12 Hip Hotels in Thailand
Thailand has a lot to offer the discerning traveller, including breathtaking beaches, the energy of Bangkok form the pounding nightclubs, screaming traffic, gleaming shopping centres, and glorious luxury hotels. Thailand encompasses so much, and is often referred to as a golden land, not because there is precious metal underfoot but because the country gives off a certain lustre, be it the fertile rice fields of the central plains, white sandy beaches or the warm hospitality of its people.
Contact our Travel Gurus for inspiration and advice on luxury hotels in Thailand.
How much detail do you want to see?
Situated in the hills behind Hua Hin, it is hard to believe that this splendidly isolated resort is only 2½ hours from the pulsating metropolis of Bangkok.
Hills, forest, pastures, rice paddies: AKA makes the most of its authentic Thai setting. Located on a ten acre plot, including its own organic farm, it is an exclusive retreat fringed by mountains and lakes, and offers almost monastic tranquility.
The beach is 10 minutes drive away but you may never tear yourself from the one and two bedroom villas (complete with roof terrace, water garden and a personal emerald green swimming pool) that are AKA’s version of a room!
The main lake-side pool is 35 metres in length, the type of pool that would make real swimmers very happy. Big villa, big restaurant reputation, big spa menu and competitive price equals big value.
AKA is the kind of place you’re not likely to want to leave, which is exactly what was intended.
Photos of AKA Hua Hin
£1,099 per person
Read more details about AKA Hua Hin
Live an idyllic tropical life for a week (or two) in your own contemporary Asian bolthole at Andara.
Photos of Andara Resort and Villas
£1,999 per person
Read more details about Andara Resort and Villas
Stunningly contemporary in appearance, the stylishly modern Chedi is an unexpected find in an area more renowned for its scenic mountains, ethnic hill tribes and ancient shrines.
Photos of Chedi Chiang Mai
£199 per person
Read more details about Chedi Chiang Mai
A once-in-a-lifetime experience inspired to combine the luxury of a bygone era with the thrill of interacting with Thailand’s treasured national symbols (elephants).
Photos of Four Seasons Tented Camp
£4,235 per person
Read more details about Four Seasons Tented Camp
Moody blue lighting and traditional touches expressed in a new Thai modernity.
Photos of Indigo Pearl
£1,349 per person
Read more details about Indigo Pearl
When you arrive at the Six Senses Samui the view is at once exhilarating and strangely familiar.
Photos of Six Senses Samui
£1,399 per person
Read more details about Six Senses Samui
This remote retreat on a small island in the famous Phang Nga Bay National Park has one of the most spectacular views in Asia.
Photos of Six Senses Yao Noi
£1,449 per person
Read more details about Six Senses Yao Noi
A private paradise on Thailand’s unspoilt island of Kood.
Photos of Soneva Kiri by Six Senses
£3,125 per person
Read more details about Soneva Kiri by Six Senses
Bang in the heart of Chaweng Beach, The Library makes the most of its absolute beach frontage. It has the turquoise water but it also has a charm which keeps those who have discovered it coming back.
White minimal lofts arranged along a wooden jetty leading to the beach, with a blood red swimming pool and a startlingly white media room; The Library breaks all the rules.Not many hotels can boast a blood red pool. Nothing about this place is conventional, why stop with the pool?
An air-conditioned pavilion houses a floor to ceiling wine cellar, and a beachside bistro open to the elements – the dining experience at The Library is in keeping with Koh Samui’s emergence as a sophisticated escape destination.
Accommodation at The Library feels more like you’ve borrowed a cool friend’s beach apartment than staying in a hotel.
Photos of The Library
£1,675 per person
Hip List Member Extra Stay minimum 3 nights and get free daily breakfast for two
Read more details about The Library
The Metropolitan is a three dimensional metaphor for the city itself; a heady combination of cool contemporary with reinvented tradition. Beautiful wooden floors are combined with pieces by Thai artist Natee Utarit and an ultra-slick lighting scheme from London’s Isometrix.
Of all the hotels in Bangkok, the Metropolitan is the first in step with the city’s new energy. The Met Bar is at the cutting edge of Bangkok’s appetite for the contemporary and the restaurant, Cy’an, is Asia’s answer to Nobu, serving some of the best and most inventive food in Bangkok.
Guestrooms that feel more like a downtown studio than a box, understated splashes of Jim Thompson silk, a gym that is not just an afterthought, an alternative health food restaurant called Glow and COMO's trendsetting Shambhala spa, it's more than just a look that sets this hotel apart.
Unapologetically modern but distinctly Asian, the interiors are the work of Singapore-based Kathryn Kng. The Aesthetic is a pared down mix of East meets West.
Photos of The Metropolitan
£699 per person
Read more details about The Metropolitan
A tiny emerald green dot blessed with brilliantly white sand beaches, a short boat ride from Phuket.
Photos of The Racha
£1,279 per person
Read more details about The Racha
A futuristic, organic, idyllic resort lands on an island in the Gulf of Thailand.
Photos of W Retreat Koh Samui
£2,199 per person
Read more details about W Retreat Koh Samui