are onsite. The dining experiences here are varied with restaurants, bars and a grill presenting a relaxed seaside vibe – and freshly caught seafood being a favourite on the menus. An artful blend of tradition and modernity by the peaceful waters, Centara Grand Hua Hin is the perfect place to unwind and relax.
Amari Vogue Krabi – Krabi
With four large swimming pools and three excellent restaurants to enjoy, guests at the Amari Vogue Krabi are treated to a taste of the finer things in life. This huge complex is set on the edge of the white sands of the picturesque Tubkaak beach and guests are provided with private beach access as well as their choice of fully padded sun loungers. Each of the 57 guestrooms boasts a large balcony that overlooks the garden and pools, while there are also spacious bathrooms set with especially deep tubs. The spa suites are especially decadent and provide ocean views.
Devasom – Khao Lak
Surrounded by a freshwater lagoon and the sea, this 69 room resort and the newest in Khao Lak is nestled among wild coconut groves and beautifully kept lush gardens, with a two-tier saltwater swimming pool overlooking the beachfront. If you’re seeking a spa hotel in Thailand with yoga, mindfulness opportunities and one of the most beautiful spa areas we have ever been to, this is it. Inspired by the ancient healing arts of Thailand, treatments include traditional, lymphatic or oriental massages, rejuvenating facials and body wraps, the spa area itself is incredible, with traditional Thai massages taking place in their outdoor spa area surrounded by marble and water. Staff can tailor a package from one hour to seven days, ensuring you return home fully restored from tip to toe.
The Sukhothai – Bangkok
The Sukhothai Bangkok takes you back to the bygone age as it combines the contemporary style and the old world palatial charm. Designed by Kerry Hill and Edward Tuttle, the sophisticated interiors pay homage to the ancient capital of Thailand. It stands on a 6-acre piece of land, including a charming expansive lotus pond with a relaxing ambience. Each of the 210 rooms has its own lounge area and balcony overlooking either the pond or pool with some offering grand pianos and four-poster beds. The hotel specialises in offering personalised services. The Sukhothai Bangkok also has a tennis court, spa, hot tub and three world-class restaurants providing exceptional wining and dining experiences. Be sure to sample the decadent chocolate buffet available every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
The Sarojin – Khao Lak
This high-end boutique resort of The Sarojin offers incredible water-side candlelit dining, pools flanked by muslin draped cabanas and the Pathways Spa. Cross the rustic boardwalk over a deep green estuary into the wellness area and you’re transported into a haven of tranquillity. The resort has four open-air treatment pavilions where you can take in the sights and sounds of nature, as well as the intoxicating Thai-sourced aromas. With an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients, the essential oils are all 100% natural oil and carry a range of holistic benefits. Massages, facials, wraps, scrubs, beauty treatments and yoga classes are all readily available.
Anantara Layan – Phuket
The Anantara Layan is situated on Phuket’s west coast, with stunning views over a tropical bay. There are 30 rooms/suites and 47 pool villas, surrounding an intimate and secluded beach. A private chef is available for bespoke dining. For complete relaxation, you can visit the Anantara spa facilities. There’s a children’s club to keep the little ones entertained while you relax. For those who want to indulge further, there’s a five-day spa and wellness retreat, featuring rejuvenating spa treatments and nourishing cuisine. If you’re feeling a bit more energetic, there’s a fitness centre, watersports and a cooking school to keep you busy. For the lovebirds, the Anantara Layan has a private wedding chapel nestled on the tropical cliff side.
The Surin – Phuket
Overlooking a sandy white beach on Phuket’s west coast, the Surin ehotel promises seaside serenity with its stunning views. There are 103 cottages and suites in the resort, and you can choose between being on the beachfront or nestled into the hillside forest. Each residence comes with thoughtful extras such as local organic toiletries, beach hats, and espresso machines. There are several formal and informal dining options, so there’s something whatever your mood. You can try out yoga, tennis and much more, before relaxing and ordering a drink by the pool.
Trisara – Phuket
The Trisara calls itself ‘The Garden In The Third Heaven’ and it’s not hard to see why. The hotel is positioned looking out to sea in the north-western hills of Phuket, taking advantage of the stunning sunsets. There are a number of options for types of accommodation, such as tranquil villas with private pools and kitchens. There are cruises and excursions available from the resort, to help you explore the local neighbourhood, rich with cultural heritage. When dining, the ingredients for your meal are locally sourced from markets, fishermen, and even Trisara’s own working farm.
Paresa – Phuket
Overlooking the blue waters of the Andaman sea, the Paresa is a five-star resort offers panoramic views from its secluded vantage point. From suites to villas, there’s accommodation to suit everyone. Finishing touches include four-poster sun loungers, luxury bed linen and outdoor showers. Some villas offer in-suite dining, infinity pools and even private spa facilities. The resort facilities feature a luxury Thai spa, cooking academy and library. If you fancy heading out of resort, there are excursion options to suit any taste. You can catch fish for lunch, go snorkelling or visit a nearby sanctuary where you’ll feed and care for retired elephants.
Keemala – Phuket
Guests who stay at this unique resort are invited to step into a fantasy world where luxurious tree house pods provide the perfect accommodation. Each pod is suspended from the forest that graces the coast and comes with a wide range of modern conveniences while also offering stunning views of the ocean and golden sands of Kamala beach far below. This sophisticated hideaway also boasts a lagoon-like swimming pool featuring its own waterfall and bar, while guests can also unwind and get into shape with daily classes including yoga, Tai Chi on the beach and Muay Thai boxing.