Thailand is hot on everyone’s travel list for its promise of winter sun when we simply can’t face the UK anymore. Best between November through May, choose from literally one of the hundreds of islands off the coast or stick to the mainland for picturesque landscapes, pristine beaches and crystal clear sea. It’s no wonder Thailand is the most popular holiday destination in South East Asia.
Flying into Bangkok, opt for an introduction to Thailand’s rich culture by visiting Chiang Mai in the north; a land of rolling mountains, beautiful temples and experiences you’ll likely never forget. Ethical elephant sanctuaries are dotted around the landscape or you can discover the famed local cuisine, signing up to a cookery class for the day and exploring the local restaurants.
The islands need little introduction. Lying 50 miles off the east coast of Thailand, Koh Samui offers the most beautiful beaches in Thailand and i known for its coconut groves and palm-fringed beaches. Take a boat out to explore the seemingly endless islands dotting the landscape and snorkel in one of the most beautiful places on the planet. If one was to imagine an island to be castaway, this would be it.
Wherever you choose, you’re unlikely to be disappointed.
Not all those who wander are lost
Soaring above the famed shopping and entertainment district of Sathorn and Silom Road, this iconic city landmark comprises a variety of ultra-spacious suites with stunning views over the city. Dine at Vertigo, their rooftop restaurant, relax in the spa or take a dip in the pool on the 21st floor. The comfortable rooms are all mini suites boasting small living areas but you can spend most of your time working through the hotel’s seven restaurants including a river cruise ship to take in the sights.
Just a hop from the Night Bazaar, the sleek and stylish Anantara Chiang Mai is a luxurious resort offering proximity to the shops whilst on the banks of the Mae Ping. With river-view rooms and pool, a fabulous spa and fine dining in the former British consulate-turned-restaurant, Anantara is the perfect location for some local culture. You can soak up the local atmosphere visiting Buddhist temples, Elephant Trails and booking a local cookery class. Or hop on a tuk-tuk to the morning market. Returning to this design-led hotel to enjoy the spa, gym, bikes and 34-metre long pool.
With its enviable location on the tip of Cape Yamu, COMO Point Yamu enjoys breath-taking views over Phuket’s east coast. Contemporary guest rooms boast spectacular views and the beautiful bathrooms add an extra wow factor. You can choose from street-style Thai cuisine, locally caught seafood and Italian wood-fired classics. Or go for the healthy COMO Shambhala specialities whilst poolside at La Sirena. There is complimentary daily yoga on offer and an expansive spa. Relax by the infinity pool overlooking UNESCO protected Phang Nga Bay. Or take the short boat journey to the hotel’s private beach club. Make sure you plan some cultural visits to local temples, diving and canoeing. You can also visit the local street markets of Phuket to immerse yourself in local food.
Six Senses delivers another barefoot luxury retreat, a mere 45 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Phuket. Combining natural elements with modern architecture, Six Senses Yao Noi has avoided the overdevelopment found in Phuket. Instead, this tiny island shares a glimpse into Thailand 30 years ago. With views over spectactular Phang Nga Bay, you can spend your time at leisure. Relaxing in the spa or on one of their two glorious beaches, taking part in watersports or heading out on a cultural village tour.
Hidden on the northernmost tip of Koh Samui, this is a spa hotel at its best. The pool villas boast over 55 square metres of living space alongside a garden with sundeck. So you can enjoy the privacy of your pool villa or head out to the fantastic hotel pool. Book in for a cookery class using produce from the hotel’s kitchen garden. And spend your evenings at Dining on the Rocks with stunning 270 degree views. And if you’re keen to explore, make sure to book a boat trip to Ang Thong Marine Park or island hop to nearby Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan.