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thailand

thailand

Thailand is rightly famous for its friendliness and hospitality, as well as its gorgeous climate and amazing beaches.  We have hand picked a selection of spa resorts which, we think, are the best in the country.

  • Khanom - spectacular, pristine beaches and home to the exceptionally well priced Aava Resort & Spa
  • Koh Samui - Kamalaya, Absolute Sanctuary, Six Senses, Four Seasons and Banyan Tree
  • Koh Kood - luxury bare foot chic at Soneva Kiri, near Cambodian border
  • Phuket - half way between Phuket and Krabi for Six Senses Yao Noi, or the Banyan Tree or Trisara on Phuket Island itself
  • Krabi - Phulay Bay overlooking the Andaman Sea and its limestone islands
  • Khao Lak - The Sarojin on the west coast overlooking the Andaman Sea
  • Hua Hin - for the famous destination spa resort of Chiva Som
  • Chiang Mai - sublime Four Seasons in the jungle hills of northern Thailand

Chiva Som is located in the Royal resort of Hua Hin on the east coast, about 80kms south of Bangkok.  It's a world renowned destination spa with a fabulous selection of welnness programmes.  Alternatively, there are superb Banyan Tree resorts in both Phuket and on the island of Koh Samui.

If you're after island life, we recommend Kamalaya, Absolute Sanctuary, Six Senses, Four Seasons or Banyan Tree on Koh Samui;  a gorgeous island off the south east coast.  On the Island of Yao Noi, half way between Phuket and Krabi, among the awe-inspiring limestone pinnacles of Phang Nga and surrounded by dazzling azur and turquiose seas, is the wonderful Six Senses Yao Noi resort.  Close by, on Krabi, is the Ritz Carlton resort of Phulay Bay

On the eastern side of the Gulf of Thailand, near the Cambodian border, is the remote, charming and wonderfully luxurious Soneva Kiri

For divers, The Sarojin at Khao Lak on the west coast about an hour north of Phuket by car, is ideal because of its proximity to the Similan Islands.  If you would prefer to stay on Thailand's largest island, Phuket, we would recommend Trisara or Banyan Tree Phuket - both have excellent private residences and spas.  Ideal for both couples and families.

All but one of our recommended Thai resorts is on the beach or very near a beach, and that's the fabulous Four Seasons Spa Resort in the hills of Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand, an hour flight from Bangkok.  Enjoy the resort's legendary service and comfort, exceptional spa and fantastic range of yoga classes.

You can choose to stay in Bangkok for a night or two on the way there or back, or simply head straight down to your preferred resort.  If you wish to stay in Bangkok, we have some excellent hotels to recommend (including a brand new luxury boutique hotel) and it's a great stop over for shopping and sight seeing.  Our excellent guides can show you the cultural highlights.

Thailand is a year round destination, though some months are hotter and wetter than others.  But whenever you go, you can be sure of an unforgettable experience.

Other destinations in the region

Weather and seasons

Thailand has a tropical climate with high humidity and occasional rain and can be enjoyed all year round. Generally, the best time of the year to visit is in the cool season from November to February, but for those who like it hot: visit from March to May when the temperature climbs in the high thirties. The rainy season (although it doesn't rain every day) is from June to October with September being the rainiest of all. For those who don't appreciate the rain, it's good to know that the rain in Thailand usually comes in short sharp bursts.

Everything else

  • Flying time from London:  12 hours
  • Currency:  Baht
  • Language:  Thai
  • Visa requirements:  6 months left on your passport for trips less than 30 days
  • Time difference:  GMT +7
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four seasons chiang mai

four seasons chiang mai


chiang mai, thailand    7 nights from £1,595

Four Seasons Chiang Mai is one of the most established and luxurious resorts in the region, offering the wonderful combination of elegant suite accommodation and a delightful location overlooking a working rice field. With legendary hospitality and service, imaginative cuisine and a truly exquisite spa, it's easy to understand why this resort is so popular.

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chiva som

chiva som


hua hin, thailand    7 night programmes from £3,325

This is a highly professional destination spa set on a long stretch of sandy beach with excellent tailored health programmes and international visiting consultants.

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aava resort and spa

aava resort and spa


khanom, thailand    10 nights from £1,075

Aava Resort & Spa, in the small fishing town of Khanom, is one of Thailand’s last pristine coastal destinations enjoying untouched beaches, friendly villagers, and rare pink dolphins.

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the sarojin

the sarojin


khoa lak, thailand    7 nights from £1,995

The Sarojin is an exceptional small resort, perfect for those seeking a peaceful or romantic getaway with an extremely high level of personalised service attention. It's sheltered by the Pakarang Cape, set in a stunning location on a secluded corner of a seven mile soft white sand beach.

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soneva kiri

soneva kiri


koh kood, thailand    7 nights from £5,735

Soneva Kiri by Six Senses is located on Koh Kood, a remote island situated near the Cambodian border, known for its pure waterfalls, crystal clear waters and traditional village life. Soneva Kiri is classic, ultra luxurious bare foot chic.

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kamalaya

kamalaya


koh samui, thailand    7 night retreats from £1,459

This holistic island wellness retreat is a wonderful place of sanctuary where you can do as much or as little as you want. Set away from the throng on Koh Samui, the settlement is centred round a tiny cave temple where Buddhist monks used to meditate, and has a genuinely peaceful feel.

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absolute sanctuary

absolute sanctuary


koh samui, thailand    7 nights from £1,160

Absolute Sanctuary offers excellent healthy food, lux spa treatments and yoga teaching in a peaceful away-from-it all setting. Beautiful location and great value.

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banyan tree samui

banyan tree samui

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koh samui, thailand    7 nights from £2,930

Overlooking the sapphire waters of scenic Lamai Bay, the resort is nestled in a series of cascading terraces on a private hill cove in the south-eastern coast of Koh Samui. Reflecting traditional Thai-style architecture, the villas are elevated structures offering magnificent views of the Gulf of Thailand.

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four seasons samui

four seasons samui


koh samui, thailand    7 nights from £2,800

Generally regarded as the most luxurious and glamorous resort on Koh Samui, this stunning Four Seasons resort is perched on one of the most scenic and unspoilt parts of the island and takes full advantage of the spectacular setting.

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six senses samui

six senses samui


koh samui, thailand    7 nights from £1,855

Six Senses takes luxury to new levels wherever it goes - and Six Senses Samui is no different. Set in twenty acres on the northern tip of Samui, this resort is about maximum privacy and superb panoramas. All villas are split-level with an extraordinary sense of space and light and utterly fabulous sea views.

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phulay bay

phulay bay


krabi, thailand    7 nights from £2,535

Phulay Bay is one of the select few resorts within the luxurious Ritz Carlton Reserve portfolio, and is a truly magical destination on the legendary island of Krabi, overlooking the Andaman Sea and its many limestone islands. This is a fun, hedonistic, honeymooners' haven in a spellbinding setting.

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six senses yao noi

six senses yao noi


phuket, thailand    7 nights from £1,995

The stunning Six Senses Yao Noi is located on the Island of Yao Noi, half way between Phuket and Krabi, among the awe-inspiring limestone pinnacles of Phang Nga and surrounded by dazzling azur and turquiose seas.

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banyan tree phuket

banyan tree phuket


phuket, thailand    7 nights from £2,145

The resort has some of the best accommodation in the region, particularly the very impressive private Pool Villas and Two Bedroom Pool Villas which are ideal for families.

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trisara

trisara


phuket, thailand    7 nights from £2,795

Trisara, in Sanskrit meaning the "Third Garden in Heaven" is one of South East Asia's most intimate spa resorts with a superb selection of villas and private residences. Hidden on a lush tropical jungle hillside, overlooking its own private bay, all the accommodation offers private pools, dramatic sea views and a true sense of privacy.

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amanpuri

amanpuri


phuket, thailand    7 nights from £3,650

Set on a finger of headland on Phuket's beautiful west coast, Amanpuri is a luxurious boutique resort overlooking the sparkling turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea and the pristine white sands of its own private beach.

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