Keen for an escape to the Land of Smiles? You’re not the only one! Here’s a selection of outstanding beachside accommodation we’ve been eyeing for our next holiday to Thailand, with all the info you need on facilities and special deals.
InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort
The 79 Thai-inspired guest rooms, suites and villas in this exclusive enclave each feature a private balcony with spectacular sunset views over the Gulf of Thailand, the nearby Five Islands and Ang Thong National Marine Park.
You can enjoy one of the resort’s seven swimming pools, or treat body and soul at the holistic Baan Thai Spa by Harnn. Head out to explore the buzzing nightlife and charming fishing villages of Koh Samui, or go island-hopping for snorkelling, diving or dolphin-watching.
- The Stay & Dine Package includes luxurious accommodation for two adults, daily breakfast at Amber, free meals for children with paying adults, a drinks and-dining credit of 3,200 Thai baht (S$120) for every two nights’ stay and Wi-Fi access throughout the resort. (Minimum two-night stay, maximum four-night stay.)
- The Weekend Getaway package includes accommodation, daily breakfast, a 60-minute body massage for two people, a bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival and a one-way Samui International Airport transfer. (Minimum two-night stay; Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights only.)
Book these deals directly via the website to enjoy a best-price guarantee. For stays up to 15 January 2017.
Tubkaak Krabi Beach Resort
Sitting on a hidden stretch of gorgeous beach, facing a stunning archipelago of 13 islands that rise dramatically from the calm Andaman Sea, and backed by the mighty Hang Nak Mountain, Tubkaak Krabi Beach Resort boasts an enviable location. It also has all the right ingredients for a relaxing hideaway.
Nearby twin islands Koh Yao Yai and Koh Yao Noi provide shelter from the southwest monsoon winds, which means the beach at Tubkaak has calm water all year round – not to mention beautiful sunsets that play out against the limestone cliffs.
The resort offers a distinctly Thai ambience, with the latest collection of private pool villas featuring spacious layouts and large private pools. And both the resort spa, L’escape, and the Di Mare Italian restaurant are situated right on the beachfront.
Expat Living readers can enjoy an exclusive rate when booking a stay between 11 January and 15 April 2017 – just type “EXPATLIVING” when making a reservation online.
Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket
With its inviting pink hue and architecture inspired by the shophouses of Phuket town, the Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket stands out from your regular luxury resort. Each of the 262 rooms and suites offers views from furnished balconies or terraces that overlook the Andaman Sea off Karon Beach, while classical pillars, covered walkways and manicured courtyards add character.
Kids will love the leisure facilities, which include four swimming pools and an extensive water park complex, complete with lazy river, waterfalls, waterslides and a spa pool – ideal for active family holidays.
A selection of restaurants and poolside bars add to the vibe, while the kids’ club and the “E-zone” cater for youngsters and teens. Meanwhile, a collection of exclusive one- and two-bedroom pool villas are located in the resort’s most secluded area; these oversized living spaces offer a tranquil escape, with rim-flow pools and verandahs set in lush vegetation, and enormous bathtubs and showers adding to the comfort and indulgence.
From the resort, it’s a short walk to the secluded end of Karon Beach, from where the main beach – abuzz with water-sport activities – is easily reached. Local street markets, Thai food, vendors and massages are also a short stroll away, to round out an authentic Phuket visit.
This is an article that first appeared in the November 2016 edition of Expat Living. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue!
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