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  • 5 Hotels in Thailand You Won’t Believe Exist

    Thailand’s Most Spectacular Stays

    It’s no secret that Thailand boasts some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet. These five handpicked hotels all take advantage of their surroundings, from the limestone cliffs and white-sanded beaches of the south, to the rolling hills and tropical jungles of the north. They also go big on the design front too; some take inspiration from ancient Lanna Kingdoms of the north, while others look into the future with cool spaceship-like concepts.

    After you’re done drooling over these five stunners, click through to see each one up in detail, as well as see all the live rates per night!

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    Chiselled into limestone cliffs like something straight out of Jurassic Park, Rayavadee on Railay Bay is like no other resort in Thailand. Only accessible by boat via Krabi’s main pier, you’d almost get that ‘cut off from the rest of the world’ feeling if it wasn’t for the hotel’s inclusive Wi-Fi and long list of luxurious onsite amenities. One highlight is their signature restaurant enclosed in a spooky limestone cave; another is the three nearby beaches with stunning views of the small islands dotted off the Krabi coast. Take a dip in the landscaped pool spilling out into the Andaman Sea at the front or head to the central swimming pool lying in the shadows of the cliffs overhead. Read More...

    This vast resort replicates an ancient Lanna palace, and is located in the rolling green hills of Chiang Mai. Modern Lanna-style villas sit next to old colonial houses, complete with those iconic arched roofs and stupas protruding high into the sky. True to its northern roots, the rooms, suites and villas here all go heavy on the traditional teak architecture, whilst there’s no shortage of onsite amenities such as restaurants, bars, a spa and swimming pool. The price might be budget-stretching, but the Dhara Dhevi really does fall into that once-in-a-life-time category of hotels. Read More...

    No, that’s not a photo from the latest shooting of Star Trek, but actually a resort situated on the border of Khao Yai, the closest national park to Bangkok (around 150km). The circular, spaceship theme at DNA is continued throughout the range of 45 guestrooms - or ‘pods’ - which all feature oval beds, cabin-like windows and funky lowered platforms that make for a nice private seating area in the evening. The design is bold, and so is the location, set amongst the rocky limestone mountains and dense jungles of Thailand’s most popular park. Read More...

    Blending in effortlessly with lush hills of Northern Thailand, Anantara’s famed Golden Triangle Resort impresses on so many levels. Aside from the spectacular location and eye-catching Lanna design, what we really love here is the range of activities available directly from the hotel. Whizz along the Mekong in a longtail boat, explore the bamboo jungles on the back of an elephant (there’s an onsite camp) or just take in the views across to neighbouring Laos and Myanmar from the comfort of your room or suite, all of which feature the artistic touch of renowned designer Bill Bensley. Read More...

    This Four Seasons Resort comes surrounded by the rippled rice paddies that the north is famous for, situated in the picturesque Mae Rim region of Chiang Mai. As with any Four Seasons around the world, accommodation here is the height of luxury. The spacious rooms are adorned with classic Lanna touches and luxurious conveniences, but with a location as good as this, you’ll be wanting to spend as much time exploring the rest of the resort and nearby countryside. As well as multiple wining and dining options, there’s three swimming pools, tennis courts, a spa, a cooking school, kids club and guests can get dropped off at the nearby golf course, hill tribe shopping village or float downstream on a bamboo raft. Read More...

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