The Land of Smiles has everything for every traveller. In our Best Beach Resorts in Southeast Asia edition, we present to you the best places to stay with The Best Luxury Beach Resorts in Thailand. With over 1430 islands surrounding Thailand, the choices are endless!
SunStyleFiles will take you on a journey to discover some of the region’s best-kept secrets and some of the world’s best places to stay.
Of all the islands, Phuket is the biggest island in Thailand and also the most talked about with its seedy bars, lady-boys and of course, some of the world’s top hotels. So, where does one stay in Phuket? With hundreds of accommodation options, SunStyleFile has hand-picked some of the best places for you to unwind and relax:
With 83 private pool villas and a secluded lagoon, Anantara Phuket is top of SunStyleFile’s list of where to stay in Phuket. Anantara Phuket, located on the north-west coast of Phuket island, with its untouched beaches, provides the ultimate setting for the perfect beach get-away.
Inspired by the Southern Thai-style village, each of its villas have its own private pool and is enclosed within its own compound for added privacy.
Another plus is the buffet breakfast. Simply divine with a selection of the freshest food from around the world, a wheatgrass juice station and even a honey comb rack providing fresh honey, this is one breakfast worth waking up for!
The stylish beachfont poolside is not to be missed. Watch the sunset while sipping on designer cocktails on your beach bed in the pool or by the Infinity bar.
*Pictures courtesy of Anantara Phuket
Check out http://phuket.anantara.com for bookings and reservations.
The beautiful island of Koh Lanta lies at the south west coast of Thailand and has been one of Thailand’s best kept secret for many years. Accessible by boat from the mainland of Krabi, Koh Lanta boasts 27 kilometres of unspoilt sandy white beaches and crystal clear waters and Koh Lanta Yai is the main tourist area brimming with hotels and resorts.
PIMALAI RESORT & SPA
Situated on the south west coast of Koh Lanta Yai, Pimalai is located in a more remote and secluded area of the island. Let this not bother you as once you’re there, you really do not want to leave the resort grounds. Some say that this resort is as close as heaven is to earth and who could blame them?
Built within the rainforest with its own private beach to boot, the 121-rooms Pimalai is the ultimate resort for relaxation and peace of mind. It is luxury at its best with five-star service, food and views.
The rooms are separated to Deluxe rooms, Pavilion Suites, Beach and Pool Villas. Highly recommended are its Pool Villas which are located hilltop with stunning views overlooking the ocean.
*Pictures courtesy of Pimalai Resort & Spa
Check out http://www.pimalai.com for bookings and reservations.
As Thailand’s third largest island, Koh Samui, located east in the Gulf of Thailand, is rich with natural resources, white sandy beaches, coral reefs and coconut trees. Over the years, the island has been attracting tourists from afar as is now the second most popular island destination in Thailand, after Phuket. Each of Koh Samui’s primary beaches is now also considered as a small town due to the influx in tourism with a surge of restaurants, hotels and nightlife.
ZAZEN BOUTIQUE RESORT & SPA
Located on the west coast of Bophut beach, Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa offers 26 villas and bungalows designed to look like replicas of small elegant Thai homes with terracotta tiled floors and large verandahs overlooking the beach or gardens.
You can select from Beachfront Bungalows, Garden Deluxe Bungalows and Garden Villas, which all come with a personal hammock swaying outside for that perfect lazy day. These individual homes are equipped with the latest technological amenities, ranging from flat screen TVs, iPods with JBL stations and even free wireless connections. But who wants to spend their time checking emails when the beach is just a stone’s throw away?
Zazen Restaurant Samui has earned its reputation as one of Koh Samui’s best restaurants with its delectable menu created by French chef, Cyrille Keyser. Situated right on the beach front, this trendy restaurant transforms into an intimate setting with glowing candles, soft jazz music in the background and sweeping views of the nearby islands glittering with lights in the night.
*Pictures courtesy of Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa
Check out http://www.samuizazen.com for bookings and reservations.
Read more about our top picks for South East Asia. Comprising of Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, this region is home to some of the world’s best beaches and luxury resorts.