After 70+ countries the question “What’s your favorite country?” gets harder to answer. But if I had to choose, hands down it would be Thailand. It’s the perfect mix of everything, food, culture, beaches and of course luxury. Choosing my favorite luxury resorts in Thailand is pretty much impossible because, in my opinion, Asia in general has the most luxurious hotels and resorts in the world. But alas, I took on the task of narrowing it down to five (hard work right lol). So if you’re looking for resorts that have it all, these five offer the ultimate in Thai luxe and make for the perfect decadent getaway.
There’s no way I could talk about my favorite Thailand resorts without mentioning Soneva Kiri. If you’ve been reading this site for a while, you remember my stay here not too long ago, and know that my love for this resort and brand is near obsessive!
There are luxury hotels and there are luxury experiences. There is everyone else and there’s Soneva Kiri. Even the journey to this private island resort just an hour off Phuket (on a private flight!) is luxurious. The 36 resort villas (including 11 private residences) are amongst the largest in the world and the resort boasts treetop dining, an overwater cinema, homemade ice cream parlor, sun filled beaches and more. Make no mistake, Soneva Kiri is worth every penny you’ll spend.
While most people flock to Phuket for Thai beach time, there are other islands in the country just ripe with decadence. On the Krabi coastline hides a secret gem, the Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.
With 54 suites and villas siting among extensive tropical gardens and winding moats, Phulay Bay effortlessly combines luxury and tradition. Indulge in spacious pool villas, soothing spas, butler service and stunning views of the Andaman Sea while partaking in traditional tea and lantern lighting ceremonies.
Located just 1 hour north of Phuket International Airport, beautifully ensconced in a lush tropical garden, in the village of Khao Lak is where you will find the oasis that is The Sarojin.
The intimate, 56-room resort is perfect for relaxation away from the partying tourist crowds that can plague resorts near Bangla Road in Phuket. Culinary classes, traditional Thai spa treatments, private boat charters and a soul soothing soul-soothing infinity pool are just few of the amenities you can enjoy at the resort. And since The Sarojin prides itself on celebrating romance, they are perfect for a baecation or honeymoon getaway.
Hi, my name is Danielle and I hate camping, and love elephants. That’s why the Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle was a dream come true. Bordering Burma and Laos in the historic Golden Triangle region, Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle is the perfect escape from the rest of the world.
15 open-air tents give you the feeling of camping with the comfort of a hotel, better known as glamping. Perfect for someone like me that has no real interest in pitching tents on the ground. And though the resort features a serene spa, mouth watering restaurant and wine cellar, the true luxury comes from guests ability to interact with rescued elephants in their home habitat.
Luxury resorts are often thought to be stuffy and pretentious, but trust that you’ll never use those words to describe COMO Point Yamu. The resort, located at the tip of Cape Yamu overlooking the Andaman Sea and Phang Nga Bay, is far from your cookie cutter luxury resort.
The 79 guest rooms and suites and 27 private pool villas feature light-filled, airy and colorful rooms with spectacular views, that give off a South Beach Miami vibe. Spend your time tantalizing your tastebuds at their two restaurants or aqua bar, riding ATVs through mangroves and learning Muay Thai before calming your spirit at COMO Shambhala Retreat and then heading for beachside sunset cocktails at the COMO Beach Club.