Thailand is a haven for loved-up escapes thanks to (at least) five reasons, as revealed at the Thailand Travel Mart Plus this week. Sharing his insider knowledge with the world's media (including H4C's editors) at the event's opening, The Tourism Authority of Thailand Deputy Governor of the Marketing Communications Tanes put it down to five Ds: destinations, diverse choices, dream hideaways, delectable tastes and distinct hospitality. We can't say we disagree.
You don't have to be a fashion connoisseur to fall in love with this stylish new villa at Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas. Inspired by Jim Thompson, the American businessman who helped revitalise Thailand's silk industry in the '50s and '60s, the resort's new villa features the icon's fabrics throughout its design. And with a luxurious private pool and exotic gardens, this is one seriously glamorous hideaway.
One of the best parts of a romantic getaway is discovering a destination's foodie gems. Headed for Thailand's dreamy Koh Samui? Pull up a chair at one of these top spots for a sensational escape...
Planning a Thailand getaway? Book yourselves a romantic dinner at this acclaimed restaurant. Known for its amazing Asian cuisine and stylish setting, Ginja Taste at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa has received the gastronomic award in Thailand's Tatler Best Restaurants 2018.
With golden sands and dazzling blue waters, Phuket and its offshore islands are blessed with unbelievably beautiful beaches. Want to discover them for yourselves? We've tracked down some fabulous options...
From Sri Lankan tea plantations to the wilds of Chile’s Patagonia, these seriously spectacular destinations are waiting for you to discover...
Thailand and destination weddings just go together. With tropical islands, breathtaking beaches and lush rainforest, the Asian destination is blessed with an almost endless amount of romantic settings. Thinking of saying "I do" here? We've rounded up all the information you need to know…
Want to be part of something amazing this year? From spiritual festivals to wine battles (yes, you read that right), these exciting events are sure to make 2018 a year to remember...
It's no secret that Thailand is a cherished honeymoon hotspot. Thinking of visiting this fantastic destination but not sure exactly where to go? Take a peek at our guide to Thailand's top honeymoon spots...
Thailand's impressive list of dreamy resorts has expanded, following the opening of the new SALA Samui Chaweng Beach. Home to sumptuous suites and villas, plus a contemporary beachfront restaurant and bar, the stylish hideaway invites guests to unwind and enjoy the best of Koh Samui's beach lifestyle.
Phuket has come a long way in a very short time. Historically an important regional trading post attracting merchants from Arabia, India and China, it became a centre of the global tin and rubber industries, before being discovered by travellers in the 1970s.
Today, now firmly on the global tourism map, it combines pristine stretches of sand with amazing culinary experiences and exciting attractions. Here’s how to make the most of Phuket in 48 hours.
The Thai island of Samui sets out its stall early – in fact, the moment you step off the plane. Unlike almost every major tourist airport in the world, where you either walk straight into an arctic-cooled airbridge, or get herded unceremoniously onto buses, in Koh Samui (‘koh’ means island), passengers are embraced by the warm tropical air, and invited to board the nearest trolley bus – quaint electric vehicles adorned with colourful flowers. The laid-back island feel continues at the open-air terminal building, which is more a series of connected wooden roofs. You casually saunter through baggage claim and immigration, and before you know it, you’re in a taxi and on your way to your hotel. Welcome to ‘fantasy island’.
Couples seeking a relaxed escape in Thailand at a luxe beachside resort should add Hua Hin to their itinerary, following the opening of the new AVANI Hua Hin Resort & Villas.
Known for its unique expeditions and boutique experiences, Pandaw will take couples on an unforgettable journey to southeast Asia aboard its new Sabei vessel next year. Currently under construction, the 45-metre-long vessel will be a home-away-from-home for guests on a four-country journey through Laos, Thailand, Burma and China in November 2018.
Obvious statement of the day: Thailand is destination-wedding heaven. With straight-from-a-postcard scenery, fantastic accommodation and plenty of relaxed spots for welcome drinks, it's no wonder Australian couples are escaping to Thailand for their special day. Love the destination but not sure exactly where to say "I do"? Here are five of the best spots for weddings that Thailand has to offer…
We get it – Bangkok has a bit of a reputation for being a stop-over destination or a first port of call before travelling to Thailand's beaches or jungles. In this exciting city, though, there's plenty to see and do on a thrilling getaway. Need a few ideas? Here are five fabulous experiences to inspire a trip to the nation's buzzing capital.
A hard-to-beat destination for romantic escapes, Koh Samui’s breathtaking tropical charms and pristine natural beauty sets the backdrop for Thailand's newest luxury resort.
The cultural, spiritual and commercial centre of Thailand, Bangkok – or Krungthep, as the locals call it – is a magnet for pleasure- seeking travellers who use it as a stopover en route to another country, or as the staging post for further travel within Thailand. Famous for its sky-high bars and incredible restaurants, luxury hotels and swish shopping malls, Bangkok is an exciting, sure-fire crowd-pleaser.
It didn’t take long for the magic of celebrity-fave wellness retreat, Kamalaya, to weave its charm. One night, in fact. I realised that for the first time in what felt like forever, there was no chatter – not around me, nor in my head. That elusive peace, which had been so hard to find in my busy everyday life at home, did still exist.
Question: What do you get if you mix a luxury Thailand resort, a marine conservation group and 100 volunteer divers and snorkellers? Answer: One impressive conservation project.
To celebrate their 30th birthday, our friends at The Tongsai Bay are celebrating for an entire year and everyone is invited to the party.
Ask anyone what's the top spot for a destination wedding and chances are they'll say Thailand. And with a vast selection of beachside venues, a moderate climate all year round and equally warm hospitality, it's no wonder why. Best of all, Thailand offers something for every budget.
To take the stress out of the planning, we've put together a quick checklist to ensure you're on your way to having your dream Thailand wedding.
Like many travellers, I first fell for Thailand on a gap year. Backpacking between Phuket, Koh Samui and Koh Phi-Phi, I was bewitched by the postcard-perfect beaches (we still sent postcards back then), delicious, fiery cuisine and friendly, laid-back vibes. Nostalgic memories have inspired my wife and me to return to the ‘Land of Smiles’ for another island-hopping adventure.
Here at H4C, we like to think that we know our beaches. A well-travelled bunch, we've trotted the globe and found a few destinations that we'll happily rave about to anyone who will listen. Like, anyone.
For glittering waters, powdery sands and all the other beach clichés you can think of, take our advice and discover these coastal gems for yourselves.
Aiming to promote Thailand as a world-class wedding destination, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched a number of exciting campaigns for 2017.
Thailand is a hotspot for honeymooners and couples looking to enjoy the best of life’s simple pleasures. Famous for its beautiful islands, uber-luxe resorts, and delicious food, there's more to Thailand than the tourism hotspots of Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai.
The Kingdom is huge, and with 77 provinces to explore, there’s plenty of untouched paradises and authentic experiences waiting for you to discover them. To whet your appetite, we look at five locations and experiences that are a little less touristy than some of Thailand’s more famous areas.
Thailand's Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa resort, Kamalaya, is adding to a successful 2016 with two new awards.
The Royal Thai Government has announced the first 30 days of the mourning period for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej have passed, so festive and entertainment activities will resume in Thailand on 14 November.
Travellers to Thailand can still enjoy the best the country has to offer, with many attractions and events open for business.
Holidays for Couples has a long relationship with Thailand, and many wonderful Thai friends and colleagues, and the entire team would like to convey their condolences to the people of Thailand, who are mourning the passing of their much-loved and respected King.
Why not win your way to Thailand on an “Amazing Dream Journey” which is inviting entries to win a free trip in Thailand based on their selected theme.
To help celebrate Anantara’s 15th anniversary this year, 15 lucky competition winners will experience their Anantara Dream Journey, simply by sharing their travel dreams.
It doesn’t have the rolling blue waves of Samui or the sophisticated Beach Clubs of Phuket. It’s not known as a hedonistic spa destination or the place to go for an adventurous elephant trek, although you can do both here. What Hua Hin does have is over 20, gorgeous five-star resort hotels lining the beachfront from Hua Hin to Cha-Am and a charming vibe that’s both traditional and trendy at the same time.
Offering couples a touch of luxury on Thailand’s heavenly island, Koh Samui, The Tongsai Bay has been awarded a prestigious TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on real travellers reviews. Boasting outstanding and heartfelt service, along with bespoke cottages (some with their own pools!) and breathtaking water views from many parts of its secluded bay location, it's easy to understand why The Tongsai Bay leaves guests feeling the way they do.
We have a soft spot in our hearts for Thailand, one we’ll nurture for as long as the sun shines on this golden paradise. We also have a soft spot for romance. (See: Our name. Our byline. Our everything.) So, naturally, we want to combine the two for one of the most romantic moments: your wedding.
Embrace that nagging wanderlust and jet overseas with your partner – and perhaps a few of your favourite people – to experience the undeniable romance of Thailand. If you’re not immediately sold, here are a few reasons why you should do it…
Belmond have just announced the very exciting news that they're partnering with Sydney chef and restauranteur Luke Mangan.
It's a great adventure to don a wetsuit and delve into the deep blue ocean – and it's a great experience to share with a loved one, too! Here are five top Asian diving destinations to head to if you're travelling in the region and are keen to take the plunge.
Thailand has so many beautiful locales perfect for a lovers' sojourn and Koh Samui definitely makes the list. It's a gorgeous island which has a lively market, restaurant and bar scene, as well as relaxing, exclusive and tranquil beachfront retreats.
It seems every few months we hear that this gorgeous hotel has received another international accolade. The most recent awards for The Tongsai Bay are its recognition in three categories of the 2016 TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards.
When it comes to dream holidays, Thailand is one of those destinations that always seems to tick every box. Stunning scenery with pristine beaches? Tick. Glamorous resorts? Tick. Romance? Tick, tick, tick. It’s a true holiday paradise, boasting some of the most beautiful natural locations on the planet, and draws jetsetters and sun-seekers back time and time again.
Another of Thailand’s major drawcards is the fact that it’s home to some of the most incredible spa resorts in the world. When you consider that there’s an actual massage style named in honour of this country, and that its main religion, Buddhism, is all about mindfulness, it’s no wonder that Thailand is so renowned for its spa culture. People flock here in their thousands, in pursuit of pampering, luxury and relaxation –and a real and lasting sense of wellbeing.
You can get a complete health and wellness makeover, or indulge in special therapies at sanctuaries ranging from the romantic and eco-conscious to the outrageously luxurious. And it’s the perfect place for couples; with exquisite treatments – and treatment rooms – for two everywhere you turn. So whether you want to restore your meridians, balance your chakras and cleanse your aura… or just go off-grid, relax, and seriously soothe your soul, here are 10 of the best places to be pampered in the Land of Smiles.
1. Koh Tao
Koh Tao (or Turtle Island) is one of the best islands for anyone who loves diving, or wants to learn to dive. All skill levels are catered for, and there’s also night diving, wreck diving and shark diving.
Less than 90 minutes by boat from Krabi, Koh Lanta (technically called Koh Lanta Yai) is the largest of 52 little islands in an archipelago blessed with nature reserves, gorgeous beaches, hiking trails and a scenic lighthouse.
For couples wanting to get away from the crowds, Koh Samui has a more laid-back atmosphere and is less developed than Phuket. It’s no longer a sleepy backwater, though, as Koh Samui has morphed into a stylish island destination with luxury resorts, spa treatments, cocktails and beaches.
A teardrop-shaped Andaman Sea island, Phuket is known as the "Pearl of the South". As Thailand’s most established beach destination, Phuket’s advantage is its huge selection of resorts, bars, restaurants, attractions and activities.
One does not simply go to Thailand and not try the street food – it's amazing: fresh and full of flavour and so well-renowned there's now an app to help you choose where to eat.
Love Phuket but not the crowds? A new, über-luxe resort lets you stay in an enchanting, quiet rainforest retreat just 10 minutes’ drive from Patong’s party beach.
If you're looking for a destination with the perfect blend of bustling city life and serene beauty, Bangkok is a must-visit on your next Thailand getaway. Full of hidden gems and popular attractions, the city has plenty to offer for every type of couple.
The Banyan Tree Phuket invites couples to celebrate their re-launch with a special offer after a period of renovation to its Deluxe Villas – now renamed Banyan Pool Villas – which are an ideal luxury accommodation option for a couples' getaway.
Amari Phuket's new Ocean Wing offers unparalleled ocean views of Patong Bay, occupying one of Phuket's most incredible locations – perched amongst lush forest atop a hillside above the ocean.
Two more exclusive luxury pool villas, Turtle Villa and Gecco Villa, have just opened at Villa Sabai Jai, on the small island Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand.
Combine a relaxing holiday in Koh Samui with total reinvigoration on a three, seven or 10 day detox program at The Palms Retreat Samui.
Ah, Thailand. Couples from across the globe flock to this sublime destination for their honeymoon or a cheeky romantic getaway – and for good reason. Hedonists will be delighted with the accommodation options, beach lovers will rejoice in the powder white sand and glimmering waters and it's hard not to love the fresh food and inexpensive cocktails. Stunning landscapes, underwater worlds and adventures to be had, discover with one of these fabulous honeymoon packages why Thailand is a favourite of global travellers, holidaymakers and honeymooners.
Three of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks have been voted among the top 10 in Asia by travellers on TripAdvisor.
Congratulations to one of our favourite Thai resorts, The Tongsai Bay, which has just been honoured with yet another well-deserved award.
Hat Chao Mai National Park, on the western coast of southern Thailand, is closed for four months and will re-open on 1 October.
Pattaya Floating Market has won the 2015 Best Tourist Attraction award in The Best of Thailand Rewards Voted by Chinese Tourists campaign. The votes were cast by Chinese tourists on the Chinese social media website weibo.com during May 2015.
Taking place all over the country from 15 June to 15 August 2015, this famous event is held by the Tourism Authority of Thailand in cooperation with shopping malls, airlines, hotels, tour companies, duty-free shops, luxury shops, golf clubs and spas.
The Phi Ta Khon Festival – also known as the Festival of Ghosts – takes place from 26-28 June 2015 in Dan Sai, in the mountains of the Loei province of northeastern Thailand.
The annual MasterCard Global Destinations Cities Index has just been released, and Bangkok is once again one of the world’s top two travel destinations, pipped to the post only by London.
If you're dreaming of a romanitc getaway or honeymoon in Thailand you will be delighted to know that you're accommodation options just got a whole lot sweeter with the rebranding of the Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort in Phuket.
If you're looking for accommodation in Thailand for your next romantic getaway or honeymoon, consider the gorgeous The Tongsai Bay in Koh Samui as 10 per cent of the proceeds of bookings made during 1st to 30th June 2015 will be donated to help the people of Nepal.
As my first trip overseas you could accuse me of looking at Phuket with rose coloured lenses, but the truth is that this Thai island paradise really is a magical place, just perfect for loved-up couples and honeymooners.
Fun pursuits for couples who want to get active while they explore Thailand...
Here at Holidays For Couples it's no secret that we love romantic accommodation in Thailand, especially resorts as luxurious as the Pimalai. However, what really has us sold is the fact that their hotels also have a strong focus on contributing to their local communities and environment.
Surin and BangTao especially are abuzz with new clubs and lounges and fast earning the reputation as ‘Thailand’s new Ibiza’.
South-East Asia’s most luxurious train, Eastern & Oriental Express is launching two brand new journeys this year giving couples even more travel options when on a romantic getaway in Asia.
The Tongsai Bay has long offered holidaying couples their own slice of island paradise in the relaxing locale of Koh Samui, Thailand. Set on 25 acres of exclusive, secluded land where the beach is just for Tongsai Bay guests, you're a world away from noisy neighbours and the nightlife of Chaweng. Better still, The Tongsai Bay have just revealed the grand opening of their 5 brand new, overwhelmingly opulent Pool Cottage Suites.
Thailand's newest Pullman Hotel has just given word that they are expanding Pullman Khao Lak Katiliya Resort & Villas. This equals great news for holidaymakers and honeymooners who now have the tough job of choosing between 223 breathtaking rooms and suites and 97 lavish villas for their next romantic getaway.
Few things are more intimate or conducive to romance than a couple's spa treatment. We explore Thailand's top 5 spas which embrace their local culture and ancient techniques for a truly authentic restorative experience.
Forget the bright lights of Patong and the dubious gentlemen's clubs, Phuket is reinventing its nightlife with hip new Beach Clubs popping up along the West Coast.
Blending contemporary cosmopolitan and hip beach lifestyle, the beach club culture is all about the sea, the sun, the sand, and the late night sounds... What's not to love?
Here we share with you the Top 5 Phuket Beach Clubs.
Following on from our recent story about Bangkok, we now visit Chiang Mai – Thailand's 'Rose of North.'
Chiang Mai is the second largest city in Thailand, but the pace and atmosphere is a world away from country's largest city, Bangkok. Boasting a long history and a strong Thai culture, Chiang Mai is perfect for a couple wanting to experience the ideal combination of culture, adventure and luxury. The city itself is vibrant and charming, whilst the surrounding country-side is serene, relaxing and beautiful.
There's nowhere in the world quite like the island of Phuket, Thailand, which is home to some of the world's most breathtaking beaches and other natural wonders galore. It's no wonder it attracts honeymooners and couples enjoying a romantic trip away.
Koh Samui has to be one of the most romantic islands in Asia, if not the world. And, there is nothing quite like an amazing dining experience to turbo-charge your holiday romance levels.
Introducing the latest opening at Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa - Ocean Pier, A 224-meter ocean pier that floats on the Gulf of Thailand. With views that go forever, this is a unique dining experience!
It's no secret! We love Thailand, and we love Koh Samui. To somewhat quench our thirst for a Thai getaway to this divine destination, we've rounded up a quick collection of Samui hotspots (in no particular order, mind you!). So if you're looking for a guide to Koh Samui gorgeous accommodation, check them out!
Luxury is something we all crave at one time or another, and when better to indulge than on your honeymoon or romantic holiday for two? Chaweng Regent Beach Resort, on the shores of Chaweng Beach in Thailand's Koh Samui, is a gorgeous 4-star resort that's perfect for your next Thai getaway.
For the H4C team, curling up under the shimmering night sky is something out of a dream. We love the idea of spending a night or two with your sweetheart in utter luxury, blanketed by a sky full of stars!
It'll make your honeymoon or romantic getaway truly unique – so why not choose one of these sweet locations for your next escape? For couples eager to try this one out, check out our top 5 rooms under the sky. It's a little slice of romantic heaven.
Tatler calls this luxury restaurant one of the best in Thailand, and it's no wonder. Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket's award-winning Italian restaurant is adored by locals and tourists alike for its unrivalled service, extensive wine list, and – naturally – authentic Italian cuisine.
Natalie Bannister reveals one of Thailand's lesser known island escapes, and says that Koh Phangan is perfect for couples looking for a chilled-out honeymoon or romantic holiday.
The locals have a saying on Koh Phangan and you'll hear it thrown around in conversations everyday – 'Sabaii Sabaii', which roughly translates as 'happy' or 'enjoying life'. That could well be the most ﬁtting motto for this idyllic island getaway in the Gulf of Thailand, a very special haven of relaxation and barefoot romance.
One of our favourite getaways, Tongsai Bay on Thailand's Koh Samui, has just launched the newly upgraded The McGuigan Cottage (141sqm).
Boasting hypnotic views of Tongsai Bay itself, this cottage is the closest to the beach. Outdoor living is a big focus for Tongsai Bay, and on The McGuigan Cottage's terrace, in addition to the resort's signature "bath with a view," Tongsai Bay have now installed a private plunge pool (3.5 x 6 meters). For something completely different, a gazebo is also on the verandah, perfect for guests who would like to try sleeping under the stars with just the sounds of the ocean to lull them to sleep.
Hidden away on the secluded Pai Plong Bay coastline, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi is a romantic destination that can't be missed. Surrounded by a national park featuring Krabi's famous limestone formations, the resort is the perfect combination of natural beauty and modern opulence, ideal for couples wanting a luxurious way to celebrate their honeymoon or romantic getaway in Krabi.
The average visitor to Koh Samui fritters away the hours lounging at their resort pool or on the beach, eating mangoes and stinky-but-sumptuous durian, enjoying back to back muscle-melting massages, and generally doing as little as possible. And you'd be hard put to find a better spot to do it. Thailand's third-largest island is consistently voted one of the world's best spa destinations and Samui's top-tier resorts rank among the hardest-to-leave in Southeast Asia.
If you're in desperate need to reconnect with yourself and become at one with nature, the romantic Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa based in the dreamy island of Koh Samui, Thailand promises to reinvigorate. The resort has just won its second award from the World Spa & Wellness Awards, further cementing its high standard within the industry. Couples travelling to Koh Samui for a honeymoon or romantic getaway, take note!
Koh Samui is one of those incredibly special destinations that just has romance written all over it.
From its beautiful white-sand beaches and warm turquoise water to its gorgeous jungles, gardens and luxury accommodation, the island really has it all.
Whether you're on a honeymoon or a romantic trip just for the sake of it, it's certain Koh Samui will make your holiday hopes and dreams come true. Even better, a journey here doesn't have to break the bank or take a whole lot of travel time - it's only an 80 minute flight from Bangkok, yet it feels like it's a whole world away.
Following the completion of an extensive renovation and upgrade, Centara Hotels & Resorts is excited to announce the rebranding of its Khao Lak Seaview Resort & Spa to Centara Seaview Resort Khao Lak.
The resort is less than an hour's drive from Phuket International Airport and provides a wonderful location for a romantic holiday … or even a family vacation (with a great kids club of course being available!)
A diverse collection of islands, jungles, cities and hinterlands, Asia boasts an almost endless list of incredible destinations, so picking exactly where to visit can be a bit of a challenge.
Whether you're dreaming of a honeymoon on the beach, in a glamorous city or somewhere remote and rugged, we've handpicked 10 destinations for the perfect post-wedding getaway.
The Cape Panwa Hotel has recently had a bit of a revamp. The results of their 'soft-renovation' mean couples have another option to add to their list of luxury holiday destinations.
Craig Tansley discovers the breathtaking adventure highlights and charming, low-key hidden gems of this exotic getaway.
Chiang Mai is known as the roof of Thailand for its abundance of tall mountains – so it goes without saying that it offers the best mountain biking opportunities anywhere in the country, and indeed, in all of Southeast Asia. Chiang Mai is surrounded by mountains and some of Thailand’s largest national parks which are criss-crossed with hundreds of trails for all levels of riders.
Are you ready to take a journey alongside Trevor and Paulene? Their trips starts in Phuket…
After months of fastidious planning, we were finally off to the airport – in a state of high excitement. I must admit this waned considerably waiting until 2:30am for our flight from Brisbane to Singapore. Feeling exhausted and touchy, even before we left, the seven-and-a-half hour flight seemed to limp by with just brief snatches of sleep. What I couldn’t understand was how people can want to eat at 3am in the morning just because they are on an aeroplane… and how noisy they are in consuming this—perhaps my irritation is showing here.
A short flight to Phuket and four nights at the amazing Maikhao Dream Resort at Phuket was highly restorative. This was to be our brief taste of total luxury and relaxation before twelve rigorous weeks of travel.
In the October-March 12/13 edition of Holidays for Couples we ask those that live there what it is that they love about this enticing destination!
Read on to get the goss on the BEST wining & dining, romantic restaurants for two, places to chill, hidden gems and of course, shopping!
BEST WINING & DINING
Park Society & HI-SO at Sofitel So Bangkok, overlooking the greenery of Bangkok’s much beloved Lumpini Park. Park Society is the fine dining restaurant on the 29th ﬂoor, above it is HI-SO – a rooftop bar with a breathtaking view of Bangkok.
Tip from: Varakorn Phromyothi, Director of Marketing,The Tongsai Bay