With just a little imagination, the map of Thailand looks like an elephant. In the north, jungle treks reach hilltop tribes living near the elephant’s ear. At the southern end of Thailand, the long, slender Isthmus of Kra reaches into the Andaman Sea like an elephant dipping its trunk for a drink. Coves along both sides of the trunk used to be important for trading; today, they’re home to luxurious beach resorts where visitors enjoy the waters of the Indian Ocean or the Gulf of Thailand.
Luxury, Boutique, Amazingly WoW ….. Beach Resorts
Luxury in Phuket
The Aleenta Phuket Resort in Phang Nga celebrates the sunset in its location on the western side of the isthmus. Easy to reach from the airport, the hotel maintains a pristine beach. The resort offers 15 suites, and options include poolside rooms and beachfront villas. Children are welcome, with the resort’s A Explorers Club to look after them while you relax and enjoy your vacation.
If you can’t bear to fully separate yourself, free wi-fi throughout the resort keeps you connected, but the resort’s amenities help you leave your cares behind. Rest on a lounger by the infinity pool or lie on the beach and gaze at the seemingly infinite ocean.
Care for yourself with treatments at the wellness center. The spa’s treatments range beyond the ordinary and include music therapy and holistic chromatherapy. Fitness programs include yoga, tai-chi, and Thai boxing.
Should you feel the need to leave the resort, the Blue Canyon Golf Course is only a short distance away. Nearby dive sites take you to coral reefs and shipwrecks. For non-divers, a boat cruise or sailing trip takes in the beauty of Phang Nga Bay.
The resort’s dining celebrates Asian cuisine, with local food including coffee grown by the Ahka tribe near Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. Dine indoors or out, depending on your mood. You can indulge romance with a private candlelight dinner attended by your own private chef. Learn how to recreate these flavors by yourself with a cooking class which starts with a visit to the local market.
Aleenta Phuket – Resort & Spa
33 Mu 5, Khokkloy, Thakuathung,
Phang nga, 82140, Thailand
Tel: +66 2-514-8112
Boutique in Hua Hin
A bit away from the usual tourist locations, the Aleenta Hua Hin Resort in Pranburi offers 22 suites that make the most of the golden sands of Pak Nam Pran Beach in Hua Hin. Most suites have private pools to enjoy the water without leaving your room. You can bring your children, or escape from others’ children in the adults-only wing. Rooms feature i-pods with soundtracks but no television, helping remove you from everyday life and activities. There is wi-fi if you truly need to be connected.
Get an early start to your day watching the sunrise over the beach before heading to breakfast. Dining throughout the day offers both Eastern and Western flavors, with food freshly prepared from local ingredients; you can even visit the resort’s own farm to see the source of the greens. Celebrate a special occasion or just have an intimate meal for two with private dining in your suite or on the beach.
The spa offers a full menu of treatments, including traditional Thai massage, which is like an assisted yoga practice. You can make the spa the center of your vacation with a detox package or yoga retreat package.
The resort staff can help make arrangements for excursions and provide a picnic lunch to take with you on your adventures. You can explore the local area surrounding the resort on the resort’s mountain bikes. Several golf courses are less than an hour away. Khao Sam Roi Yot is a sanctuary for wildlife including macaques and monkeys; take a boat ride through its mangroves for bird watching.
Aleenta Hua Hin – Resort & Spa
183 Mu 4, Paknumpran, Pranburi,
Prachapkhirikhan, 77220, Thailand
Tel: +66 2-514-8112
Amazing in Koh Samui
Akyra Chura Samui Resort offers a peaceful retreat in its 61 rooms on the quiet side popular Chaweng Beach on Koh Samui, but all the nightlife, shopping and other action of the resort town is just a short stroll down the beach.
Recuperate after a night on the town in one of the resort’s meditation rooms or yoga classes. Or keep the good times flowing at the resort’s beachfront bar. Enjoy comfort food and cocktails while cooling your toes in the sand.
Daytime activities include elephant treks past waterfalls in the rainforest or snorkeling in the marine park. Kayaking is another popular water activity. Fishing trips start by fishing for bait (squid) and then fishing for dinner. No worries if you don’t catch anything; the resort’s restaurant captures all the flavors for you. Enjoy a private dinner on the beach.
Akyra Chura Samui – Resort
99/9 Moo 2 Chaweng Beach, T.Bophut
Tel: +66 77 915 100
WoW in Koh Samui
The Akaryn Resort on Koh Samui. Suites and villas come with private pools, and half-kilometre long Hanuman Bay stretches out in front of you.
If your suite’s pool isn’t big enough for you, you can head for the free-form pool and its bar, or take a dip in the ocean and enjoy the beachside bar. Go snorkeling and see if you can spot all 13 varieties of coral, or explore the waters from a sea kayak. You can take scuba classes and go on dive trips. The resort also offers an excursion to Angthong National Marine Park that includes a speed boat ride, snorkeling, and kayaking. Other tours include excursions to neighboring islands.
The resort’s gym lets you work out your muscles and the spa uses Thai holistic medicine to work out your stress. Enjoy yoga on the beach, under the trees, or in the garden.
Think about nothing at all and empty your mind or let the resort’s wi-fi keep you connected. The resort’s reading and music library offers low-key entertainment when you need a break from the lively activity in town.
Restaurants at the resort offer dining with sea views and your choice of Thai or western cuisines. You can have a private dinner outside by the bay. For a truly romantic evening, settle yourself on a private rock and enjoy a glass of champagne while the beach glows from a multitude of candles.
Akaryn Koh Samui – Resort
3 Soi Ladprow 95 Wangthonglang
Bo Phut NT, Thailand
Tel: +66 2 514 8112
The thought of a country shaped like an elephant may make you smile, and Thailand is known as the “land of smiles” for its friendly citizens. Stay at any of these boutique hotel resorts and you’re sure come home with memories of their smiles and yours.