The holiday season is almost upon us, and one country sitting atop many travel lists is Thailand, affectionally known as the “Land of Smiles”. In this guide, we’ll look at what some of the country’s leading hotels and resorts have in store to welcome guests back in the best possible way.
From dynamic cities to idyllic islands, modern marvels to ancient wonders, this stunning Southeast Asian destination sets the stage for every type of escape, including fun-filled family holidays and romantic couples’ retreats. And with almost all travel restrictions having been removed, this is the ideal time to rediscover the wonders of Thailand.
To celebrate the return of the holiday season, many of Thailand’s top hotel operators have created exclusive value-added promotions and special offers for international visitors. Guests need to pick their perfect place to stay and start planning their dream vacation!
Santiburi Koh Samui
Santiburi Koh Samui is a fantastic five-star family resort with spacious suites and pool villas, a fully-equipped Sports Centre, Water Sports Centre, floodlit tennis courts, Lèn Spa, Panya & Yim’s Junior Camp and diverse dining destinations, all spread among 23 acres of coconut palms and lotus ponds overlooking a 300-metre-long sandy bay.
The “Thailand Reopening Offer” starts from THB 4,590++ per room per night, including daily breakfast, early check-in & late check-out*, a room upgrade* and 25% off F&B and spa treatments. Seven-night bookings will get a free dinner, and guests staying for ten nights will enjoy a dinner and spa treatment!
For more information and reservations, please visit santiburisamui.com.
SAii Laguna Phuket, which is nestled between the sparkling lagoons of Laguna Phuket and the golden sands of Bangtao Beach, is a haven of adventure. All ages can unwind in style with huge swimming pools, waterfront restaurants, a Marine & Beach Centre, Mafeung & Mafai’s Junior Beach Club & Camp, a tennis centre with four courts, plus squash, archery, yoga and more! The resort’s “Thailand Reopening Offer” starts from just THB 3,000++ per room per night and includes free stays for up to two children, a complimentary room upgrade*, a 25% F&B discount and one-way airport transfer for suite bookings.
SAii Phi Phi Island Village, the free-spirited five-star lifestyle sanctuary nestled in 70 acres of tropical gardens overlooking the Andaman Sea, is inviting travellers to enjoy eco-sensitive activities and excursions at its Marine Discovery Centre, plus water sports on the turquoise sea, wellness at Lèn Forest Spa, blissful beachfront dining and much more. The “Thailand Reopening Offer” starts from THB 3,500++ per room per night, including free stays for up to two children, early check-in & late check-out*, a room upgrade* and a 25% F&B discount. Five-night suite and villa bookings will be rewarded with a free dinner!
SAii Koh Samui Choengmon is a stunning all-pool suite and villa retreat set on a private sandy bay. Guests can kayak on the glittering waves, snorkel at the reef, swim in the seafront pool, be soothed at Lèn Spa or savour creative cuisine at Miss Olive Oyl, the beachside restaurant. The “Thailand Reopening Offer” starts from just THB 3,650++ per room per night and includes daily breakfast, early check-in & late check-out*, free stays for up to two children, a room upgrade*, roundtrip airport transfers, and a 25% discount on F&B and spa treatments. Five-night stays will also receive a free dinner, and seven-night bookings include a couple’s spa therapy.
To book any of these enticing reopening offers with SAii Resorts, please visit www.saiiresorts.com.
Centara Hotels & Resorts
Centara Reserve Samui’s Reserve Ocean Pool Villa creates the ultimate setting for luxurious lifestyle escapes.
Thailand’s leading hotel operator, Centara, offers a collection of world-class hotels and resorts all across the Kingdom. International visitors can find their perfect “Place to Be” in Thailand this holiday season, with a diverse portfolio ranging from spectacular city hotels in Bangkok to beautiful beachfront retreats in Hua Hin, Koh Samui and Krabi, fun-filled family resorts in Pattaya and Phuket, havens of adventure in Chiang Mai and Khao Yai, and many more destinations besides.
Popular options include Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, the heritage hotel on Thailand’s gulf coast, and Centara Reserve Samui, one of Asia’s hottest new five-star lifestyle retreats, which opened in December 2021 to mark the debut of the new Centara Reserve luxury brand, and Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, the amazing Lost World-themed water park resort.
Under Centara’s “The Place To Be” promotion, guests can enjoy 20% off their chosen hotel’s rates, plus free accommodation for up to two children and complimentary Wi-Fi. Members of Centara The1, the group’s loyalty programme, will be offered additional discounts of up to 15%!
For reservations, please visit www.centarahotelsresorts.com/centara-place-to-be.
Pimalai Resort & Spa
Pimalai is a five-star sanctuary nestled in 100 acres of unspoiled jungle on the tropical island of Koh Lanta. Guests can spend endless hours chilling out on the 900-metre-long sandy beach, relax at the award-winning Pimalai Spa, dine at beachside restaurants, swim in elevated infinity pools or enjoy exhilarating activities such as water sports, tennis, muay Thai and more.
Customers booking a five-night stay at Pimalai will be treated to THB 2,000 of resort credit, plus 15% off all other dining experiences and activities. Those booking a 10-night escape will also get a Thai cooking class, a one-hour massage, a bottle of wine and 20% off other F&B and resort activities. Visitors who book at least 30 days in advance will receive a 30% discount, while 14-day advanced reservations will get 20% off! Rates start from just THB 5,820 per night.
The Slate Phuket
The Slate, the whimsical, art-inspired resort on Phuket’s secluded northwest coast, is rolling out the welcome mat for international guests with a series of tempting rates, all including daily breakfast. Experience-seeking explorers will love the resort’s unique dreamscapes, original artworks and installations, dramatic dining destinations, sparkling pools and the stunning Coqoon Spa. A selection of spectacular suites and pool villas provides the perfect place to stay and play.
Travellers can now book a Pearl Bed Suite for just THB 7,300, a D-Buk Family Suite for THB 9,100, a Private Pool Suite for THB 11,000, a One Bedroom Pearl Shell Suite for THB 14,600, a Bensley Suite for THB 19,000, and a One Bedroom Pool Villa for THB 22,000. All rates are per room, per night, and inclusive of tax, service charge and breakfast.
For more information and reservations, visit www.theslatephuket.com.
As an alternative, why not try:
InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort
Nestled in nature on the Son Tra Peninsula, InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort offers the pinnacle of Vietnamese five-star hospitality.
Vietnam is also now open to international visitors, and there can be no finer place to rediscover this captivating country than InterContinental Danang, which was recently named the “Best Hotel in Vietnam”. Nestled in 39 hectares of nature on the unspoiled Son Tra Peninsula, overlooking the ocean, this breath-taking resort is spread across four levels – Heaven, Sky, Earth and Sea – all linked by a funicular railway that rises up the forested hillside. Stay in spacious sea-facing rooms, suites and pool villas, dine at Michelin-rated restaurants, experience immersive activities or unwind on the 700-metre-long beach. Pure bliss!
Overseas travellers can now experience this exceptional resort for just USD 540.89 net per room per night, including breakfast. To book, please visit www.danang.intercontinental.com.
Whichever spectacular Southeast Asian destination guests choose to visit, they are assured of a warm welcome. Following successive holiday seasons when the global pandemic significantly impacted international travel, Thailand and Vietnam are now greeting overseas guests with their famously warm and heartfelt hospitality.
* Subject to availability
The Thai government has removed the testing and quarantine requirements for overseas visitors. Guests only need to obtain a “Thailand Pass” prior to arrival, which shows a certificate of COVID vaccination and travel insurance with at least USD 10,000 of cover. Non-vaccinated visitors can also enter Thailand if they upload proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of travel. For full information, please visit www.tatnews.org.
In Vietnam, all destinations are now open with no quarantine restrictions. International visitors must provide proof of travel insurance with at least USD 10,000 of cover and must download the PC-COVID mobile app, which should be presented upon arrival at all Vietnamese establishments. Please visit vietnam.travel for full information.
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