Ten of the Best Resorts in Thailand
Thailand has a diverse appeal on many levels.
Some visitors to the humid SE Asian nation just seem to love the concrete, dense thrall of the capital Bangkok and its many contrasts, whether that be its shopping mall central districts, temples, restaurants, coffee shops, or nightlife, to name but a few aspects.
But for a different breed of visitor entirely the country may be primarily known as a tropical beach paradise for sun seekers. And not without good reason, as the stunning coastline in some regions, particularly in the South, is indeed something special.
Thailand’s luxury resorts seem to be getting bigger and more luxurious as time goes on, which may have something to do with the government and tourism authority’s ongoing drive to try and attract high-calibre visitors willing to spend a pretty penny.
Many of these resorts are now like self-contained destinations in themselves, with pretty much everything you need on hand and then some.
So whether you want a home-from-home on the tropical sandy beaches of a secluded resort or you want some space to move around in while in the city, you won’t find it difficult to locate a fine resort in Thailand.
Certainly many of the best resorts in Thailand tend to be located in the southern coastal areas, and the majority featured in this post are from those regions.
But we’ve also thrown one from Bangkok in there as well, and it’s also worth considering other regions and provinces like Prachuab and Chonburi which will be easy to get to from Bangkok as and won’t exactly be in the price range of some of the southern resorts. And don’t forget the North either, although you won’t find too much coastline up there, and that is another post entirely.
So let’s get a few closer insights into some of the best resorts in Thailand, in some of the most popular areas.
Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Koh Samui
This top southern resort is literally a few paces away from the beach on the Lipa Noi coast.
You can rent an exclusive beachfront bungalow with open views of the Gulf of Thailand here, and there is a landscaped beachfront pool along with other amenities like a fitness suite and a spa. The modern-style rooms all have large, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, and the restaurant features Thai and international cuisine. There is also a bar with DJ entertainment in the evenings.
The resort is 30 minutes from local attractions Nathon Pier and Namuang Waterfall, and is a 45-minute drive from Samui Airport.
Silavadee Pool Spa Resort Koh Samui
The Silavadee resort is up on a hill in Koh Samui and thus has some great views overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, as well as a great surrounding environment by way of a private beach and outdoor infinity pool.
The spacious, teak wood-furnished, Thai-style en suite rooms include a flat-screen TV, and the Silavadee Wellness Spa has a wide range of rejuvenating massage treatments and beauty therapies.
The resort’s restaurant with outdoor seating overlooking the beach serves fresh seafood, traditional Thai cuisine, and international options. The pool has a bar that serves cocktails and fruit juices, and Samui Airport is less than 30 minutes from the residence.
Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui
Four Seasons is yet another high-calibre Samui resort, this time on the Northwest of the island and surrounded by lush tropical gardens. This spot is a quiet section on Laem Yai Bay, where water activities like windsurfing are popular, and is 30 minutes from the airport.
The rooms come complete with a private infinity pool and bar, and views of the gardens and the Gulf of Thailand are on offer. This is a real luxurious affair, and even the door of the bathroom open onto a private deck.
Amenities at the resort include a beachside infinity pool, tennis, various beach sports, a fitness centre, golf, a spa, and even a large library with books and DVDs.
The hotel’s SIAMSEAS cruising boat runs excursions to various nearby locations and attractions such as the Marine National Park.
The Four Seasons’ restaurant is also an impressive affair offering fresh, local seafood dishes as well as Thai and international cuisine, and the resort’s Beach Bar serves a variety of tropical cocktails.
Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach
The Pullman Arcadia is another top resort in Thailand just 10 minutes from the airport, and is located on the headland overlooking the Andaman Sea in Phuket.
The luxurious resort has direct access to Naithon Beach, as well as a spa centre, 2 outdoor pools, and a children’s pool. There is also a fitness centre along with 2 restaurants and 3 bars to choose from, as well as an onsite bakery. The hotel amenities also include a library and a business centre, as well as a shuttle service and a tour desk.
The en suite rooms are furnished in a comfortable contemporary style and come complete with a balcony, as well as a flat-screen TV, a minibar, and a seating area.
The resort is close to local attraction Splash Jungle and 15 minutes from 2 different golf courses by way of Blue Canyon Golf Course and Laguna Golf Course. In just a 30-minute drive from the resort you can also be at the Big Buddha, the Royal Phuket Marina, and Central Festival Department Store.
Angsana Laguna Phuket
Staying with Phuket for a moment we come to the very stylish Angsana Laguna Resort, which is 20 minutes from both Phuket Town and the airport. This is a modern tropical resort in a scenic part of the island known as Bang Tao Bay.
The resort has a few outstanding features such as a highly-rated spa which features all manner of therapies and treatments, as well as a 300-metre long pool.
The spacious and modern, en suite, Thai-style rooms include a large flat-screen TV and a comfortable luxurious bed.
Yoga and scuba diving activities by the beach are available, as well as a gym and a golf course, and the resort’s restaurant provides a daily breakfast buffet. Dining options include seafood and Thai cuisine at the beachfront Baan Talay, and other options include the Tree House Kid’s Club & Café, and a Mediterranean Grill. Drinks are always available at the resort’s 2 bars, one of which is poolside.
Angsana Laguna Phuket is close to a few local attractions such as the Phuket FantaSea themed water park and Wat Phra Tong, which features the Half Buried Buddha.
Free boat shuttles are available from the resort to allow guests the opportunity to shop at Canal Village Boutiques & Galleries.
Amatara Wellness Resort, Phuket
More luxurious 5-star tropical resort accommodation comes by way of the Amatara Wellness Resort, where rooms have private balconies and guests can indulge in the resort’s spa treatments or relax by the pool deck just 20 minutes away from Phuket Town.
This Phuket resort is close to an hour away from the airport, and the residence has suites and villas fully furnished in a contemporary Thai style. The en suite rooms have safety deposit boxes and include a satellite TV with a wide selection of films.
Amenities in the resort include a gym, tennis courts, yoga sessions, and a business centre, and the good news for parents is that there are various activities available for children at the Kids’ Club.
The Amatara Resort Restaurant offers an a la carte menu of both Thai and European options, and seafood is served along with other grilled dishes at resort’s The Grill. Of course a variety of refreshments by way of drinks are available at The Beach Bar of The Lounge.
Santhiya Resort & Spa Koh Phangan
If you fancy something a bit different from the popular and busy Thai resort regions of Phuket and Samui you could go a bit further along the southern coast to the equally scenic and slightly less-populated island of Phangan.
The picturesque Santhiya Resort is in a spot surrounded by beautiful beaches and panoramic sea views. Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort and Spa is not much more than 100 metres from the popular Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach, and if you really do feel the need to hit Samui it is just a 40-minute speed boat ride from here.
Santhiya has a large outdoor pool, a gym, a spa that features a wide menu of facials and rlaxing body massage, and if you fancy something a bit more energetic than that you can take advantage of the on-site water sports centre. The centre provides activities like canoeing, kayaking, and windsurfing.
The resort’s Chantara Restaurant serves mainly Thai cuisine, with outdoor dining if required, and a daily breakfast buffet is served every morning.
All of the stylish and comfortable air-conditioned rooms are located on the cliff, and feature
classic Thai teak wood furnishings and decor. A large cable TV, DVD player, and minibar are standard features, and some rooms come with a whirlpool bathtub.
Amari Vogue Krabi
Krabi is another one of the south of Thailand’s top scenic beach destinations, and is slightly more remote than the big islands like Samui. Check out the amazing Amari Vogue in Krabi if you are looking for a private beachfront along Tub Kaek Beach, which offers scenery that can only be described as idyllic.
The resort’s stylish and beautiful rooms have polished wooden flooring, traditional Thai artwork and carvings, satellite TV, and minibar. Total relaxation is offered at the resort’s Breeze Spa, which has private steam rooms, massages, and various other health and beauty treatments. The wellness facilities also stretch to a fitness room and spa baths.
The resort’s Lotus Restaurant serves various cuisines, while the other option Marco’s Restaurant and Bar offers both Mediterranean and Asian cuisines. You can get more drinks and snacks if that’s not enough from the Voyager Lounge.
The famously picturesque Aonang Beach is 20 minutes from here and you Krabi Airport is about a 40-minute drive.
Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai
Maybe you’ve already seen your share of the scenic Thai south or perhaps beaches aren’t really your thing – so the Four Seasons Resort in the northern city of Chiang Mai sounds more appropriate.
This is a completely different resort scenario entirely, and the residence overlooks rice fields and mountains in the northern Mae Rim Valley. You can find luxurious bungalows with plenty of outdoor living space, as well as amenities like an outdoor swimming pool and a spa.
The resort’s bungalows are decorated in vert Thai style, albeit with a northern slant, and you’ll find original paintings, art pieces, polished teak floors, and rich Thai cotton fabrics is the order of the day here. The private, en suite bathrooms overlook the garden and feature a separate dressing area.
The amenities in the resort include a decently-equipped fitness centre, tennis courts, spa and massage, bicycle rentals, and other activities such as yoga and cooking classes.
Guests enjoy an outdoor dining experience featuring Italian cuisine and surrounding views at the Terraces Restaurant. If you drop in to the resort’s Ratree Bar and Lounge you can enjoy fine wines and signature cocktails. Chiang Mai City centre is an hour’s drive from the residence, and Four Seasons offers a free shuttle service.
Anantara Riverside Resort Bangkok
If you are heading to the capital Bangkok and you simply can’t live without the resort experience, then the scenically-landscaped grounds of Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort might be just the ticket.
From an excellent vantage point overlooking the Chao Phraya River, you can enjoy relaxing massages within tropical gardens at the Anantara Spa. The resort also has a large outdoor pool with spa jets, along with other leisure options like a fitness centre, table tennis and tennis facilities. The good news for families as well is the kids’ club with its variety of activities.
The spacious, tastefully-furnished Thai-style rooms include a large flat-screen TV, and the large bathrooms have a bathtub and include bathrobes.
With no less than 10 different dining options including seafood barbecues by the riverfront at Riverside Terrace, and a Dining Cruise specialising in Thai cuisine, you may just be spoiled for choice at dinner times. Buffet breakfasts at The Market are also included, and 24-hour room service is also available.
Scheduled private boat shuttles from the hotel run guests to Saphan Taksin Skytrain station if they want to venture off into the city, and the resort is a 45-minute drive from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport.