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Thailand is one of the most popular and tourist heavy countries in South East Asia. It’s popular because it offers a wide array of terrains, beautiful landscapes, and it’s highly affordable. While Bangkok and Pattaya are the most popular tourist destinations in the country, the South of the country boasts some of the most stunning islands and beaches in Asia. For example, Ko Pha Ngan is popular for its bimonthly Full Moon Party and Half Moon Party. Phi Phi Islands are known for great water activities and diving centers. There are many other islands with their own distinctive personalities and features. Finding a beach hotel amongst these options can be difficult, so we’ve narrowed down the options for you. These are the top 15 Beach Hotels in Thailand.

# 1

Trisara Hotel Phuket

Trisara is one of the most popular and exclusive luxury beach hotels in Phuket. Even though it’s meant for supreme luxury, the hotel has been kept relatively small in size with the presence of only 48 lovely villas that are both intimate and grand. Despite the fact that this beach hotel is just a little over a decade old, it has already carved out a niche for itself as Phuket’s most prized hotel. Unlike many of the other brand hotels, Trisara is owned and run by its managers who bring a degree of personable warmth into its hospitality. The villas all feature their private pools, and in addition to that there are also residential areas that can be rented. Security is very tight in this hotel so as to ensure that no one disturbs the privacy of its guests. Furthermore, it’s only 15 minutes away from the airport, and as such it’s a really comfortable and convenient hotel to reach. One of the truly special features of this hotel is that they have iPhone jacks and bose speakers lying all around the hotel so wherever you are, you can plug in your own music and feel completely at home with it. The villas are always restocked with Thai fruits, cookies, and truffles. There are two restaurants in the hotel — the Deck is perfect for Thai and European food, and Trisara Seafood is meant for seafood and Wine. As for breakfast, you can opt for either the buffet or a la carte, the latter of which includes European, Thai, and Chinese options.

# 2

Soneva Kiri Koh Kood

Soneva Kiri is located in the solitary island Koh Kood, which is a 90 minute flight from Bangkok via a private plane that the resort sends out for you. Koh Kood is one of the largest islands in Thailand, but it’s also one of the least populated, and as such you’d often feel like you’re on your own in a luxury island with servers to take care of all your needs. It really doesn’t get any more exclusive or luxurious than that. They have some of the largest villas fathomable, and they keep the numbers contained to just 36 villas, along with 11 private residences. All guests get their own complementary buggies to get around, and the villas also feature their own infinity pools. Some of the best amenities in the resort are their open air cinema Paradiso, their mangrove restaurant called Benz, and the treetop dining pod. The latter of these is a truly spectacular experience as you’re taken up to ancient rainforests on a bamboo pod. As you gaze out of the trees and mangroves you can see the waves lapping up against the shores in the distance. The beach that the hotel is on is one of the best beaches in Thailand, with white powdery sand looking out at the setting sun. All guests also get access to their own private butlers who are always at hand to show you around. In case you’re on a family vacation, you can also leave your kids at the Den, which is the resort’s children’s club where a professional child caretaker would engage them in fun activities and lessons.

# 3

Banyan Tree Samui

Banyan Tree Samui is located on the southeast coast of Koh Samui island. It’s surrounded by sparkling blue waters, and it looks over the stunning Lamai Bay. The resort is designed in the traditional Thailand architectural style, and it’s set up on a series of cascading terraces. The resort is located on its very own private bay area, and as such the only other inhabitants in the area will be other guests. Every villa comes with its own host and they’re responsible for making sure that all of your needs are met and taken care of. The beach is pristine white, and it’s lined with palm trees. The hotel also lends out equipment to go snorkeling into the clear waters, or go canoeing, paddle boarding, etc. The hotel comes equipped with a buggy service that you can avail of at any time to get to any corner of the island. There are 78 villas in the hotel, and all of them are designed in a minimalist style that still stays true to its Asian heritage. The walls are all white and feature full-length sliding glass doors. The porch steps feature glass railings as well. And the villa opens into large plunge pools. They have several great restaurants offering different kinds of cuisines. Depending on whether you’re in the mood for Thai, International, Barbecue food, or Cold Beverages, you can go to Saffron, The Edge, Sands, or Lobby Bar and Pool Bar. The resort also has its own Hydrotherapy Spa where you can relax.

# 4

Andara Resort Villas Phuket

The Andara Resort Villas are located in Kamala Beach in Phuket. It’s a hillside resort and the suites and villas are extremely intimate and cosy. The villas are decked up in a highly modern style, complete with a 52 inch LCD in the living room, a 46 inch LCD in the bedroom, and bose speakers in every room of the house. The kitchen is also highly equipped with utensils and appliances, and as such it’s definitely a place you can stay at for a long period. There are 26 luxury villas available, and 37 suites, and all of them are designed in a warm and cosy style with polished hardwood floors and walls, and a lot of colorful cushions to brighten up the rooms. One of the hotel’s finest features is the black-bottomed infinity pool and its neighboring restaurant named Silk. The restaurant serves both Thai and western dishes. The one area in which this beach hotel falls short is that it’s not located on a private beach, even though it has a beach club on a public beach, and a buggy service that can take you around. You can also avail of the yachts that cruise around the neighboring islands of Phang Nga Bay, Phi Phi, and the Similan Islands.

# 5

W Retreat Koh Samui

The W Retreat is located on Koh Samui island, between Maenam and Bo Phut beaches. It’s stretched out across 9 miles of the tropical island, features several private pools, restaurants, and 74 villas. All the villas look out onto the stunning blue seas and the horizon. One of the most pretty attractions in this resort is the semi-outdoor lobby which comes equipped with a charming lotus pond. As such, the hotel knows how to create a great impression right from the start. The view from the hotel is stunning, you get to look out at the sprawling turquoise sea, the Gulf of Thailand, and all the other islands dotting the horizon. The beach is white and fine-grained, and it almost looks like it’s a beach made of salt. The hotel is meant largely for the younger crowd especially considering its modern and contemporary design. The 74 villas are designed in one of 7 different aesthetic sensibilities, ranging from a complete jungle immersion to an aquatic haven. You can select rooms on the beach, or on the hillside with a grand view of the sea and the whole island. The beach club is also a very relaxing atmosphere to hang around at, featuring some great hammocks to swing on. The eastern half of the hotel is the ideal spot to go kite-surfing and the hotel can arrange for all the equipment. The only slight con to this otherwise perfect hotel is that it has a public stretch of road running down the middle of the hotel, and as such it’s not entirely secluded and private.

# 6

Conrad Koh Samui Resort & Spa

The Conrad beach hotel is located on the southwest coast of Koh Samui, and it has the brilliant view of the whale-shaped Five Islands, and the Gulf of Thailand. One of the prime features of this resort is that it’s very secluded from the action of the island. As such, it’s great for those who are looking for isolation and some quiet time in paradise, however if you’re hoping to find a lot of activity this isn’t it. The villas are all positioned along a private beach, which looks pristine and white. However, the coast has really sharp pebbles and as such you need to wear beach shoes if you’re going to wade into the waters.

# 7

Kupu Kupu Phangan Beach Villas & Spa by L'Occitane

The Kupu Kupu beach hotel is located on the western coast of Koh Phangan. If you’d like to go to the capital of the island, you’ll have to get yourself a motorbike or a taxi. Kupu Kupu is located in the most popular party island in Thailand, famous for its Full Moon and Half Moon party. However, it’s located in the most isolated part of the island. As such, its ideal for you to go and be a part of the revelry, and then retreat back into your quiet private paradise.

# 8

Six Senses Samui

Six Senses is located on the Choeng Mon Beach in Koh Samui. It’s located on the very northern tip of the island and as such it offers stunning views of the Gulf of Siam. Amongst its hotel facilities are an infinity pool, a spa, and the private stretch of beach. The villas are all large and decked up in hardwood flooring. The resort is only a 10 minute drive from the Koh Samui airport, and a short 800 meter walk can take you to the sightseeing hotspots of the Fisherman's Village or to Bo Phut Pier.

# 9

Phulay Bay A Ritz Carlton Reserve

This Ritz Carlton beach hotel is located on Tab Kaek Beach, which is on the very coast of the Andaman Sea, and it’s 26 kms from the Krabi International Airport. It’s a truly luxurious offering with a private butler service, an infinity pool, and the presence of 5 grand restaurants. The villas and rooms in the resort have been designed in the traditional Thai architectural style with complete wooden decor. The hotel also offers cooking and batik classes. The rooms in the hotel all feature views of the ocean, and you can always enjoy the fresh sea breeze wafting in from the ocean.

# 10

Sri Panwa Phuket

Sri Panwa is one of the most trendy and most popular beach hotels in Thailand. It’s located in Phuket, and it’s very commonly visited by Thai celebrities and even international stars. The Habita is an especially beautiful part of the resort with its penthouses and pool rooms, all of them in the sunset-facing building complete with a cascading pool. The hotel also features one of the world’s best beach bars, called the Baba Nest Bar, which offers a complete 360 degree view of the island during sunset. Furthermore, the resort premises are full of jacuzzis and quiet isolated spots that are perfect for couples and honeymooners.

# 11

Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas

The Anantara is located on Mai Khao Beach in Phuket. While it’s not exactly on the beach, it’s a short 2 minutes walk to it. The Sirinath National Park borders the resort, and as such it’s easy to go for some day time sightseeings. The resort comes with an infinity pool, a sundeck, 5 different restaurants, and several sequestered villas. It’s a short 15 minute drive from Phuket Airport, and as such you can quickly escape into your paradise without a lot of trouble. One of the resort’s best features is the live cooking sessions offered at La Sala restaurant.

# 12

Santiburi Beach Resort & Spa

Santiburi Beach Resort & Spa is located on the quiet and beautiful stretch of Mae Nam Beach in Koh Samui. It features a number of luxurious villas and suites with tropical outdoor pools fringed by palm trees. They also have an 18 hole golf course, and plenty of jacuzzis to relax in. The restaurant is famous for its selection of Thai and Mediterranean cuisines.

# 13

Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Resort & Spa

Anantara Rasananda is a short one minute walk from the stunning Tong Nai Pan Noi Beach, in Koh Phangan island. The suites and villas in the hotel are all designed in a Thai architectural design but with modern influences, and they all come with large 32 inch TVs with Apple TV installed, iPod docking stations, and surround sound speakers. There are several stylish restaurants to dine at, however you can also make a request for private beach dining, and it shall be arranged.

# 14

Casa De La Flora Resort Phang Nga

Casa De La Flora is a short 3 minute walk from Bang Niang Beach, and it’s a 15 minute drive to the Khao Lak National Park. The villas and rooms all look out towards the sea, and they all come with full-length sliding glass windows so you can always wake up to natural sunlight pouring in. The hotel also offers the opportunity to go diving at one of Thailand’s most popular diving spots in Similan Island, which is just 30 minutes away by boat. The most popular restaurant in the resort is the La Aranya Restaurant, which serves a variety of dishes.

# 15

The Chava Resort Phuket

The Chava Resort is located on Surin Beach in Phuket, and it’s just 30 minutes from the Phuket International Airport, by car. It’s very conveniently placed as the Surin Plaza Shopping Mall and several convenience stores are just a few minutes walk away from the premises. As such, if you’d like to be in a paradise beach hotel, but still be well connected to modern conveniences, this is the place to be. You can book several day trips to surrounding islands from the hotel front desk, and you can also spend a whole day relaxing by the pool at the hotel lounge.

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