Luxury Resorts in Thailand - Holiday Destinations
Thailand has many popular tourist attractions, ranging from beach resorts in south Thailand, cities and towns, national parks and areas of natural beauty, to the famous Golden Triangle on the border of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar in the far north. The Golden Triangle area, known for its opium smugglers, is accessible to tourists from Chiang Rai or from villages in the area up in the hills near the border. There are Chinese settlers in this region of Thailand and many different hill tribes, which makes a visit to that region an interesting cultural experience.
There are impressive sites of historical and archaeological interest. Sukhothai and Si Satchanalai-Chaliang historical parks have some magnificent monuments from the Siamese empire. Thailand has some stunning examples of Buddhist temples and interesting architecture. Chiang Mai, the laid-back capital of the north, is very popular with travellers and is a good place to do meditation, cookery or massage courses. To see where Thailand's resorts and tourist destinations are located, look at the map of Thailand.
There are some lovely tropical islands in Thailand's southern region. There are diving resorts down the Andaman coast and in south-east Thailand. The Andaman coast is closed from May to November because of the monsoon but boasts some of the loveliest diving and snorkelling places in Thailand. Islands range from Phuket to some small uninhabited islands where it is possible to arrange to camp there. Southern resorts such as Pattaya are famous for their delicious seafood. The Andaman coast has incredible scenery to be enjoyed with the dramatic limestone formations going down into clear, blue sea and beaches with unbelievably soft white sand, while rock-climbing is very popular in the Krabi region. The east coast has islands which are suitable for family holidays and backpackers alike.
Phuket - JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa
Address: 231 Moo 3, Mai Khao, Talang
This resort has been awarded by GOLD LIST 2010 as one of the best places to stay in the world. It is a sanctuary for the senses with seclusion and tranquility in this tropical paradise. The resort overlooks the Andaman Sea amongst several hectares of lush gardens and lily ponds. The resort itself is styled with rock walls, reflection ponds and water features. Rates change drastically from off-peak to peak seasons so check out their reservation table to book your stay through their website.
Bangkok - The Peninsula
Address: 333 Charoen Nakhon Road, Klong San
With river views for all rooms, this sensational resort has only ten rooms therefore be prepared to enjoy the peace and tranquility The Penninsula has to offer. Their restaurants and bars offer food from authentic Cantonese to Thai home-style cooking. Although on the more expensive side, being across the river from Bangkok with private boats to take you into the city at your leisure, and excellent food considered among the best in town, it seems to be worth the price.
Ko Chang - Sea View Resort and Spa
Address: 10/2 Moo 4 Koh Chang
All rooms at the Sea View resort are beautifully designed and luxuriously furnished. Facilities are a highlight with a spa, pool, fitness center, terrace restaurant and a number of bars located by the pool and on the beach. Prices are relatively reasonable but range from off-peak to peak seasons. Several different rooms are available from standard rooms to deluxe and superior rooms.
Pattaya - Royal Cliff Beach Resort
Address: 352 Moo 12, Pratumnak Road
This award-winning resort is one of superior luxury. With 15 different categories of rooms you can choose from the more standard rooms to the ornate and extravagant. Every room has a balcony with outdoor seating, many equipped with their own sun loungers while the majority of rooms provide uninterupted views of the surrounding bay and nearby islands for you to enjoy Pattaya's stunning sunsets.
Hua Hin - Anantara Resort and Spa
Address: 35/15 Phet Kasem Road, Nongkae
How does expansive gardens, exotic architecture and excellent restaurants sound? The Anantara Resort is home to one of Thailand's best spas where you can select from a menu of exotic treatments to relax. Located right on the beach, this resort is hard to match.
Ko Phangan - Panviman Resort
Address: 22/1 Moo 5, Ao Thong Nai Phan Noi
Situated on the most exclusive parts on Ko Phangnan, set high above the beach, the Panviman Resort has everything from internet and speed boat services to a Viman Spa and Jacuzzis. They have a private beach and thai massage as well as being handy to many activities such as trekking, snorkeling trips and waterfall day trips.
Ko Samui - Baan Taling Ngam Resort and Spa
Address: Ko Samui, Surat Thani
This resort is one of the more luxurious with large rooms and elegant balconies. Each room has air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Facilities include a Spa, infinity pool, excersions, an introduction to local culture and several dining areas. Rates are high but what you would expect for such a luxurious resort.
Koh Yao Noi - Phang Nga Bay - Six Senses Hideaway
Address: 56 Moo 5, Tambol Koh Yao Noi
This resort sports uncompromised standards of luxury with private pools and personal staff to attend to every whim. An excellent on-site spa is just another reason to make this your holiday destination. Situated between Phuket and Krabi, it is a great place to stay while experiencing what Thailand has to offer. With 54 private pool villas with sundecks, this place is truely amazing. They have made a commitment to be environmentally friendly and have been the winner of the HICAP Sustainable Hotel Award (2009). Their activities are sparse including customised tours, iPod music library, Thai cooking and wine tasting, diving and much more. It is expensive but you definitely get what you pay for in this case. This is the ultimate in luxury.
Krabi - Rayavadee
Address: 214 Moo 2, Tumbon Ao-Nang, Amphur Muang
On one of Thailand's most stunning beaches is Rayavadee. This two storied villa has an excellent spa and two great restaruants to make it a spectacular retreat. Surrounded by sheer cliffs and coconut groves, this resort blends well with its natural surroundings to create a unique atmosphere.
These are just some of the luxury Thailand resorts. Be sure to ask whether their rate includes service and other taxes.