09 Jan Our recommended luxury hotels in Thailand
Not all 5 star luxury hotels in Thailand are created equally. Some are simply in a class of their own. Here is a selection of wonderful 5 star resorts, hand selected by us, so that you can see the wide variety available. From the classic luxury of the Four Seasons, to a 19th Century Teak House, or an eco friendly resort and honeymoon couple’s paradise, it’s all here. And while some of these villas are weighing in at over £800 a night, there are some quite affordable places listed too, especially if you are coming out of season (June-November) Enjoy!
Bangkok – Siam KaminskiSiam Kampinski Hotel, Bangkok
Siam Kempinski Bangkok is a 5 star luxury hotel in Bangkok with 303 rooms and suites, and despite being in the centre of a city has a resort feel to it due to the large and beautiful gardens. It has a grand lobby, multiple pools, fine dining, a fitness centre, kids’ club and a world-class spa. Small pets are also permitted. This hotel is very close to the world class shopping mall of Siam Paragon so it perfect for those looking to get some shopping done. Their complementary golf buggy service to, from and around the mall is ideal for those with any mobility issues.
Siam Kempinski is most famous for its awesome concierge service and the Sra-Bua restaurant, beautifully deconstructed degustation menu paired with great wines which makes it one of the best dining experiences in Bangkok.
Chang Mai – 137 Pillars House
137 Pillars House, is on this list because not only is it a stunning hotel but it is also one of the few historical buildings in Thailand that has remained intact and been converted to a hotel.
137 Pillars House is a teak house built in 1896 and it was the residence of the Manager of the British owned East Borneo Company until 1927. After World War Two it became a much loved family house and in 2002 was sold and lovingly converted into the boutique hotel that it is today.
With only 30 rooms, most of which are spacious suites, this place is a real treat to stay at. Each suite has beautiful garden views, walk in closets, a balcony, spacious living area and better yet, each bathroom comes with a Victorian bathtub as well as on open air shower. You really feel the luxury when you stay here.
Just a 10-minute walk from the Chiang Mai Night Market, it has an outdoor pool, a spa and gym. It is an architectural treat with exceptional customer service.
Koh Samui – Four Seasons4 Seasons Koh Samui, Thailand
The Four Seasons on the island of Koh Samui is a stunning resort with 73 villas and private residences each with their own private pool. This resort has all the luxury that the Four Seasons has a reputation for, along with one of the best locations on the entire island and the wonderful Thai style customer service.
There’s tennis, a fitness centre, world class spa, Muay Thai training, a kids club, yoga, cooking classes, private cruises, scuba diving, sports on the beach, or simply relax in the sprawling and beautifully designed gardens. While there’s plenty to do, this luxury hotel in Thailand is also very spacious and quiet and the beautiful beach is also quiet.
Koh Samui – Conrad2 Bedroom Oceanview Pool Villa, Conrad, Koh Samui, Thailand
Spread over 25 acres, the Conrad Koh Samui is a luxurious and private beachfront getaway overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. Their villas all feature wonderful views, its own infinity pool, a decadent marble bathroom, large lounge area and stunning views of the ocean. The Conrad has 5 restaurants, and The Jahn is an award winning Thai restaurant which has delightful cuisine and a world class wine list.
Some have described this resort as bordering on a 6 star due to the seclusion of the villas, the large rooms, the quality food options and the excellent service.
Phuket – Kata RocksKata Rocks Villas and Resort, Phuket, Thailand
Kata Rocks is a stylish boutique villa resort on the island of Phuket offering a minimalist vibe, an excellent spa, beautiful rooms, private infinity pools, fabulous sea views and spectacular cliff-side location. It also has a highly recommended restaurant which has excellent reviews.
Designed to make you feel like you are on a super yacht, Kata Rocks exudes luxury in every way. There are 43 one, two, three and four-bedroom villas stacked across the hillside and they are all big, bright and beautiful. Each comes with fully-fitted kitchens, living and dining areas, and large glass doors opening onto large private infinity pools.
This resort only had its soft launch in November 2014 and so the customer service still needs to be improved, but this place is simply stunning and is one of the best new luxury resorts to open in Thailand in the last 12 months.
Khao Lak – The SarojinSarojin Resort, Khao Lak, Thailand
The Sarojin is located in Khao Lak overlooking a very long and beautiful white beach. Surrounded by national parks and rainforests, it is a secluded retreat only 1 hour by car from Phuket and is less than 1-hour by boat from the famous diving spots at Similan and Surin Islands. This is a boutique resort with 56 suites and is a favourite with those on their honeymoon.
This resort exudes understated class at every level. Wonderful food, beautiful gardens, incredible attention to detail and a staff who are wonderfully helpful and hands on. If you want peace and quiet, wonderful Thai smiles at every turn and a stunning beach, then this is the place for you.
Kao Yai Island (Phuket) – 6 SensesSix Senses, Kao Yai Island, Thailand
Six Senses can be found on the very quiet island of Yao Noi not far from Phuket. It is mainly built from wood and natural elements and is spread over 24 acres of beautiful natural habitat. Overlooking the beautiful Phang Nga Bay, it has 56 luxurious air-conditioned villas with thatched roofs, each with a private pool, a dining area, sun loungers and even a private butler. The living areas are large, rustic in decor but equipped with a flat-screen TV, free high speed internet and plenty of electric sockets . There’s even a luxurious outdoor bathroom.
Golf buggies can take guests up and down the hillside, while bicycles, kayaks and boats are available to explore this secluded island. In addition to the sheer luxury and seclusion of the place, visitors tend to come for the yoga, availability of delicious vegetarian food and the world class holistic spa.
Koh Lanta Island (Krabi Province) – PimlaiPimalai, Koh Lanta, Thailand
Pimalai (featured image) is set within 100 acres of lush green land on the island of Koh Lanta. While each villa is large and comfortable, the resort was developed without disturbing much of the surrounding jungle, so it remains green and secluded. Pimalai has deluxe rooms, suites, pool villas and beach villas, which despite being 5 star, are actually well priced. The beach at Pimalai is fabulous, almost 1km of pristine white sand and it is the beauty and seclusion of the location that most people come for.
Pimalai has many of the facilities associated with other 5 star resorts such as a tennis court, a spa and 3 very good restaurants, however visitors normally come for the peace and quiet, the beautiful beach, large accomodations and world class diving.
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