Take a dash of beachfront idyll, add a splash of sultry nightlife and an influx of travelers in search of the World’s Best City (Bangkok, according to T+L’s annual readers’ poll)—this week, Vacationist has its sights set on Thailand. Unwind poolside in Phuket, unplug at a Phi Phi island escape, or take in the raucous Bangkok scene from your perch at an open-air restaurant high above the city lights. Thanks to Vacationist, your trip to Thailand is next.
The Pavilions Phuket - up to 40% off
There's only one reason to choose this sleek Sino-inspired spot in the rolling hills above Phuket, Thailand's Bang Tao Beach: serious relaxation. Here, privacy is guaranteed, thanks to 48 private, earth-toned guest "pavilions" (one- to three-bedroom suites), all with individual granite pools, large white-stone sundecks, daybeds, and views over the far-stretching Andaman Sea. The party scene of Phuket's Patong Beach is just 40 minutes away by taxi, but you wouldn't know from the nightly hotel scene: come evening, votive candles illuminate the resort's white walls and stone walkways, and their glow, plus the expansive starry sky, create one of southern Thailand's most tranquil retreats. (Sale ends in 4 days.)
Phi Phi Island Village - up to 35%
Phi Phi Island, Thailand
Location is the trump card at this Thai hideaway, located on gorgeous Phi Phi Island in the Andaman Sea. Surrounded by turquoise bays and sheer limestone cliffs crowned by jungle, the island is so perfectly pristine that Hollywood couldn't resist it as a backdrop for two of Hollywood's most wanderlust-inducing films—The Man with the Golden Gun and The Beach. And the resort, set on a secluded bay on the island's northeast coast, takes full advantage of the scenery: 80 thatched-roof suites and villas are perched on stilts for unobstructed views of the white-sand beach. (Sale ends in 2 days.)
Tower Club at lebua (photo above)
Travelers head to the Tower Club at lebua for one reason—to leave Bangkok's frenetic bustle behind. Occupying the State Tower's 51st through 59th floors, the hotel is an up-in-the-sky retreat: 221 suites have balconies with views of either the city skyline or the Chao Phraya River, and amenities include Egyptian cotton bed linens, Bulgari bath products, and access to the 52nd-floor Tower Club Lounge. But it's the collection of restaurants and bars within the Dome, located on the top few floors of the tower, that sets the hotel apart. The 63rd-floor Sirocco, one of the world's highest outdoor restaurants, serves tiger prawns with ratatouille Provençal in a setting that includes sweeping city views and live jazz performances. And the adjoining Sky Bar, also open-air, is busy well into the night. (Sale ends in 4 days.)