Following DK’s recent escapade, we invite you to “Thai Something New” with three superb beach hotels, a luxury resort, and one truly spectacular city hotel.
La Vela offers spacious, contemporary accommodation. It is located on one of the very best beaches and is convenient for alternative dining options. La Vela had a soft opening last month and it will fully operational by September. Just in time for high season. We think this is going to be one of the new stars on the Thailand hotel scene.
Just off Phuket, opened last month. Cape Kudu is a great base for exploring this small and totally tropical island. It’s only 30 minutes by speedboat from busy Phuket but offers a totally different experience. DK loved it for the views of the numerous limestone islands on the horizon and particularly suggests an Andaman touring itinerary covering Phuket, Koh Yao Noi and ending in Krabi, with private speedboat transfers throughout.
The Racha opened 12 years ago and DK was one of the first pioneers to discover the resort. He is rather embarrassed he has ignored the hotel in recent years, but his last trip made him realise what he had been missing. The Racha is romantic and cool – both in ambience and design. A great retreat. Only accessed by speedboat, 35 minutes from the southern tip of Phuket.
Thai Something New – For Romantic Couples and Bangkok Explores…
Chic has also introduced The Pavilions in Phuket.
The small luxury resort has been known for its romantic couples focused villas, but in the last few months has added some family suites, a new swimming pool (claimed to be the largest on the island), and several extra dining options. The resort overlooks the popular Bang Tao upscale residential area.
In Bangkok, a recent addition to the Chic hotel scene has been the introduction of The Siam.
In DK’s view, one of the most spectacular and unique hotels in the city. And that is saying something in Bangkok. The fantastic riverside setting, incredible accommodation, a real luxurious statement. Expensive yes, but that almost forms part of the attraction.
Bangkok is probably the most popular gateway city for travel on to Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam, with increased flight schedules to most of the major attractions in the region. A recent addition has been the Bangkok Airways flight to Danang in central Vietnam, just 85 minutes so only 20 minutes longer than Bangkok to Samui or Phuket. And Thailand and Vietnam really does sound rather sexy.
Why not consider combining your stay in Thailand with a few nights in mystical Luang Prabang in Laos?
Luang Prabang is probably one of the most romantic and evocative small cities in the region. Wonderfully spiritual, with literally hundreds of saffron robed monks. A UNESCO heritage site, it has hardly changed a brick or a gate in the last 20 years. Our hotel suggestion here would be the new Azerai Hotel, inspired by the famous Adrian Zecker.
DK – Chic Locations