Whether you need a serious luxury getaway to escape your 9 to 5, you want to surprise your honey with a tropical holiday, or you’re simply doing it for the ‘gram, these resorts need to be on your Thailand itinerary. Book your leave, let’s go!
Elephant Hills Jungle Safari
If an escape into the jungle to a luxury resort that comes with a dose of conservation sounds like your style, Elephant Hills is the place! Escape the hustle and bustle of holiday resort towns for a night in one of the world’s oldest jungles. Staying in Thailand’s first luxury tents, you can wander through the rainforest, take a dip with a drink at the poolside bar, and indulge in a traditional Thai meal served beneath the rainforest canopy. Then there is the main attraction, the elephant conservation project. Head into the reserve with experienced guides to see beautiful Thai elephants, and help to feed and bathe them in a safe, sustainable setting. Elephant hills has since 2014 been judged by the Tourism Authority of Thailand as the most animal friendly elephant camp in Thailand, and in 2016, National Geographic declared Elephant Hills the only finalist in Asia in their World Legacy Awards for Sustainable Tourism.
If you want the best of both worlds: a serene luxury escape with access to the bustling life of Patong, Amari is the ultimate resort stay. Imagine waking up to a secluded beach where the only sound is the gentle lap of the Andaman waves. Yet when night markets and culture call, Patong Beach is just a 5-minute walk away! You can make the most of the region with day trips to outer islands, or exploring the often-underrated natural wilderness this part of Thailand boasts. Then when you’ve had enough, retreat to Amari to lap up the warm hospitality, enjoy delectable dining options, soak up serenity with a treatment in the Breeze Spa, or simply lay back by the pool or beach and let the holiday life soak in.
Phi Phi Natural Resort, Phi Phi Island
If nothing but a tropical island escape will do for your family, this is the place for a getaway. Located at the north end of Phi Phi Island, 45kms southeast of Phuket, Phi Phi Natural Resort is set amid lush tropical rainforest and fruit trees, and the azure Andaman sea. A family-friendly resort, Phi Phi encourages children and adults alike to switch off from the digital world and take part in eco-activities, community initiatives and unique island experiences that create lasting memories together. What better way to spend time together than in a rich, remote paradise where your cares can melt away?
Other Phuket Hotels to try:
X2 Spa Retreat
Hands up who wants a holiday with unlimited spa treatments? (*Me!) X2 (pronounced cross-to) in Koh Samui is Thailand’s first resort to offer packages with unlimited all-inclusive spa treatments. This means you can wake up with a yoga class followed by a facial, a swim, and a massage – all before lunch! Spend the afternoon by your private villa pool, with another spa treatment to really get you into holiday mode, or try a spot of Thai boxing, before dinner at 4K (fork) restaurant overlooking the main pool and beach. We won’t blame you if you never want to go home.
Chaba Samui Resort
Koh Samui is the definition of a tropical island escape: palm-fringed beaches, coconut groves and dense rainforest surrounded by crystal clear seas. Chaba Samui Resort is situated in the heart of the island’s resort hub, Chaweng, with access to sightseeing, nightlife, shopping and more right on your doorstep. Chaba Samui oozes relaxed island style, with everything a family could need on holiday, including pools, kids playgrounds, enriching activities from Thai cooking classes to private romantic dinners (and baby sitting taken care of!)
Siam @ Siam
Bangkok is a design-lover’s city; a modern metropolis home to some of the world’s most impressive shopping malls, art galleries and architecture. So where better to stay than in a designer hotel? Siam @ Siam is an elegant 4.5-star hotel with bold modern interiors, designed to awaken the senses and reflect the bustling city outside. The complex is also home to innovative, vibrant eateries and drinking holes, a state of the art gym, and an inviting infinity pool. This is the ideal place to retreat to after a day of exploring the ancient cultural sights, and vibrant markets and malls this city is known for.
Centara Grand Central World
If you’re going to stay at a luxury hotel in Bangkok, why not go all the way for a resort-style stay? Centara Grand is a 5-star resort right in the heart of the shopping and business district – perfect for your designer shopping sprees, business meetings or cultural cravings alike. The 55-story high hotel offers astounding views across the city from guestrooms and restaurants, while the 26th floor is an entire resort escape, complete with the award-winning SPA Cenvaree, a fitness centre, tennis courts, outdoor pool and sundeck. If you’re looking for a place to combine Bangkok’s cultural and designer delights with a flop and drop holiday, at Centara Grand you can have it all!
RELATED: Bangkok with a twist
X2 Chiang Mai Riverside Resort
Thailand’s cultural capital is a mecca for those seeking something a little more from a trip to Thailand. In a city home to ancient temples, serene wilderness, and rich hospitality, X2 (cross-to) Chiang Mai offers a dose of luxury on the banks of the Ping River. A boutique resort of just 30 elegant suites, X2 offers guests luxurious spa and fitness facilities, fine dining at Oxygen, and exceptional hospitality. Just minutes from the heart of Chiang Mai, the resort feels worlds away, set amongst 100 year old tamarind trees, and designed in the traditional Lanna style, a hallmark of Northern Thailand architecture. This place offers a true respite from the rest of the world.
Or, why not stay at X2 Vibe Chiang Mai Decem Hotel instead?