D’Marge 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 luxury Thailand hotels for your holidaying pleasure.
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.
Aleenta Resort & Spa, Phuket
The Aleenta Resort & Spa is the definiton of luxury thailand hotels. It 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.
The Slate 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
W Retreat, Koh Samui
The W Retreat Koh Samui is one of the luxury Thailand hotels as it 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.
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.