Thailand

Waldorf Astoria, Bangkok, Thailand

Waldorf Astoria
Bangkok, Thailand

Walking up the marble double staircase from the hotel’s 56th floor in our hunt for the Champagne Bar, we were faced with a huge mural and not much else. But, k...
Mason Pattaya, Pattaya, Thailand

Mason
Pattaya, Thailand

Few are the places we vow never to return to – Pattaya, turned tawdry, was one of them. But when an invitation to a brand-new design hotel there came our w...
Oriental Residence, Bangkok, Thailand

Oriental Residence
Bangkok, Thailand

Hotels in Bangkok have long traded on their ‘Orientalness’. After all, it was here in the Thai capital that the legendary Oriental Hotel made its way into the ...
Siam@Siam Design Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

Siam@Siam Design Hotel
Bangkok, Thailand

This old Bangkok favourite invited us to try out the top suite on its quirkily reimagined Heritage Floor, where Thailand is brought to life in lyrical ‘One Nig...
Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, Thailand

Mandarin Oriental
Bangkok, Thailand

Our return to this iconic, timeless Bangkok Grande Dame was long awaited. local interior design celebrities P49Deesign and Associates have reimagined two w...
The Slate, Phuket, Thailand

The Slate
Phuket, Thailand

Just when we thought we had Thailand sussed, we heard reports of a resort transformed by a nip and tuck from a maestro. At first intrigued and then beguile...

The Sukhothai
Bangkok, Thailand

Pulling off the busy main road of car horns and motorcycle engines on to a private avenue made us feel like royalty (albeit royalty who travelled by local taxi...

Avani Hua Hin
Hua Hin, Thailand

Hua Hin, situated just two and a half hours away from Bangkok, is a favourite of Thai city-slickers looking to escape the capital. It rose in infamy after the l...

Sri Panwa
Phuket, Thailand

Our introduction to this huge luxury resort was by golf-cart, at sunset. As we arrived at check-in, our personal butler came out to greet us by name, rushing us...

Dream Phuket
Phuket, Thailand

Arriving in the dip of low-season unfortunately meant that we couldn’t see the Dream Hotel Phuket it all its glory, an alleged good-times, party-centric, oasis ...

Park Hyatt
Bangkok, Thailand

The family who runs the ‘Central’ empire of upscale shopping malls in Thailand are among the country’s most affluent and prominent hospitality business moguls, ...

Twinpalms Phuket
Phuket, Thailand

The jaw-droppingly beautiful Surin Beach, home to the glorious Twinpalms, used to be a must-go hangout for the chic jet-set. Last year, the vibe changed, when t...

The Racha
Phuket, Thailand

If ‘Fantasy Island’ were real, this would be it. A 30-minute boat ride away from their executive boarding lounge at Chalong pier, this is a true getaway from th...
Keemala

Keemala Resort & Spa, Phuket, Thailand

For a Phuket experience with a difference, one has to ensure that the hotel itinerary includes the Keemala. A far cry from the usual beach-pool-resort experienc...
Cape Kudu Koh Yao Noi

Cape Kudu, Koh Yao Noi, Thailand

We first visited Koh Yao Noi, an island just off the coast of Phuket when it was nothing more than a small fishing town, many years ago. Basic, but romantic, we...
U Sathorn Bangkok

U-Sathorn, Bangkok, Thailand

OutThere travellers in the know headed for Bangkok are looking for smaller, more intimate properties in new parts of town. The chilled-out, residential Sathorn ...
Trisara Phuket Thailand

Trisara, Phuket, Thailand

One of the most talked-about hotels in Thailand, it’s easy to understand why – this is Thai luxury island hospitality at its very best. The experience begins th...
Hansar Bangkok

Hansar Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

As Bangkok addresses go, you don’t really get more central than this. Nestled in a quiet, exclusive, residential street in Ratchadamri, home to the Thai and ex ...
Siam Kempinski

Siam Kempinski, Bangkok, Thailand

This property has become known as one of Bangkok’s most notable urban-resorts, except the Siam Kempinski really takes this getaway-in-the-city thing to a new le...
Tamarind Village Chiang Mai, Thailand

Tamarind Village, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Situated in the heart of Chiang Mai’s old town, yet in its own secluded area, this stunning boutique property is built around a 200-year-old Tamarind tree from ...
Belmond Napasai, Koh Samui

Belmond Napasai, Koh Samui, Thailand

You’ll find the all-villa Belmond Napasai in a somewhat rural island setting – amongst a grove of cashew trees, with water buffalo just lazing about. But don’t ...
Muthi Maya, Khao Yai, Thailand

MUTHI MAYA, Khao Yai, Thailand

When we got to Bangkok, we set ourselves a challenge to look for a place that would be off-radar even for the local scenesters. We spoke to avid adventurers, ch...
Paresa Phuket, Thailand

Paresa, Phuket, Thailand

The Paresa had a great start with us. The property had recently hosted a same-sex blessing ceremony on the hotel’s lawn overlooking its private beach, for a cou...
Banyan Tree, Bangkok

Banyan Tree, Bangkok, Thailand

Rising up above the Bangkok skyline is the magnificent Banyan Tree. This is how you know you’ve made it to lofty heights. Its suites are sublime with sweeping v...
Banyan, Hua Hin

Banyan The Resort, Hua Hin, Thailand

This country-club resort (it boasts a world class golf course) is located in the self-styled Hamptons of Bangkok; just two hours drive towards the coast. Hua Hi...
Aleenta, Hua Hin

Aleenta, Hua Hin, Thailand

In the sleepy, coastal Pak Nam Pran, you’ll find the equally relaxed Aleenta, the charming, boutique alternative to the big name resorts in the area. Not usuall...
La Viletta, Chiang Mai

La Villetta, Chiang Mai, Thailand

With 14 suites set in private, landscaped gardens and located just a short tuk-tuk ride into the center of town, this small, contemporary boutique bed and break...
Chedi, Chiang Mai

Chedi, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Modernist but with bamboo facades and lashings of Thai teak, the Chedi’s architect achieved perfection and proceeded to break the mold. If first impressions cou...
Rachamanka, Chiang Mai

Rachamankha, Chiang Mai, Thailand

The world will just melt away as soon as you step into this luxury boutique, clearly owned by an interior designer; tucked away in a backstreet in the heart of ...
W Retreat, Samui

W Retreat, Koh Samui, Thailand

As the worldwide colonization by the W chain goes, this one takes the biscuit. The W Retreat on the island of Samui is something spectacular. And its gay creds ...
Six Senses, Samui

Six Senses, Koh Samui, Thailand

Rustic rainforests, haunting hillsides, a sublime sea – this stunning sister of the quickly multiplying Six Senses family has got it all – and despite its manuf...
Sri Panwa, Phuket

Sri Panwa, Phuket, Thailand

This is pure indulgence. So many properties these days go for the private pool thing, but the Sri Panwa has taken it to another level – a 48 square meter infini...
Surin, Phuket

Surin, Phuket, Thailand

Overlooking a stretch of beautiful white sand beach in Phuket, is this reimagined property, formerly of Chedi fame. It carries on the reputation of being one of...
Sarojin, Phuket

Sarojin, Khao Lak, Thailand

Khao Lak is a beautiful, less trodden part of Phang Nga, not far from Phuket. The Sarojin is set on a private beach, inherently romantic and free from young fam...
Howies Homestay, Chiang Mai

Howie’s HomeStay, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Howie is a Rhode-Islander that landed in Chiang Mai, fell in love and never went back. He set about building his dream home with Thailand’s most famous architec...
Riva Surya Bangkok

Riva Surya, Bangkok, Thailand

Insiders love old-world Bangkok – palaces, temples, flower and food markets, bustling streets and dilapidating buildings, close to the historic and mighty Chao ...
Chakrabongse Villas, Bangkok

Chakrabongse Villas, Bangkok, Thailand

A beautiful villa owned by one of the Thai Princesses, this is easily one of Bangkok’s best kept secrets. Requiring special access, the villa complex features s...
Metropolitan by Como, Bangkok

Metropolitan by COMO, Bangkok, Thailand

This minimalist and serene oasis is a true getaway in the heart of the city. Forget clasp-handed bows and traditional uniforms here, instead you’ll be greeted b...
Six Senses, Yao Noi

Six Senses Yao Noi, Koh Yao Noi, Thailand

If big island resorts aren’t your thing you can go off the grid by taking a short boat ride to a neighboring, smaller island. The Six Senses Yao Noi is a stunni...
SO Sofitel, Bangkok

Sofitel SO, Bangkok, Thailand

If ever you needed to be reassured about Bangkok’s gay-friendly credentials, you need look no further than the check-in lounge at Sofitel’s So Bangkok. Paul Boo...
137 Pillars

137 Pillars House, Chiang Mai, Thailand

We just love it when someone takes hold of an old, heritage building and gives it a new lease of life – especially when it turns into something super luxurious....
Point Yamu by Como, Phuket

Point Yamu by COMO, Phuket, Thailand

Possibly Thailand’s most exclusive beach getaway, this gives Thai luxury a touch of Italian sophistication. Paola Navone set out to create a sleek, Mediterranea...