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.

Hidden on a small residential street in the Old City, this quaint four-story hotel abuts the Chao Phraya River and has an open lobby with views of Wat Arun, the 19th-century Temple of the Dawn.

Formerly The Chedi.

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 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.

For its first Phuket property, Anantara eschewed bare-bones minimalism in favor of a fresh take on classic Thai aesthetics.

24-story hotel with plush interiors (etched mirrors; floor-to-ceiling bedroom windows; Thai sculptures) off ritzy Silom Road. The December 2008 addition is a refreshing change from the flashy, rough-silk décor common in Thai hotels.

Housed on six acres of lush gardens, the renovated property is done up in an earth-toned palette with chenille canvas wall fabrics.

In-the-know locals travel 130 miles south of Bangkok's steamy bustle to this secluded locale, which commands a three-mile stretch of white sand near Hua Hin.

Twenty minutes outside Chiang Mai proper, with 12 poolside villas, plus pavilions that look onto rice paddies, the hotel’s two resident water buffalo, and the Mae Rim Valley.  

This first property in Ritz-Carlton’s new culturally conscious Reserve collection is set on the quiet shores of Krabi, Thailand, overlooking the Andaman Sea.

While “Destination weddings” are held all around the world, this resort on the Andaman Sea aims to provide a uniquely Phuket destination where couples can tie the knot against a tropical backdrop.