We love Thailand, and judging by the number of holidaymakers who make their escape to this fascinating country every year, we’re pretty confident you do too. To help you travel in comfort and style, we’ve picked our five favourite hotels for you to consider ahead of your next Thailand escape.
Avista Hideaway Resort & Spa, Tri Trang, Phuket
Sublime views, infinity pools, fine dining and exotic chic combine to make for a superb stay at Avista Hideaway.
Spa treatments ensure that you’re able to enjoy the sights surrounding this Tri Trang resort hotel feeling fully invigorated and refreshed, and the hilltop views beg to be enjoyed either over a cocktail at the outdoors bar or from a daybed on the plaza.
Spa treatments include massage, petal baths and facials, while restaurant dining offers flavours from France, Thailand, Italy and China, among others.
The Kee Resort and Spa, Patong Beach, Phuket
Thoughtfully laid out, the Bangla Night Market is a five-minute walk away, and Patong Beach is a 10-minute stroll in the other direction. That means you’re sensationally central, although this complex has plenty to offer in its own right.
Take the rooftop bar and restaurant, where elegantly decorated tables are graced by generously portioned meals, including spicy Thai classics and a few international favourites. Cocktails here by sundown are a must.
Aside from the gym, the pool is the centrepiece of this resort, boasting an enticing shape and some splendid mosaic patterns that glow with LED lights after dark.
Sensimar Khao Lak Beachfront Resort, Khao Lak
With an enviable position on the beach of Khao Lak and a range of massage treatments that make it popular with couples, Sensimar Khao Lak Beachfront Resort is a romantic retreat that’s strictly adults-only.
Five semicircle pools await on the grounds outside, flanked by immaculately kept lawns and with sea views to suit. The dining here is gourmet, but never breaking the bank, and you can expect authentic Thai flavours to spice up your stay accordingly.
If you want some more down to earth dining, head to the beachfront bar to eat by the shore. Nights are kept lively by local acoustic acts, while daytimes bristle with opportunities for yoga, Zumba, and cocktail classes.
Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort, Klong Muang Beach, Krabi
The hotel grounds feature a garden lined with hammocks, overlooked by one of the best infinity pools in all of Thailand. The drinks flow fully at Martinis Bar, and after you can enjoy plenty of live music acts and a frequent fire show that’s certain to impress.
Meanwhile, restaurant dining offers a pan-Asian platter of provender, and a true taste of the tropical can be had at C-Box. Here, they mix coconut milkshakes and ice creams, which are superb coolers ahead of days spent on the tennis court or taking painting classes.
JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort and Spa, Khao Lak
How about a dip in one of the longest pools in all of Southeast Asia? This Khao Lak resort is styled almost like a mansion, yet its rooms are cosy and have touches of home.
You’re right on the beach here too, with the gentle rush of the sea a constant companion, and an optional shuttle bus to get you to and from Khao Lak town centre when the mood suits. You’ll not be in a hurry to leave though, with Thai and Mediterranean meals backed up by Sakura Japanese restaurant.
Add bike trails, squash courts and spa treatments to the deal, and you’ve got all sorts of ways to spend your days.
Thailand is brimming with classy yet affordable hotels, but these are our top picks. Let us know in the comments if you’ve any recommendations of your own.