4 Thai Hotels That Blend Beautifully with Their Environs
November 18, 2013
The landscape in Thailand is a glut of picture-perfect scenery. Here are four new hotels and resorts that take advantage of their surroundings. By Merritt Gurley
Published on Nov 18, 2013
Beneath a jagged hill on the east coast, Baan Buang Bua has just three villas, with roof terraces to watch the sunset, and a pondside garden where you’ll be served your meals by the owners, a lovely Thai family. The daughter, chatty five-year-old Pan Pan, may even treat you to curry puffs. +66 84 458 5048; baanbuangbua.com.
RIVER: Chiang Mai
Drink in views of the rolling Ping River at Sala Lanna Chiang Mai. This is Sala’s second boutique property in the country and, with 16 high-design villas, the resort maintains a decidedly intimate ambiance. The two-bedroom riverfront suite has a private pool and a deck where you can tan. +66 5 324 2588; salaresorts.com/lanna.
Smack-dab in Bangkok’s hip fashion district of Pratunam and five minutes from the Airport Express link, the Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel is a four-star with 281 fab rooms, from singles to family suites. The outdoor pool with shaded gazebos has a killer view. +66 2 625 1235; centarahotelsresorts.com.
BEACH: Koh Samui
In a quiet cove on the powdery shores of Chaweng Noi Beach, Vana Belle is a superlative spot to laze. The 80 suites and villas have private terraces and pools over the ocean, in a distinctly Thai style: wooden furnishings and art inspired by the local myth of the mystical Himmapan forest. +66 77 915 555; vanabellekohsamui.com.