From starlit dinners and romantic cruises, to castaway picnics, spa treatments for two and temple visits, create lifelong memories in the exotic kingdom of Thailand, offering the perfect balance of adventure, culture and relaxation to suit every couple's wishes. Even better, 'The Land of Smiles' has now completely reopened to fully vaccinated travellers...
No luxury Thailand holiday is complete without experiencing the unmatched sights of Bangkok - and who better to experience Thailand's captivating capital with than the one you love most? Culture-seeking couples can while away hours exploring the city's many magnificent temples and local markets, whilst shopaholics need look no further than the many malls. Board a motorboat for a leisurely trip along the Chao Phraya River, or sip cocktails together with views of the skyline at one of Bangkok's elegant rooftop bars.
Inspired by the soul of the 'River of Kings', Capella Bangkok is a true urban oasis, recently voted No.4 Best Hotel in the World at the Travel + Leisure Awards. Here, every accommodation option showcases spectacular Chao Phraya views from huge glass windows. Fabulous for foodie couples, the hotel is home to a French and Italian Riviera-inspired restaurant from three-Michelin-Starred chef Mauro Colagreco, as well as offering authentic Thai cuisine that celebrates cookery traditions handed down through generations. With the city's cultural and culinary riches on your doorstep, the visionary collection of 'Capella Curates' experiences ensures you both get the most from your time in Thailand's capital - from learning the ancient art of Muay Thai to creating authentic heirloom recipes with a Bangkok local. Once you've finished exploring, rejuvenate with a treatment in the Auriga Spa, incorporating a freshly prepared alchemy of Thai ingredients, such as mung bean and black sesame.
The Golden Triangle
A truly unique location that showcases yet another side to Thailand, the Golden Triangle is the name given to the area in the north of the country where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet. This entire area exudes a real sense of serenity calm, particularly as the sun rises over the misty jungle. Whilst alfresco activities here include scenic trekking and longtail boat rides, the main allure is easily the population of Asian elephants that call the area home.
Make unforgettable memories on your romantic getaway as you can get up close to these majestic mammals during a stay at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort. Join a local mahout as you interact with, feed and bathe these gentle giants, many of whom have been rescued from the crowded city streets, in partnership with the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation. They now lead lives filled with fun, food and adoring visitors in their natural jungle habitat. For the ultimate remote experience, book a stay in one of the resort's new Jungle Bubbles, unique transparent domes located amid the Golden Triangle jungle, in which the elephants roam. You can stay from dusk to dawn just metres from these amazing animals, enjoying a gourmet picnic dinner before drifting off to the sights and sounds of the jungle. While these amazing bubbles are designed to get you closer to nature (you're asked to bring only what is essential for your night in there, the rest of your stuff is left in your resort room or suite) they certainly maintain the Anantara level of luxury, complete with a four-poster king bed, Nespresso coffee machine, well-stocked minibar and spacious bathroom with a shower, soft robes and signature toiletries.
Picturesque Phang Nga Bay
Set slap bang in the middle of the dreamy Phang Nga Bay, Koh Yao Noi is perfectly situated for front-row views of the area's beautiful karst cathedrals. Seriously serene, this is a place of peaceful refuge, ideal for couples that just want to get away from it all and spend uninterrupted time together. Also, along Phang Nga's Andaman seashore lies Khao Lak, a stunning coastline of expansive beaches, lush rainforest and fabulous luxury retreats. While relaxation is plentiful, there is still loads to fill your (romantic days here). When it's time to explore, island-hop by longtail boat, explore the area by kayak, scuba dive to spot an array of marine life, charter a private yacht or spend several hours on a private island, for the ultimate romantic castaway experience.
Home to just 56 villas and set on the hillside overlooking panoramas of Phang Nga Bay, Six Senses Yao Noi is a dream choice for a honeymoon or couples' retreat. The resort's wedding chapel has been cleverly converted into an utterly exceptional one-bedroom villa for the perfect romantic escape. Aptly named 'The View', it offers complete privacy and breathtaking panoramas around every corner, along with double-height ceilings and windows. Fabulous features include a huge terrace, infinity pool, sunken dining area, private bar, cinema and workout area. Your dedicated GEM (Guest Experience Manager) can arrange sunset Champagne breakfasts, private picnics or an evening barbecue beneath the stars on your villa's private terrace, with a personal chef and dedicated waiter. You also mustn't miss a trip (or two) to the legendary Six Senses Spa, tucked tranquilly in the hillside and offering various locally inspired treatments that use everything from coconut to green tea to 24k gold leaf!
Soak up more desirable panoramas with a stay at secluded boutique resort The Sarojin, set on the sugary fringes of Khao Lak beach in the Phang Nga province. Set next to the Andaman Sea and surrounded by an ancient rainforest dotted with peaceful lagoons and waterfalls, the resort's location couldn't be more romantic, and with a personal concierge team (known as 'Imagineers') on hand to create bespoke experiences just for you, there are numerous opportunities for romance. Have your butler decorate your suite in rose petals, plant a special message in a bottle during a romantic beach stroll and even organise a private candlelit dinner next to a secret jungle waterfall, the epitome of romantic gestures. The flowing water and tranquil calls of the wildlife become the soundtrack to your extravagant dinner, where you will dine on lobster from the Andaman Sea, Thai prawn soup, and of course, mango sticky rice for dessert, a must-try while in Thailand. It's a perfect proposal spot, too.