Do not even ponder a trip to Thailand without so much as a cursory gander at our list of the top 20 beach hotels in the country. From Krabi to Phuket, Pattaya to Hua Hun, this line-up of hot resorts is must-see stuff.
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Romance on the Gulf of Thailand comes in many forms but few as spectacular as the Sofitel Centara Grand Resort & Villas Hua Hin. Colonial era architecture, impeccable service and plush privacy round out the premier property.
A boutique beach resort par excellence, the Yaiya combines stylish dÃ©cor and smart service to provide a sumptuous Hua Hin experience.
A star property in the ample Sheraton arsenal, this Hia Hin gem is a popular deluxe choice on the Gulf of Thailand.
Enviably close to the summer palace of King Rama VI, the Hotel Cha-Am Hua Hin is a tidy contemporary resort in Petchaburi.
A warm ambiance and cool luxury punctuate the grand Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa.
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Over on the Andaman Sea side of Thailand, the Nakamanda Resort & Spa Krabi offers modern environs and proximity to Emerald Pond, forests, parks, temples and nightlife.
Sleep on the periphery of a national marine park in the heart of the gorgeous Phranang Peninsula. The peerless Rayavadee Resort Krabi offers a blend of coconut grove beachside villas with white sand and the Andaman Sea on your doorstep. Not too shabby.
The incomparable Ritz-Carlton name delivers the best of the islands of Krabi close to Panom Benja National Park and Rai Ley Beach.
The Sofitel brand is one and the same with elegant luxury, as the Krabi Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort so gamely proves.
Want to score love points with your significant other? Book a week at the exquisite Elements Krabi Resort and enjoy Khao Khanap Nam, Fossil Shells Beach and Khao Phanom Bencha National Park.
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Quite understandably, you may not want to depart the confines of the delicious Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. However, if you do, superb points of interest nearby include Pattaya Beach, the Million-Year Stone Park and Crocodile Farm and Pattaya Market.
The flamboyant DusitD2 Baraquda Hotel Pattaya delivers sheer holiday pleasure, one swish amenity at a time.
The tranquil north side of Pattaya Bay is home to a jewel in Amari Orchid resort. Melt your cares away at the beautiful pool bar and dine on fabulous cuisine, courtesy of three terrific restaurants.
The Woodlands Suites Serviced Residences Pattaya provides a deluxe home away from home with careful attention to all the proper details.
Every room comes with a balcony and requisite ocean view at the lovely Dusit Thani Resort Pattaya.
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A mere 5 minute stroll to the beach, the comfortable Millennium Resort provides access to the best of Phuket.
Pretty Rawai Beach hosts the Evason Resort & Six Senses Spa in southeast Phuket. A tropical garden paradise on the Andaman Sea.
A village-style resort with typical Hilton flair and professional service, the Arcadia Resort & Spa is a flagship property on sandy Karon Beach.
A crown jewel property in Phuket, the JW Marriott Resort Spa is about as fine a choice as there is in Thailand. Next to Sirinath Marine National Park and close to the Similan Islands, the luxe hotel is divine.
The Moevenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach benefits from a prime slice of coastal real estate and is, without question, one of the best holiday targets in Southeast Asia, let alone Thailand.