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One of the most diverse Southeast Asian countries on the globe, Thailand, nicknamed “The Land of Smiles” conjures up colorful images of warm locals, golden temples, sugary white-sand beaches, and a rich culture that provides a sensory overload for both the first time visitors and the seasoned alike. Nestled amongst its idyllic tropical coastlines and azure waters are a handful of luxury resorts that provide guests 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.
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Located at the top of the Phranang Peninsula, Rayavadee Resort is a luxury beachside property that is 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, guests have a variety of water-based activities to choose from in addition to a two stunning beachfront swimming pools with sea views.
Located in Ko Lanta, the Layana Resort and Spa is a beachfront adults-only resort that mixes traditional Thai culture with modern conveniences. Stunning stand-alone bungalows 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 salt water pool or at the pampering Linger Longer Spa that offers body treatments and a luxurious salt room. End your day with international cuisine or Thai fare at Tides Restaurant or with a cocktail at the beachfront Sundowners Bar.
Situated on Phi Phi Islands, Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort is an upscale property offering privacy and tranquility. Nestled on 70 acres of lush vegetation, guests 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, choose from packages like Shark Seekers, Sea Canoe James Bond Island, Romantic Rendezvous, and Big Game Fishing where guests 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, guests 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 for 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. Guests can enjoy authentic Thai cuisine at Pum Pui Restaurant, rejuvenate with a tranquil massage at Koyao Island Resort Spa, or find their zen at a free yoga class.
A luxurious hideaway resort, Six Senses Yao Noi boasts dramatic landscaping and ultimate privacy. Surrounded by lush forest and postcard-worthy beaches, 56 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. Four elegant restaurants offer a variety of organic cuisine with international wine, while tailor-made excursions can be arranged for guests 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. Guests can rest their head in one of the 480 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, guests have an extensive list of cuisine choices to discover at six on-site restaurants. Perfect for couples and families alike, recreational activities are in abundance with cooking classes, sunset sails, miniature golf, and six swimming pools.
Striking decor and luxury amenities, The Slate is a 5-star resort nestled in a private slice of paradise on Nai Yang Beach. Boasting 184 accommodation choices that range from Pearl Bed 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 eight restaurants and bars, in addition to three outdoor pools, a tennis court, and an award-winning Coqoon Spa with six treatment rooms and a beauty salon. Guests can also book a private dinner on the beach or sign up for the Thai cooking class where you can visit the local market and learn to cook an authentic Thai dish from a qualified chef.
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 boasts private pools. Here guests will be welcomed with stunning tropical grounds that feature three upscale swimming pools, a luxurious Mandara Spa, and 25,000 square feet of event space. Boasting an impressive 11 first-class restaurants and bars to choose from, guests can also try their hand with Thai cuisine at the on-site Ginja Cook culinary school.