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Thailand honeymoon destinations for an exotic start to married life

Cast yourselves away to Thailand, a place of legendary beauty, where the culture is as inviting as its heaven-on-earth setting. From discrete retreats and luxe resorts to budget beauties, here are our picks for a romantic start to married life.

Destinations don’t come more postcard-perfect than Thailand, with its luminously blue seas lapping at perfect patches of soft, silky sand edged with swaying palms, coconut trees and lush vast jungle. Add some of the world’s finest resorts, authentic experiences, ancient ruins, incredible cuisine and world-famous hospitality, and it should come as no surprise that Thailand is one of the world’s most coveted destinations for romance.

With their castaway-island vibe, picture-perfect Koh Samui, Krabi and Phuket rank amongst the most popular Thai escapes for love birds. Stroll salty and sun-kissed along pristine beaches, laze languidly between two swaying palms in a hammock made for two and delve hand-in-hand into the shimmering sea as you dive into your romantic Thailand honeymoon.

Whether you’re searching for romance on a budget, a barefoot island affair or love in ultra-luxe style, we’ve taken the guesswork out of it with our round-up of some of Thailand’s most perfect spots for passion.

Island seclusion and extravagance in Phuket

Tucked away on the private island paradise of Naka Yai, overlooking the emerald-green beauty of Phang Nga Bay, is The Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort, a resort that balances seclusion, relaxation and extravagance. Just a 10-minute speedboat ride from Phuket, yet miles away from care, this exclusive boutique beauty offers a choice of plush guest rooms or villa accommodation. But since you have romance in mind, choose one of the secluded tropical villas with their own pool for the ultimate in privacy.

Lounge in each other’s arms on the resort’s private beach, enjoy the tranquillity of the adults only pool or relax into a couple’s massage at Spa Naka, which also offers indigenous Naka treatments, Watsu aquatic therapy and aromatic rituals. The hotel provides plenty of activities for couples including cooking classes, tai chi lessons and kayaking tours to raise environmental awareness.

When evening comes, spoil your beloved one with beachside dining under the stars, and sip on a cocktail while watching a dreamy sunset from Z Bar, for the perfect end to your first days together as a married couple.

If you can drag yourselves away from your place in paradise, take a boat ride to Maya Bay, kayak around the legendary James Bond Island or visit the elephants at Phuket Elephant Park, an ethical sanctuary working to rehabilitate 12 retired working elephants back into forest life.

The Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Phuket

Top rated
Koh Naka Yai
8.9 Excellent (391 reviews)

Contemporary cool for couples in Phuket

Situated on a pristine stretch of white sandy beach on Racha Yai, one of the Andaman Sea’s most pristine islands, The Racha is Phuket’s premier sanctuary for mind, body and spirit, with a sustainable approach that offers an ultra-luxurious romantic break without taking from the earth.

The resort’s chic, contemporary accommodation includes sumptuous grand pool suites, each boasting a sprawling terrace with daybeds, a Jacuzzi and infinity edge pool overlooking the dazzling blue of the Andaman Sea, so you can enjoy your own slice of paradise in passionate privacy. There’s even an option of staying in a real Lighthouse, for a truly unique accommodation experience with amazing views of the island.

Guests can connect with each other and nature while strolling the resort grounds. Or head to the Anumba Spa for mind and body relaxation treatments in a VIP couples’ suite with its own terrazzo plunge pool, steam room and outdoor rain shower. For a night to remember, allow the Racha’s talented chefs to create a dining experience for two in the private setting of your choice.

When you’re ready to rejoin the world, The Racha is perfectly located for snorkelling and diving in some of the Andaman Sea’s most beautiful sites, with the resort’s 5-Star PADI Dive Centre offering trips and courses in a purpose-built instruction pool.

The Racha

Top rated
Cape Panwa
8.9 Excellent (998 reviews)

Wallet friendly romance in Phuket

Enjoy all the romance of a five-star Phuket beach break without breaking the bank at the hilltop Wyndham Sea Pearl Phuket.

Accommodation is elegant and stylish, and all rooms offer an outdoor Jacuzzi on a private balcony. For those seeking real sanctuary with the one you love, choose one of the expansive Pool Villas. Each offers a private infinity pool with outdoor shower and terrace area, plus breathtaking views of Patong Bay and the Andaman Sea.

The resort has eight tantalisingly turquoise swimming pools, two excellent restaurants and a pool bar that offers drinks and casual dining. Clear your mind at The Club House fitness centre and steam away your worries away at the calming sauna. Enjoy indulgent pampering with your love at the resort’s Eastern-inspired Carissa Spa. Start with a romantic aromatic milk bath and massage or take the time to immerse yourselves into a couple’s day retreat at the onsite Carissa Spa.

As night falls, retreat to your private balcony as the sun sets in spectacular Thailand style before raising a glass to the stars from your outdoor Jacuzzi.

With a convenient location just ten minutes from the beaches and nightlife of Patong and Bangla Road, guests of the Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort Phuket are also perfectly positioned to explore some of Phuket’s most beautiful beaches, temples, markets and more.

Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort Phuket

Patong Beach
8.1 Very good (2135 reviews)

White sand and sublime seclusion in Krabi

Celebrate your love surrounded by the soft white sand, brilliant blue water and swaying coconut palms of Klong Muong Beach at Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort. Combining contemporary comfort with traditional Thai hospitality, the secluded resort offers the quintessential Thailand honeymoon experience.

This Thai honeymoon haven has everything newlyweds could desire for a romantic start to wedded bliss. Honeymooners should set their sights on the 150-square-metre Club Suite with Plunge Pool, which boasts a separate living area, an opulent bathroom with an oversized tub and your own private plunge pool.

The Linger Longer Spa, surrounded by tropical gardens, boasts a double Royal spa suite and two double deluxe spa suites, perfect for a couple’s treatment that will cocoon you together in muscle melting bliss. After a sunset cocktail, dig your toes into the soft sand in a private dining setting under the stars with your love.

There are sports and leisure activities aplenty in resort, but should you choose to leave this sensual sanctuary, Krabi offers plenty to see and do. Active couples can soothe their muscles in the Klong Thom Hot Springs, take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of the Emerald Pool, snorkel in the turquoise sea off Railay Beach, or kayak through the Ao Luk mangrove and caves.

Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort

Top rated
Krabi
8.9 Excellent (742 reviews)

Ultimate indulgence for lovers in Krabi

Leave the real world behind as you whisk your love away to Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Krabi, a group of enchanting islands located in Thailand’s south.

From the comfort of spacious luxury villas and private pavilions, guests of Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve can immerse themselves in nature, culture, luxury and love. Start your day with yoga on the sand, kick back poolside or, when you can tear your eyes away from your partner, simply soak up the views of the breathtaking Andaman Sea.

To celebrate your love, book your stay in the Royal Andaman Sea Villa, which comes with unobstructed island views, an infinity plunge pool and its own outdoor bath, set in a pretty pond. And for a honeymoon that’s the stuff of sonnets, consider the resort’s three-night Ultimate Romance package. Swoon-inducing extras include a 24-hour dedicated butler service, romantic turndown amenities including a complimentary bottle of chilled wine upon arrival and a dawn floral bath. You’ll also enjoy a Phulay Bay Spa Honeymoon Ritual for two and a Sri Trang By the Sea dinner, where together you can savour local dishes made from freshly sourced ingredients in a romantic private pavilion overlooking the sea.

When you finally emerge from your romantic cocoon, consider taking a traditional longtail boat island hopping tour, snorkel and dive in the sparkling sea, or spend the afternoon hiking Krabi’s majestic Dragon Crest Mountain.

Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Top rated
Krabi
9.3 Excellent (444 reviews)

A green, serene honeymoon in Koh Samui

Inspired by a Thai fishing village, Six Senses is a rustic rainforest retreat in Koh Samui offering villa accommodation that blends seamlessly into the surrounding landscape. For those who want a honeymoon as green as it is romantic, this resort is at the forefront of sustainability.

Split-level villas, most with private pools, are perched on a sloping headland with breathtaking ocean panoramas creating an atmosphere of seclusion. All villas are serviced by a personal butler to ensure privacy, and the resort’s many facilities, including a huge aquamarine infinity pool, are just a bamboo-lined walkway away.

Six Senses Samui’s Dining on the Rocks serves innovative, award-winning food on 10 pretty terraced teak decks overlooking the Gulf of Siam. If you’d prefer dîner à deux, the exclusive Table 100 features outdoor daybed seating and beanbags on a private deck, or simply snuggle up with an in-villa barbecue.

Surrender yourselves to a rejuvenating massage or signature treatment in a private sala at the Six Senses spa. With views right across the rock-strewn bay, the spa also offers yoga, reiki, Pilates and vitality retreats for two.

When you’re ready to surface from your honeymoon bubble, explore the natural beauty of the nearby islands, snorkel or dive Ang Thong National Marine Park, and visit Fisherman’s Village and the Big Buddha, located on a tiny island connected to Ko Samui by a causeway.

Six Senses Samui

Top rated
Bophut
8.7 Excellent (569 reviews)

An adults-only romantic retreat in Koh Samui

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The COAST Koh Samui is a stunning adults-only beachfront property offering style and an idyllic atmosphere for your luxury honeymoon at a budget price.

Nestled on Mae Mam Beach, a 10-minute drive from Fisherman’s Village, rooms offer a stylish contemporary aesthetic. Beach Pool Villas offer breathtaking views over the Gulf of Thailand to Koh Phangan Island, direct beach access, and private plunge pools for those special moments together.

While you’ll find all the facilities one could expect from a world-class resort, unobtrusive but seamless service leaves you the space to create private romantic moments and memories together.

Enjoy sunset cocktails and dine alfresco at Beach Restaurant or stay in for room service and romance. The resort’s Zense Spa has been designed to create a soothing environment in which couples can feel completely at peace and offers a variety of treatments designed to leave newlyweds with a sense of well-being and happiness.

Laze in the infinity pool or lounge on the private golden sand beach as you soak up the panoramic sea views or take the shuttle to Chaweng, the longest strip of sand in Samui. Or make the pilgrimage to Fisherman’s Village, a sleepy, rustic strip in Bophut filled with boutique stores and restaurants. Friday evening’s see the area transform into a lively walking street with streets crammed with market stalls.

The Coast Koh Samui

Top rated
Mae Nam Beach
9.1 Excellent (810 reviews)

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