Bucket List Travel Asia: Thailand’s Luxury Resorts

Thailand is evolving. Just a couple of decades ago, the country was a favorite among backpackers who sought out remote adventures in the tropics. While Thailand remains true to itself, it has also developed into a place for discerning international travelers wanting to revitalize their minds and bodies in unforgettable settings. This time, with the help of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, we present some of the luxurious resorts that are perfect for rejuvenation.

Urban Bliss in Central Thailand
When seeking a cosmopolitan getaway, Bangkok is the best place to start. Its culture, nightlife, shopping and dining options are endless, and can accommodate all ages and lifestyles. The city is also home to the 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok hotel, one of the most notable resort spas in the county. Located next to the shopping district, it offers sweeping views of the skyline and is brimming with modern amenities. The spa and wellness center is perfect for keeping the body prepared for all of the activities you will be pursuing. Located by the river is the Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort, which offers a unique perspective of the city. While still in close proximity to Bangkok’s many offerings, this is also its own inclusive sanctuary, with high-end restaurants and bars. Visitors can keep their body in tiptop condition with the fitness center, as well as many spa programs and classes that guide you to better health.

Embracing the Tropics in Northern Thailand
Nature lovers will gravitate towards Northern Thailand, where lush forests are the setting for breathtaking interactions with flora and wildlife. The Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai is an idyllic gateway, offering numerous packages that include activities like elephant watching, bike tours, fitness sessions, and dining experiences created by your own personal chef. The wellness packages are designed to impress even the most seasoned traveler, with a variety of massages, yoga classes, and salon services. Within the city however, no other hotel comes close to the Shangri-La Hotel Chiang Mai. It puts you in the middle of the bustling city center, where all of the shopping, dining, and nightlife is at your fingertips. Whatever your exploits, the hotel is the perfect place to relax and recharge with one of the many spa treatments that are centered around the idea of ch’i –the Chinese philosophy of unblocking the body’s natural life force and making sure it is flowing for optimal health.

A view of your private deck and pool at Soneva Kiri. Isn’t your mind somewhere else already?

Ultimate Luxury in Southern Thailand
If you come to Thailand just to be pampered, few resorts will beat out the eco-friendly Six Senses Hideaway Samui in Koh Samui – perhaps the country’s most beautiful island. Local experts are on hand to manage everything from detoxing to massages and skin treatments. Guests can select environments ranging from quiet, climate-controlled rooms to open-air rooms that are immersed in the island’s sounds and smells. The ocean surroundings will only further the blissful state of mind you enter. Down the road is the multiple award-winning Conrad Koh Samui. This is one of the most renowned resorts, whose spa is brimming with every amenity you can imagine. Visitors gush over the facilities and personal service, which are priceless advantages for any luxury getaway. Every element, from the private decks overlooking the Gulf to a state-of-the-art fitness center will keep your mind, body, and soul engaged.

Finding Enlightenment in Eastern Thailand
Where the lush landscape meets the brilliant sea on the island of Koh Kood, the Soneva Kiri resort offers an unbeatable environment for those who love nature. Activities range from butterfly watching within the rainforest to diving along the reefs – all arranged by the resort. To balance all that activity, guests can simply kick back at the private beach, enjoy a great meal at one of several impressive restaurants, or take advantage of the many spa packages created to rejuvenate the body. All the private residences and villas come with private pools, and the staff is reputed to be among the most attentive you will ever encounter.

For more information, connect with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (https://na.tourismthailand.org/home).

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