The year's latest and greatest stays.
The year's latest and greatest stays.
- By Kankanok Wichiantanon
- | Aug 03, 2018
Jump to : Chonburi l Kanchanaburi l Petchaburi l Hua Hin l Samut Songkhram l Phuket l Krabi l Korat l Petchabun
Costa Well Resort (www.costawellresortpattaya.com) brings Santorini style to the quiet fishing town of Bangsaray. A white and blue color scheme runs throughout, and the expansive views make for a peaceful, airy vibe. Tucked out of sight of town, the resort is in a perfect location for Cartoon Network Water Park and the Nong Nooch Botanical Garden. The Deluxe Jacuzzi Room starts at B4,048/night while the Two-Bedroom Suite Jacuzzi goes for B12,969.
Z9 Resort (www.fb.com/Z9Resort, 063-239-4459), near the Srinakarin dam, sets a new high-water mark in floating luxury. The design by Dersyn Studio manages to be both classical and futuristic, each room stepping out onto a private terrace with unobstructed views of the reservoir. Lounge on beanbags on the communal floating deck or retreat to shore and the resort’s restaurant and bar. On weekdays, the 50-sq-meter spaces go for B6,600; weekends are B8,600 (breakfast and kayaking included).
What’s better than a water park? A water park on your doorstep. Holiday Inn has entered the playcation game with their new branch inside Vana Nava Hua Hin Water Park (032-809-999, goo.gl/9camQz). Wake up with a ride on Abyss (Thailand’s largest water slide) or float down Lazy River with this hotel’s unlimited access to the water park. Prices are B2,690/night.
At the new Yana Villas (theyanavillas.com), the massive infinity pool goes right up to the beach and overlooks Khao Takiab mountain, while even the most basic accommodation has a cool blend of beachy woods and sexy in-room bathtubs. The price on their site right now is B5,400/night in a 120-sq-meter suite.
About an hour’s drive south of Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan's Pulakorn (www.pulakornbeachresort.com) is a new private beach resort that’s nestled amid the limestone mountains of Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park. Priced from B3,400/night, the minimalist, brownscale rooms offer either sea views or direct pool access.
We don’t blame you for wanting to stay at Hua Hin’s Seenspace mall all night. And with their new boutique hotel, Chocolate Box (www.enjoychocolatebox.com), you can. Inspired by that old Forrest Gump maxim, the hotel's 23 rooms come in three flavors: White Chocolate (for two, B5,700), Milk Chocolate (for four, B7,800) and Dark Chocolate (for six, B9,900) in a hierarchy that proves what we’ve always known: dark chocolate reigns supreme.
The Buffalo Amphawa’s (www.thebuffaloamphawa.com) rooms are rustic-chic perfection, a combination of polished cement, dark teak and light cedar wood touched up with bamboo and local crafts. At just 36 rooms/villas (starting from B3,300/night), it’s on the more exclusive side of things, too. Explaining that name, the hotel comes with its own mini buffalo farm on-site.
Breathing new life into the former Dewa Phuket Resort, Cachet Resort Dewa Phuket (www.cachetphuketdewa.com) is the first Thailand opening from this youthful, affordable group. On Nai Yang Beach, backed by Sirinat National Park, Cachet is a sleek looking place dominated by black marble, polished concrete floors and deep mahogany. Rates start at B3,200/night.
German full-board hospitality brand Robinson Club has just opened its first Thailand location on a serene 13km stretch of beach near Khao Lak. Robinson Club Khao Lak (goo.gl/MuYtW6) takes over the former space of Pullman Khao Lak with a 320-room, nine-swimming-pool resort covering 280,000 sq meters—the group’s biggest to date. Packages start from B8,000/night.
Within stumbling distance of Ao Nang Beach's tourist strip, Glow’s (www.glowhotels.com/ao-nang) 130 room starts at about B2,163/night for a jungle-facing room decked out in neutral shades. On-site you have access to not one, but two gyms, a cafe and a bar-slash-restaurant.
Panan Krabi (www.panankrabiresort.com) adds cabana-inspired design touches like leafy wallpaper, airy open spaces and local handicraft motifs to crisp and clean industrial furnishings. At 199 rooms and suites, and with a big pool running down the center, this is no beach shack, though. Expect to shell out about B3,324/night for a room. Although the resort’s not beachfront, Ao Nang’s turquoise waters, pot-bellied tourists and colorful drinking holes are mere minutes’ walk away.
The vibe at Vino Neste (www.vinoneste.com) is man meets nature, bare concrete and big stretches of glass juxtaposed with bamboo roofs, wicker furniture and walls adorned with logs. Every villa comes with its own pool hidden behind a low wall of greens and bamboo. The regular, nest-like villas are B5,625 per night.
Because of De Capoc Resort‘s (www.fb.com/decapocresort) small size, the rooms all face outward onto an unobstructed landscape. In the main, two-story building are the deluxe one- and two-bedroom suites (from B2,500/night). Nestled in the hillside below are five hillside villas (B4,500/night), each of which has the added comfort of a mesh balcony mere steps from the bed.