For years it seems, some parts of Thailand have carried a reputation for noisy tourists, cheap hostels and wild bachelor parties. However, ‘things are a chang’in’.
There seems to be an move towards a very different trend – one of celebrities flocking to enjoy the delights of Thailand’s tropical resorts.
Top model Kate Moss travels to Thailand frequently (she prefers the white sanded beaches of Phuket). Bear Grylls has bought a villa there, Blake Lively also and Beyonce and Jay Z are also semi-regulars.
Thailand is getting a luxury makeover at the moment, and if you want to get in on that action there’s still time to find some incredible places to stay such as ….
TRISARA RESORT, PHUKET
Trisara is an all-time favourite of celebrities visiting Phuket and it is thought that Kate Moss has stayed here on more than one occasion. The members of Maroon 5 also checked into this villa paradise while touring Asia in 2015.
Australian Bachelorette star Sophie Monk also stayed in Trisara in 2017.
Trisara is an exclusive estate of private villas ranging from intimate two-bedroom options to huge seven-bedroom oceanfront mansions. The name Trisara means “The Garden in the Third Heaven” in Sanskrit – and heaven is exactly what a stay at this luxury retreat feels like.
Located between Bangtao and Nai Thon beaches, this opulent resort ensures that its guests will find here calm and voluptuousness.
Sumptuous Thai contemporary styled villas with private swimming pools await well-heeled guests in a finely landscaped tropical lush compound, offering them a stress-free holiday in Phuket.
Trisara is famous for its extremely high quality of accommodation and service, and there is no wonder why it is one of the most sought-after residences for Mick Jagger and other celebrities coming to Phuket.
SAMUJANA VILLAS, KOH SAMUI
Hackney-born Idris Elba, stayed recently at the über-glam, seven-bedroom Samujana Villa 12 on the Thai island of Koh Samui.
It boasts five Jacuzzis, a cinema, a pool with underwater sound system and a superbly equipped gym. Rent it from £2,250 (close to Bt100,000) a night.
SRI PANWA, PHUKET
Located at Cape Panwa, right next to Phuket Aquarium, Sri Panwa is one of the most beautiful resorts in Phuket. Its architecture blends Thai and Balinese influences with a stylish contemporary style using natural materials.
Pool suites or Pool villas, all room-types harbour an opulent exoticism, and most of them offer stunning views to the sea and the small islands lying off Phuket east coast.
CHIVA SOM SPA, HUA HIN
Hua Hin sits on the Gulf of Siam and has gained a reputation as ‘the’ beach resort for wealthy Thais thanks to its royal summer palace. It attracts the ‘crème de la crème’ of Thailand but also the international crowd, from the Beckhams to Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling.
Ms Moss’ resort of choice is the world famous Chiva Som Spa, renowned for its alternative health therapies, eastern and western techniques and seen as the ultimate beauty spot for some serious detoxing. Amid the exotic orchids and jasmine, the atmosphere is unbelievably serene.
VILLA SAENGOOTSA, PHUKET
Want to wake up in the same bed where Rihanna once slept? Check in to the fabulous Villa Saengootsa at the Samsara Estate and you might make this dream a reality.
Villa Saengootsa has five bedrooms, an infinity pool, open-air Jacuzzi and sound system… basically, the villa has everything you need to party like a rock star. The beach is a short stroll away and the dedicated villa staff will make you feel like royalty – Rihanna certainly seemed to think so!