We’ve hand-selected a few Thai hotels that are truly divine. Tweet us your favorite Thai hotels @recommendmag.
• Sofitel So Bangkok is an extremely appealing Bangkok hotel with 237 rooms and 27 suites (from $175 per night). It sits in the heart of Bangkok’s financial district with a panoramic view of Lumpini Park, Bangkok’s version of New York’s Central Park. In the mere two years since opening its doors, Sofitel So Bangkok has been lauded as among the best anywhere, collecting international awards by the truckload. Juthamas Carranco, director of business development for the hotel, says that Sofitel So Bangkok has “come up with many initiatives [to attract guests]. We joined Bangkok Super Saver, which is Accor’s citywide promotion campaign along with 19 other hotels in Bangkok to bring in international travelers. We offer a 25 percent discount. That has helped sell a significant number of rooms and enticed a large number of guests.” Sofitel So Bangkok, according to Carranco, is known as “one of the famous party hotels in Bangkok.” In keeping with that reputation, it organizes a monthly activity “such as Full Moon Party, Black Moon Party, Rainbow Party and Pool Party.” What advice does Carranco give U.S. travel agents? “If any travel agency would like to create an exclusive program such as a honeymoon package, we offer additional and unique benefits to that agency.” For more information, call (800) 763-4835 or visit sofitel.com or sofitel.com/gb/business-to-business/index.shtml (travel agent login)
• The Anantara collection of hotels and resorts offers a wide range of accommodations and attractions in some of the kingdom’s most popular destinations, but our favorite are the Anantara Phuket Villas (from about $150 per night dbl), which has 91 pool villas, and the Anantara Phuket Layan (from about $150 per night), which has 77 accommodations. Both provide luxury accommodations on secluded oceanfront locations. For more information, visit anantara.com.
• In Phuket, Point Yamu by COMO (from about $270 per night)—a member of the COMO Hotels & Resorts collection—is the latest top-notch resort to open on an island already awash with high-end resorts. With 79 rooms and suites and 27 private villas, all with unforgettable panoramas of Phang Nga Bay in the Andaman Sea, Point Yamu features earth tones and is designed to complement its pristine surroundings. For more information, visit comohotels.com/pointyamu.