6 of the most romantic resorts in Thailand

Thailand, also known as the land of smiles, where miles upon miles of white soft sand is framed by warm turquoise seas and lush rainforest or mountains. Where temples and culture abound and the people are amongst the friendliest and most hospitable on the planet. What is not to like. Here are my picks for some of the best romantic luxury resorts for that special couple’s holiday.

The Sarojin

It is no wonder that this beachside Khao Lak resort is a honeymoon favourite. Tranquil, lush gardens with lily ponds, fountains, and a stream meander down to the Edge, the resort’s beachside bar and restaurant. You can enjoy a Champagne breakfast any time up until 6pm in Ficus restaurant, built around an ancient Ficus tree and alongside one of the large ponds.

The Sarojin Beach

Rooms are in small blocks with pool residences on the ground floor providing a private swimming pool and garden, and spacious Spa suites on the upper floor having a small private outside plunge pool, living area, bedroom and open plan bathroom with double ended stone bath and 2 showers. Another bonus of the Spa suites is 1 hour of spa treatments per day in Pathways Spa – LUSH.

If you can drag yourself away from your amazing pool residence or suite, there is a large swimming pool in the grounds with a spa section, or the beach is a great place to spend an afternoon – a swim in the warm Andaman sea a must, or you can try your hand at paddle board, sailing, or take a trip on the hotel’s own luxury speedboat – Lady Sarojin. This boutique resort also specialises in dining experiences, you can have a private dining experience almost anywhere you choose, including at the foot of a nearby waterfall.

Amanpuri, Phuket

Phuket, better known for its nightlife nowadays also offers a few romantic hidden gems. Situated on a stunning promontory, overlooking the pure white sands of the secluded Pansea Beach* to one side, and Bang Tao bay to the other, Amanpuri provides paparazzi-proof seclusion – that could be why JayZ and Beyonce chose it for a recent break. 40 Thai style pavilions provide accommodation amongst the swaying palms, and some even have their own plunge pools. There are 4 sumptuous restaurants to choose from, a spa and the resort even has its own private yacht.

Beach at Amanpuri

*Although all beaches in Thailand are public, this stretch of sand is protected by cliffs at each end, and other than sharing the beach with the equally stunning neighbouring 5* resort, The Surin, the only other way to reach the beach is by boat, so it is in effect fairly private.

Rayavadee, Krabi

Krabi lies along the coast of the Andaman Sea in Southern Thailand, and is the perfect choice for those looking for relaxation coupled with soft adventure, due to the area’s plentiful natural attractions which include white sand beaches, crystal clear water, extensive coral reefs, caves and waterfalls.

Rayavadee Krabi

Rayavadee is situated in the heart of Krabi on the border of the Marine National Park, the hotel oozes out luxury and elegance and is a perfect holiday for a pampering escape with an extensive range of therapies to choose from you will never want your visit to end! The resort’s 96 two-storey pavilion rooms and 5 luxurious villas are dotted throughout tropical gardens and coconut groves just a few minutes’ walk from Railay and Phranang Beach.

Each pavilion or villa is fully equipped, and offers spacious accommodation with stylish Thai-inspired details throughout. The pavilions unique design and award-winning architecture blends perfectly with the resort’s natural surroundings whilst the villas offer another level of luxury and space including a dedicated butler service.

The Library, Koh Samui

This ultra-hip, state of the art beachside resort has a minimalist style and just 46 studios, suites and pool villas spread over 12,800 sqm, allowing you plenty of space to read, roam, and reflect, and inviting you to write your own story. The Library promises to add a new page in your little book of memories with endless fun in this luxurious and contemporary design hotel which also boasts state of the art technology. You can be in for a new thrilling adventure, or just pure luxury relaxing and reading a book by its red swimming pool. The Library is an example of how design can tastefully merge with comfort, quality and the timeless power of nature.

The Library Koh Samui

Six Senses Ko Yao Noi

Reached in 45 minutes by speedboat, the setting of this romantic hideaway will leave you speechless. This is an all villa resort, built into a hillside in a jungle setting on an Island between Phuket and Krabi and offers stunning views of the sea and towering limestone cliffs of Phang Nga Bay. The villas are spacious and very gracious.

Six Senses Ko Yao Noi

Explore on bikes, Boats or Kayaks, relax in the Zen garden or by the hilltop infinity pool and just soak up those views, and some rays of course. Butlers here look after your every need and will organise anything you desire. The hotel even has its own organic vegetable garden and produces some of the freshest Thai food you are likely to taste.

Pimalia Resort, Koh Lanta

The name Pimalia is derived from the ancient Sanskrit and means “a little patch of Heaven”. This luxurious and elegant beach resort, offers a genuinely friendly service away from the hustle and bustle of crowded Thai beaches. Close to Lanta Marine National Park, Pimalia is the perfect romantic destination for that dream holiday, diving trip, honeymoon or wedding.

Pimalia

The 1 hour long speedboat journey from Krabi mainland on the resort’s own boat offers incredible sights of some of Thailand’s smaller islands and is truly unforgettable. 121 accommodations comprise of serene villas, elegant suites and quaint rooms, spread throughout and steps away from almost 1 km of pristine sand beach, surrounded by famous snorkelling and diving.

Kim Robertson is Director at Your Way (Travel) Ltd.

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