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10 Best Thailand Luxury Escapes


D’Marge and Kiwi Collection are very proud to bring you a new series for the travellers. Why? Because as men, we work hard, toil all day and deserve someplace nice to rest our weary heads on vacation. The first in this series focuses on Thailand, one of my favourite places to holiday. We’ve chosen the very best hotels across Thailand for your holidaying pleasure.

Thailand Hotel #1 – Veranda Chiang Mai: The High Resort, Chiangmai
The Veranda Chiang Mai is a Zen-like retreat tucked into a picturesque valley near the city of Chiangmai.  The resort is divided into two distinct sides, one representing the cultural heritage of the north and the other designed in the Contemporary Veranda style.  Cultural explorers can learn to cook Thai food, make a flower garland, or weave a traditional basket, while guests seeking an indulgent experience can visit the spa, take a dip in the infinity pool, or have a bite in a private room at the Rabiang Cha Restaurant. VIEW

Thailand Hotel #2 – The Hotel Cha-Am, Cha-Am
The Hotel Cha-Am draws inspiration from both the traditional and the contemporary, seamlessly blending a design scheme of aged woods, limestone, and marble with WiFi access and Apple TV.  The natural beauty of white sand beaches, sapphire waters, and verdant palm trees is incorporated into the aesthetic of the resort via a maze of pathways, private terraces, courtyards.  For excursions outside of the hotel, pay a visit to the Springfield Country Club, the Palm Hills Golf Resort, the Cha-Am Forest Park, or the summer palace of King Rama VI. VIEW


Thailand Hotel #3 – Aleenta Resort & Spa, Phuket
The Aleenta Resort & Spa celebrates both elegance and environmental awareness in Phuket.  The pool villas, lofts, and luxury private 2 and 3 bedroom beachfront villas all offer stunning views of the sunset side of the Andaman Sea, while more adventurous guests can experience yoga, Tai Chi, or a rejuvenating detox.  The hotel was recently named Thailand’s Best Small Green Resort, thanks to its commitment to being environmentally friendly and socially conscious. VIEW



Thailand Hotel #4 – Indigo Pearl, Phuket
The Indigo Pearl in Phuket is innovative industrial design at its best.  The hotel celebrates the island’s rich tin mining history and expansive rubber plantations through antique industrial ironwork and locally-crafted furniture, while paying tribute to its impressive natural beauty with private courtyards, gardens, and plunge pools.  The hotel features six restaurants, bars, and cafes, and some lucky guests may be treated to the spectacle of leatherback turtles coming ashore to bury their eggs during the winter months. VIEW


Thailand Hotel #5 – Banyan Tree, Bangkok
Nothing says “sightseeing” quite like a trip to Vertigo, the Banyan Tree Bangkok’s roof-top restaurant that’s 61 stories up.  There’s something for everyone at the Banyan Tree Bangkok, from the spa’s double treatment rooms that are perfect for guests seeking a romantic getaway to the perks of the Banyan Tree Club – like a complimentary neck and shoulder massage at the Club Lounge and free use of the hotel’s boardroom – ideal for the discerning business traveler. VIEW


Thailand Hotel #6 – The Library, Koh Samui
Minimalist modernism and bold colours earn The Library, located on bustling Chaweng Beach, a place on our list of the best luxury escapes in Thailand.  Eschewing the monolithic, oppressive hotel complex look, The Library is divided into 25 suite or studio cabins nestled into the lush local vegetation.  Each cabin has a suite space on the ground floor, a studio upstairs, and an ocean view.  Must-see highlights of the hotel are its namesake library and one-of-a-kind red tinted swimming pool. VIEW


Thailand Hotel #7 – The Racha, Phuket
The Racha was voted one of the Top 100 Hottest New Resorts in the World in 2004 by Conde Nast Traveller and one of the Top 10 Island Spa Destinations in Asia by AsiaSpa Baccarat Spa Awards in 2006.  Located in Phuket, The Racha offers a range of accommodations to suit your needs, from Deluxe Villas, to Junior Pool Suites, to the Lighthouse- a five story villa with a private pool, terrace, sun deck, and an observation lounge with a 360 degree view of the island and the Andaman Sea. VIEW



Thailand Hotel #8 – Hansar, Bangkok
The Hansar Bangkok is a haven of elegance located in one of the city’s most prestigious regions, Rajdamri Road.  The hotel blends timeless style with contemporary design and urban sophistication for a memorable stay near the exclusive shopping district of Ratchaprasong and the Erawan Shrine.  Be sure to pay a visit to the rooftop bar, relax in one of the rain showers, and enjoy a refreshment from the complimentary mini-bar. VIEW


Thailand Hotel #9 – W Retreat, Koh Samui
The W Retreat Koh Samui combines the turquoise water and pristine beaches of a tropical retreat with the modern design and amenities of a luxurious resort.  The hotel offers 75 villas that feature the W Retreat Koh Samui’s signature beds and eye-catching interior design, and a host of convenient extras like the SWEAT fitness studio, the AWAY spa, and several gourmet restaurants.  The hotel is ideally located near the beach of the Gulf of Thailand and the famed nightlife of Koh Samui. VIEW


Thailand Hotel #10 – Pimalai Resort & Spa, Krabi
Paradise Found.  On the secluded island of Koh Lanta Yai, guests of the Pimalai Resort & Spa enjoy the vibrant Thai rainforest on one side and the white sands of Ba Kan Tiang beach on the other.  Explore traditional resort pastimes like sailing, diving, and windsurfing, or experience something more exotic like Thai cooking lessons and elephant trekking.  The Pimalai Resort & Spa was named the Best Luxury Resort Spa by the World Luxury Spa Awards in 2011. VIEW

WANT TO KNOW MORE? VISIT KIWICOLLECTION.COM FOR MORE GREAT PLACES / HOTELS TO STAY IN THAILAND.

20 Oct, 2011

Luc Wiesman

Founder and Managing Editor
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