In this hectic and stressful world, what could be better than to enjoy a restful and unique getaway vacation on an empty and beautiful beach in Thailand. The following destinations, all in unspoiled and beautiful coastal areas of the Thai islands, offer a unique experience, allowing guests to get back in touch with nature and completely de-stress.
At the edge of the national park on Koh Phra Thong Island, the Golden Buddha Beach Resort enjoys a spectacular location and is thought to be one of the best eco-resorts in Asia. Set on a deserted 12 kilometer stretch of beach on one of the beautiful Andaman Islands, The Golden Buddha Beach Resort is the only establishment of its nature to be found in the area, ensuring privacy and a wide open nature experience. Offering 28 private villas, spread around a beautiful, lush garden, the resort is suitable for all kinds of visitors, whether couples, groups or families.
Guests can enjoy yoga retreats, a range of fitness facilities, as well as water sports, including kayaking, snorkeling and sailing. Culinary experiences at the resort include everything from freshly caught seafood to wholesome and tasty vegetarian meals.
The video below gives more detail of both the resort and its surroundings.
Yet another Andaman island getaway is Koh Yao Yai Village. Koh Yao Yai is one of a small cluster of islands close to Phuket with landscapes of unspoiled beaches, rubber plantations, rice paddies and completely untouched rainforests. This is a place where visitors can experience the real Thailand, where the locals carry on their traditional rural life, just as they have for many years, and always with a smile for visitors. In fact, this is the perfect location for a unique getaway on a Thailand beach.
The eco-friendly Koh Yao Yai Resort offers a unique experience to visitors who wish to escape the normal tourist crowds and enjoy being one with nature. Spread over 32 acres, the beach front hotel looks over the Phang Nga Bay (pictured above). While the resort is a mere 30 minute speedboat ride from the busy city of Phuket, it is a beautiful and natural world within a world.
All aspects of the hotel are operated with eco-friendly practices in order to respect both the environment and also the local community, while offering a high standard of luxury accommodation and activities to guests. Enjoy exploring nature, taking boat trips in the nearby blue lagoon, or experience snorkeling and bicycle tours of the area. To see more of this lovely location, enjoy the video below.
On Ko Kut Island, Koh Kood Resort consists of a series of newly upgraded, Japanese-style bungalows nestled in attractive botanical gardens and right on the beach. Considered to be one of the best nature hotels on the island, the lush vegetation and the perfect clarity of the water at the beach give a feeling of aloneness in nature, while surrounded by all the services a visitor could require. As the location is relatively remote, the island has so far escaped being overrun by crowds of tourists, like many other islands in Thailand.
Amenities include kayaking in the bay and off the surrounding beaches in the area and snorkeling around the live corals. Incidentally, just down the road from the resort there is a first-class scuba diving school, great for those beginners wishing to explore the depths.
For those visiting with families, it is reassuring to note that there is no undertow and no strong currents in the waters off the beach. Anyone wishing to head inland can hire a motorcycle or bicycle at a reasonable charge.
The video below takes a closer look at the Koh Kood Resort, showing the surroundings and activities on offer. There are also many other great locations in Thailand, perfect for a beach vacation or unique getaway holiday.
By Anne Sewell
Top image of a beach in Thailand, in the public domain.
All other images courtesy the resort