Last Updated September 17, 2021 9/17/2021

8 Top-Rated Beach Resorts in Thailand, According to Reviews

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Unlike some beach vacation destinations, Thailand has a little something to accommodate every budget and state of mind. Adventurous travelers can get their fill of watersports, cycling, and hiking, while laid-back vacationers can indulge in local cuisine, massages, and beauty treatments. Thailand’s beautiful beaches are also an amazing place to learn about history and culture during the day and party all night long.

Since Thailand stretches from the foothills of the Himalayas to a rainforest peninsula near the equator, most visitors find the climate safest and most pleasant between November and February. Once you settle on a date for your trip, these are some of the best beach resorts in Thailand to consider, depending upon what you’d like to see and your budget.

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Banyan Tree Resort – Koh Samui
Banyan Tree Resort

Banyan Tree Resort – Koh Samui

The Banyan Tree Resort is designed with Thai culture in mind, using local materials and art. Visitors enjoy lovely views of the rocky cliffs and sandy beaches nearby while staying at this luxury resort in Koh Samui along the Gulf of Thailand and Lamai Bay. The views are made even better with private infinity pools and open-air decks. The onsite Saffron Restaurant offers delicious combinations of authentic Thai flavors and the spa offers yoga classes. You can even enjoy a private beach dinner for a romantic night of celebration. This resort is conveniently located just about a half hour’s drive from Samui International Airport as well.

Amanpuri – Phuket
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Amanpuri

Amanpuri – Phuket

If you’re planning a honeymoon excursion in Thailand, one of the best luxury resorts is Amanpuri. This highly-rated resort has villas and pavilions with private lounge areas and dining terraces. It’s been in operation since 1988 and maintained a reputation for great personal service, delicious cuisine, and natural beauty in a tropical setting. It’s located on the western coast of Phuket and overlooks the Andaman Sea. Scuba diving and golf are popular here, as well as excursions to the Phang Nga Bay, Krabi, and the Similan Islands.

Rayavadee – Krabi
Rayavadee – Krabi

Rayavadee – Krabi

One of the best luxury resorts is Rayavadee, which is located in Krabi and on the edge of Krabi Marine National Park. Two of the country’s best beaches are here, and the resort offers two-story cottages that overlook a coconut grove. Guests can book villas that have hammocks, Jacuzzis, and lovely views of the cliffs. Some of the most popular excursions from this resort go to the lagoons and mangrove forests. Phi Phi Island can be reached within 35 minutes by speedboat from the resort, and the Krabi Town’s morning market gives visitors a peek inside local Thai life.

Six Senses Samui – Ko Samui
Six Senses Samui

Six Senses Samui – Ko Samui

Another high-end option and one of the best couples resorts in Thailand is the Six Senses in Ko Samui. Guests here enjoy poolside pavilions, modern décor, and easy walking distance to the beach. You can unwind by a large infinity pool and gaze out to the sweeping panoramas of the Gulf of Thailand. It’s is an excellent pick for foodies and travelers looking to indulge in a Thai spa treatment or two. There are luxurious private villas in this resort, which is located just three miles from Samui Airport and a 45-minute flight south of Bangkok.

Paresa Resort – Phuket
Paresa Resort

Paresa Resort – Phuket

The Paresa Resort in Phuket is situated in a picturesque setting on a cliff that overlooks tropical rainforests and sparkling blue waters. This is a great resort pick if peace and tranquility are what you seek during your trip to Thailand. The best beaches to spend time in the area include Patong Beach and Karon Beach. You can choose pool suites, small villas, and even 3-4 bedroom villas for your stay at Paresa. Diavolo is the on-site Italian restaurant that serves an a la carte breakfast and Italian delicacies throughout the day with 270-degree ocean views.

Trisara – Phuket
Trisara

Trisara – Phuket

For a truly intimate luxury beach experience, Trisara Phuket is a great resort pick. In Sanskrit, Trisara means “the third garden in heaven.” The rooms and private villas here have small private swimming pools and the resort grounds are relaxing and beautiful. There are ocean-facing pool villas and several bedroom private residences to stay in overlooking the Andaman Sea. It is a perfect option for special occasions, such as honeymoons and anniversaries. Located on the northwest coastline of Phuket, Trisara is just 15 minutes from Phuket Airport.

Bamboo Bungalows – Koh Phayam
Bamboo Bungalows

Bamboo Bungalows – Koh Phayam

For a more budget-friendly option, consider staying at the Bamboo Bungalows on the northern end of Thailand’s the Andaman Sea in Koh Phayam. Phayam is famous for both its cashew nut farming and its beaches, and there’s actually a Miss Cashew Nut competition held each year! The nearby beach is Ao Yai, or Big Beach, and there are a variety of bungalow styles to choose from when you arrive. To stay under budget, pick a basic A-frame hut or go all out by booking a comfortable villa with authentic Thai décor. You can go kayaking or snorkeling from the resort and eat at the quaint on-site restaurant here. There are no cars on this natural island; however, the narrow roads are serviced by motorcycle taxis.

Nimmanoradee Resort – Koh Samet
Nimmanoradee Resort

Nimmanoradee Resort – Koh Samet

Another affordable resort option is Nimmanoradee Resort, which is located on Koh Samet. Samet is a four-hour drive from Bangkok along Thailand’s east coast and has become known as an amazing weekend party island. Guests can enjoy white powder sand and relaxation during the day, and then fun music and a party scene in the evening. To get active, take out a kayak or go for a run along the private sandy beach. The best parties take place on weekends; however, weekdays are calmer and typically have cheaper rates. There are cozy bungalows, family rooms, a restaurant, shop, and Thai massages offered on-site.

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