Holidays to Thailand don’t have to be about roughing it in cheap accommodation on a backpacker’s budget. In fact, holidays here can be just the opposite.
With some of the most lavish stays in the world followed by pristine beaches, ornate temples and food worth coming back for – Thailand offers some of the most luxurious holidays in the world.
From the mesmerising sunsets of Phuket to the unspoilt beaches of Khao Lak and the secluded coves of Krabi, find out why this Asian gem should be at the top of your luxury travel list.
Thailand’s largest island, Phuket comes with a tropical backdrop that’s easy on the eye. Luxury surrounds you here – after all, it wasn’t dubbed the ‘Pearl of the South’ for nothing.
From top to bottom, every inch of this exotic land draws you in. Whether it’s the lush hills or the brightly-coloured corals, Phuket is sure to win you over.
Although quiet beaches are few and far between here, the sand spots you’ll find are beautiful, plus you’re just a short boat ride from the famous Phi Phi Islands.
But it’s not all about the island’s good looks – Phuket also has resorts which are buzzing with nightlife, offering stunning architecture and come with plenty of shopping opportunities. Oh, and the street food is tasty too.
Things to do
Phi Phi Islands by speedboat
Is it just us, or does a speedboat ride to the Phi Phi Islands sound like the jackpot of all trips? Not only is it a stylish way to arrive, but it’s quick too. And if you don’t want to share a boat, you can always book a private ride and experience the famous islands like Leonardo DiCaprio.
Live it up at a beach club
Phuket has a good share of beach clubs ideal for those seeking a lavish shoreside experience. Nikki Beach Phuket is a great example with its plush interiors, tranquil oceanfront setting, tepees, fashion shows and party atmosphere – now that’s what we call luxury.
Where to stay
Hotel Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach
It doesn’t get much more elegant than the Hotel Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach. Propped up in the cliffside with views overlooking Naithon Beach, the hotel’s infinity pool is the place to be. All this comes complete with the finest Thai cuisine and carefully crafted cocktails.
The province of Krabi covers over 200 islands, so its landscape is fairly diverse. Breathtaking limestone hills, flowing waterfalls, tropical rainforests and a good share of sand spots all add to the island’s mass appeal.
Among its scenic attributes, you’ll also find a compact town with dining and shopping opportunities aplenty. If you don’t come here to take advantage of its plentiful sand spots, then adrenaline-junkies will love scuba diving in its clear waters, rock climbing on its limestone hills and trekking through its vast jungles.
Things to do
Fine dining in Krabi
If you’re not dining in your hotel, you’ll be happy to know that Krabi has a generous helping of chic restaurants ideal for indulging. Lae Lay Grill is a great pick if you’re looking for tasty local food.
Known for its impressive seafood servings and striking views – you could spend a full evening here.
Waree Raksa Hot Spring Spa
If it’s a Krabi retreat you’re after, this hot spring spa is just the spot. Cleanse your mind, body and soul with a soak in Waree Raksa’s natural waters.
Surrounded by beautiful green mountains, this is the ultimate escape. And if that doesn’t do the trick, you can complete your spa experience with a Thai massage or body treatment. Whether you choose a full or half day experience, you’ll leave feeling completely refreshed.
Where to stay
The Centara Grand Beach Resort And Villas Krabi
Only accessible by boat, this hotel screams seclusion. Featuring traditional local interiors coupled with modern touches, you get the best of both worlds here.
And if the isolated waters and lagoon-style pool doesn’t impress you, the otherworldly views certainly will, yes we’re talking a dramatic cliff backdrop surrounded by blue-green waters.
Khao Lak’s silent shores and laid-back atmosphere give this place an understated appeal unlike anywhere else in Thailand. Less popular with backpackers due to its resort-feel and higher price tags, Khao Lak holidays are more about rest and relaxation from the comfort of a luxurious hotel.
This resort is also popular with scuba divers, since it’s home to some of the world’s best diving spots. These spots can be found among its array of natural parks and nearby islands.
But don’t be fooled into thinking there’s no life outside its swanky hotels. In fact, Khao Lak is home to the town of Takua Pa. With a deep-rooted past this picturesque town has a historic charm which is evident through its traditional architecture and old quarter.
Things to do
Scuba diving at The Similan Islands
You can’t go to Thailand without an underwater experience. Sitting an hour’s speedboat ride away from Khao Lak is the breathtaking Similan Islands, which have been ranked among the world’s best diving sites.
With sloping coral reefs, deep ravines and the clearest waters featuring an amazing variety of sea life, your diving possibilities are endless.
Discover Khao Sok National Park
As one of the best national parks in Asia, it would be a crime if you didn’t stop by Khao Sok National Park during your time in Khao Lak. Sunbathe in the beautiful emerald lake water and discover one of the oldest tropical rainforests where you’ll come across hidden waterfalls and tree houses.
Where to stay
JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort
This hotel scores high on the luxury front. Mirroring its calming backdrop through its oriental touches, abundance of loungers and tranquil spa, the whole place feels like a sanctuary rather than a hotel.
What’s more, with one of the longest pools in Southeast Asia – JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort has plenty to boast about.
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