With borders beginning to open and more VTL flights being put into play, our lust for a tropical escape keeps growing by the day. Especially when we these new luxurious resorts in Thailand popped up on our radar. 

So if you’re craving for an escape, and weary of being in another buzzing metropolis, look no further than these luxury resorts in Thailand. Each spectacular in architecture, generous with amenities, and situated in the quiet(er) parts of the country, these resorts are perfect for those looking for a quick getaway to relax and recharge.

From Chiang Mai and Hua Hin to Koh Samui, here are nine best luxury resorts in Thailand to bookmark for your next well-deserved holiday.

(Hero and featured image credit: Hyatt Regency Koh Samui)

9 best luxury resorts in Thailand for your next getaway in 2022:

01
Anantara Chiang Mai Resort
Anantara Chiang Mai Resort
123-123/1 Charoen Prathet Road, Changklan, Muang, Chiang Mai 50100
+66 53 253 333

The north of Thailand is the place with the coolest temperatures in the country, so if you’re looking to spend this holiday season fully embracing the “winter” chill, consider booking a stay at Anantara Chiang Mai Resort. Located on the banks of the Mae Ping River, the resort promises adventure and discovery, with temples, artisan villages, mountain hill tribes, and plenty of Lanna heritage in the vicinity.  If you prefer spending a quiet day in, this property has rooms and suites overlooking the river or garden, so you’re never too far from nature as you rest and relax.

Recommended for: Travellers looking to spend the holiday season in the cold.

02
137 Pillars House Chiang Mai 
137 Pillars House Chiang Mai 
2 Soi 1, Nawatgate Road Tambon Watgate Muang, Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand
+66 (0)53 249 339

Standing strong amongst lush greenery in the northern town of Chiang Mai is 137 Pillars House, a beautiful teak wood building that’s been carefully restored to its 19th century glory. Built in late 1800’s as the headquarters of the Borneo Company Limited, the holiday destination sees Lanna-style Thai houses that promise tranquility, with details such as large terraces with expansive daybeds and planters rattan rocking chairs for you to while the day on. Take on the suite for your very own walk-in closet and views to the tropical gardens. You’ll even get an outdoor shower to soak up the tropical sunshine after a swim in the pool.

03
Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai
Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai
502 Moo 1, Mae Rim-Samoeng Old Road, Chiang Mai 50180, Thailand
+66 (53) 298 181

Overlooking emerald rice paddies and mountains in the Mae Rim Valley, Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai is every weary traveller’s dream for its world-class service, plush rooms, and attention to detail. Here, you’ll find 98 luxurious rooms over three categories — pavilions, villas, and private residences. Whichever you choose, you’ll be greeted with lofty, vaulted ceilings, exquisite Thai artefacts and fabrics, and polished teak floors, all of which will put you right in the mood for a holiday. Some even feature private pools and personal butlers, if you so wish to go all the way.

04
Banyan Tree Samui
Banyan Tree Samui
99/9 Moo 4, Maret, Samui Surat Thani 84310 Thailand
+66 077 915 333

Stretched across two hillsides dotted with coconut palms, Banyan Tree Samui is truly in a world of its own, and you won’t want to leave. Located in a quiet and isolated bay close to busy Lamai, the resort sees expansive and luxurious villas that each have their own pools and sundecks overlooking the rocky cliffs and clear blue waters of the Gulf of Thailand. Water sports enthusiasts will revel in the fact that standing paddle-boards, kayaks, catamarans and snorkelling equipment are complimentary, as are the island tours and sunset cruises by speedboat.

 

05
Hyatt Regency Koh Samui
Hyatt Regency Koh Samui
99/11 Moo 5, North Chaweng, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand, 84320
+66 77 448 777

Located in the vibrant area of North Chaweng, Hyatt Regency Koh Samui is a classic seaside resort that’s brimming with nature. Rooms are spacious and bright here, and boast of expansive sea views worth Instagramming. The thatch-roofed beachfront villas come with plunge pools, whirlpool tubs, sundecks and outdoor rain showers, with lavish bathrooms and bedrooms that will have you cocooned in luxury throughout your stay.

06
Meliá Koh Samui
Meliá Koh Samui
83 Moo 5, Choeng Mon Beach, Bophut 84320 Koh Samui, Suratthani, Thailand
+66 77 938 899

This idyllic beachfront retreat knows how to indulge you. Here, the unique southern Thai maritime allure of Koh Samui is married with tropical luxury to give you a vacation you won’t be forgetting anytime soon. Located on Choeng Mon Beach, a little distance away from the other famous beach of Chaweng, the 159-room and 41-suite property is the perfect escape from everyday life, with beautiful gardens and sparkling pools at every turn. Soothe your frazzled mind with spa treatments there, or eat your fill of authentic Thai cuisine with delectable dining options, before unwinding on the sandy beach that overlooks the glistening Gulf of Thailand.

07
Amanpuri
Amanpuri
Pansea Beach, 83110 Phuket, Thailand
+66 76 324 333

Amanpuri might be Aman’s first deep dive into the world of luxury hotels, but it got the formula right from the get go. 30 years on, it still remains to be one of the best hotels in Thailand, fringed by the lush foliage of the jungle and the Andaman Sea. 40 standalone villas are available here, some with plunge pools and with rates dependent of their proximity to the pool or its views. Expect a polished take on traditional Thai aesthetics here to create a calming and relaxing environment. If you’re a serious foodie, you’re in good hands too; the four restaurants here have been known to be exceptionally good, with cuisines that range from Nikkei and Italian to (of, course) Thai. 

08
SO/ Sofitel Hua Hin
SO/ Sofitel Hua Hin
115 Moo 7, Tambol Bangkao, Amphur Cha-Am 76120 Phetchaburi, Thailand
+66 32 709 555

If you want to soak in the laidback vibes of Hua Hin, you won’t go wrong staying at SO/ Sofitel Hua Hin. Here, you’ll find 100 unique rooms and nine lavish villas to choose from, each offering quirky touches like playful artwork and quirky furniture that’ll keep the holiday mood going for days. The property also overlooks the stunning Gulf of Thailand, and offers miles of tropical coastline in its vicinity, making it easy for those who fancy an afternoon dip in the waters nearby.

09
Avani+ Mai Khao Phuket Suites & Villas
Avani+ Mai Khao Phuket Suites & Villas
887 Moo 3, Tumbon Mai Khao, Amphur Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand
+66 2 365 9110

Opened just last year to plenty of fanfare, Avani+ Mai Khao Phuket Suites & Villas is the brand’s ninth property in Thailand and the first in Phuket, and offers beachside living at its finest. Set amidst a lush tropical ambience, the resort has 70 one, two, and three-bedroom suites, as well as 30 expansive one- to four-bedroom pool villas, each furnished with cool, beachy tones for a welcoming and laidback island atmosphere.

This story was first published on Lifestyle Asia Singapore.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question: Which is the best luxury hotel in Thailand?

Answer: There are many excellent luxury hotels in Thailand.

If you're in Phuket, consider staying at Amanpuri or Avani+ Mai Khao Phuket Suites & Villas.

Over in Koh Samui, Banyan Tree Samui, Hyatt Regency Koh Samui and Meliá Koh Samui are three upscale properties that'll spoil you silly.

In Chiang Mai, Anantara Chiang Mai Resort, Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, and 137 Pillars House are our top picks.

For a Hua Hin getaway, the posh SO/ Sofitel Hua Hin is a great choice.

Question: How much do luxury hotels and beach resorts in Thailand cost?

Answer: Accommodation at these luxury hotels and resorts can range from RM 600 to RM 3,300 for a one-night-stay during the off-peak season.

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