While some are looking forward to a city countdown, some prefer bidding a fond farewell to 2021 surrounded by nature, or on the shores of the Andaman Sea, or fully embracing the winter up in the north. From Chiang Mai to Krabi to Koh Samui, we’ve compiled a list of eight beautiful hotels to book a stay at this holiday season 2021.
Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai
This winter, the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai not only sees the re-opening of North by Four Seasons, but also launches new cultural experiences under their Chaan Baan concept. An immersive cultural venue at the resort, Chaan Baan gives guests an opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with the cultural milieu of the land, learn the traditional art of tie-dye from the north’s leading craftspeople, and lots more. When at the resort, make sure to dine at the recently-reopened fine dining restaurant, North by Four Seasons. With their decorated fire pit, farm-to-table food options, and the age-old tradition of fire cooking, this makes for a perfect celebratory venue.
137 Pillars House Chiang Mai
Next on the list is another Chiang Mai property. The 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai invites guests to relish in the festive fun with their variety of culinary offerings and staycation packages. The ‘Winter Indulgence’ staycation package is ideal for those in search of a winter getaway, and is inclusive of a stay in a suite of choice, daily breakfast for two, personal butler service, 25% discount on food, and a ‘two for one’ offer for any spa treatment at Nitra Serenity Centre. During your stay, make sure to check out the ‘Festive Celebrations’ package for Christmas and New Year events, too.
Banyan Tree Samui
Nestled in a lush hillside with views overlooking the ocean, the Banyan Tree Samui has exciting things planned for the festive season. Besides the reopening of the hotel’s signature Saffron Restaurant on 15 December 2021, the hotel will offer festive treats, host a Chef’s Table evening, host a Christmas Dinner, and host a New Year’s Eve gala dinner followed by a countdown party by the beach. The gala dinner, ‘Light Up the Night,’ is Banyan Tree Samui’s time-honoured event and will feature performances, live music, a fire show, a lucky draw, and a firework display at midnight. ‘The Festive Package’ is perfect for those looking to spend both Christmas and New Year at the Samui property.
Hyatt Regency Koh Samui
The Hyatt Regency Koh Samui is located on a private coastline known as the island’s hub for good music, good food, and good vibes. The acclaimed newly-opened property unveils a packed schedule of seasonal events for their first-ever festive celebration. Expect a native Yang Na tree as the Christmas tree. As for the joyous celebrations, expect a Christmas Eve dinner at the resort’s beachfront grill, a multi-cuisine banquet for Christmas Day, a barbecue gala dinner with a live band and entertainment for New Year’s Eve, and a countdown party to welcome 2022.
Meliá Koh Samui
Another Samui favourite is the Meliá Koh Samui. This stunning beachfront resort will host an array of festivities for the upcoming holiday season. The festive program will kick off with a Christmas tree lighting ceremony amid a choir performance on 17 December 2021. For Christmas Eve, the four-course dinner will serve up western dishes and the option of wine pairing is available. For the Christmas Day brunch, the buffet will offer all sorts of indulgent options at a series of stations to a backdrop of live entertainment. Think imported oysters, sumptuous seafood, roasted turkey, and more.
W Koh Samui
For a vibrant getaway, head over to the W Koh Samui this holiday season. The glamorous hotel is hosting a ‘X-Mas Eve Dinner’ on 24 December 2021. Guests can expect a family-style meal of classic Christmas favourites and a festive cocktail, followed by a ‘X-Mas Day Lunch’ for 25 December 2021. The most exciting event is perhaps the New Year’s Ever Countdown event at Woobar, taking place on 31 December 2021.
Vana Belle, a Luxury Collection Resort, Koh Samui
For travellers in search of beachfront celebrations, consider traveling to Koh Samui and booking a stay at Vana Belle. The in-house celebration commences with the ‘Christmas Day Buffet Brunch’ taking place on 25 December 2021. Expect seafood on ice, Christmas classic dishes, a chocolate fountain, and more. Later that day, a Christmas set dinner menu will be served. New Year’s Eve will be celebrated with a ‘New Year’s Eve Gala Buffet,’ followed by a ‘New Year’s Day Buffet Lunch’ on 1 January 2022.
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SO/ Sofitel Hua Hin
If you’re looking to embrace all things festive, consider travelling to and staying at this seaside retreat. SO/ Sofitel Hua Hin’s ‘SO Festive Celebration under the Stars’ comprises of numerous festive happenings including: Christmas Dinner in SO Wonderland, Christmas Night Market, Star Gaze Theatre, and New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner & Countdown Party. With the number of joyous happenings the hotel has to offer, guests are spoilt for choice, really.
Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Krabi is a stunning place to travel to. And when in Krabi, Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve is a beautiful property to stay at. The luxurious sanctuary is celebrating the festive season in style with a series of special events, including a pair of exclusive epicurean experiences crafted by a Michelin-starred chef. Since the festive season coincides with the retreat’s 12th anniversary, the festivities will commence on 22 December 2021 with the ‘Phulay Bay 12th Anniversary Dinner.’ This will be followed by the ‘Christmas Eve Special Menu’ on 24 December 2021, and three events for New Year’s Eve on 31 December 2021: Golden Sunset Cocktails, Celestial Celebration, and Countdown Party.