Holiday Hacks – The Thai Edition
March 8, 2018
Nothing beats winter doldrums better than dreaming of your next Vitamin D fix. And 2018’s top Holiday Hack? You could be spending a nearly a month globetrotting using only two weeks of annual leave. That’s 24 glorious, desk-free days (when you bookend both May bank holidays) for just 14 days leave. Jet off from May 5 to May 28 gain two extra weeks off.
With such a long break – nowhere is better to explore than Thailand. Offering new getaways that offer a level of style that feels very new for a place that’s been a tourist attraction for a very long time – Thailand’s gap year backpackers are returning looking for a bit of luxury mingled with adventure.
From Chiang Mai, the city of culture in the north, down to the famous white beaches across the south; here are five reasons why Thailand’s best destinations will make the most of your May days, giving you the best of cuisines, cultures and changing landscapes.
The Pavilions Phuket
Tucked neatly alongside the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea, Phuket is Thailand’s most popular island with a compelling combination of mountainous backdrops and palm-lined beaches. Perched dramatically atop one of Phuket’s best ocean view vantage points is The Pavilions Phuket. Offering a collection of private pool villas and spacious suites, this resort is a haven of tranquillity ideal for celebrating special occasions or just as a place to relax and reconnect. With three award-winning restaurants serving global cuisine prepared by an exceptionally skilled culinary team and world-class amenities that include an enormous pool, a tranquil garden spa, and a fully equipped fitness centre, The Pavilions Phuket truly encapsulates luxury stays on Thailand’s most famous isle.
Room rates start from £175 on a B&B basis in a Garden Suite. To book or for more information visit The Pavillions Phuket
Santiburi Koh Samui
After Phuket, travellers to Thailand can head to the famous island of Koh Samui and to stunning Santiburi Koh Samui, draped elegantly along 300 metres of exquisite Mae Nam Beach. A luxurious retreat that caters to the whole family, guests enjoy a vast choice of engaging wind-powered watersports activities and can also on learn the secrets of authentic Thai cooking or the ancient art of Thai massage, designed to relieve stress, remove tension and promote healing. Room rates start from £425. Price is based on a family of four, sharing a Duplex Two Bedroom Suite, with breakfast. To book or for more information visit Santiburi Koh Samui
Akyra Manor Chiang Mai
Following a beach respite, the adventure capital of Thailand just a short drive from lush jungle-clad mountains, Chiang Mai is one of the most exciting destinations for adventure sports, including White-Water Rafting. Take on an adrenaline filled workout navigating the beautiful rivers that meander through the Chiang Mai valleys, with magnificent landscapes and ideal waters for the ultimate adventure. Thrill seekers from around the world travel to this part of Thailand for an action-packed holiday. akyra Manor Chiang Mai can arrange a trip for guests with a skilled guide not only to steer the raft through the rapids, but also to share their vast knowledge of the Chiang Mai region and its colourful history. Rates begin from £1,419 on a B&B basis for seven nights in the akyra Manor Suite (based on two sharing) to book or for more information visit akyra Chiang Mai
X2 [CrossTo] Chiang Mai Riverside Resort – Contemporary style meets Thai heritage
Also brand new to Thailand this picturesque hotel is a salute to Chiang Mai’s traditional Lanna heritage whilst celebrating the best of modern luxury. X2 [CrossTo] Chiang Mai Riverside Resort offers elevated comfort, style and service in Thailand’s cultural capital. Distinctively blending the old with the new, the 30-room hotel stands out from its peers with a prime waterfront location, spacious, stylish accommodation, a stunning rooftop pool and constantly evolving menus of world-class, Michelin cuisine.Drawing upon Chiang Mai’s iconic Wat Umong as inspiration: a forest temple known for its unique tunnels and meditation spaces, while also referencing Chiang Mai’s ancient walled city; guests have a choice of chic and well-appointed rooms and suites each boasting subtle Thai décor touches and red brick walls to reflect the Lanna architectural influence.
After relaxing on their furnished balcony, guests can stroll along a peaceful riverside path, kayak along the river or head up to the resort’s rooftop which offers a fully equipped gym, generous lap pool complete with sunken loungers overlooking the property’s grand tamarind trees and river frontage. The resort’s Oxygen Dining Room is the first restaurant in Chiang Mai to boast consultation from a Michelin-starred chef. Nestled beneath the leafy tamarind trees and facing the Mae Ping River, the contemporary glass-house restaurant offers a completely fresh concept for in-house guests and outside diners. French-born chef Nicolas Isnard’s creative interpretations of Thai and International dishes lean heavily on fresh local, seasonal ingredients with dishes created to meet the highest French culinary standards. Known for his Michelin-starred restaurant L’Auberge de la Charme in Dijon, France; Chef Nicolas’ inventive menu is expertly prepared and exquisitely plated by the restaurant’s Executive Chef Alexandre Demard and his team.
Room rates at X2 Chiang Mai Riverside Resort start at £150, based on two people sharing a Riverfront Suite. For more information or to book X2 Chiang Mai
All Together Now – Multi-Generational Travel at Centara
Selfie treasure maps, Camp Safari, a maze to get lost in, treasure hunts, afternoon tea taking you back in time and photo tours around the topiary gardens, Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin embraces multi-generational travel dedicated to bringing families together. Originally named “The Railway Hotel” in the early 1920s due to its positioning on the main railway line between Bangkok and Malaysia, the hotel transformed the sleepy fishing village of Hua Hin into Thailand’s first beach resort. Today, situated in the heart of this thriving Thai town Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin captures the elegance of Thailand’s past whilst appealing to a new generation of families. The rooms are stylishly colonial with five different levels of suites along with 42 stand alone villas – options are aplenty. And while kids are entertained, parents can unwind with an indulgent couple’s package at Cenvaree Spa, or enjoy enjoy a range of health and fitness options, including gym sessions, yoga and pilates classes, tennis lessons, aqua aerobics, tai chi and Thai boxing training Room rates for a family of four sharing a Deluxe Pool Villa at Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin start from £181. For more information or to book Centara Hotel Resorts
Written by Ashley Pearson for Luxuria Lifestyle