Charity De Souza is a Florida native and travel enthusiast. Traveling to over 50 countries abroad and residing in 6, she has a passion for exploring new cultures. While Central Florida is where she calls home, her favorite travel memories include skydiving in Switzerland and watching the sunset in Morocco.
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One of the most diverse Southeast Asian countries on the globe, Thailand conjures up colorful images of glittering temples, sugary white-sand beaches, and spicy cuisines. Nestled amongst Thailand’s picturesque coastlines and azure waters are a handful of luxury resorts that provide you with a breathtaking island escape and feature a combination of postcard-perfect views and top-notch services. Offering a lasting impression that will ensure many return visits, read on to discover the top resorts in Thailand.
Located at the top of the Phranang Peninsula, Rayavadee Resort is one of Thailand’s top beach resorts, only reachable via boat. Boasting 26 tropical acres, the resort has stand-alone rooms with chic decor that offer privacy and modern amenities such as separate bedrooms and living rooms, large flat-screen TVs, and luxury bathrooms. Situated in a prime location for soaking in Thailand’s stunning Andaman coastline in Krabi Province, you have a variety of water-based activities to choose from in addition to two stunning beachfront swimming pools with sea views.
Located on the world-famous Mai Khao Beach, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa is a 5-star luxury resort in Phuket. Rooms and suites have contemporary decor with terracotta tiles, wood floors, and include private balconies with stunning views, while upgrade Villas boast private pools. Here you will be welcomed with stunning tropical grounds that feature multiple swimming pools, a luxurious spa, and 25,000 square feet of event space. Boasting an impressive range of first-class restaurants and bars to choose from, you can also drink and dine poolside while soaking up the sunshine.
Located in Ko Lanta, the Layana Resort and Spa is a beachfront adults-only resort that mixes traditional Thai culture with modern conveniences. It’s one of the most romantic resorts in Thailand, home to stand-alone bungalows that boast private outdoor tubs and open-air garden showers, while elegant Thai-style rooms are adorned with goose-down duvets and private balconies. Direct access to a white sandy beach offers an abundance of water-based activities to choose from such as snorkeling and island hopping excursions. Soak in your surroundings at the infinity saltwater pool or at the pampering Linger Longer Spa, which offers body treatments as well as yoga and meditation. End your day with alfresco beach dining at SeaSky or with cocktails at Sundowners Lounge.
A luxurious hideaway resort, Six Senses Yao Noi boasts dramatic landscaping and ultimate privacy. Surrounded by lush forest and postcard-worthy beaches, the spacious villas are equipped with private infinity pools and panoramic views of Phang Nga Bay. Spa treatments are available for those who want to be pampered, while an open-air pavilion offers free yoga to those who want to stay fit. Multiple on-site restaurants offer a variety of organic cuisine with international wine, while tailor-made excursions can be arranged for those who want to explore the area.
Considered one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, Katathani Phuket Beach Resort is nestled against a half-mile of the soft golden sand found on Kata Noi Beach. You can rest their heads in one of the modern rooms or indulge in a massage, beauty treatment, and aromatic herbal steam at the posh on-site Tew Son Spa. From the fresh grilled seafood at Fisherman’s Wharf to Italian fare at La Scala, you’ll have an extensive list of cuisine choices to discover at the multiple on-site restaurants. Perfect for couples and families alike, recreational activities are in abundance with cooking classes, sunset sails, miniature golf, and multiple swimming pools.
Situated on Phi Phi Islands, SAii Phi Phi Island Village is an upscale property offering privacy and tranquility. Nestled on 70 acres of lush vegetation, you are greeted with towering coconut palms and a half-mile of sparkling blue waters in the Andaman Sea. Book one of the resort’s spacious bungalows, and you’ll be rewarded with stunning coastal views and impressive on-site dining options that range from casual beachfront fare to authentic Thai cuisine. Boasting an extensive list of unique sightseeing day trips, you can explore the crystal clear waters and underwater marine life at nearby islands.
Boasting a romantic and upscale ambiance, the Koyao Island Resort is a remote property that sits on the peaceful coast of Koh Tao Noi Island. Surrounded by secluded beaches and lush vegetation, you will be greeted with spacious Thai-style villas with mangrove palm leaf roofs made from local materials, in addition to breathtaking beach views of Phang Nga Bay. Lounging by the sparkling pool is a real treat, but those who want to venture out will find complimentary kayaking and cycling equipment, in addition to plenty of day trips available to the surrounding islands. You can enjoy authentic Thai cuisine at Pum Pui Restaurant, rejuvenate with a tranquil massage at Koyao Spa, or find your zen at a yoga class.
With striking decor and luxury amenities, The Slate is a 5-star resort nestled in a private slice of paradise on Nai Yang Beach. Boasting various accommodation choices that range from spacious suites to private pool villas offer a range of amenities that include a plunge pool, butler service, private balconies, and sweeping views of the coastline. An avant-garde masterpiece, this beautifully designed property has multiple restaurants and bars, in addition to three outdoor pools, a tennis court, and an award-winning spa with plush treatment rooms and a beauty salon. You can also book a private dinner on the beach or attend the Beach BBQ Night.