As Thailand gradually begins to make its comeback, it seems we may be able to travel faster than we expected — at least within the country. Here are a few beach resorts to cure your wanderlust withdrawal.
From stunning resorts sprawled across the Maldives to private islands in the Caribbean, there’s something about beach resorts that brings to mind sun-kissed days and far-flung, tropical paradises. While jetting off for a weekend at Bali might not be on the cards just yet, we’re lucky that Thailand has its fair share of swoon-worthy resorts to add to our travel bucket-lists. With everything from picturesque white sands to secluded sanctuaries, we’ve put together a guide to the very best beach resorts in Thailand, so you can easily find your perfect escape once travel restrictions are eased.
Soneva Kiri at Koh Kood
Nestled within lush, tropical rainforests by the shores of Koh Kood, Soneva Kiri very much epitomizes the luxurious beach-side sanctuary. With gleefully spacious pool villas — options range from one bedroom to six, and start at around 400 square metres — there’s something about the serene, massive spaces that makes you feel truly away from it all. The concept here is all about blending luxury with environmentally-conscious design, proving that you can save the planet while treating yourself to the very best. Sustainability reigns supreme here, from sustainable materials integrated into the design, to the resort’s various policies of recycling waste, eliminating plastics, water conservation, and proactive measures to help protect the local ecosystem. If you’re a fan of the slowlife, you’ll love it here — from treetop dining, to sinking your feet into sandy shores, it’s easy to leave your worries behind as you become at one with nature.
What we love: At Soneva Kiri, guests are encouraged to truly unplug with a “no news, no shoes” policy, where you literally don’t have to read the news or wear shoes throughout the property. Villas-larger-than-your-apartment aside, guests are also paired with a Mr/Mrs Friday for personalised butler services 24/7, meaning you can truly enjoy a fret-free experience.
Rayavadee at Krabi
Surrounded by the natural flora and fauna of Krabi Marine National Park, Rayavadee offers some of Thailand’s most serene private pool villas, set in a luxurious beachside property that you can only reach by boat. With three beaches to choose from, not to mention the massive outdoor pool, there’s enough here to spoil any traveller looking to for a blissfully secluded retreat. While interiors take on more colonial-esque design styles, with beautiful wooden furnishings, the property itself was inspired by a village in Southern Thailand. Guests can expect tropical sala villas that draw design cues from local Thai architecture, with private terraces and loungers for unwinding in the sun. Towering coconut trees loom overhead, and during the day monkeys can be heard frolicking amidst them — if you’re lucky, you might even spot a hornbill or two. Come nightfall, gradually ease into a deep sleep, to the soundtrack of wind rustling through the leaves and the soft chirping of crickets.
What we love: While there is much to be said about the resort’s on-site facilities, what’s best about being amidst Krabi’s luscious jungle and wildlife are the adventures you can take. Whether it’s trekking to the peak of Tiger Cave Temple or kayaking through beautiful mangrove forests, Rayavadee puts you at the perfect spot to try your hand at a natural escapade.
Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve at Krabi
One of four Ritz-Carlton Reserve properties, Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is a super luxurious resort overlooking the turquoise waters and karsts of Phang Nga Bay. With design styles that nod to Krabi’s cultural heritage, the vibe is elegant, sophisticated, and oh-so-secluded, with a handful of spacious villas scattered throughout gorgeous tropical gardens. Interior-wise, villas are bright, airy, and welcoming, with Moroccan-style pendant lamps and charming Thai murals adding vibrant pops of colour into the space. Outside, gardens are lined with dreamy curtains of bougainvillea, while the lily-ponds and cabanas are absolutely enchanting to behold.
What we love: There’s something about being at Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve that makes you feel like you’re truly in paradise. Surrounded by towering palms and wooden walkways, just lazing around in a hammock overlooking the bay is more than enchanting. If you’re looking to take your trip to the next level, a trip to the in-house ESPA spa will make for a perfect finale.
Six Senses Yao Noi at Phuket
Sprawling regally across the hillsides of Koh Yao Noi, Six Senses sits at that sweet spot between Krabi and Phuket, with front-row views over the striking waters of Phang Nga Bay. Perfect for those in search of an escape that is at once serene and incredibly romantic, the property rises with a zen-fueled charm that you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. With bronzed beaches, dreamy gardens, and delightful private suites, you’ve got everything you need for a dream tropical island getaway. Inside the thatch-roofed rooms, guests can expect driftwood mosquito nets, private terraces, and massive beds.
What we love: You can experience a little bit of everything here — whether you’re up for a day spent at the spa, or exploring the vibrant local villages. If they aren’t fully booked already, definitely opt for the ocean view villas, which are bright, airy, and offer unbeatable panoramas over the surrounding landscape.
Amanpuri Hotel at Phuket
Around three decades ago, Amanpuri was introduced as Aman’s first super luxurious property. Fast-forward to today, and despite the time that has passed, it is still considered among the best hotels in the region. A bit of a wild child, the hotel is completely separated from its other Aman counterparts, rising from a forested peninsula nestled between blue seas and stunning white sands. It’s far-flung and enchantingly secluded, perfect for those looking to truly leave the world behind for a bit. Surrounded by beautiful beaches and lush jungle, imposing stone stairs take you to the private villas, nearly all of which take a sleek approach to classic Thai design styles, with wood-lined floors, high ceilings, and white orchids in full bloom.
What we love: Whether you’re a Hollywood star — Amanpuri regulars like Beyonce would agree — a buzzing society face, or simply someone looking to retreat and recharge, Amanpuri promises seclusion, and actually follows through. Come here for sunrise yoga sessions on the hilltops, or relax by the honey-hued beaches and forget all your woes.