Thailand is packed with exciting cities and boasts a multitude of pristine beaches. So whether you are planning a summer vacation by the clear waters of the Andaman Sea or getting ready to spend at Siam Paragon, a luxury mega-mall in the heart of Bangkok, this tropical country offers excellent places to rest and relish at some of the best hotels in the world.
Once you check in, you may not want to venture too far from these properties as they may have their own private beach located just footsteps away, boutiques for purchases of exclusively designed products or a private screening room that plays host to movie nights. Billionaire.com picks the best hotels around Thailand offering great services with charming settings, perfect for a weekend getaway or a whole month’s stay.
The Naka Island, Phuket
The Naka Island is a boutique resort on Naka Yai Island, located 25 minutes from Phuket International Airport by speedboat. The 67 villas, designed with organic shapes to blend with the island’s natural beauty, offer views over Phang Nga Bay and Phuket. Opt for the Royal Horizon Pool Villa, which features a 546 square metre infinity pool and sunken dining area. The villa is also connected to two Seaview Pool Villas by a private walkway. Guests can rent all three villas for an expandable amount of space, which is ideal for larger families and groups of friends.
Nightly rates for villas from around US$510 to US$3,580.
Yamu by Como, Phuket
Located on Cape Yamu, a tropical peninsula on Phuket’s east coast, this new chic hotel is a 25-minute drive from Phuket International Airport. Expect vibrant colours mixed with calm wooden flooring throughout the property. You can choose from 79 guest rooms and suites, as well as 27 villas. Twenty of these villas are even up for sale, each featuring a private infinity pool and views towards Phang Nga Bay and the Phi Phi Islands.
Nightly rates for suites and villas from around US$410 to US$3,170.
Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok
The Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, has been around for more than a century and offers rooms with great views of the legendary Chao Phraya River. The hotel has 35 suites and you can either book the Siam Suite to be surrounded by lavish Thai craftsmanship and style or the regal Oriental Suite for a grand space that includes two master bedrooms and a formal dining room. Choose from culinary delights ranging from seafood to Thai, French, Italian and Chinese cuisines at one of the hotel’s nine restaurants. Just across the body of water is the hotel’s spa, accessible only with a short boat ride.
Nightly rates for suites from around US$960 to US$6,390.
Amanpuri is a private holiday destination located on the west coast of Phuket. All villas are privately owned but available for rent, while each features its own unique layout and interiors of Thai furnishings, art and antiques, subtly reflecting the aesthetic of the resort but also of the villa’s owner. Reach the beach by foot, down a cascading sweep of stone steps from the main swimming pool. This pathway also leads to the resort’s newly renovated Beach Club, which offers a 20m lap pool, a cocktail bar and a new dining area offering Mediterranean dishes and wood-fired fare for lunch and dinner.
Nightly rates for villas from around US$710 to US$7,810.
Samujana, Koh Samui
Perched on a hilltop, minutes away from Samui International Airport and the lively Chaweng Beach, lies the Samujana estate, which is a collection of contemporary villas for sale and rent. Among the many villas, Villa 30 stands out in terms of its impressive 360° view of the sunrise and sunset, and other sights such as Chaweng and Lamai, Choeng Mon and Plai Laem, Big Buddha and the neighbouring island of Koh Pha Ngan. Newly launched in March 2015, Villa 30 is situated at the very top of the estate and also features a cinema, private gym, infinity-edge pool and a full service bar and rooftop BBQ deck.
Nightly rates for villas from around US$700 to US$3,200.
The Siam, Bangkok
The Siam is a 39-room luxury hotel located on the Bangkok side of the Chao Phraya River in the historic Dusit district. The overall setting of the property echoes the period of Bangkok’s greatest opulence, under the ruling of King Rama V in the late 1800s, with Art Deco touches. For a full river view, opt to stay at the Riverview Suite or Riverview Pool Villas. Guests can also partake in the many unique activities offered, for instance, enrolling in a riverside cooking school, training in a Muay Thai boxing ring in The Siam’s gymnasium or watching a movie in a private screening room as you relax on an antique folding wood, velvet French cinema seat.
Nightly rates for suites and villas from around US$620 to US$1,430.
The St Regis Bangkok
With a blend of elegance and state-of-the-art technology, the 228 guest rooms — including 51 suites — of The St Regis Bangkok are equipped with a LAN line and single panel to plug in a notebook or iPad that is connectable to the television (satisfying to any business traveller or tech-obsessed individuals). Each room also features floor-to-ceiling windows to present views of the commercial district’s skyline, parks and a golf course. Other amenities around the hotel include the hotel’s 12th floor Sky Lounge, a spa, an exercise room, a wine cellar and personalised butler services.
Nightly rates for suites from around US$440 to US$3,150.
Metropolitan by Como, Bangkok
Located in Bangkok’s urban Sathorn district with close proximities to popular shopping malls and prominent nightlife, Metropolitan by Como welcomes guests with its sleek space. Lounge by the lap pool that overlooks the award-winning Thai restaurant nahm or pick up your yoga mat and stretch for free at the fitness and wellbeing centre. Stay at the double-level Como Suite for excellent views of the city, plus hold leisurely business meetings or cocktail parties with a fully equipped kitchen and dining room.
Nightly rates for suites from around US$280 to US$1,180.
Iniala Beach House,
Situated on Natai Beach just 20 minutes north of Phuket International Airport, Iniala Beach House comprises three villas, each with three suites and one standalone penthouse suite. The residences fuse traditional Thai architecture with organic, contemporary forms. Choose from either the Thai- and Buddhist-inspired Villa Siam, the East-meets-West abstractly designed Villa Bianca or The Collector’s Villa, an opulent and eclectic space that also features a 22-seat private cinema. Each villa comes with its own spa and if you can’t decide which villa to stay in, there is an option to buy out the property for US$18,000++ to US$33,500++ per night depending on the season.
Nightly rates for villas from around US$4,750 to US$6,750.
One of the most stunning resorts in Krabi set among limestone cliff-walls is Rayavadee, which offers 96 two-storey pavilions and five villas dotted throughout the green property. Its setting on the edge of Krabi’s National Marine Park is inspired by the atmosphere of a southern Thai village, with buildings of unique circular design that also blends with the natural surroundings. For a memorable dining experience, choose to feast at The Grotto nestled under an ancient limestone cliff with views onto the Phra Nang beach.
Nightly rates for pavilions and villas from around US$1,150 to US$4,510.