While there are no five-star hotels in Thailand, this Southeast Asian country hosts many luxury ones. From remote, chic camps to uncompromising seaside resorts, Thailand's luxury hotels provide the pinnacle of lodging in a kingdom of tabasco peppers, elephants and smiling pedestrians. Thailand combines Western infrastructure with Asian appeal, creating a vacation destination that will fulfill the most refined taste. Thailand's luxury hotels are just about as close to perfection as any traveler can find.
Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle
The Golden Triangle -- an intersection of borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar (Burma) -- is the setting for the intimate and exhilarating Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle. The all-inclusive property is perched on a jungle-clad Thai hill overlooking a Myanmar river and the far-off mountains of Laos. The experience hearkens back to the days of intrepid explorers as you ride elephants bareback, raft the Mekong's life-giving waters and visit lost hill tribes. The tented accommodations are private, separated by thick jungle, and provide the utmost in luxury. Each package includes airport transfers, excursions, dining and spa services.
The Peninsula Bangkok
Sitting majestically along the Chao Phraya River, the Peninsula Bangkok is the premier property in a city saturated with luxury hotels -- ranked No. 7 in the world by Travel & Leisure in 2010. The Peninsula brand infuses the hospitality and spirituality of the East with the refinement and grandeur of the West. The hotel's wave shape provides guest with uncompromising views of Bangkok's vastness. Each ornate guest room features a marble bath, luxurious linens, electronic curtains, minibar and work desk. The Peninsula has restaurants serving Thai, Chinese and Western cuisine; a fitness center; spa; and business center. The pool, surrounded by sensual landscaping, is a refuge from Bangkok's never-ending concrete.
Aleenta Resort and Spa Phuket
Situated on the secluded Natai Beach in Phuket, Aleenta Resort and Spa is a five-star property that offers guests one-, two- and three-bedroom villas. One could spend an entire fortnight lounging by the pool, swimming in the quiet Andaman Sea and cozying up in the sumptuous villas. Each villa comes with a personal butler, a genie in a bottle who grants the wishes of Aleenta's guests. Rates include breakfast served in the villa, private chef for dinners, and private pool. The resort features a spa, sunset lounge, library and concierge services.
For those who daydream of an extravagant escape to a tropical island, Napasai is the realization. Situated on Koh Samui, an island in the Gulf of Thailand, Napasai is a resort and spa that caters to guests' every whim. The resort sits on a pearly strand of beach, with translucent water perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Dozens of villas lazily lie about the near-perfect grounds of cashew and palm trees. The resort even has a herd of buffalo, which were brought to the island as workers but now graze about as languidly as the guests. The hotel offers a spa and two restaurants.
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