Many travelers come to Thailand looking to be pampered, but there exists a level of luxury that few can afford. A small number of select hotels throughout the country combine five-star service, dining, breathtaking views, world-class amenities, and sumptuous interiors that take luxury to a whole different level. Here are the top three most luxurious places you can stay in Thailand.
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
Located alongside the sweeping Chao Phraya River in the heart of Bangkok sits the most luxurious and well-respected hotel in the capital: the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok. Steeped in history, this landmark has welcomed royalty, dignitaries, and celebrities from around the globe for over 135 years.
The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok offers rooms and suites that even a king and queen feel pampered in. The hotel’s most elaborate – the Royal Oriental Suite – contains a breathtaking collection of art and artifacts, oriental rugs, and teak furnishings decorated in gold leaf. It has two balconies overlooking the river, with sweeping views of Bangkok and beyond.
When you’re ready for some pampering, head to The Oriental Spa, which was voted Best in the World by Travel & Leisure Magazine. Therapies include both Thai and international styles of massage and beauty treatments, all provided in state-of-the-art facilities adorned with beautiful artwork and priceless antiques.
Soneva Kiri by Six Senses
The suites and villas of this luxurious resort are nestled around a pristine bay on the island of Kood, off the southeast coast of Thailand near Trat. Because of its secluded location, you won’t need to worry about getting a taxi at the airport, or even a limousine! Instead, Soneva Kiri staff will provide transportation to the resort via their own private airplane. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your Mr. or Ms Friday, who will be at your service for the duration of your stay.
Choose from a variety of lavish suites and rooms, from the Eco Villa – a cutting-edge suite that emits zero-emissions – to the private, six-bedroom Cliff Reserve with its own infinity pool with waterslides, fitness gym, spa treatment area, and electric cart for exploring the island.
Six Senses Spa, listed among The offers a variety of treatments designed to balance all your senses while the rest of the world melts away. Your butler would be happy to arrange some excursions for you, including guided jungle treks to view remote waterfalls, snorkeling or scuba diving, visiting local farms, or sunset cruises. There’s plenty to do at the resort, too – including astronomy classes at the resorts own private observatory.
Aleenta Luxury Villas
Whether you’re traveling with family or just want to have a beachfront home all to yourself, look no further than Aleenta’s Private Luxury Villas in Phuket. This resort offers two and three-bedroom homes directly on Natai beach. You will be afforded absolute privacy, except for your butler and private chef, who will personally attend to every whim and craving that comes up during your stay.
Each home has three bedrooms – each with an ensuite bath, views of the Andaman Sea, and even an iPod sound system. There is a full western kitchen, sprawling wooden sun deck, and private pool, but if one pool isn’t enough, the Grand Villa Natai comes with two. Each villa is also outfitted with the latest in technology – including indoor and outdoor sound systems, plasma TVs, and a home theater system if you get tired of looking at the ocean.
There is also a spa on-site, offering signature facials and body treatments, massages, and steam baths. Aleenta also offers wellness packages that can include Tai Chi on the beach, yoga, and detox programs. Should you wish to learn how to cook up some delicious Thai cuisine, sign up for one of their cooking classes, which will be conducted by your personal private chef.