6 of Our Favorite Resorts in Thailand

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Thailand is well known for its white sand beaches and beautiful crystal clear blue waters, all set amongst lush tropical jungles. When it comes to accommodations, the country’s high-end hotels are renowned for their service and plethora of amenities including poolside retreats and exciting water sports. If you’ve ever had a Thai massage, then you’ll understand why it’s also a haven for spa lovers. With so great many options for resorts to choose from, here’s a list of our favorite properties scattered across Thailand.

Rayavadee Resort — Krabi
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Rayavadee Resort — Krabi

While close to Krabi, the resort is only accessible by boat due to the surrounding sheer limestone cliffs.The Rayavadee Resort consists of 98 two-story pavilions and four luxurious villas set in 26 acres of lush tropical gardens. Once you arrive at the resort there are a range of activities including rock climbing, scuba diving, exploring the local jungle, culinary classes, or just relaxing by the pool. You can also easily visit any number of nearby islands, including spectacular Phi Phi Island. Nightly rates begin at $454.

The Sarojin
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The Sarojin — Khoa Lak

Only an hour north of Phuket International Airport, the Sarojin is an easily accessible tropical oasis of calm. Set in a lush tropical garden setting with six miles of white sand beaches on the Andaman Sea you can enjoy year-round water sports, nearby golf courses and local, national parks. Spread across seven buildings, the 56-room Sarojin provides personalized itineraries for your stay based on your interests. Parents, only children over 10 years old are welcome, so it may not be the ideal location for a family escape. Culinary classes are available to learn more about the local Thai cuisine. And of course there is the spa where you can relax and be pampered. Nightly rates begin at $188.

Six Senses Yao Noi — Yao Noi
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Six Senses Yao Noi — Yao Noi

The Six Senses Resort Group earned its reputation by creating a group of authentic, luxury resorts focusing on personal service, sustainability and harmony with the local environment. Set on the small island of Yao Noi, located between Krabi and Phuket, the Six Senses Yao Noi offer luxury villas with dramatic views and private pools, each with their own personal butler available 24-hours-a-day. The award-winning spa offers three- to seven-day wellness programs for those looking to recharge and refocus. Owing to its remote location, this is a chance to get away from it all and relax in luxury. Nightly rates begin at $492.

Koneva Siri — Koh Kood
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Soneva Siri — Koh Kood

A small intimate resort with only 35 pool villas, Soneva Siri, located southeast of Bangkok, is reached by private plane from Bangkok Airport. Children are welcome and the kids club on property keeps them entertained throughout your stay. The Soneva group philosophy is dedicated to the SLOWLIFE (sustainable, local, organic, wellness, learning, inspired, fun and experiences). Many of the guest activities offer a chance to learn more about local life and nature on the island of Koh Kood. You can be as active as you would like or just relax and enjoy your surroundings. Their range of activities includes scuba diving or snorkeling, rainforest treks, butterfly excursions, and visits to local villages or nearby islands. You can start your day with a sunrise breakfast cruise or end it with a cocktail cruise watching the sunset. Nightly rates begin at $992.

Zeavola Resort — Phi Phi Island
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Zeavola Resort — Phi Phi Island

Located on the northern tip of beautiful Phi Phi Island, Zeavola Resort provides a relaxing luxury experience. The focus on sustainability has earned them the World's Best Sustainable Boutique Hotel Award from The World Boutique Hotel Awards. There are a range of activities including exploring the nearby island villages, water sports, luxurious spa treatments, and cooking classes. You can complete your PADI diving course at the Zann Zanook activity center or enjoy shark-spotting adventures. Designed like an island house, each of the resort’s 52 individual, wooden suites features an outdoor rain shower. Nightly rates begin at $195.

Pimalai Resort
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Pimalai Resort & Spa — Koh Lanta

“Pimala,” meaning a “little patch of Heaven” in ancient Sanskrit, offers the perfect combination of nature and luxury. The resort is a chance to get away from it all. It offers secluded beaches and is close to Lanta Marine National Park which provides a range of water sports activities. Located an hour by speedboat from the Krabi mainland, Pimalai features 121 rooms decorated in Thai décor including polished teak wooden floors and offer have high-speed internet access and air conditioning. Pimalai Resort also offers a range of dining options including two restaurants as well as poolside, beach and private in-villa dining options. Vegetables used throughout the restaurant are sourced from the resort’s own organic farm. Nightly rates begin at $190.

Elizabeth Rudd

Elizabeth writes about food, wine, and travel. Having traveled extensively for both business and pleasure Elizabeth has been fortunate to visit over 50 countries. More of her writing and travel stories can be found on Compass & Fork....(Read More)

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