Best Hotels in Thailand 2023

Thailand boasts an impressive array of top-tier hotels in Asia, surpassing expectations with its exceptional accommodations. While Bangkok’s luxurious city hotels can rival those in New York and London, the country’s most renowned destinations are its beachside retreats and islands. Chiva Som consistently earns the title of the world’s best destination spa, while Aman, Banyan Tree, and Six Senses grace the finest Thai islands. Furthermore, there are numerous hidden gem boutique hotels where warm hospitality and authentic cuisine provide a glimpse into local life. To help you navigate, we have compiled a curated selection of Thailand’s best hotels.

Featured on our 2022 Gold List of the best new hotels in the world  Six Senses have perfected the castaway experience on...

Six Senses Yao Noi, Phang Nga

Six Senses Yao Noi, Phang Nga, offers an idyllic castaway experience that earned its place on our 2023 Gold List of the finest new hotels worldwide. Nestled on the picturesque Yao Noi island, situated in Phang Nga Bay between Phuket and Krabi, Six Senses has perfected the art of seclusion. As you disembark from the speedboat, shoes are left behind, and driftwood signs guide you towards the pristine white sand beach, the enchanting half-moon infinity pool atop the hill, and the charming stilted villas with their thatched roofs. Every aspect of the resort feels like an adventure—discovering the spa hidden within traditional long-houses amidst the jungle, wandering through the multi-level bamboo and clapboard restaurants for an exquisite dinner, and indulging in open-air movie screenings on the beach beneath the shimmering stars. Keep an eye out for pairs of sooty black hornbills, and don’t miss the opportunity to explore the island on one of the hotel’s bicycles, meandering through the fishing village and scenic rubber plantations.

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InterContinental Khao Yai hotel, Khao Yai

Located near the Khao Yai National Park, just three hours north of Bangkok, the InterContinental Khao Yai Resort is a whimsical retreat that seems tailor-made for children, although it’s hard to believe it wasn’t exclusively designed for them. Created by the imaginative mind of designer Bill Bensley, the resort unfolds like a playful playground with lakes, drawing inspiration from the nearby historic Pak Chong railway station from the King Rama V era. From the gingerbread-trimmed main wing to the charming lakeside restaurants, every building exudes a railroad-themed charm. Bensley skillfully blurs the line between reality and fantasy by weaving a captivating tale about an imaginary train conductor named Somsak, whose train-inspired sleeping quarters serve as the hotel lobby. Faux ticket booths and moss-covered tracks crisscross the grounds, but the highlight for my son remains the rooms. Each room is meticulously designed like a train carriage, complete with narrow clerestoried ceilings, sliding cabin doors, and overhead luggage racks. The real excitement lies in the jungle villas located at the back of the property. These unique accommodations are constructed from upcycled rail wagons salvaged from junkyards and feature canvas-shaded patios and private plunge pools. Despite its whimsical atmosphere, the resort’s vibe leans more towards the elegance of the Orient Express rather than the playful exuberance of Disneyland. While my son happily participated in treasure hunts and Thai dancing classes at the converted railway cart kids’ club, I indulged in sipping Negronis at the French-inspired Papillon bar. Whether you’re a child or simply young at heart, this resort is an absolute delight.

Banyan Tree Samui

Banyan Tree Samui, nestled in a picturesque setting, offers a truly enchanting experience. As you enter your villa, a serene lotus flower gracefully floats in your private pool, accompanied by breathtaking panoramic views of Lamai Bay. To navigate the resort’s winding steep pathways that connect the villas, private beach, spa, and elevated restaurant, The Edge, convenient buggies are available to transport guests. The villas themselves come in various shapes and sizes, all boasting captivating sea or garden views. In the family and couple villas, the rainfall showers are generously sized for two, while the grand bedrooms open up to reveal private infinity pools. A wooden deck, adorned with comfy beanbags, provides the perfect spot to relax and witness the mesmerizing sunrise over the sea horizon. Embrace the day by spending time on the private beach, whether it’s through kayak rentals or private boat tours. Indulge in the delightful experience of afternoon tea at the beach restaurant. If you visit between April and May, you may have the incredible opportunity to witness adorable turtle hatchlings as they embark on their journey into the ocean. A visit to the spa is an absolute must, especially for the invigorating hydrotherapy massage. The Rainforest treatment promises a holistic experience, including a soothing steam room session, an invigorating ice-cold shower, and a focused water jet massage that targets your back muscles.

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Raya Heritage, Chiang Mai

Located along the serene Ping River, Raya Heritage in Chiang Mai stands out as a remarkable destination. While you won’t find ornate rooftops or traditional local dishes like sai oua sausage or khao soi soup on the menu, this hotel captures the essence of its surroundings in a distinctive way. Breaking away from the typical temple-inspired teakwood-and-gold aesthetic, Raya Heritage embraces a straight-lined design approach that allows the region’s crafts to shine. The use of terracotta brickwork, woven reed baskets, hand-loomed textiles, and vibrant jolts of indigo creates a celebration of Lanna’s ancient culture. Lanna was a cross-border kingdom, with Chiang Mai as its capital, nearly 700 years ago. Instead of an overly commercialized or Disney-fied atmosphere, Raya Heritage exudes freshness and brightness. It’s the kind of place where you’ll find it hard to resist filling your suitcase with hand-dyed throws or lacquered bamboo catchalls (in fact, Raya Heritage opened its Him Gong shop in 2019, keeping this temptation in mind). The cultural patchwork of the region is not only reflected in the interiors but also in the restaurant’s offerings. Waiters clad in linen serve delectable noodle salads from Burma, Chinese kung pao chicken, and Shan-style river prawns. The spa specializes in invigorating Burmese massages that crack your bones, and the steam room utilizes a rare blend of herbs by a master herbalist from a nearby village. If you wish to explore the local craftsmanship, the hotel can arrange excursions to meet talented artisans. However, with 33 inviting rooms, some even featuring private pools, it’s tempting to spend the day relaxing within the comfort of the hotel. Raya Heritage sets an example in a country that is gradually rediscovering and appreciating the richness of its crafts, offering a refreshing Thai design blueprint that goes beyond the usual stereotypes.

Villa Mahabhirom

Villa Mahabhirom, Chiang Mai

Villa Mahabhirom, located just a 10-minute drive from central Chiang Mai, offers a serene escape from city life amidst a lush jungle landscape. As you stroll along the paths, you’ll be greeted by tall bamboo canes and graceful palm trees, leading you to the 24 traditional Thai teak wood homes, with 14 dedicated to guest accommodations. With a limited capacity for only 28 guests at a time, the atmosphere feels more like a welcoming home rather than a typical hotel. These villas were once cherished Thai family homes, dating back over 120 years, and have been meticulously restored and renovated to ensure a memorable stay. Elevated on stilts, each villa features an open-air living area, softly illuminated bedrooms, elegant marble bathrooms, and inviting balconies on the upper level. The larger villas even boast private pools and charming garden spaces. Throughout the property, you’ll encounter a display of antique furniture and ornaments that add to the ambiance—a collection of vintage chandeliers, shabby-chic wardrobes, and grand taxidermy pieces create the feeling of wandering through an enchanting open-air museum. The pool itself is a masterpiece, harmoniously blending with its surroundings of lush green foliage, clay sculptures crafted by a local artist, hanging lanterns, and plush sun beds. By the poolside, you can savor delicious meals from the Vietnamese menu and enjoy cocktails during the daily happy hour—a time when fellow guests come together. It’s a wonderful opportunity to mingle and connect with others in this tranquil setting.

Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai

Four Seasons Chiang Mai 

Nestled within the picturesque Mae Rim Valley, Four Seasons Chiang Mai offers a captivating retreat spread across 31 acres of meticulously manicured gardens and a charming rice paddy. Within this idyllic setting, you’ll find treetop pavilions, private residences, and luxurious pool villas. As the sun sets, you can witness the enchanting sight of rice farmers parading through the fields, singing and celebrating the end of their working day. Adding to the serene ambiance, two buffalo gracefully bathe in the nearby lake, which serves as a central hub for a range of activities, including sunrise yoga, pottery making, Thai boxing, tennis, and textile dyeing. If relaxation is your goal, there are two infinity pools that extend into the rice paddies, offering a truly tranquil and lush experience from every angle. Guests staying in the private residences can enjoy the ultimate seclusion, with grand gated homes designed for families seeking pure luxury. These residences feature private pools, the option to hire private catering with a dedicated kitchen space, and a spacious wraparound terrace for delightful alfresco dining and entertaining. Dining at Four Seasons Chiang Mai is a culinary delight, with breakfast being a particular highlight. The breakfast menu embraces a vibrant array of colors and cuisine from around the world, featuring everything from Chinese dumplings to a traditional English breakfast. The friendly staff is always ready to take your coffee orders with a warm smile, enhancing the overall dining experience.

Langkhai Garden Koh Tao

Langkhai Garden, Koh Tao

Situated on the tranquil southeast coast of Koh Tao, the most peaceful island within the Chumphon Archipelago, Langkhai Garden offers an ideal sanctuary for families and couples seeking extended stays. With Koh Tao’s small size, you’ll quickly become acquainted with the island, as it only takes a 25-minute ride from one side to the other. Langkhai Garden, consisting of four private villas, is the realization of a three-year project by a French couple who met on the island and nurtured the dream of creating a special place. Opening its doors to guests in 2018, the villas exude a sense of modern sophistication. The interiors feature polished concrete walls and lofty wooden beam ceilings that culminate in charming thatched straw roofs, which also serve as the habitat for local lizards. Within the villas, you’ll find spacious four-poster beds adorned with freshly picked flowers, generously-sized lounges that can accommodate the entire family, fully-equipped kitchens, and wraparound balconies with outdoor dining areas and private pools. Not to mention, panoramic views of the sea that stretch as far as the eye can see. If cooking is not your preference, nearby restaurants offer delivery service, allowing you to enjoy a variety of delicious meals in the comfort of your villa. The friendly reception staff can assist you in renting scooters, granting you easy access to the island’s picturesque coves teeming with marine life, just a short ride away. With a bit of luck, you might even have the opportunity to swim alongside turtles or whale sharks. Once you’ve settled into the laid-back rhythm of island life, tearing yourself away from the villa’s tranquil embrace will prove to be a challenging task.

Phulay Bay a RitzCarlton Reserve

Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Krabi

Nestled along the coast, just a short drive from Krabi, Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve captures the essence of the region’s Muslim heritage in its architectural design. The resort’s soaring red ochre walls, oversized keyhole doorways, and candlelit reflective pools create a captivating ambiance. Surrounding the property, lush gardens filled with fragrant frangipani and jasmine add to the sensory experience. Gazing out across the breathtaking landscape of Phang Nga Bay, characterized by its ancient limestone karsts, the sprawling villas offer a luxurious retreat. Indulge in the extravagant pillared bathtubs, admire the double-height hand-painted murals, and luxuriate in beds so spacious that you could easily roll around all night without touching your partner. Phulay Bay’s stunning aesthetics have earned it a prominent place in the spotlight, with the resort serving as the backdrop for the wedding scene in the movie The Hangover 2.

COMO Point Yamu Phuket

COMO Point Yamu, Phuket

At first glance, the architecture of COMO Point Yamu may appear stark and austere, almost reminiscent of brutalist design, which might seem out of place in its picturesque coastal setting. However, step inside and join the ranks of Asia’s trendsetters, and you’ll discover a hotel that exudes a sense of lightness and spaciousness, akin to a birdcage. The concrete columns cleverly dissect the vibrant Phuket sun, creating fragmented beams of light. The razor-sharp lines of the structure frame a mesmerizing green bay, embraced by undulating limestone hills, while a magnificent 100-meter white-tiled swimming pool stretches toward the sparkling Andaman Sea. It is this exceptional aesthetic, coupled with impeccable service, tantalizing cuisine, and an enchanting spa, that has made COMO Point Yamu a beloved choice among LGBTQ+ Thais and travelers alike.

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Chiva Som, Hua Hin

Chiva Som, located in Hua Hin, holds the crown as the undisputed leader of the Thai wellness scene. When they first emerged 27 years ago, the concept of spa breaks in Thailand was virtually unheard of. Since then, many have tried to replicate their success, but none have managed to surpass the original. Chiva Som continues to reign supreme with its transformative blend of cutting-edge fitness facilities (including state-of-the-art Vision Bodysuits akin to those seen in Iron Man), advanced medical diagnostics (such as blood tests and gene analysis), traditional Asian healing therapies, and remarkably intuitive staff. With 16 distinct retreat programs to choose from—ranging from stress and pain management to fitness enhancement, immune resilience, and senior health—each experience is meticulously tailored to address your individual mental, physical, and emotional needs. At Chiva Som, you’ll find the perfect environment to break free from lifelong habits and embark on a journey of holistic well-being.

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, true to its name, is a captivating destination that revolves around its elephant sanctuary. This sanctuary operates as an ethically-run NGO, providing guests with enchanting and up-close interactions that would delight even the most ardent Dumbo enthusiasts. Picture yourself strolling alongside these gentle giants through fields of lemongrass and bamboo, bathed in the soft morning light. You can even partake in feeding them refreshing watermelons and pumpkins for lunch. For an extraordinary experience, consider spending the night in a unique bubble room, enveloped by the forest, as the elephants gracefully roam around you.

Beyond the allure of the sanctuary, this resort boasts a multitude of other attractions. Positioned along the Mekong River, it offers breathtaking views of three countries: Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos. The best time to witness this panoramic beauty is at dawn, when the golden sunlight diffuses through the mist of the cloud forest, creating a mesmerizing ambiance.

Amanpuri

Amanpuri, Phuket

Amanpuri, nestled on Pansea beach, holds the distinction of being the inaugural resort in the esteemed Aman collection, and its timeless allure continues to shine. The location itself is nothing short of heavenly: a sweeping stretch of golden sand adorned with majestic black boulders and towering palm trees that seem to reach the sky. Ascending a series of grand steps, guests are greeted by a captivating sight—a sleek black-tiled swimming pool—surrounded by an intricate network of wooden walkways that gracefully wind their way to exquisite teak villas. These villas, with their sliding doors, inviting outdoor sales, and in some cases, private swimming pools, offer an unparalleled sense of tranquility.

Amanpuri also boasts an array of refined dining options, including Thai, Southern Italian, and Japanese cuisine, ensuring that every culinary desire is catered to. To enhance the overall well-being of guests, the resort is home to an exceptional spa, renowned for its comprehensive health and wellness programs, inviting visitors to embark on a transformative journey of rejuvenation and inner balance.

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Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River

The Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River, designed by Jean-Michel Gathy, marks the hotel group’s highly anticipated return to the vibrant city of Bangkok. Situated along the banks of the Chao Phraya River, this reincarnation embodies a refined elegance that appeals to both first-time visitors and long-time patrons of the city.

The hotel’s thoughtful design caters to those seeking a relaxing retreat, with a multi-tiered swimming pool offering plush loungers for indulgent lounging, spacious bedrooms featuring deep bathtubs and well-appointed cocktail corners, and floor-to-ceiling windows that offer breathtaking views from multiple angles.

Food enthusiasts will delight in the array of dining options available, including four restaurants and a vermouth-forward bar. Brasserie Palmier tempts with sardine tartines and mignonette-drizzled oysters, while Riva del Fiume’s riverside terrace offers citrusy crudo paired with a crisp rosé.

The Four Seasons Bangkok provides a comprehensive experience, including a Thai spa offering both high-tech anti-aging treatments and traditional bamboo massages. Guests can also enjoy a separate lap pool for aqua aerobics and stand-up paddle-boarding.

An urban edge is reflected in the hotel’s contemporary art collection, showcasing towering works depicting the curves of the Chao Phraya River and monk’s robe folds adorning the marble walls of the grand lobby. Additionally, the gallery wing hosts rotating exhibitions that shine a spotlight on local artistic talent.

Located in a corner of Bangkok that has evolved into a thriving design district, the Four Seasons Bangkok adds to the area’s artistic charm. With its thoughtful design, outstanding amenities, and curated experiences, the hotel reaches new heights of luxury and sets a new standard in the heart of the city.

Four Seasons Koh Samui Koh Samui

Four Seasons Koh Samui, Koh Samui

Nestled on a private peninsula along the tranquil northeast coast of Koh Samui, Four Seasons Koh Samui is the epitome of a luxurious beach getaway for adults. The resort’s villas, adorned with thatched roofs, cascade down the hillside, offering breathtaking views of the Gulf of Thailand. Some villas even have direct beach access, allowing guests to step right onto the sandy shores.

The interiors of the villas are designed in soothing ivories and teals, featuring dark wooden shutters, netted beds for a romantic ambiance, and egg-shaped bathtubs for indulgent soaks. Guests can relax on striped daybeds by the oceanfront infinity pool while attentive staff members pamper them with lemongrass-infused cold towels and skewers of fresh pineapple.

For ultimate relaxation, the resort’s spa utilizes healing herbs harvested from its own garden in its rejuvenating treatments. Those seeking more active pursuits can engage in activities such as hiring yachts, learning Muay Thai boxing, or participating in coral planting to contribute to marine conservation efforts.

As the day winds down, guests can gather at the Rum Vault, an atmospheric venue illuminated by tiki torches, to savor a rum-tasting experience while enjoying the mesmerizing sunset views.

Four Seasons Koh Samui offers a perfect blend of luxurious accommodations, stunning natural surroundings, rejuvenating spa experiences, and a range of activities, creating an idyllic retreat for discerning travelers seeking a refined beach break.

The verandah at Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok has long been regarded as the city’s iconic luxury hotel. Following a recent multimillion-dollar refurbishment, this grande dame has been restored to its former glory, captivating guests with its timeless charm.

The hotel’s creamy wood-paneled rooms, adorned with elegant furnishings, offer a serene retreat with balconies overlooking the lush gardens, the inviting swimming pool, and the scenic Chao Phraya River. The suites pay homage to the literary luminaries who have graced the hotel in the past, such as Joseph Conrad, Graham Greene, and John Le Carré.

The Bamboo Bar, a beloved institution since the 1940s, continues to exude its legendary allure, inviting guests to indulge in classic cocktails and live jazz music. The culinary experience at Mandarin Oriental Bangkok is exceptional, with ten restaurants to choose from. Notably, Le Normandie, which holds two Michelin stars, is now under the guidance of renowned chef Alain Roux.

To experience ultimate relaxation, guests can embark on a tranquil journey to the hotel’s spa, accessed via a carved teak boat. Here, they can unwind and rejuvenate like a lotus flower basking in the sun, enjoying a range of exquisite treatments and therapies.

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok seamlessly blends its rich heritage with modern comforts, offering a captivating retreat where guests can immerse themselves in luxurious surroundings and experience the impeccable service that has made this hotel an enduring symbol of Thai hospitality.

Trisara

Trisara, Phuket 

Nestled on a tranquil corner of Layan Beach in the northwest of Phuket, Trisara offers an indulgent retreat where privacy is paramount. The resort spans 40 acres of lush tropical hillside and boasts 2,000 meters of pristine Andaman Sea coastline. With just 39 luxurious peaked-roof villas and 30 expansive private residences, Trisara ensures an intimate and exclusive experience for its guests.

Each villa and residence at Trisara features a private pool and offers breathtaking panoramic sea views. The accommodations are thoughtfully spaced apart, allowing guests to enjoy complete privacy and the freedom to relax and unwind without being disturbed. Whether you choose to frolic naked or fully dressed, Trisara creates an environment where you can truly escape and indulge in the beauty of your surroundings.

Dining at Trisara is a culinary delight. Pru, the resort’s acclaimed restaurant, holds the prestigious distinction of being the only restaurant in Phuket with a Michelin star. It is also the sole restaurant in Thailand to have been awarded a Michelin Green star, highlighting its commitment to sustainability. Guests can savor exquisite cuisine created using locally sourced ingredients, offering a unique gastronomic experience. Additionally, Trisara’s Sunday Champagne brunch is a popular event on the island, promising a vibrant and lively atmosphere.

For ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation, a visit to the Jara Spa is a must. The spa, reminiscent of a serene temple, offers integrative Thai therapy, combining traditional massage techniques with the use of wooden hammers and chisels. This unique approach to wellness, combined with the spa’s tranquil ambiance, creates a truly transformative experience for guests.

Trisara is a haven of luxury and seclusion, providing an idyllic setting for a peaceful and rejuvenating escape. Whether you seek privacy, culinary excellence, or holistic wellness, this tropical retreat is sure to exceed your expectations and leave you with lasting memories.

137 Pillars House Chiang Mai

137 Pillars House, Chiang Mai

Located within the ancient city walls of Chiang Mai, 137 Pillars House offers a captivating blend of 19th-century charm and modern luxury. The property, which was once the northern headquarters of the East Borneo Trading Company, evokes the atmosphere of a serene countryside oasis while providing all the contemporary amenities one could desire.

The main two-story building showcases exquisite craftsmanship with its teak pillars, white painted timber, intricate fretwork, and an impressive collection of Asian antiques. This elegant Anglo-Lanna style extends to the 30 suites, where guests are greeted with patterned tiled floors, comfortable four-poster beds, and spacious verandahs adorned with rocking chairs. The attention to detail creates an ambiance of refined sophistication and tranquility.

Surrounded by fragrant tropical gardens, 137 Pillars House offers an outdoor swimming pool, providing a refreshing retreat from the city’s warm climate. The culinary experience at the resort is exceptional, with delectable cuisine served at the on-site restaurant. Additionally, the atmospheric spa offers a range of rejuvenating treatments, allowing guests to unwind and indulge in a state of bliss.

Once you step into 137 Pillars House, it’s easy to forget about the bustling modern world outside. The meticulously designed property and its serene surroundings transport you to a bygone era, where you can immerse yourself in the rich history and peaceful ambiance of Chiang Mai.

The Standard Hua Hin Thailand

The Standard, Hua Hin

The Standard Hua Hin is a vibrant and refreshing addition to the beach town of Hua Hin, offering a departure from the traditional mega-resorts that dominate the area. This contemporary hotel was featured on the 2021 Hot List of the best new hotels in the world, showcasing its unique appeal and youthful energy.

Stepping away from the usual teakwood floors and jasmine garlands, The Standard Hua Hin embraces a fresh and modern aesthetic. Guests are welcomed by contemporary art pieces and midcentury-modern furnishings, creating an atmosphere that is both trendy and inviting. As you wander through the resort, pathways adorned with bamboo and bougainvillea lead you to the boho-beachy villas, where even the bathrooms feature disco balls for a touch of whimsy.

The heart of the action at The Standard Hua Hin is the pool area, where the beau monde of Bangkok can be found lounging under candy-striped umbrellas. This lively social hub provides a perfect setting to relax, socialize, and soak up the sun. The hotel also boasts two restaurants, serving refreshing drinks and Thai cuisine with a creative twist until 10 pm, ensuring guests are well-fed and satisfied throughout their stay.

By injecting youthful energy and a modern sensibility into the serene setting of Hua Hin, The Standard Hua Hin offers a unique experience that appeals to a new generation of travelers. It breaks away from the traditional mold and invites guests to embrace a more contemporary and vibrant beach getaway.

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Roukh Kiri, Khao Yai

Roukh Kiri is a refreshing addition to the Khao Yai region, located about two hours north of Bangkok. Unlike some Thai hotels that attempt to replicate foreign destinations in a kitschy way, Roukh Kiri stands out with its thoughtful design and contemporary approach.

Situated within a mango orchard, Roukh Kiri comprises 12 villas that draw inspiration from European farmhouses. The villas feature classic gabled roofs, cobblestone walls, and even sliding barn doors made from recycled timber. However, what sets them apart is the stripped-down and minimalistic aesthetic, creating an atmosphere of rustic elegance. The villas are adorned with whitewashed walls and linen touches, creating a sense of tranquility and simplicity.

Inside the villas, picture windows open up to indoor-outdoor bathrooms, allowing guests to connect with nature. Each villa also boasts a private sandstone swimming pool, surrounded by fields of feather grass, offering stunning views of the emerald-green valley below. The design seamlessly integrates the natural beauty of the surroundings with the comfort and privacy of the villas.

Roukh Kiri goes beyond its visual appeal. The communal fireplace, perfect for chilly nights, provides a cozy gathering spot with panoramic views of the valley. The on-site restaurant, constructed with reclaimed wood, serves a menu that draws inspiration from the organic garden’s produce. Expect creative interpretations of classic dishes, such as the krapow with rosemary.

Roukh Kiri stands out as a Khao Yai resort that successfully combines European farmhouse aesthetics with a contemporary and minimalist approach. It offers a unique and tranquil escape, making it a destination worth considering for those seeking a different experience in the Khao Yai region.

Capella Bangkok

Capella Bangkok

Capella Bangkok is a remarkable addition to the vibrant hotel scene in Bangkok. With its unique offerings and attention to detail, it has quickly become a favorite among the city’s discerning crowd.

One of Capella Bangkok’s standout features is its riverside villas, a rarity among city hotels. These spacious retreats come with private gardens and swimming pools adorned with marble finishes, offering a luxurious and serene escape. The main building, featuring 101 rooms, boasts suites with private balconies, providing guests with stunning views of the surroundings.

The culinary experience at Capella Bangkok is equally impressive. The hotel has enlisted the renowned chef Mauro Colagreco from Mirazur in France to lead its signature Mediterranean restaurant, Côte. Guests can indulge in exquisite dining accompanied by private-label Champagne, adding a touch of elegance to their experience.

While the hotel exudes a sense of luxury, it maintains an understated and refined ambiance. The tea lounge incorporates Thai motifs in its design, showcasing latticework and local antiques. The overall interior design features a calming palette of blonde wood, taupe, and cream, creating a soothing atmosphere.

Service at Capella Bangkok is discreet yet attentive, ensuring that guests receive personalized attention throughout their stay. The spa embraces traditional healing practices, offering treatments such as tok sen hammer massages and luk pra kob herbal compresses, inspired by the Thai-Chinese community in the surrounding area.

As Bangkok’s hotel scene continues to evolve, Capella Bangkok stands out for its sophistication and exceptional offerings. It has quickly established itself as a top choice for luxury travelers seeking a memorable and refined experience in the city.

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The Mustang Blu, Bangkok

The Mustang Blu in Bangkok is a hidden gem tucked away in the lively Chinatown district. Housed in a charming 19th-century building that was once a run-down massage parlour, The Mustang Blu has been transformed into a highly sought-after boutique hotel by stylist Ananda ‘Joy’ Chalardcharoen.

The hotel’s design pays homage to the building’s history and embraces its vintage charm. Chalardcharoen and her team carefully renovated the space, preserving elements like the original vault door and opening up the atrium, which had been closed off for decades. The hallways feature peeling paint and taxidermy displays, showcasing Chalardcharoen’s unique artistic touch. The lobby welcomes guests with intriguing pieces such as a horse and a glass-encased ostrich skeleton. Throughout the hotel, you’ll find artfully arranged books and European antiques that add to its eclectic atmosphere.

The Mustang Blu offers ten rooms, each designed with attention to detail. Marble-tiled bathrooms, freestanding roll-top tubs, and velvet curtains create an atmosphere of luxury and comfort. The rooms exude a sense of elegance while maintaining a unique and artistic flair.

On the ground floor, the hotel’s cafe serves delectable treats such as upside-down banana cake and hearty breakfasts featuring herb-rubbed chicken or baked salmon. The owner’s illustrations of The Mustang Blu adorn ceramics used for serving fruit and pastries, adding a personal touch to the dining experience. While the cafe closes at night, guests have no shortage of dining options in the vibrant street-food-filled neighborhood. For those seeking evening entertainment, the nearby Soi Nana offers a variety of excellent cocktail bars, including popular establishments like Asia Today and Teens of Thailand.

With its captivating design and whimsical atmosphere, The Mustang Blu has become a favorite among creatives and travelers looking for a unique and photogenic stay in Bangkok. It has a distinctive style reminiscent of a Wes Anderson film, capturing the imagination and providing a memorable experience for guests.

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9 Hornbills Tented Camp, Koh Yao Noi

Located on the serene island of Koh Yao Noi, 9 Hornbills Tented Camp offers a tranquil escape reminiscent of the unspoiled beauty of Koh Samui or Koh Phi Phi before large-scale developments took over. The island is known for its picturesque stilted fishermen’s villages and deserted beaches, providing a sense of authenticity and peacefulness.

Swiss entrepreneur Jean-Michel Germing and his business partner established Koyao, a low-key retreat, nearly two decades ago as a response to the bustling atmosphere of nearby Phuket. Nestled on a hillside, 9 Hornbills Tented Camp derives its name from the nine hornbills Germing encountered during his initial site inspection.

The camp features ten safari-style tents scattered across a former rubber plantation. Each tent boasts its own private pool, spacious garden, four-poster bed, and outdoor rain shower adorned with salvaged wood. The design incorporates eco-smart elements inspired by the nearby Six Senses resort, which Germing also played a role in developing.

At the top of the estate, there is a charming bar where guests can unwind and enjoy sundowners while taking in panoramic views. The camp’s sister hotel, accessible via a buggy service, offers a fantastic restaurant and a semi-private beach. Attentive butlers are on hand to assist with various requests, from arranging candlelit dinners and island picnics to serving floating breakfasts in traditional Thai tiffin boxes.

However, the true highlight of 9 Hornbills Tented Camp lies in the breathtaking views of the gigantic karst formations covered in lush moss and immersed in the ocean. This stunning natural landscape offers what might be considered the best view in the entire country, making the camp an ideal destination for nature lovers and those seeking a peaceful retreat surrounded by awe-inspiring beauty.

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Hotel Gahn, Khao Lak

Hotel Gahn in Khao Lak stands out from the typical boutique hotels in the area by its unique location along the main road rather than on the nearby beaches. Owner Rabiab Anusasananun chose this unconventional location as a tribute to her late grandfather, who arrived in Thailand in 1928 on a Chinese junk to work in the thriving tin-mining industry of that time.

The hotel pays homage to the Baba Nyonya people, descendants of Chinese migrants who assimilated into the local culture and settled in Sino-Portuguese communities throughout the Malay Peninsula and Singapore. Hotel Gahn aims to preserve the rich traditions of the Baba Nyonya while giving them a fresh interpretation for the next generation.

To bring this vision to life, the family enlisted the expertise of Phuket-based architecture studio Locomotive. The design of the hotel takes inspiration from the ancestral home, featuring elements such as terrazzo floors and arched columns. However, it also incorporates contemporary touches like exposed-concrete ceilings and vintage desk lamps. Each of the hotel’s five floors showcases artworks that provide insights into Baba culture, and the small shop offers colorful batik items for guests to explore.

Anusasananun herself takes charge of the Juumpo restaurant, which is adorned with heirlooms from her family’s old kitchen. She prepares traditional dishes using recipes passed down by her grandfather, with the melt-in-the-mouth moo hong (stewed sweet pork with herbs) being a standout highlight.

While Hotel Gahn is not situated directly on the beach, a five-minute taxi ride will take guests to the nearest shoreline. Despite this slight distance from the coast, the hotel’s endearing departure from the typical “could-be-anywhere” hotels commonly found in the area makes it a captivating and culturally rich choice for travelers seeking an authentic experience.

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Phu Chaisai, Chiang Rai

Phu Chaisai in Chiang Rai offers a hilltop retreat in the Golden Triangle region of northern Thailand. The journey from the town’s airport to this secluded hideaway takes approximately 45 minutes and provides a scenic tour of the surrounding countryside. Vibrant green rice paddies, ornate temple roofs in shades of orange and gold, and tea plantations on sloping hillsides set the stage for an authentic northern Thai experience.

Nestled amidst twisting vines and swaying bamboo forests, the property features 33 red-clay cottages that offer breathtaking views of the rolling mountains on the horizon. The interior of the cottages is adorned with bamboo and showcases locally inspired elements, including cushions made from hill-tribe textiles. The accommodations evoke a back-to-basics and unpretentious atmosphere, although some cottages come with private swimming pools.

The owner of Phu Chaisai, a revered figure, had a successful career as an interior designer, working on projects for embassies and royal palaces. Seeking respite from the bustling city life, she relocated her mansion all the way from central Bangkok to create this serene jungle retreat. Traditional craftsmanship and eco-conscious living are central to the concept of the hotel.

Guests can enjoy Akha-tribe coffee and jungle honey at the breakfast table, indulge in all-natural spa products, and explore marked hiking trails that wind through the surrounding forest. The hotel enlisted the expertise of Jason Friedman, a veteran from renowned hotel brands Aman and Four Seasons, to enhance the property’s offerings five years ago. As a result, Phu Chaisai has gained a devoted following of insiders and urbanites who return to the hotel multiple times a year. Notable among them is Kay Plunkett-Hogge, a Bangkok-born British chef and author, who plans to launch her own cookery school in the building adjacent to the restaurant, further enhancing the culinary experiences available at Phu Chaisai.

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Baan Pomphet, Ayutthaya

Baan Pomphet is an eight-room hotel and restaurant located in Ayutthaya, Thailand’s historic capital. This vibrant destination has gained a contemporary edge over the years with the emergence of eye-catching cafes, dessert bars, and stylish accommodations. Baan Pomphet stands out on the T-shaped riverbank, where the Chao Phraya and Pasak rivers converge.

The hotel takes its name and design inspiration from the adjacent Pom Phet fortress, which features brick walls. Onion, a renowned architecture studio based in Bangkok, has created a unique structure reminiscent of an MC Escher artwork. Hand-molded red bricks and salvaged timber are meticulously crafted into a multi-level building with various patterns in its steps, stairs, and roofs. The architectural design strikes a balance between straight lines and organic elements, incorporating intricately carved wooden lights from Chiang Mai and doorknobs shaped like the monkey god Hanuman.

A footbridge constructed like scaffolding connects the two buildings, creating a division between the public and guests-only areas. In the guests-only section, an ancient bodhi tree provides shade for a swimming pool. The tactile exterior contrasts with the stark minimalism of the rooms, which are adorned in vibrant jackfruit yellow or leaf green hues. The rooms feature pod-like beds and black-tiled bathrooms. Ground-floor rooms offer the added luxury of a small outdoor shower, while the corner room on the second floor provides panoramic views of the fortress.

Day-trippers from Bangkok, located just 50 miles away, often visit the Baan Pomphet restaurant for refreshing passion fruit- and pineapple-infused smoothies, as well as grilled giant river prawns. As the sun sets, the rooftop shutters swing open to reveal a well-stocked bar. Guests can enjoy signature drinks like the bael fruit Shakerato or a Mojito infused with roselle and Thai basil while admiring the passing boats on the hyacinth-covered river below.

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Hotel Des Artists, Ping Silhoette, Chiang Mai

Hotel Des Artists, Ping Silhouette, located in Chiang Mai’s Wat Ket neighborhood, offers a delightful retreat that combines the charm of the city’s moated Old Town and the vibrant Nimmanhaemin district. Wat Ket is a leafy area where art galleries, riverside restaurants, and the serene Ping River create a picturesque ambiance. The neighborhood holds a special allure as it was once a bustling multicultural merchant district with Chinese-style warehouses.

The design of Hotel Des Artists, Ping Silhouette, draws inspiration from this bygone era, evoking the nostalgia of a thriving merchant district. Behind its façade adorned with glazed tile roofs and antique French shutters, guests enter a stone-paved courtyard adorned with manicured bonsai trees and cozy tea nooks. The courtyard features large glassless windows that frame the serene landscape. A long pond filled with goldfish offers a tranquil oasis amidst the bustling markets. Ancient Chinese artifacts, such as ornamental doors and stone horses, further enhance the theme and add a touch of history.

The rooms at Ping Silhouette are adorned in a soothing color palette of white and teal, creating a serene atmosphere. Most rooms offer terraces with views of weeping willows and the hotel’s inky-blue lap pool situated in the riverside garden. The hotel’s café is a charming space filled with chinoiserie teapots and blue-and-white ceramics. Guests can enjoy breakfasts featuring Thai rice porridge and delectable sweet treats like pa tong go doughnuts served in bamboo steamer baskets.

Hotel Des Artists, Ping Silhouette stands out as a striking addition to the local scene dominated by teakwood architecture. Its design perfectly captures the essence of the multicultural heritage of the area, creating a unique and captivating experience for guests seeking a curious corner of Chiang Mai to explore.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Thailand is home to a diverse array of exceptional hotels that cater to various tastes and preferences. From bustling cities to tranquil islands, each destination offers unique experiences that showcase the rich cultural heritage and natural beauty of the country.

Capella Bangkok, located along the Chao Phraya River, stands out with its luxurious villas and impeccable service, while The Mustang Blu in Bangkok charms guests with its transformation of a 19th-century building into a trendy and photogenic stay. Roukh Kiri in Khao Yai impresses with its elegant villas and minimalist design, and Hotel Gahn in Khao Lak pays homage to local heritage with its Sino-Portuguese influence.

For those seeking nature’s beauty, 9 Hornbills Tented Camp in Koh Yao Noi provides an idyllic escape surrounded by lush landscapes, while Phu Chaisai in Chiang Rai offers a back-to-nature experience in the Golden Triangle region. Baan Pomphet in Ayutthaya captures the essence of the historic capital with its contemporary design, and Hotel Des Artists, Ping Silhouette in Chiang Mai blends tradition and nostalgia in its homage to the city’s merchant district.

These hotels not only provide comfortable accommodations but also immerse guests in captivating surroundings and showcase Thai hospitality at its finest. Whether it’s through stunning architecture, authentic culinary experiences, or connections to local communities, these properties elevate the concept of luxury and create lasting memories for their guests.

Travelers to Thailand have a plethora of options when it comes to choosing a hotel that suits their preferences. Whether seeking opulence, tranquility, cultural immersion, or natural beauty, these exceptional hotels in Thailand offer a range of experiences that cater to discerning travelers from around the world.

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