Thailand

Hotels in Thailand

Thailand hotels include many, especially in Bangkok, from familiar luxury brands: there's the storied Mandarin Oriental, as well as a Four Seasons, the Peninsula, and Shangri-La. Many cater primarily to business travelers, but for leisure travelers they can provide a quiet retreat after a day of exploring exhilaratingly chaotic Bangkok. Though not cheap, these hotels in Thailand are often much more affordable than their counterparts in other capitals. For travelers on tighter budgets, the country abounds in hostels and guesthouses, while those looking for more local flair to their room for the night, new boutique hotels are giving Thailand hotels a stylish edge. On Thailand's islands, you can find options from resorts that offer villas with private pools to modest oceanfront beach shacks, while in the interior towns of Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai, many hotels are showcases of local handicrafts. The Four Seasons Tented Camp is among the best hotels in Thailand and has graced many a magazine cover, but there are also more reasonable and often just as charming options if that hotel is beyond your budget.

Formerly Pansea Napasai Samui

Overlooking the Chao Phraya River and the skyscrapers of Bangkok, the 63 stories of the Lebua are a respite from the vibrant Bangkok street life below.

This is the Asian seaside escape at its best: all the beauty of a remote destination without the hassle of being entirely off the grid. On the isle of Yao Noi, 45 minutes by boat from Phuket, guests are surrounded by lush jungle, tiny fishing villages, and untouched beaches.

Phuket's Amanpuri is the very first Amanresorts property and, perhaps, the loveliest. Guests may book one of 40 rooms or 30 villas and dine in either of the 2 restaurants before hitting the property's bar. Villas come with a private pool, a driver, a gardener and two maids.

During weeklong retreats at the 8,000-square-foot spa, guests focus on treatments and yoga, and relax on white-sand beaches just south of Krabi. For those looking to quit smoking, a naturopathic doctor leads support sessions, treats withdrawal symptoms, and recommends Ayurvedic treatments.

The 517 rooms are small but make up for it with private balconies and views of nearby Lumpini Park. 

Room to Book: Deluxe rooms facing the park have the most interesting views.

Doubles from $160.

Sand Sea Resort has 68 simple, breezy bungalows steps from the water.

Business-friendly high-rise, centrally located in the business district and connected to a SkyTrain stop, with casually chic rooms and public spaces.

Fifteen thatched open-air villas, cooled by a breeze from the Andaman Sea, face the bay’s dramatic limestone islets. At the spa, try the Nuad Bolaan massage, an invigorating, deep pressure treatment.

The Four Seasons’s first Thai beach resort marks a turning point for Koh Samui. Secluded on the island’s northwest corner, the hotel is sheltered from the clamor of nearby beaches.