Thailand is one of the best places in the world if you’re looking for luxury at a reasonable price.
And nowhere does the Kingdom get more opulent than on its spell-bindingly beautiful islands.
Exclusive in their remoteness and blessed with white sand beaches, cerulean blue waters and lush tropical landscape, the islands’ most incredible resorts routinely match the wonders of their natural surrounds with their spacious and impeccably designed interiors, superior facilities and world-renowned examples of Thai hospitality.
Next time you’re heading down for a long weekend in Andaman paradise, be sure to push the boat out and opt for one of these luxury hideaways – they’re the perfect setting for romance and rejuvenation.
Four Seasons is a brand associated with unadulterated luxury, and the Koh Samui edition is certainly no different.
Located to the northeast of the island near Laem Yai Bay with views over the Gulf of Siam, the 5-star resort sits on a white sand beach among lush forest complete with a 50-metre infinity pool, tennis courts, a gym and even Muay Thai bootcamps and classes. There’s also a fully decked out spa, three restaurants and bars, and ample opportunity to dine on the beach and indulge in a private wine tasting.
Regarding accommodation, it’s your choice between private residences and villas of varying sizes. You can even stay in the four-bedroom Owner’s Residence, which comes complete with its own yacht, butler, chef and private infinity pool.
Room prices: From around ฿32,000 per night
Koh Phi Phi Don
Typically frequented by backpackers on their Siamese adventures, the islands of Koh Phi Phi do have a quieter, more luxurious side – and nowhere is this more apparent than at Zeavola. Requiring a private boat transfer to Laem Tong Beach in the north of Phi Phi Don, Zeavola is more like its own self-contained village rather than a typical resort. With two restaurants, a gym, spa, pool and a highly regarded dive centre, you certainly won’t get bored during your stay.
The accommodation is villa-only; spacious inside and out, furnished typically Thai and equipped with outdoor rainfall showers. Whether you choose a suite on the beach, in the garden or up in the hillside with your own private pool, luxury and exclusivity is guaranteed.
Room prices: From around ฿8,160 per night
Phuket is home to a generous handful of luxury resorts but Trisara – translated from Sanskrit to mean ‘the garden in the third heaven’ – is undeniably idyllic.
Found on the northwest coast of Thailand’s largest island, overlooking the Andaman Sea, Trisara’s accommodation is a mix of suites, villas, private residences and even a boathouse with each enjoying a private pool. The most opulent is probably the 6-bedroom ocean front residence, complete with a 22-metre private infinity pool, a pavilion, outdoor dining sala, a full bar, billiards room and private cinema, set over three storeys.
Trisara also offers a spa, golf, scuba diving, tennis, Muay Thai, a 45-metre salt water main pool and even private helicopter flights over Phang Nga Bay.
Room prices: From around ฿31,000 a night
Again, the key to Pimalai’s luxury can be found in its Sanskrit translation: ‘a little patch of heaven’.
Situated on almost a kilometre of sandy beach amidst 100 acres of tropical paradise, Pimalai’s philosophy is the fusion of natural beauty with classic luxury. Whereas much of the rest of Koh Lanta is giving in to the development of numerous tightly-packed tourist resorts, the patch of land that Pimalai finds itself on is secluded and exclusive, attended to only by the island’s abundant wildlife.
Pimalai is boutique in feel with interiors decorated in typical Thai style, with flashes of Balinese details. Hotel rooms are large and come with a private verandah and views over either the sea or the beautiful gardens. Suites, pool and beach villas are also available for those after the last word in luxury and space.
Room prices: From around ฿6,650 a night