For couples, Thailand offers temptation in the sheer breadth of indulgent experiences. From private pool villas to five-star hotels and beachfront retreats, the luxury holiday and honeymoon options are endless. Together with thoughtful service and those beautiful Thai smiles, you have the makings of an unforgettable romantic escape.
Paresa – Phuket.
Named after the ‘heaven of heavens’ in Sanskrit, Paresa perches high on the cliffs of Kamala Bay, with sandy beaches within easy reach and God-given views of Andaman Sea sunsets from all of its contemporary rooms. Sensitively designed around existing trees to make the most of its 30-acre coastal setting – with a natural palette of stone, timber and green slate roofs so it blends in with the bush – this restful resort does romance to the max. Opt for the ‘Infinity dining’ option, and staff will set up a day-bed for two suspended over the LED-lit infinity pool, where waiters will wade out to serve you supper beneath the stars.
Putahracsa – Hua Hin.
Get your marriage off to a romantic start at Putahracsa in Hua Hin, where all that glitters isn’t gold – it’s calming white and beige. This stylish reinvention of Sixties motel architecture features romantic rooms and villas clustered around a rectangular infinity pool, bordered by wooden walkways and parasol-shaded day beds. The restaurant serves up delicious fusion food; nab a coveted table with two seats facing the sea (unless you’d rather stare into each other’s eyes lovingly). You can also request yoga sessions or unwind entirely with snooze-inducing spa treatments.
Layana Resort and Spa – Ko Lanta, Krabi Province.
The 51-room Layana Resort and Spa is a luxury beachfront escape, with James Bond-style treatment that starts with a private speedboat along the scenic Andaman coast to Koh Lanta Island. The lush, adults-only resort consists of exquisite Garden Pavilions as well as exclusive Beach Suites (stand-alone bungalows) that sport private terraces and direct beach access. The resort offers a saltwater infinity pool, spa, and fitness centre. Guests can sample international and local Thai cuisine at the on-site restaurant, and as the name suggests, watch the sunset from the Sundowner Bar and Lounge.
The Shore – Kata Beach, Karon, Phuket.
The Shore at Katathani is an upscale villa resort that caters mainly to couples and honeymooners. The spacious villas come with private plunge pools, some with direct ocean views. Its private location, tucked away in a cove along Kata Noi Beach, adds to the hotel’s intimate, beachy atmosphere. The property includes a small spa, an oceanfront restaurant, and freeform infinity pool with sweeping views of the beach.
Six Senses Yao Noi – Phang Nga.
It can be quite a struggle to tear yourself away from this hotel’s private pool villas and jaw-dropping views. But trust us, it’ll be well worth it. Tucked away on an unspoilt island facing Phang Nga Bay’s picturesque limestone pinnacles, the resort has access to some of the world’s best scuba diving and snorkelling sites, as well as sea-kayaking and sailing equipment. Can’t find your sea legs? Hop on a boat to nearby Krabi or Phuket for elephant trekking, mountain biking, hiking, and rock climbing.