asia – thailand

Worlds 100 Most Beautiful Hotels 2016

our pick of the world’s most beautiful hotels in Thailand

Bangkok is one of my favourite cities in the world, and it boasts a number of beautiful hotels. In the rest of Thailand it is Koh Samui that has the best resort hotels and Chiang Mai has some great luxury hotels and resorts.

howie's homestay

* featured in Conde Nast Hot List 2013, Hotel Lust List World’s 100 Most Beautiful Hotels 2016

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Howie’s Homestay is set in five acres of landscaped tropical gardens in the Mae Rim valley in the foothills of the Himalayas, just outside Chiang Mai. Couple these beautiful surroundings with some Bill Bensley design magic and you’ve got a stunning place to stay. Delicious.

The resort only allows one family or group in residence at any one time thereby affording guests complete privacy in your own 5 star luxury private boutique resort. I love the infinity pool and the seven pavilions are stunning, particularly the amazing Lanna style Teak Pavilion.

I’ve got Howie’s Homestay on my personal ‘bucket list’ – hopefully it won’t be too long before I can stay there!

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* hotel category: boutique

* designer: Bill Bensley

* hotel lust list world’s best hotels: best luxury hotel in Chiang Mai

* hotel’s website


banyan tree samui

* featured in Conde Nast Hot List 2011, Hotel Lust List World’s 100 Most Beautiful Hotels 2016

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Banyan Tree Samui is nestled in a series of cascading terraces on a private hill cove on the south-eastern coast of Koh Samui. The accommodation here is the drawcard for me – lots of fabulous variants on the pool villa (the pools are among the largest for a resort in Koh Samui), and some that also offer ocean views over Lamai Bay. The décor is a tasteful mix of modern comforts and traditional Thai elements like natural rattan, bamboo furniture and brightly hued Thai silk. Architrave Design and Planning evoked the traditional lifestyle of old Samui in its design, using coconut palms and shells as a major theme, while maintaining a contemporary sensibility throughout. The resort also offers a spa and several drinking and dining options – my pick would be the beachside Sands, or the cool Lobby Lounge.

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* hotel category: luxury

* hotel lust list world’s best hotels: best luxury resort on Koh Samui

 

* hotel’s website

* for more gorgeous hotels and resorts on Koh Samui, click here >>>


w retreat koh samui

“Escape to where a revelation of relaxation meets a world of WOW and contemporary cool complements a wonderful warmth.” Whoever writes these blurbs for W hotels and resorts deserves my heartfelt respect. I salute you. After spending many many of my own leisure hours dreaming up blurbs for hotels I have to say that these are the best. Anyway, back to the W Retreat Koh Samui. The resort was dreamed up in collaboration with MAPS Design Studio and has stunning interior accents by acclaimed Thai firm P49 Deesign – all of the 73 Retreats look fabulous, but from previous experience of W hotels and resorts I’m particularly attracted to any of them with the word ‘Wow’ in the name. The resort offers a spa and several eating and drinking options, including the W Lounge (“watch the action unfold in the spirit of a literary salon, where you’ll meet, greet, flirt, play, sip and savor in this modern playground that is electric eclectism perfected”.. “Sensualize. Romanticize. Maximize. Politicize. Socialize. Sensationalize. Play specially designed board games for hours of retro pleasure, or get a cyber-rush with complimentary High Speed Internet Access”… WOW), a pool and a beach.

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* featured in Conde Nast Traveller Hot List 2011, Travel+Leisure It List 2011, Hotel Lust List World’s 100 Most Beautiful Hotels 2016

* hotel category: design

* hotel lust list world’s best hotels: best design hotel in Koh Samui

* hotel’s website

* for more gorgeous hotels in Koh Samui, click here >>>


the siam

The Siam Bangkok - top 10 luxury hotels in Bangkok

* featured in Tatler’s 101 Best Hotels in the World 2013, Hotel Lust List World’s 100 Most Beautiful Hotels 2016

* marketing affiliations: Small Luxury Hotels of the World Bangkok, Mr and Mrs Smith Bangkok

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The Siam is a Bill Bensley project, this time in partnership with creative director and celebrity Krissada Sukosol Clapp. Drawing inspiration from Art Deco and the Rama V period in Bangkok the hotel has a muted colour scheme of black, white, cream, grey and neutrals combined with natural textures such as wood, weave, leather and stone. I particularly like the Chon Thai restaurant, which is set within a cluster of three, century-old Thai teakwood houses as well as the attractive black and white Deco Bar & Bistro which is split over two levels connected by a vintage-mirrored, Escher-esque staircase. The hotel also offers a 22m x 3.5m infinity pool overlooking the Chao Phraya, River of Kings, and a spa with a mosaic & marble, mixed ladies & gents Bath House features classic hot and cold plunge pools..

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* hotel category: boutique

* designer: Bill Bensley

* hotel lust list world’s best hotels: best boutique hotel in Bangkok, Bangkok sexiest hotel

* hotel’s website

* for more gorgeous hotels in Bangkok, click here >>>


st regis bangkok

St Regis Bangkok - top 10 luxury hotels in Bangkok

* featured in Tatler 101 Best Hotels in the World 2012, Conde Nast Hot List 2012, Hotel Lust List World’s 100 Most Beautiful Hotels 2016

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St Regis Bangkok offers 227 guest rooms, including 51 suites. My pick would be the beautiful corner Caroline Astor Suite with its floor-to-ceiling windows, polished wood floors, deep soaking tub and selected Thai objets d’art. And don’t forget the butler service! The Elemis Spa includes suspended Relaxation Pods that float above a wet area, each of which includes steam rooms and Jacuzzis. Of the bars and restaurants I’m most attracted to the Decanter wine room and the Drawing Room. Architects for the hotel were Brennan Beer Gorman of New York, whilst interiors were by  Brennan Beer Gorman and Studioaria Ltd.

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hotel category: luxury

* designers: studioaria, pool design by Bill Bensley

* hotel lust list world’s best hotels: Top 10 luxury hotels in Bangkok, Bangkok sexiest hotel

* hotel’s website

* for more beautiful hotels in Bangkok, click here >>>


sofitel so bangkok

Sofitel So Bangkok - Top 10 luxury hotels in Bangkok

Sofitel So Bangkok continues the designer upgrade of the Sofitel brand with a vengeance. This time the hotel combines Christian Lacroix and five of Thailand’s leading designers, as well as an award-winning architect, to come up with something that is quite extraordinary. The theme of the hotel is the Five Elements: Water, Earth, Wood, Metal and Fire, evoking apparently (and respectively) the Ponds, Soil, Trees, Buildings and Sunshine that make up the host city. Each category of room and suite is available in palettes that reflect some of the elements. The hotel also features five bars and restaurants, and an outdoor 33 metre infinity pool with piped music and at night, underwater LED lights create ever-changing shades of vibrant colour.

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* featured in Hotel Lust List World’s 100 Most Beautiful Hotels 2016

* hotel category: design

* designers: Christian Lacroix, Pongthep Sagulku, Vitoon Kunalungkarn, Nithi Sthapitanonda, Somchai Jongsaeng, Rujiraporn Wanglee

* hotel lust list world’s best hotels: Top 10 luxury hotels in Bangkok

* hotel’s website

* for more gorgeous hotels in Bangkok, click here >>>

Photos are copyright Sofitel So Bangkok & Accor


siam kempinski hotel bangkok

Siam Kempinski Bangkok

* featured in Conde Nast Hot List 2011, Wallpaper City Guide Bangkok, Hotel Lust List World’s 100 Most Beautiful Hotels 2016

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Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok impresses from the moment you walk into the impressive lobby. My pick of the 303 rooms (including 42 suites) would of course be either the Presidential or Royal Suites, but more realistically I’d be very happy with either the 140m2 Terrace Suite which boasts a jacuzzi on a private deck overlooking the hotel’s luxuriant gardens, or the Duplex Suite which features direct access to the pool. Among the hotel’s bars and restaurants, the Hanuman Bar and T Lounge most draw my attention. The hotel also has a spa

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* hotel category: luxury

* design: HBA,  Intaran Design Inc

* hotel lust list world’s best hotels: Top 10 luxury hotels in Bangkok, Bangkok sexiest hotel

* hotel’s website

* check out our review of Siam Kempinski

* for more gorgeous hotels in Bangkok, click here >>>


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