Thailand is home to spectacular historical places, white sand beaches and rich cultural heritage. The Kingdom also has as many luxurious hotels as it has destinations, and each of them has a unique personality with a sense of refinement and impeecable hospitality. Elevate your stay experience in Thailand in one of our recommended resorts for an exceptional memory of ineffable luxury and comfort.
1. Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle
If you love camping, perhaps Four Seasons Tented Camp at the legendary Golden Triangle up in the north of Thailand is the most luxurious camp you would ever experience. Stunningly located on elevated ground near the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong Rivers, in the heart of the Golden Triangle, the Tented Camp overlooks 3 countries simultaneously: Thailand, Burma (Myanmar) and Laos. You will be approached the camp by boat down the Ruak River. Thick stands of bamboo and other native trees envelop the camp, which is spread out along a roughhewn 1 km trail. The tropical jungle atmosphere brings life and colour to the area’s notorious history.
Your private luxurious and spacious 54-square-meter tent is surrounded by lush green jungle and mind-blowing scenery. There are 15 luxurious, fully air-conditioned, customized tents, and 1 Explorer's Lodge stretching for one kilometer across the forest, and are located a certain distance apart from each other — so you can enjoy a true sense of privacy and tranquility. Once you open the elephant-tusk-styled door, you will enter into the 19th century safari-style room with rustic wooden furnishings, with a custom-made wooden hot tub on an outdoor deck overlooking the stunning views.
Here you can also learn to be a mahout — which makes this resort extraordinary. You will receive traditional mahout outfits and understand the gentle creatures on an intimate level as you bathe, feed and walk with the elephants, and you will be surprised by the friendliness and sociability of these elephants.
There is a minimum two-night stay. The all-inclusive package includes everything from a round-trip airport transfer, all meals and beverages, spa treatments and Golden Triangle excursion.
2. The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai is dotted with an enormous number of hotels and resorts. But The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai will offer you a once-in-a-lifestyle experience. Spreading over 151 rai (60 acres) of natural landscapes, the luxury hotel and resort features outstanding design which draws heavily from the architectural and cultural influences of the Lanna Kingdom. With 123 luxuious hideaways ranging from 80 to over 250 square meters, the hotel’s picturesque exteriors and exquisite interiors are an enchanting blend of luxury, serenity and seamless technology, complemented with collections of fascinating artifacts and antiques.
The hotel is designed for optimal comfort, featuring traditional wooden rice barns, ancient palace-like structures and magnificent colonial mansions, and is surrounded by serene paddy fields and exotic plantations.
Pamper yourself in the 3,100-square-meter spa complex which is modelled on a Mandalay Palace setting from Myanmar. Highly trained spa practitioners deliver centuries-old holistic and Ayurvedic therapies in 11 treatment suites, to promote health, reduce stress and stimulate mind, body and spirit.
3. Soneva Kiri Koh Kood
You can literally experience paradise on earth — or something close to it — at Soneva Kiri Koh Kood. The resort offers a combination of luxury, environmentally friendly design and authentic Thai experiences. Once you arrive in the island by the resort’s private plane, you will see that the resort’s design philosophy and creativity is driven by its guiding principle of ‘Intelligent Luxury’, which is about understanding what true luxury is for guests; many of which spend most of their time in urban environments.
Soneva Kiri offers unforgettable ‘barefoot’ experiences and an opportunity for you to be close to nature. With untamed jungle, pristine beaches and fishermen going about their business, Koh Kood is an island truly at peace with itself — blending into the natural beauty of the island. Soneva Kiri comprises 36 ultra-spacious pool villa located on the idyllic beach or sunny slopes in the rain forest. The chic furnishings are made of the highest quality sustainable materials, personal electric buggies and impeccable service courtesy of Mr./Ms. Friday private butlers.
Highlights include the open air Cinema Paradiso where you can watch your favorite films under the stars; the Chocolate and Ice cream parlor where you can have unlimited sweet treats; and the spectacular Treetop Dining Pod where you can dine in high-hanging pod and get your meal delivered to you via zip line.
4. Sri panwa Phuket
Sri panwa is an oasis of calm and luxury set at the very tip of the Cape Panwa Peninsula, one of the finest locations on Phuket. The resort, which sits 40-60 meters above sea level with breathtaking views of the surrounding islands and Andaman Sea, features modern tropical design and a full selection of high-tech amenities and modern comforts of luxury living. Each pool villa is a private home which is nestled with its own infinity swimming pool with a jet stream Jacuzzi system that you can spend all day in. The spacious villas are designed to offer both a chilled out and party ambience, incorporating the finest bed linens, customized toiletries, gourmet mini-bars and traditional handcrafted furnishings. All the villas and the surrounding common areas have top quality surround sound entertainment systems and iPods preloaded with music to suit any vibe.
Baba Nest is also one of the most stylish and exclusive rooftop bars to chill out as the sun sets. Baba Nest’s wrap around infinity pool surrounds the rooftop deck overlooking 360° panoramic views of the surrounding islands, Andaman Sea and Phuket’s Southeastern peninsula. It’s a perfect place to enjoy signature cocktails and watch the sun sinking below the horizon.
If you are looking for a relaxing escapade, Sri panwa also offers the tranquil Cool Spa retreat for indulgent pampering. The spa menu includes romantic pampering for couples and relaxing in-villa treatments upon request.
5. Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
The beaches of Phuket are legendary, attracting visitors of every age from around the world. But if you want to explore the southern part of Thailand that is off the beaten path and enjoy tranquility, Krabi is perhaps the best choice for you. Krabi offers crystal waters, protected bays and pristine beaches and it’s where Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve located. Ritz-Carlton is a legendary brand of luxury hotels so you can expect the best hospitality from Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.
Experience the extraordinary pristine beauty of this peaceful province of Thailand. Begin your day strolling the beaches, taking a relaxing swim in the hotel's infinity pool or hiking through the jungle scenery, beyond the waterfalls to the breathtaking peak of Naga Mountain. You can take speedboat trips to Phi Phi Islands or drives out to Tiger Cave Temple or Ao Thalane Mangrove Forest. If you are not an outdorr person, the resort offers you access to Thai Culture Experts. The experts provide opportunities for guests to learn about language, Thai cooking, Thai shadow puppet workshops and Batik painting.