A blissful coastal bolthole, with plenty of privacy and expansive views over the treetops to an ocean fringed with turquoise water and white sand . . . It’s the Holy Grail of tropical honeymoons – but one that’s easier to realize than you might imagine in Thailand.
The country’s rich cultural heritage and breathtaking landscapes mean there are lots of romantic getaways on offer inland. Savour the sound of the rainforest at night with a stay at an elephant camp deep in the jungle. Wander among exotic Khmer ruins on the banks of the Mekong. Or join the ranks of flame-robed monks at prayer in gilded Buddhist temples in the old quarter of Chiang Mai.
Whether you wish to hunker down with a Special Someone for a fortnight of uninterrupted bliss or alternate time by the sea with some cultural experiences you’ll remember forever, we can help point you in the right direction.
Here are four of our all-time favourite honeymoon hideaways in Thailand to get the ball rolling.
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Keemala Bird’s Nest Pool Villas, Phuket
Picture a little thatched pod with its own private plunge pool suspended high in the tropical tree canopy, and imagine yourself waking up in a canopied, super-king-sized bed inside it, with nothing to do but lounge around all day enjoying the sea and jungle views. Phuket has a reputation as the glam party island, but here you get your own slice of heaven, hidden away above peaceful Kamala Bay at the southern tip of Thailand. The beach is only a ten-minute tuk-tuk ride down the mountain.
Six Senses Yao, Koh Yao Noi
Rugged, authentically Thai and heart-stoppingly beautiful, Yao Noi is a boat ride from Phuket but a world away from the bright lights across the bay. The “barefoot luxury” ethos of the Six Senses chain perfectly chimes with its earthy, unspoiled location on a hillside overlooking the emerald waters and myriad limestone pinnacles of Phang Nga Bay. Lined with mango wood, the resort’s villas and palm-thatched treehouses are open to the sea breezes, birdsong and stupendous views.
Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood
Take the concept of an all-inclusive five-star in an impossibly beautiful, remote location, re-model it with upcycled materials, and you’ll have something close to Sonkeva Kiri. The pool villas are vast, with über-luxurious, rustic-chic interiors and their own private plunge pools. An hour’s flight southeast of Bangkok, Koh Kod itself is a place of sleepy fishing villages, untrammelled rainforest, rubber plantations and deserted wooden jetties projecting over bays of transparent turquoise water – a perfect honeymoon idyll.
Lanjia Lodge, Chiang Rai
This gorgeous eco-lodge makes a wonderfully romantic base from which to experience the minority cultures of the far north. Beautifully woven, embroidered and tie-dyed fabrics adorn the bamboo walls and beds of the cosy villas, which, though simple, are fragrant, earthy and comfortable.
Trekking, rice field visits, white water rafting and cycle tours are all on the menu, and a percentage of the profits is re-invested in schemes to help local development projects.