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Thailand is a country known and loved around the world for its hospitality and tourism industry, continually topping lists of the world’s best holiday destinations. While the food is yummy, the beaches are idyllic, and there is so much culture to explore and experience, Thai hotels play a considerable part in the success of Thailand as the best tourist destination in the world.
Travelling to Thailand is every vacationer’s dream. Even for business travellers, there’s something about Thailand that brings them back year over year. Thailand is home to many budget hotels, but it’s the premium hotels where the country truly shines. There are some unbelievable experiences for travellers here, with some of the best hotels in Asia. Here is the best of the best that you can book for a special occasion or pamper yourself to the fullest –
Thailand has a supreme line-up of magnificent hotels, from beautiful boutiques to stunning resorts, with more innovative and exciting hotel ventures opening up daily. With some much choice, and so much value for money, travellers and tourists are spoiled when it comes to choosing a place to stay.
A mix of old favourites and newer hotels, here’s our pick of 14 best-established Thai hotels:
Anantara Siam Bangkok
Elegant, sophisticated, and charming are three words which have best come to describe this stunning central Bangkok hotel. Luxury may be a word that is used a little too often when describing Thai hotels with anything more than three stars, but the Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel is a hotel which certainly deserves that title, with even its most basic suites characterised by silk ceilings and great ancient Thai decor.
The Siam Bangkok
The hotel looks like its straight out of a movie or something. It’s a stunning luxury hotel that is covered with unique artefacts and 3 acres of lush gardens. The best part about the property is the view of the Chao Phraya river, which has a rich history and culture behind it. The Pool Villa is definitely where you want to be staying in, with a gorgeous 1400 sq. Ft room all to yourself. You even have the beautiful view of the river and décor that’s royal and elegant. The architecture and décor are simply superb, with a greater emphasis being given to class and luxury. You can also book a Pier and Shuttle cruise with your loved one, as you sip some great wine and hold hands while glancing through the calm river.
Some of the best features of this place are found in its service and amenities. There’s so much to do at Siam! You can take cooking classes, get a professional (authentic Thai) massage, or just relax in the luxury of the place. In fact, if you look at all the activities listed, it’s quite impressive. There’s the Treepod Dining experience, Private Cinema Paradiso Experience, Cooking classes, Private sunset cruise, Father & son picnic as well as a mother & daughter spa, Cheese and red wine tasting with gourmet canapés, chocolates and ice cream and mocktails for the kids, and much more.
Chatrium Riverside Hotel Bangkok
There are several riverside locations in Bangkok worthy of our list of the best hotels in Thailand, but the Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok makes the top 10 for its variety and accessibility. This hotel is as posh and plush as any in town, and yet it offers a wide range of spacious rooms and suites which start at prices affordable to your average tourist. For the romantics opt for one of the suites with epic riverside views, don’t miss out on a meal at the beautiful Silver Waves restaurants, and make sure to spend at least one afternoon in the large riverside pool.
Hilton Sukhumvit, Bangkok
Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok isn’t just another big chain Thai hotel. It’s much more than that. This resort like hotel is as crisp and sophisticated as any rival, with so many 5-star facilities the problem will be finding time to head out into Bangkok. While the rooms are incredibly plush and well appointed, the highlight of a stay here has to be enjoying a dip in the rooftop infinity pool, to a backdrop of epic downtown views.
Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood Paradise
Set on Koh Kood, one of Thailand’s last unspoiled islands, the Soneva Kiri is a dream-like hotel which perfectly complements this idyllic rain-forest isle. The Soneva Kiri is not only one of the best hotels in Thailand, you’ll come across but is also one of the unique, with features such as a giant children’s tree house adventure, suites which have private wine cellars, gyms, and steam rooms, and a restaurant specializing in an epic nine-course Thai dining experience. The resort consists of 29 lavishness villas and 11 private residence.
Chiang Mai Hotels:
Four Seasons Hotel Chiang Mai
Located in the Mae Rim Valley, with stunning views of the surrounding rice paddy fields, the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai perfectly complements modern day luxury with traditional Northern Thai charm. This hotel is a class act, with a tasteful mix of the old and contemporary, and spacious rooms, from stylish 1-bedroom suites up to spectacular 4-bedroom resort residence.
Hotels in Chiang Mai The Dhara Dhevi
Chiang Mai is the city with heritaged monuments, rivers and mountains. Its also home to some of the most luxurious experiences that you can find in the country of Thailand. With the Dhara Dhevi being a premier property in the city, travellers from around the world come over to try its hospitality. With more than 60 acres of beautifully designed tropical grounds, the Dhara is a massive property filled with love, romance and beautiful architecture. The whole hotel has been inspired by traditional Thai architectural style, with ancient palace-like structures, traditional Lanna-style villas and lavish accommodation. It even has some of the most famous restaurants in Chiang Mai, with a spa centre that has 3,100 sqm of pure bliss. Ornately carved teakwood structures and a heavenly ambience make Dhara Devi one of the best hotels in Thailand.
Royal Residence Chiang Mai
If you’re planning on splurging on your stay, then the Royal Residence suite is worth a go! The most exclusive residence offers guests a lavish experience with six private Lanna-style pavilions with three king-sized beds and three twin bedrooms as well as numerous sitting and dining rooms. It is fit for a king, and many of your guests can stay here as well. The Royal Residence boasts three luxurious swimming pools, private Jacuzzis and saunas and surrounded by towering rain trees, fragrant frangipanis and gorgeous statues and minarets.
Iniala Beach House, Phang Nga
The Iniala Beach House is our hidden gem. Consisting of a penthouse and three villas, it’s not hard to see how it has gone under the radar for so long, but once you discover this fantastic uber modern resort, you’ll never want to leave. The place is just so creative, with stunning original designs and creative decor, you’ll feel like that you’re in a sci-fi movie. As well as experiencing the ultimate comfort and luxury, guests also receive a private butler, driver, and personal trainer during their stay.
Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas, Hua Hin
Not only is Hua Hin’s Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas one of the best Thai hotels we’ve found, and it’s also a bit of a Hollywood superstar. Such is the stunning beauty of this 1920’s colonial building and lush green surroundings. The place served as a set for several big movies, most notably including the Oscar-nominated ‘Killing Fields’. Ideally located, Thailand’s original beach resort is as modern as any, with sheer luxury suites and a wealth of facilities including four outdoor pools, four restaurants, and spa.
Southern Hotels: Layana Resort & Spa, Krabi
Located on a magnificent stretch of private beach on the paradisiacal island of Koh Lanta, the Layana Resort and Spa is where you go to get away from it all. While the suites are of the highest quality and comfort, the design is around a minimalist concept, with each pavilion suite and villa offering lots of tranquillity and privacy. The food is fantastic with plenty of gourmet Thai dishes to work your way through, and the spa and wellness zones provide a wide range of treatments from yoga platforms, to a hydromassage pool, and a salt inhalation room.
Hotels in Thailand: Banyan Tree, Phuket
The ultraluxe Banyan Tree hotel is a second home to celebrities and businessmen from the world over. The resort has a pool for every villa, and it has some of the best restaurants and spa-services in Phuket. The whole area is covered in natural beauty, and the hotel has a sense of serenity and charm to it. Adding to the natural beauty of the resort is Thailand’s best golf-course, which is located inside the Banyan Tree itself. It’s a challenging 18-hole, a par-71 golf course that appeals to golf enthusiasts of all abilities. Business travellers love this place!
For those staying here for pleasure, the “Dinner of the Senses” experience is the preferred choice. It’s a world-class dining experience which has you sitting on your table in a traditional Thai long-tail boat, in the middle of the sea. It’s a private meal for the two of you, as you go down memory lane. Perfect for proposals! The Saffron and Banyan Café are also two great options for some delicious international cuisines.
The Bangtao beach is a 3-km long stretch of serenity, where guests can take a moonlit stroll or sunbathe in the day-time. Your butler will be by your side serving you the best meals and drinks you can experience. Once you finish sunbathing and having some drinks, you can jump into the 40-meter long lap pool, and play around with the jet cannons, water rapids, and jet pool for some well-needed fun.
But of course, what adds the cherry on the cake is the Grand Lagoon Villa at the Banyan Tree. The rooms are designed to appeal to nature lovers, and the exclusive serenity you experience at the resort is unmatched by any other destination in Thailand. You have your own private space, and you can live like a royal Rockstar for a week or two and enjoy some of the best Thai cuisines in the city.
Burasari: Boutique Hotel in Phuket
Named after the extraordinary rare flower of the same name, the Burasari is not only one of the most luxury and unique retreats in Phuket. It’s a great example of what Thai hotels do so well. The Burasari Phuket certainly delivers, with fabulous suites and villas, each one as tranquil and charming as it is relaxed and sophisticated. Surrounded by classy traditional Thai touches and lots of natural greenery, it’ll be hard to believe you’d located a short walk from Phuket’s bustling Patong town.
Four Seasons Resort
One of Koh Samui Best Hotels
What a gorgeous view! My goodness. This hotel is located at one of the most scenic spots in Koh Samui. Its situated as a private hillside villa, surrounded by coconut groves and the Gulf of Siam. When it comes to natural beauty, it doesn’t get better than this. You can take a walk to their private beaches, enjoy a great day on their private cruisers, and indulge in a great spa day with your loved ones. Or, if you prefer staying in your room all day, their infinity-edge pool is a great place to rekindle your romance.
The property is a massive one, designed to please all the senses. It’s got the look of a tropical island getaway, and it has some wonderful amenities and cuisine. Their rooms are massive in size, and they all have a unique look, so guests are urged to pick out the ones that they like before choosing the perfect one. It’s only about 20-minutes from the Samui Airport, and it has all the facilities to become the best hotel in Asia. With Some great award-winning restaurants like KOH and Pla Pla, the local dishes here are beyond excellent. They even have an authentic Indian restaurant, where the Chicken Tikka masala is the chef’s recommendation. Guests often enjoy the sights and sounds of the place and head on over to the Samui Aquarium and Tiger Zoo which is also just a 20-minute drive away.
If you ever get bored, then you can contact your personal butler, who will draw up an itinerary for your travel and visit. After swimming in your personal infinity-pool, you can enjoy a trip down the Gulf of Thailand and visit some remote beaches to have a good time. You can even pick up a few fresh ingredients and make your own Thai curry inspired by the island’s beauty and magnanimity.
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