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.

Southern Phuket’s Rawai Beach is alive with fishing boats, catamarans, and seafood vendors, and the 78-suite Outrigger Serenity Terraces Resort is the ideal place to watch the bustling scene.

Riverside hotel with Bangkok’s largest treatment rooms at the property’s CHI, The Spa.

106-room waterfront property with lots of activities (including sailing on Bophut Bay and Thai language lessons), on Phuket’s longest beach.

Room to Book: Deluxe rooms are on the second or third floor feature terrazzo tubs for two.

Doubles from $310.

At the ultra-exclusive Ma Du Zi Hotel, located in Sukhumvit, guest security and privacy is top priority. The 40-room hotel has a gate (closed 24 hours) and employs a reservations-only policy, prohibiting walk-in guests.

Most of Phuket's high-end properties are hermetically sealed temples to luxury, tucked behind gates with little daily interaction with non-guests.  That's what makes the Dusit Thani so refreshing.

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.

Destination Spa Spa-obsessed jet-setters, take note: Six Senses has brought the best of Southeast Asia’s healing arts to a speck of land off Phuket’s eastern coast. A 26-acre retreat houses four individual spas—yes, four—each dedicated to Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, or Thai traditions.

The lavish 227 guest quarters are studies in painted teak and marble, but unrivaled service sets the property apart. Our favorite space: the sleek, gray-on-white room 2102 on the 21st floor.

Both check-in and check-out keep families in mind at this centrally located hotel. Kids get special welcome gifts on arrival; check-put isn’t required until 5 pm (a great help when rounding up little ones and their gear).

Surrounded by the best malls in the city, this hotel is loaded with children’s amenities: a swimming pool just for them, a playroom with games, and a home theater well-stocked with kids’ DVDs.

This modern boutique hotel is set right along the river and near some of the city’s top attractions. There’s a spacious waterfront swimming area, where grownups can sip cocktails on the bed-style loungers, and kids can splash in a special children’s pool.

These Marriot executive apartments give families plenty of space to spread out; the largest apartment here has three bedrooms. Active families will enjoy the rooftop tennis, golf simulator, mini golf and a kids’ pool; they can also rent a paddleboat at nearby Lumpini Park.