Time for a Thai retreat? We think so. Here’s a selection of outstanding beachside accommodation to consider for your next solo, family or group getaway.
And, while you’re there, don’t miss Wonderfruit 2015, a four-day cross-cultural arts and music festival taking place from 17 to 20 December, 150km southeast of Bangkok, in Pattaya in Chonburi province.
Described as Thailand’s “first globally conscious and eco-friendly festival”, it attracts people from across the globe for musical performances, wellness experiences, talks, workshops and more. This year’s line-up includes the likes of The Faint, Howie B and Jon Hopkins, with more acts to be announced.
This modern designer villa sits on the headland between Phuket’s Kata Beach and Kata Noi Beach. The 980-square-metre Baan Saleah has four luxury suites with some swish additions such as handcrafted terrazzo baths and hand-chipped marble basins in each of the four bathrooms (two of which are indoor-outdoor).
Ten people can be accommodated with ease in the villa – not to mention in the 100-square-metre infinity pool – and the bedrooms offer complete privacy from each other, making it ideal for a couple of families. Slip into the pool and sip a cappuccino or cocktail while listening to the waves crashing on the rocks below – or, if you prefer, listen to the countless songs on the Sonos system and Bose speakers.
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Sangsuri consists of three expansive properties sitting side by side on a forested hillside that rolls gently down to an unspoilt beach. This is ideal accommodation for large families, groups of friends, wedding parties or other events, with the villas offering five to six bedrooms each, plus, in Villa 1, a dorm for up to eight children. All have large, private infinity pools, a massage sala, direct access to the beach and a range of modern facilities.
The staff for each villa includes a manager, a chef, housekeepers and gardeners. Sangsuri is situated just 10 minutes from Koh Samui’s most popular beachside shopping, dining and entertainment strip at Chaweng, and from the airport.
Special offer: Various discounts are available for Expat Living readers: 10 percent off for stays of three to five nights, 15 percent off for six to nine nights, and 20 percent off for 10 or more nights.
Twelve nautical miles from Phuket lies the tiny island of Racha Yai, which offers a pristine escape from the mainland. The Racha resort fronts the soft white sand and azure waters of Batok Bay, and comprises 85 luxury eco-chic villas spread over 20 acres of tropical grounds.
There’s a wide range of villas to choose from, most featuring private pools, and all with private terraces, spacious bathrooms, enclosed and open-air rain showers, indoor and outdoor daybeds and more.
It’s not surprising that many honeymoon and wedding couples choose to celebrate at The Racha, from a simple barefoot renewal-of-vows ceremony for two to a grand affair. Contact the resort’s wedding professionals at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special offer: Expat Living readers can enjoy a fourth night free with every three paid nights in a Pool Villa. Valid for stays up to 30 April 2016.
This article was first featured in the November 2015 issue of Expat Living magazine.