Do your memories of Southeast Asia bring you back to a time when you penny-pinched and backpacked your way through regions of Cambodia, Vietnam, and surrounding must-sees? Now entering a new stage of your life, as you begin to plan your honeymoon, consider adopting a new attitude toward this sliver of the world. Known for unbelievable beaches, royal palaces and ancient temples, city landscapes and picturesque sunsets over stunning viewpoints atop mountains, Thailand is a trending, growing honeymoon destination for newlyweds worldwide. How come? It offers a draw for every type of couple. Regardless if you want to spend the days sailing via longtail boats in Krabi or wander through a market overflowing with fresh herbs, produce and spices in Chiang Mai or get lost in the chaos of the madness in Bangkok—or all of the above—it’s time to board the long-haul flight to a memorable honeymoon you won’t forget. But you'll need somewhere luxurious to rest your head, and well, you know, honeymoon. We rounded up the six most luxurious honeymoon suites Thailand has to offer.
Krabi: Phulay Bay Reserve, a Ritz Carlton Property
While—technically—your honeymoon begins the moment you scan that boarding pass and step onto the airplane, you’ll truly feel like you’re swept away when you arrive at this one-of-a-kind resort. About half an hour from the Krabi airport, you turn to your left—an omen of good luck—as you walk across stepping stones on water to check in. Golf carts take guests to their suites, sprinkled between palm trees and turquoise water views, all paired with the warm hospitality of a staff that pays attention to every last detail. It’s worth it to book at least a suite and give yourself permission to splurge on the privacy this Ritz Carlton property offers. The Reserve Pavilion includes an indoor and outdoor bath—both of which will easily fit you and your new spouse!—as well as an oversized king bed and a private outdoor pool. When you’re not hanging up the ‘Do not disturb’ sign or calling your butler to arrange breakfast in bed, make sure to arrange one (or a few) on-site activities. In addition to many private boat cruises that tour nearby islands, you can also arrange a helicopter experience, a sunrise hike, and more.
Just make sure you budget time for some R&R, as the impressive infinity pool and roomy cabanas lend themselves to afternoons cheersing to your marriage with margaritas or enjoying a couple’s massage at their spa. For foodie couples? No honeymoon stay here would be complete without the ‘Lae Lay Under the Stars’ just-for-two dinner. Here, you’ll sit on the rooftop of one of their restaurants, overlooking the Andaman Sea, losing count of the stars—and all of the reasons you married one another.
Chiang Mai: Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai
There’s something special about Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. Not only is it a digital nomad hub with countless breakfast and coworking spaces—meaning you can likely always find someone who speaks English—but the location lends itself to a myriad of unique experiences you won’t find anywhere else. Whether it's a local elephant sanctuary that gives you a cruelty-free way to walk beside, pet, and wash these gentle giants, a guided hike atop the highest peak in Thailand, or the countless temples to tour, many honeymooners find this destination to be their favorite in the country. When you’re not busy negotiating with a tuk-tuk or sampling the countless nibbles at many night markets, steal some alone time with your one-and-only at the Four Seasons Chiang Mai. Just 30 minutes from the middle of town, you’ll find yourselves secluded among terraced rice fields in Mae Rim Valley.
You can book a pavilion overlooking the property or a villa with a private pool that’s tucked away in the jungle. Either one will give you the romance and intrigue your honeymoon requires, and the property itself will take it the extra mile. In addition to the opportunity to learn about the farming process and the chance to wash a water buffalo, the resort is committed to culture, offering educational insights about their daily monk offering and more. And if you want to learn how to make the legendary dish of the city—Khao Soi—their hands-on cooking class can’t be missed for foodie couples.
Phuket: COMO Point Yamu
If you’ve heard rumors that Phuket is a party island, it’s true the city's reputation is synonymous with beach parties and booze. But when you step away from the beats, the fire dancers, and the New Moon gatherings, you can discover luxury of another kind. Only eight miles from the Royal Phuket Marina, COMO Point Yamu is far enough away to give you the privacy you crave on your honeymoon. Its location on the edge of Cape Yamu gives you a dazzling—and ahem, Instagram-worthy—glimpse at the Andama Sea, revealing the captivating limestones of Phang Nga Bay.
While sure, every room comes with a balcony, free Wi-Fi and the other standbys you’d expect, this first romantic getaway as a married duo is worthy of an upgrade to a one-bedroom villa. Each of these offers a private pool, an indoor and outdoor lounging area, and even a place to set up a dining experience (room service, anyone?). When you’re not exploring the seaside wonders of this Thai island, catch a dinner at sunset at one of their restaurants or swim together in their infinity pool. Whatever you do, though, rest assured the hardest part will be leaving.
Bangkok: The Siam Bangkok
Especially if you’re departing from the United States, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a direct flight to one of the Thai islands, or even the second largest city of Chiang Mai. This means, more likely than not, your honeymoon will begin in Bangkok. Though you likely don’t think ‘sexy’ when imagining the loud, congested and at times overwhelming streets of Bangkok, there are ways to retreat. For your first night in the capital city, go all out with a suite at The Siam Bangkok, a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Legend Collection. Though you’ll spend your layover days navigating the zigzags of Chao Phraya River, shopping on longtail boats that fill the canal, and touring ancient temples, when you’re at this luxury property, you won’t hear the clamor of the city. And best of all, if you want to take an afternoon inside to detox before touring the rest of the country, the property has nearly everything you’d need.
In addition to dining at the property’s signature restaurant, Chon, which serves traditional and contemporary Thai dishes overlooking the infamous river, you can also book private cooking lessons to learn how to master pad Thai, curry, and other favorites at home. End your evening with a decadent spa treatment that’ll get rid of that jet lag—and put up that ‘let us be’ door hang so you can sleep in as long as you and your new spouse desire.
Koh Kood: Soneva Kiri
If you’ve never heard of Koh Kood, don’t sweat it: Even though it’s the fourth largest island in Thailand, it’s the least populated. It’s not too far from Bangkok—only an hour southeast—meaning it’s ideal after your layover in the capital. For honeymooners who want to experience the culture of Thailand without having to worry about crowds, lines, or congestion, this little slice of heaven is just what you need. Book your stay at Soneva Kiri, which features 36 expansive pool villas that sit near the pool, atop hillsides or cliff tops, all giving you a glimpse of the Gulf of Thailand.
When you check in, you’ll receive not only a key to your luxury home away from home, but also a personal electric buggy and butlers who will ensure your honeymoon is everything you dreamed of. Make sure to book a treepod dining experience—where you and your spouse are suspended in a tree and waiters serve meals via zip line—and book a dinner at Benz, a favorite of many celebrities. If you get antsy cooped up in a room for days, the resort can also arrange activities like catamaran sailing, snorkeling, windsurfing, spa treatments, transfers and well, anything your newlywed hearts ask for.
Koh Samui: InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort
Starting your island hopping at Koh Samui, just a few hours from both Bangkok and Chiang Mai, is definitely a luxe idea for honeymooners. Even though this spot offers the same beachy nightlife, with dance parties and impressive fire dancing underneath countless stars, it has a more laid-back energy, too. Because many couples enjoy the seclusion and quiet of this spot in the Gulf of Thailand, you can truly celebrate your nuptials without worrying about making nice with other travelers. Book your once-in-a-lifetime adventure at the award-winning beachfront Intercontinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort. You can find yourself enjoying both dreamy blue seas and white sand, hand in hand. Choose between a private villa on the beach, giving you easy access to a midnight swim, or a cliffside hideaway with views of the Five Islands and Angthong National Park, for catching the sunset or sunrise on your balcony. Whichever you choose, you can talk about your hopes for your marriage while enjoying a private plunge pool in your suite.
For one of those experiences you’ll tell your children about, take this luxury resort up on its offer to introduce you to the rare, mystical pink dolphin. This sea mammal is native to the waters of Samui Archipelago, and a trained guide can whisk you away on a private speedboat to witness these stunning creatures in their natural habitat. It’s a rare moment you’ll treasure, much like those vows you just exchanged.