To the south of Bangkok the beautiful beaches and islands of Thailand are a travellers dream. Whether you decide to head for the Andaman Sea on the west or the Gulf of Thailand to the east, you can be assured of paradise stretches of coastline. Perhaps the only thing that can really complement the natural beauty, grand temples and Buddhist monasteries are the outstanding resorts dotted throughout the area. These three standout resorts are our pick of the top of design hotels in southern Thailand.
The Library is a stylish minimalist hotel on lively Chaweng Beach. The 26 suite/studio cabins are scattered discreetly among the lush gardens with minimal impact on the surroundings. Each of the cabin has a suite space on the ground floor with a studio upstairs – all with ocean views. Casually elegant, the interiors are minimalist with a strong palate providing the accents.
The 36-villa Casa de la Flora resort is a great example of urban design in natural setting on the edge of the Andaman Sea. Casa de la Flora is the only resort on Khao Lak featuring contemporary architecture and design, its angular geometry in perfect harmony with the local environment. An exceptional low-rise retreat with innovative interiors and discreet eco-credentials, here guests can enjoy great sea views, private pools, and Apple in-room entertainment.
The Surin is an elegant escape on the tropical island paradise beach at Pansea Bay. Formerly known as The Chedi, the hotel has been rejuvenated by Paris-based architect and designer Ed Tuttle and rooms now combine local materials and Thai influences with modern functionality. Private elevated walkways link the public buildings and private pavilions, each featuring shuttered doors, private verandahs and secluded sun decks.