When it comes to love, nothing says “I didn’t spend time on this” like a token, heart-shaped box. Instead give time, your time, in the shape of an experience. We’ve picked out eight destinations that will express to your Valentine just how much you care.
For luxury on a budget
Avani Hua Hin
Where: Hua Hin
Occupying a quiet stretch of beach in the coastal town, the 185 rooms/suites and 11 villas are decorated in subtle earth tones and wood, accented with splashes of green. The hotel as a whole toes the same line between modernist and traditional, contrasting square architecture with Thai textures, like woven bamboo furniture. Rates start at B3,600/night, but are higher for the 11 one- and two-bedroom villas, which come with a plunge pool or a Jacuzzi and direct access to the lagoon pool. The Hammam spa room has a Turkish steam bath, which you can follow up with a massage (B1,500). Come evening, find your way to the resort’s jazz lounge for mellow blues with cocktails and mezze plates.
Proud Phu Fah
Where: Chiang Mai
Set amid the lush green and oh-so-romantic landscape of Chiang Mai’s Mae Rim, this earthy hotel is perfect to lock yourself inside when the rain is falling outside. Its vast living area is ideal for doing nothing but relaxing. Alternatively, soak in the outdoor bathtub. Rates start from B3,400/night, inclusive of breakfast
Phu Chaisai Mountain Resort
Where: Chiang Rai
Divided into Bamboo cottages, Mountain cottages, Deluxe Mountain cottages and Pool Villas, all the room types here face a spectacular view of the Mae Salong Valley. The Private Pool Cottage rate is only around B5,438/night, while the Mountain Cottage is B3,600 on
For roughing it in style
Camp Out Korat
Live out the campervan slowlife dream with this stunning new motorhome rental service in Korat. Set beside a picturesque lake, Camp Out Korat offers six beautifully bijou campervans (B1,800-2,000/night) for the perfect romantic weekend in the woods. Though you won’t be able to drive anywhere, Camp Out ensures each of its vans is decked out for comfort as well as style, with TV and aircon as standard. Come nightfall, camp staff set up romantic barbecues by the lake for each of its guests, lit up by strings of fairy lights. Other on-site activities include lake swimming, cycling in the woods and paddling out on duck boats.
With a View @ Chiang Khan
This quaint, nine-room hotel takes over a two-story wooden house situated on the Mae Khong River. Maintaining the architectural facade of the old days, the hotel also enjoys a great view of the sunset. For the ultimate local experience, get a merit-making set provided by the hotel. Rooms start at B1,200 on
Baan Rai Arun
This adorable Ranong farm-stay is surrounded by the lush green of the owner's family’s plantation. The new treehouses are simply picture perfect. Bookings can only be made at 096-938-2981 and www.fb.com/baanraiiarun
between 9am-5pm. Houses start at B2,500.
For sticking close to the city
Le Bassin Erawan Resort
A minimalist haven in the depths of the jungle, Le Bassin Erawan Resort celebrates the simpler things in life. The wooden raft house perched on the riverbank (B3,800/night) is nothing fancy, but its vintage four-poster bed and large sliding doors facing the river give it a rustic charm. On land, rooms are simple but comfortably furnished concrete structures with spacious terraces extending out over the river (B2,000-2,500/night). Want the full glamping experience? Stay in one of the huge, colorful tents for B2,900/night with breakfast and dinner included. River kayaking and rafting are also available upon request.
This Ratchaburi resort breaks away from all the European themed places along the mountains and takes advantage of its lakeside location, with a peaceful view of the waters straight from the guestrooms. The awesome infinity pool is also home to a cool floating cafe. Jungle view rooms are B1,800/night but add B400 more and stay at the stunning lakeside view rooms for a mere B2,200/night.
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