15 Top-Rated Resorts in Thailand
Thailand may be primarily known as a tropical paradise for sunseekers, but more and more travelers are heading here for other reasons, including water and land adventures and a chance to relax in their own corner of paradise. While the stunning coastline is still the main attraction here, Thailand's luxury resorts are becoming a destination in themselves, offering everything from organized activities to all-inclusive spas and fitness centers and even secluded villas for those who want lots of quiet time.
Regardless of your final destination in Thailand, we found some of the best resorts. Plan your trip with our list of the top resorts in Thailand.
1. Six Senses Yao Noi, Ko Yao Noi
Located halfway between Krabi and Phuket, Ko Yao Noi is the perfect island destination for travelers looking for sea and adventure without the big crowds and busy atmosphere that sometimes abounds on other islands. Six Senses Resort is located next to a remote cliff, right on the oceanfront over Phang Nga Bay and surrounded by lush rainforest.
Here, all villas come with their own private sun terrace and pool, outdoor showers, and a personal butler. The Beachfront Pool Villa Suite, the largest offered, comes with a private infinity-edge pool, a covered outdoor dining area, loungers and daybeds, and a Bose hi-fi audio system.
Aside from a spa and wellness center, a tennis court, and a fitness and yoga center, guests can join a number of organized tours and activities-from snorkeling and cycling to a mangrove kayak tour, a game of tennis, and windsurfing.
Families with kids can take advantage of the many available activities, including batik painting, tennis and kayaking lessons, ice-cream parties, and even cooking classes.
Address: 56 Moo 5 Tambol, Ko Yao Noi
Accommodation: Six Senses Yao Noi
2. Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket
Set in a quiet, secluded corner of Karon Beach, the Centara Grand Phuket Resort is one of the best destination hotels in Thailand.
The hotel villas feature a small private pool, an en-suite bathroom, and an outdoor terrace for private meals. Aside from three restaurants on-site, the resort also offers a tennis court; a state-of-the-art fitness center with views of the ocean; and a spa offering all forms of pampering, from massage to a sauna.
When it comes to keeping guests entertained, the Centara is hard to beat. The resort has a landscaped water park built right into its gardens. Here, guests young and old can enjoy four pools, a lazy river, waterfalls and waterslides, and a children's pool with a slide reserved for the youngest guests.
The hotel also offers two kids' clubs: Camp Safari for kids under nine and E-Zone for older children. The clubs offer a number of activities, including drawing and painting, games, arts and crafts, a TV with special kid-friendly programming, and an outdoor play zone. Teenagers and older kids can join their parents in kayaking, windsurfing, or snorkeling adventures - all the necessary equipment is available directly from the hotel.
Address: 683 Patak Road, Karon Beach Muang, Phuket, Karon
Accommodation: Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket
3. Avista Hideaway Phuket Patong - MGallery Hotel Collection
Located just steps away from Patong Beach, high on a hilltop and surrounded by thick, lush rainforest, the Avista Hideaway Phuket Patong mixes the luxury of a five-star boutique hotel with contemporary Thai architecture details that make the place feel both modern and centuries-old. Choose from executive rooms with direct pool access or deluxe suites with views over the landscaped evergreen gardens.
Guests can take advantage of the three swimming pools; a luxurious spa; and a number of on-site activities, including mini-golf, table tennis, a games room, movie nights, and a kids' club. A barbecue terrace and an on-site restaurant offer plenty of options for lunch and dinner.
Address: 39/9 Muen Ngern Road Tri-trang Beach, Patong, Kathu, Phuket
Accommodation: Avista Hideaway Phuket Patong - MGallery Hotel Collection
4. Movenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket
Located on Karon Beach, one of Phuket's most beautiful beaches, the Movenpick Resort & Spa offers an impressive four pools, five restaurants, yoga and fitness classes, a world-class spa, and a beachfront café.
The resort offers many rooms and villas, some with their own plunge pool and separate living room area, outdoor terraces, and a small pool to cool off when you're not ready to head off to the hotel's main pools.
Guests can enjoy themed dinner nights and live music evenings and take advantage of the many activities on-site, including water sports, table tennis, and a game room.
Address: 509 Patak Road, Karon Beach, Karon, Phuket
Accommodation: Movenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket
5. The Chill Resort and Spa, Koh Chang
Elegance and privacy are at the core of everything at The Chill Resort and Spa, a boutique resort seconds from Kai Bae Beach and surrounded by coconut trees.
Here, guests can choose from a number of rooms and villas featuring cozy living spaces, plush bathrobes, and modern furnishings and décor. Some of the rooms offer direct access to the pool from the private terrace, while others feature large balconies with a daybed.
For those who want more privacy, there's even a two-story suite with a private pool (plus direct access to the hotel's main pool), a home theater system, and a large seating area with views over the water.
Visitors can get pampered at the spa or work up an appetite at the resort's fully equipped fitness center - then head out to the beachfront Chill-Out Cafe for fine fusion cuisine. Additional activities include cooking classes, themed dinner nights, water sports facilities, and a chance to borrow bicycles for free.
Address: 19/21 Moo 4 Kai Bae Beach, Ko Chang
Accommodation: The Chill Resort & Spa
6. The Surin, Phuket
Sitting on a stretch of pure white sand on Pansea Beach, this 5-star resort offers accommodations in the form of luxury cottages with outdoor covered terraces, satellite TV, either ocean views or a hillside location, and space to accommodate large families.
The two-bedroom cottages offer a sitting area with a large TV and private access to a sun terrace. Surrounded by coconut trees, The Surin offers a place to both relax and be active, depending on your mood.
Just outside the beachfront cottages, there's a sundeck overlooking the bay and plenty of beach chairs to lounge on and watch the sunset. Guests can enjoy the outdoor pool; visit the spa; enjoy one of the four restaurants and cafés; or try water sports such as windsurfing, sailing, snorkeling, and paddleboarding. There's also a library and babysitting services available for when parents need a break on their own.
Address: 509 Patak Road, Karon Beach, Karon, Phuket
Accommodation: The Surin
7. Pimalai Resort and Spa, Koh Lanta
Nestled between lush tropical rainforest and the turquoise waters of the Andaman sea, the Pimalai Resort and Spa offers both rooms and villas. The one-bedroom villas come furnished with a sofa bed, while two-bedroom villas can accommodate up to six people. The larger villas even come with their own private pool.
Aside from three restaurants, an infinity pool, a world-class spa, and a fitness center, the resort also offers yoga classes and plenty of activities to keep guests of all ages occupied. Direct access to beautiful reefs and snorkeling, tennis and badminton courts, bicycles available for free, and a kids' club with many organized activities means everybody in the family will find something to do here.
Pimalai's beach access in a corner of the island means no crowds and very little noise, so guests can enjoy their corner of paradise almost on their own.
Address: 99 Moo 5, Ba Kan Tiang Beach, Ko Lanta
Accommodation: Pimalai Resort and Spa
8. Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort, Koh Phi Phi Don
An 800-meter stretch of private beach, an infinity pool that seems to go on forever, and its own dive center make the Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort one of the top picks for families visiting the Phi Phi islands. This boutique resort is surrounded by a massive 70 acres of land covered in coconut trees and offers private accommodation in the form of pool villas and bungalows.
For larger families, the two-bedroom family bungalow offers plenty of space, an ample balcony with outdoor seating, and interconnected rooms. For families with just one child, the Hillside Pool Villa offers impressive open views over the sea and the limestone islands, its own private infinity pool, and a sundeck with chairs to lounge on and enjoy the sea breeze.
When it's time for some fun, the resort offers a Phi Phi Family Playground program, which allows families to create crafts using coconuts, learn about recycling, take swimming lessons, go on a guided kayaking adventure, and even learn how to make simple Thai dishes. Grown-ups can spend some time at the spa or the well-equipped fitness center, take a yoga class, or plan a snorkeling trip.
Address: 49 Moo 8, Aonang, Muang, Ko Phi Phi Don
Accommodation: Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort
9. Sea Sand Sun Resort and Villas, Na Chom Thian
A 5-star resort on its own stretch of soft white sand, the Sea Sand Sun Resort and Villas features modern, spacious suites; a Balinese-style theme; and all the pampering you could ever want.
A favorite among couples, the resort focuses on creating a serene environment through open-style bathrooms, all-glass walls that open to your own private tropical garden and pool, and large balconies with sun lounges and outdoor dining tables. Some villas are stand-alone, with direct open views over the ocean, where you can catch the sunset from the privacy of your own terrace.
In addition to the main swimming pool, there's also a children's pool and an outdoor hot tub, as well as a beachfront restaurant, an award-winning spa, and a foot reflexology center. The Cartoon Network Amazon Water Park and the Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden are very close to the resort, and the concierge can help organize a visit to either one.
Address: 78/4 M.8 Sukhumwit K.M. 163 Na Jomtien, Na Chom Thian
Accommodation: Sea Sand Sun Resort and Villas
10. Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin
Hua Hin, just two and a half hours south of Bangkok, often flies under the radar when people are looking for holiday destinations in Thailand. But this small city is home to the king's summer palace and a quiet beach, perfect for those wanting to get away from the crowds.
Like other Centara hotels around the country, the one in Hua Hin offers suites and interconnecting rooms, a stunning beachfront location, and four swimming pools, each with its own smaller kids' pool attached. All villas offer privacy, terraces, and either a Jacuzzi or a plunge pool.
The resort's concierge can arrange tours to nearby attractions including the Mrigadayan Palace and Khao Sam Roi Yod National Park. It's also possible to rent bicycles on-site, take tennis lessons, or play a game of giant chess.
Address: 1 Damnernkasem Road, Hua Hin
Accommodation: Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin
11. Bo Phut Resort & Spa, Koh Samui
This stunning beachfront resort is located on one of Koh Samui's quietest beaches but just minutes away from town and popular tourist attractions (including Fisherman's Village).
Here, visitors can choose between smaller villas with garden or beach views, or pick the large Garden Villa with plunge pool, which features a large sun terrace, an outdoor shower, and plenty of other fun features.
Bo Phut Resort and Spa offers a number of leisure facilities, including landscaped pools, two restaurants, table tennis, and a well-appointed spa. The tour desk can help organize tours for guests, including canoeing trips, windsurfing lessons, diving, and snorkeling. There's live music in the evenings, and a library for rainy days.
Address: 12/12, Moo 1, Bophut
Accommodation: Bo Phut Resort & Spa
12. Soneva Kiri, Ko Kut
This exclusive resort sits on the island of Koh Kood, surrounded by thick jungle and on its own private peninsula. Here, stand-alone villas are either perched on cliffs or sitting right on the golden sands.
All villas offer their own private pool, en-suite bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and a private terrace with sun loungers. From luxurious six-bedroom sunset-view villas with their own treehouse, waterslide, and gym to beach pool villa suites with outdoor bathtubs and direct access to a private stretch of beach, the rooms here will leave you feeling like royalty.
A spa offers everything from Ayurveda treatments to healing therapies. Other amenities include Thai cooking classes, an outdoor cinema, and four dining options serving everything from traditional Thai dishes to modern European fine dining to tapas and refreshments.
For those more adventurous, it's possible to have a treepod dining experience (sitting in a bamboo pod high up in the heart of the rainforest) or lunch inside a natural cave surrounded by the jungle.
Address: 110 Moo 4, Ko Kut
Accommodation: Soneva Kiri
13. JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa, Khao Lak
Designed in the style of Thai palaces and temples, this elegant resort offers magnificent views and direct access to the pristine powdery beaches of Khao Lak. A lagoon-inspired massive swimming pool, a sun terrace and picnic area, a vast landscaped garden of coconut trees, and spa and wellness packages make this a great place for a tropical escape.
The resort offers suite and family rooms that can accommodate up to six people, some with direct pool access and some with quiet garden views. The resort provides free bicycles to explore the surrounding jungle trails and limestone cliffs, or you can play tennis, try a cooking class, or visit the library. There's also an outdoor playground, a game room, and a kids' club.
Address: 41/12 Moo 3 Phang Nga, Khuk Khak, Khao Lak
Accommodation: JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa
14. Sandalwood Luxury Villas, Lamai Beach
Only 14 villas (of which nine come with their own private infinity pool) make up this stunning hillside resort with probably the best view of the Gulf of Siam you'll find in Thailand. Villas come with kitchenettes, spa baths overlooking the ocean, private sundecks, and ceiling-high glass sliding doors for panoramic views both indoors and out. The communal hotel swimming pool offers a place to relax. Couples wanting a little privacy can choose to have breakfast in their villas.
Guests can enjoy snorkeling, cooking classes, and cultural tours of the area. There's a restaurant and library on-site.
Address: 211/7 Moo 4, Lamai Beach, Maret
Accommodation: Sandalwood Luxury Villas
15. Devasom Hua Hin Resort, Cha Am
All rooms at this award-winning resort have either partial or full sea views and rain showers, with some rooms also offering direct access to the ocean. Other room amenities include a free in-room non-alcohol minibar, private balconies, and Bluetooth speakers.
Guests have exclusive use of the private beach, can enjoy the hotel's massive saltwater swimming pool and Jacuzzi, try a Thai cooking class, or get pampered at the resort's spa.
The resort's restaurant serves five-course meals prepared by an acclaimed chef. The concierge can arrange day trips to nearby attractions, including the Hua Hin Night Market, Maruekhathaiyawan Palace, or Palm Hills Golf Club.
Address: 1446/23 Petchkasem Road, Cha-am
Accommodation: Devasom Hua Hin Resort