Well, we’ve found four actually, but who’s counting?
Words by Felicity Bonello
Hands up if you’ve been on the hunt for the ultimate holiday? Somewhere tropical, that’s private, yet not just your typical ‘fly and flop’ sojourn; it’s got to be as much about the incredible food as it is about the perfect poolside daybed; you want to see Mother Nature peacock in the background as you relax, train, sleep, explore, learn, connect, grow and well, just be. Well beach seekers, our Creative Director and Co-Founder Pip Edwards has been, seen and conquered four of Thailand’s most luxurious stays. And trust us when we say, you’re going to want to make sure your passport is up to date…
If it’s an untamed jungle, pristine beaches, and a local fishing village you’re after well, Koh Kood is an unspoilt island that goes far beyond Thailand's regular tourist trail. Located on the island is the unforgettable and secluded Soneva Kiri, which offers barefoot luxury at it’s absolute finest. Think your own private beach, daily private sun-baking sessions surrounded by nature; riverside dining, high tea in a tree pod, and the best and most authentic Thai food you can imagine. For those that are interested in exercising, you can try the hanging yoga, snorkeling, water sports and any number of incredible treks. To get there from Bangkok guests can take the resort’s private plane from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport to Koh Mai Si (Soneva Kiri’s Airport Island), with a flight time of 1 hour and 15 minutes. A five-minute luxury speedboat transfer will then take guests to Soneva Kiri’s jetty. This is a truly extraordinary destination.
Arrive at Kata Rocks and you’ll quickly realise you’re out of the jungle now that you’re overlooking the calm, crystal clear waters of Kata Beach and the Andaman Sea. This is among the most iconic five star resorts in Phuket and it’s easy to see why. Offering a fabulous location, beautifully designed private pool villas, signature Sky Villas and innovative gourmet dining, Kata Rocks really is one of the most famous resort spas in Asia. Expect to laze poolside, cocktail in hand… a lot. Of course there’s a gym here so when you need a solid sweat session (aka a reset) don your P.E gear and get down there. The highlight at Kata Rocks? Fine dining on the rocks.
Head to Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas and you’ll find yourself in a whole new paradise. Positioned on a long stretch of golden beach fringed by national park, this place, from the jungle to the beach, is next level. When you’re not relaxing poolside grab yourself a bike and explore the island. For those that want to exercise but stay a little closer to the luxury of the villas, Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas offers dawn yoga or Muay Thai on the beach, which is a pretty fabulous way to start the day. Coupled with tree house wining, beachside dining, and an award-winning spa, we’re not joking when we say, seriously, put this place on your list.
Mr & Mrs Smith Hotels are all about romantic escapes with your other half and The Racha Resort does not disappoint. We’re talking an expansive white sand crescent bay, what can only be described as azure waters, and eco chic luxury living. Spread over 20 acres of verdant tropical grounds and built in low-rise harmony with the environment, The Racha provides you with every conceivable creature comfort. To ensure the best available rates, book your boutique hotel stay with Mr & Mrs Smith. Ring the expert Travel Team 24/7 on 1300 89 6627 or visit Mrandmrssmith.com.