Top Luxury Beach Resorts in Thailand For A Tropical Escape
Escaping to the Land of Smiles? One of the most popular travel destinations in Southeast Asia, especially for Singaporeans, Thailand is full of luxury resorts. From Phi Phi Islands to Koh Samui, every island has a wide choice of beach side resorts.
Here are the top beach resorts in Thailand for an escape to paradise.
Phi Phi Island - SAii Phi Phi Island Village
SAii Phi Phi Island Village is a dream-like tropical resort on a private 800-metre stretch of pristine white sandy beach facing the turquoise Andaman Sea. Located in the privacy of Loh Ba Gao Bay on Phi Phi Island, SAii Phi Phi Island Village has 189 traditional Thai-style bungalows and 12 exclusive Hillside Pool Villas, each with its own private pool overlooking the island’s magnificent scenery.
SAii Phi Phi Island Village has five restaurants, three bars, two large swimming pools, a spa, a 5-star PADI dive centre, fitness room, recreational centre and tennis courts. At the Marine Discovery Centre, experts educate and inspire guests and locals with sustainability efforts including raising baby sharks and clownfish.
Koh Lanta - Pimalai Resort and Spa
If you are looking for a five-star secluded paradise in Thailand, Pimalai Resort and Spa in Koh Lanta needs to be on your list. It is no surprise that Pimalai Resort and Spa has won numerous awards and accolades by both industry experts and guests. It is truly an eco-conscious hidden paradise on a tropical island that is worth a trip. Get ready to enjoy the life of luxury surrounded by 100 acres of unspoiled jungle, cascading down to a 900-metre-long private beach and the azure Andaman Sea.
We do not have to think twice about revisiting and staying in Pimalai’s Hillside Ocean View Private Pool again. With several restaurants to choose from, we personally loved Rak Talay Beach Bar and Restaurant for lunch. Seven Seas was named the top “Luxury Resort Restaurant” in Thailand and it specialises in the finest and freshest seafood, overlooking the Andaman Sea. Winner of the World Luxury Spa Award, Pimalai Spa is a haven of tranquillity where highly-trained therapists offer a wide range of treatments, including massages, wraps and scrubs, all nestled in the jungle.
Pimalai Resort and Spa has plenty of beach activities, Island excursions, diving in Koh Lanta, kids activities and more lined up for guests. You can choose to lay in the soft sand or get into the ocean and paddle board or kayak. Sports enthusiasts can stay in shape with tennis, badminton and basketball courts, a fitness centre and muay Thai ring. With a regular schedule of activities at the Kid’s Corner, children too will be kept entertained throughout their holiday.
Koh Samui - Centara Reserve Samui
The first resort in Centara’s luxury portfolio of hotels, Centara Reserve Samui is the resort where lifestyle conscious travellers can enjoy unparalleled experiences. Contemporary in design with Thai-inspired elements, stay in their pool suites or beachfront pool villas, each with its own spacious private balcony or terrace.
Centara Reserve Samui’s dining venues offer complete sensory experiences, including at Salt Society and The Terrace, where a blend of casual luxury and meticulously crafted cuisine delight even the most discerning palates. You can also indulge in innovative Thai delicacies at Sa-Nga or appreciate culinary masterpieces at ACT 5. Further refreshments are served at The Gin Run, home to an extensive selection of creative concoctions paired with delicate nibbles, and at the Pool Bar.
Indulge in absolute pampering at Reserve Spa Cenvaree, where expert therapists offer inspired treatments featuring freshly blended oils and clays infused with locally harvested ingredients from the resort’s Spa Herb Garden, or dive into tropical bliss with a choice of two picture-perfect swimming pools. Optimise your energy levels at the resort’s first class fitness centre, and rediscover your inner balance with beginner yoga and pilates classes at the Yoga Pavilion.
At Centara Reserve Samui, younger guests enjoy endless fun at the resort’s technology-free Kids Zone with a wet playground. The engaging activities programme designed to stimulate children’s imagination includes batik painting, kite making, kids Thai boxing, junior chef and junior mixologist classes.
Koh Samet - Sai Kaew Beach Resort
Sai Kaew Beach Resort offers unique resort lifestyle experiences in three distinct zones, each with its own accommodation and amenities. With an exclusive spa, fine dining and a range of activities to get you in the holiday spirit, let yourself unwind and enjoy an unforgettable paradise beach getaway.
Situated close to the pristine white sands of Sai Kaew Beach, the 28 Villas in the Hip Zone are surrounded by a luxurious infinity edged swimming pool with Jacuzzi, offering stylish contemporary design and modern luxury that complements the natural setting beneath the trees. Comfortable sun loungers line the wooden decking beside the infinity pool, with tranquil ocean views providing the perfect backdrop for couples and honeymooners seeking a romantic getaway.
With a fitness centre overlooking the swimming pool and resort amenities located close by, the Hub Zone is the perfect choice for a family or group getaway. Centred around a magnificent swimming pool in the heart of the resort, experience a taste of comfortable luxury, with a private balcony or terrace overlooking the stylish wooden decking surrounding the pool. Embrace the laid back resort lifestyle, with endless days relaxing by the pool on comfortable sun loungers or socialising at the swim-up bar.
Taking you back to an altogether quieter time, each of the 71 rooms and cottages in the Hide Zone are situated in blissful tropical gardens that roll gently out onto the quiet and hidden Supparod Beach. Spend your days relaxing on comfortable sun loungers on the secluded white sands or beside a peaceful swimming pool set in lush natural gardens. This is truly a tropical beach hideaway for those looking to leave the world behind.
Koh Phangan - Panviman Resort
Panviman Resort Koh Phangan is located in the middle of the gulf of Thailand – the famed venue for the Full Moon Parties. It is about 70 km from the mainland and about 15 km from Koh Samui. Over 70% of the island consists of tropical forests, coconut fields and secluded beaches, making for the perfect escape.
The Panviman Spa is a magnificent spa set directly on the hill with breathtaking views of the bay. Try one of their luscious massages while relaxing in paradise.
Up for an adventure? Explore the island by trekking, taking a boat trip, or rent a motorbike or private car. There’s also the option of snorkelling trips, waterfall day trips and many more!
If you’re looking for a romantic evening with your partner, the resort can arrange a private candlelight dinner by the beach so you can spend a relaxing evening in each other’s company with the ocean as your backdrop.
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