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Best Resorts in Indonesia and Thailand

Retreat to the beach, jungle and mountains.

August 11, 2023

Indonesia and Thailand are two of the most popular vacation destinations in Southeast Asia. Sharing a tropical climate, these countries offer a variety of cultural, outdoor, and culinary experiences. While Thailand is known for its beaches, luxury shopping, and Buddhist temples, Indonesia is celebrated for its diverse marine life, volcanic landscapes, and the spiritual practices of Bali. These luxurious resorts in Indonesia and Thailand will see that you get the most out of your stay.  

Capella Ubud – Bali, Indonesia

The 5-star Capella resort is nestled in the rainforest north of Ubud – the spiritual heart of Bali. All luxury tented dwellings come with a private deck and pool overlooking the jungle or river. Wellness treatments are offered at the property spa or in the comfort of your residence. Dining is available across two signature restaurants, the cocktail bar, and a campfire den where hot chocolate and marshmallows are served.

Capella Culturists run an itinerary of activities that introduce you to the Balinese way of life. Excursions to local waterfalls, rice terraces, coffee plantations, and hot springs are available.

Designed for: Over-the-top yet sustainable luxury

Misool Eco Resort – Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Accessible via a five-hour speedboat and with a maximum of 40 guests at any time, Misool Eco Resort is a truly exclusive destination in Indonesia's Southwest Papua province. One of the richest marine systems on Earth, the Raja Ampat archipelago comprises 1,500 forested islands fringed with white sand and translucent turquoise water.

The accommodation is spread across overwater bungalows and beach villas. Thatched decks protect the water cottages from the harsh sun and grant direct access to the swimming lagoon. Beach villas overlook the swimmable blue hole and come with a pod used for yoga or spa treatments. Snorkeling the house reef yields sightings of green turtles and reef sharks while excursions add the chance to swim alongside manta rays and “walking” epaulette sharks.

Designed for: Off-the-beaten-track luxury and scuba diving  

Six Senses – Yao Noi, Thailand

Forty-five minutes from Phuket, Six Senses consists of thatched villas nestled among tropical vegetation or resting steps from the resort’s private beach. All come with a private swimming pool, sundeck, and external dining area.

Personalized wellness consultations and therapies and are available alongside massages, facials, and body treatments. Sign up for a Thai cooking class or spend an intimate evening working through the seasonal degustation supper at the Chef's Table. Champagne breakfasts, gourmet picnics, and evening barbecues may be brought to your villa.

Designed for: Castaway experience with all the creature comforts

Villa Mahabhirom – Chiang Mai, Thailand

The mountainous region of Chiang Mai invites you to encounter the culture of Thailand – minus the heat. Fourteen restored teakwood residences furnished with a medley of antiques and contemporary artworks set the tone at the Villa Mahabhirom. Premium one, two, and three-bedroom villas at this boutique resort have the perk of a private pool.

Saigonese dishes crafted with Thai ingredients is the focus of the Vietnamese restaurant although you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to sampling the cooking of Northern Thailand. Nimmanhaemin Road and the moated Old City are minutes away by taxi. Convenient for the airport, temples, and markets, the hotel can also help you plan outings to Doi Suthep and Doi Inthanon National Park.

Designed for: Experiencing the traditions of Northern Thailand

Contact me today to discuss your next trip to Indonesia and Thailand.

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