With its warm waters, soft sands, stunning backdrops and amazing spa treatments, Thailand has always been a major draw for tourists looking to enjoy a little piece of paradise. With around 1,270 beachfront hotels, many with spas, those looking for a relaxing beach holiday can sometimes feel overwhelmed with the plethora of choice, so we’re here to help to you with this oh-so-tough decision with the low down on some of Thailand’s most beautiful beaches, the perfect pampering experiences to enjoy and some wonderful resorts to relax in.
Lie back, feel the sun on your face and the sand between your toes on…
- Ko Kradan, on Ko Lanta, offers 2km of fine white sand and stunning views of limestone outcrops.
- Chaweng beach, on Koh Samui, can get busy, but its buzzy atmosphere is lots of fun and great for people spotting, plus there are plenty of shady palms to cool off under.
- Railay Beach, near Krabi, is popular with rock climbers and its limestone cliffs guarantee picture-perfect holiday snaps.
- Long Beach, on Koh Lanta, has long golden sands and its gentle lapping sea makes it a great child-friendly option.
- Phi Phi Don, on Koh Phi Phi, provided the stunning backdrop to Leonardo di Caprio’s The Beach and is one of Thailand’s most famous sandy spots.
- For sands less lied upon, Laem Sing beach is a little hidden treasure nestled between Surin and Kamal on Phuket.
- If you want a beach only a bus-ride away from Bangkok, albeit a 2 or 3 hour one, escape the hustle and bustle of the city and head to Hua Hin or Koh Samet.
So you now know about the beaches, but what about the pamper treats too? Spa and massage is at the heart of Thai culture, so try and experience some element of this indulgent pastime during your trip, even if it’s a relaxing foot or Thai body massage on the beach. Beauty treatments are also widely available and a third of the price of those back here in the UK, so treat yourself to a manicure, pedicure, haircut or waxing during your stay and go home not just feeling good but looking great too! Don’t just take our word for it, check out our followers’ top 10 spa experiences here.
As to where to stay, here are our pick of some wonderful resorts to relax in…
- Layana Resort Koh Lanta is situated on a 3km stretch of white sand and has just renovated its aptly-named Linger Longer spa.
- The spacious villas at the Vijitt Resort reside in lush gardens that slope their way down to a beautiful beach and the Andaman Sea.
- Kata Rocks takes relation to a whole new level with a sleeping pod room with Metronap rest pod, Thai spa massage treatment room, a pedicure and manicure treatment room and a tropical relaxation patio for your after-treatment chill down.
- The AVANI Riverside Bangkok Hotel offers a little bit of tranquility in the busy capital. With a rooftop pool, restaurant and rooms with large windows, you can lie back and enjoy the view from the comfort of this luxury hotel.
- Have a facial, a healing massage or revitalise your skin with a rejuvenating wrap, then relax after a hard-days pampering on the sandy shores next to the Anantara Layan Phuket Resort.
- The Samujana offer a range of bespoke wellness and fitness services, which you can enjoy in the comfort and privacy of your own villa.
- With two pools, a swim-up bar, and one on the rooftop too, the Dream Phuket Hotel and Spa is the perfect place for unwinding.
- Staff at the Amatara Wellness resort seek to help their guests reach a new level of happiness by balancing body and mind through healthy activities, diet and blissful treatments.
- For a luxury stay in a boutique beach resort, you’ll be hard pushed to beat the Sarojin. With direct private access onto a secluded 11km white beach, you’ll can also relax with a massage or treatment at its onsite Pathways Spa.
- Guests can relax on a beachside hammock or enjoy the view from their private balcony at the Amari Phuket. Quiet and secluded it’s also not too far from Patong Beach and Phuket Town if you’re looking to combine your relaxation with a bit of excitement.
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