Conrad Koh Samui is the paradise for those luxury lovers seeking a private romantic hideaway.
The hillside Conrad Koh Samui offers a luxurious and secluded beachfront getaway overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. The large villas feature private infinity pools with incredible views.
Overlooking the beach, each villa comes with a private pool, balcony and an incredible marble bathroom with circular bath. Inside features an espresso machine, lounge area with a flat-screen TV and DVD player and free WiFi.
The hotel offers complimentary shuttle buses to Chaweng beach (expect up to 1-hour drive) the main strip in Koh Samui famous for street markets and nightlife. Additionally, Conrad Koh Samui offers complimentary snorkelling trips multiple times a day to the nearby island of Koh Mugsum, this is a must if visiting. Samui Airport is a 45-minute drive from the resort.
While secluded take the chance to practice outdoor yoga, snorkel alongside coral reefs in clear waters or just escape from the world in your romantic and private villas. Highly recommended is the resort spa with huge panoramic views and a range of treatments and massage.
“The hotel’s view is really awesome! I’m almost speechless when I first saw it. There were a lot of privacy in the room and it made us feel really disconnected from the world (which is a good excuse to relax). Love everything about the room and the service was very on point too.” Andee and Hugo from Singapore and Taiwan.
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As A Gay Traveller
“As a gay traveler, we were immediately at ease and not judged. The Conrad teams immediately greeted us with a big smile, a very good sense of hospitality. The strengths of the hotel that gay travelers will appreciate are, the private pool at the shelter of all eyes, the room well insulated and not overlooked. The little gesture of the bath of foaming greeting decorated with petals of roses.” Antonie, from France
Bangkok is one of the greatest gay cities in the world, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to explore in the surrounding region. Take a couple of nights to stay in one of these great hotels to enjoy everything Thailand has to offer outside of the capital, without traveling too far.
1. SO Sofitel Hua Hin
Why we love it:
♥ Not one pool, but THREE (plus a private beach and a spa).
♥ The beach party is one of Hua Hin’s best and most popular.
♥ The relatively remote location and top-class facilities make it a great place for a relaxing getaway.
If you don’t have the time to travel to the southern islands, the bustling coastal city of Hua Hin and its quieter northern neighbor, Cha Am, are excellent choices for a beach getaway. So Sofitel Hua Hin is located on Cha Am beach, a peaceful and laid-back stretch of sand free of the overdevelopment that sometimes tarnishes Thai beaches.
That doesn’t mean its boring. The resort comes with its very own WIBIT Adventure Float course to keep you fit and entertain for hours. Plus tones of onsight activities including Tennis and Basketball Court, Pickleball, Bicycle Track and the SO Wonderland 18-hole adventure mini golf course. There is a fun atmosphere throughout the resort, especially on the weekends, and even if you’re there during the week, So Sofitel’s five-star amenities can keep you both entertained and relaxed throughout your getaway.
There is a huge beachside swimming pool for doing laps and splashing around, and another adults-only pool perfect for relaxing. The rooms and suites are impeccably designed with either a nature-inspired or a modern chic decor, and there are even luxury villas with private pools. Add to that a great spa, incredible rain showers, three delicious dining options, and a full home theatre system with 42-inch plasma in every room, and you can understand why most guests spend most of their stay in the hotel.
Stay on their SO Sofitel Hua Hin Beach Party weekends, one of the best nights out in Cha Am in your very resort. Parties take place quarterly.
2. V Villas Hua Hin
Why we love it:
♥ Two words: Private. Pool.
♥ Attentive, friendly, and helpful 24-hour personal butler service
♥ The hotel isn’t just ok with you holding parties in your villa – it encourages them
V Villas is a collection of luxury 5-star villas by Sofitel, located on the Hua Hin coast. They range from intimate 2-person villas – ideal for couples looking for privacy – to sprawling 6-person houses that can take a getaway with friends to the next level. Each villa features stunning modern design, luxury furnishings, top-notch amenities, and best of all, a private pool and terrace. Oh, and there is also a butler service at your beck and call at any time of day or night.
The attentive staff can help you buy ingredients to make your own meals in your villa kitchen, but don’t miss out on the opportunity of dining at Villarazzo Restaurant, selected as Thailand’s Best Restaurant by Thailand Tatler for several years in a row. The bar is equally impressive, with an infinity pool that stretches into the sea for a truly spectacular view.
If you can drag yourself away from your private pool and terrace, you’ll find your villa’s location very convenient for sightseeing around the historical city of Hua Hin, just a 10-minute drive from Klai Kangwon summer palace and even closer to various excellent golf courses. Hua Hin also has a pretty good nightlife along Soi Bintabaht and there are even a couple of gay bars on Naresdamri Road.
3. Rayong Marriott Resort & Spa
Why we love it:
♥ The outdoor swimming pool situation is truly exceptional
♥ Every room comes with a spectacular view
♥ Check out the bathtub views
Rayong is a laid-back but lively beach resort two hours outside of Bangkok. It is a popular place to go spend a weekend by the sea, especially for those who prefer quiet beaches to busy bar strips. For gay travelers, Rayong is best enjoyed as a stop on the way to Koh Samet, Thailand’s best gay beach party destination, which can be reached by a 45-minute ferry from Ban Phe.
The Mariott is particularly well-located for this, only a 10-minute drive away from the pier. Rayong city center is a longer 30-minute drive away, making the hotel feel remote yet accessible.
There is a total of three outdoor swimming pools, each with its own incredible views and ambiance. There are waterslides, a tropical aquarium, underwater music, and a separate pool for the kids so you can unwind and relax in peace. The hotel also offers activities such as Muay Thai, yoga, and bike tours of the surrounding region, as well as excellent dining options including a Fish Bar and a large dining room overlooking the Gulf of Thailand.
In the rooms, you can choose between sea or mountain views, which are highlighted by large windows and balconies that place Thailand’s natural beauty at the heart of the design. The decor is sleek, modern, and understated, with gorgeous open-plan bathrooms.
4. Pullman Pattaya Hotel G
Why we love it:
♥ Great pool area with beachfront access and sunset views
♥ Beautiful modern Thai design
♥ Close enough to enjoy the gay nightlife, but remote enough to relax in
Pattaya has somewhat of a reputation for being seedy, and this is not entirely undeserved. This beach town’s nightlife is amongst the craziest and most legendary in Thailand, so if you’re going to do Pattaya, do it in style. Pullman Pattaya Hotel G is a luxurious 5-star resort, injecting any trip to Pattaya with a healthy dose of class and sophistication.
Tucked away among lush greenery, the resort feels peaceful and serene while remaining close enough to the town to enjoy everything Pattaya has to offer. The decor throughout is a blend of cool contemporary and classic Thai, creating an experience that is cutting-edge with nods to tradition. The rooms have distinct styles, some colonial, some sleek and modern, and all exceptionally beautiful and comfortable.
The state-of-the-art Aisawan spa is ideally designed for relaxation, while the pools and Beach Club are perfect for a day of lounging and sunning. The food is excellent and varied, and the cocktails best enjoyed during one of the daily Social Hours, which include buy-one-get-one-free drinks.
Pullman Pattaya Hotel G is a quick 20-minute drive from the town’s bars and clubs. It’s up to you whether you want to spend your nights stumbling between go-go bars in BoyzTown and Sunee Plaza or enjoying fine dining and top-notch cocktails at the Beach Club Restaurant and Bar. You can even do both.
5. Sala Khaoyai
Why we love it:
♥ 360-degree views from essentially anywhere in the resort
♥ The private pool villas are truly exceptional
♥ Completely remote and amazingly peaceful
For something truly unique and regenerating, look no further than Sala Khaoyai. This boutique resort overlooking Khao Yai National Park is completely remote, making it the perfect place to leave the noise, stresses, and non-stop bustle of big city Bangkok behind for a few days. Stunning views of green valleys surround you at every turn, and the only thing to do is relax and enjoy the sights.
And we don’t just mean the landscape. Every room features striking modern decor, contrasting beautifully with the nature around you. The Deluxe rooms are gorgeous, but it’s the individual villas that are the real draw: a perfectly designed contemporary home, remotely perched on a hilltop overlooking the valley, with your own private pool from which to take everything in. You can even hire a BBQ expert to fire up the grill on your private rooftop.
You will also find delightful common areas throughout the resort, from a poolside spa to a hilltop restaurant serving delicious Thai and international dishes. Beyond the resort, Khao Yai National Park offers countless opportunities for hiking, swimming, sightseeing, kayaking, and more. The breathtaking scenery, the private villas, and the state-of-the-art rooms all combine to make Sala Khaoyai perfect for couples looking for a romantic getaway.
6. Sala Ayuttaya
Why we love it:
♥ Super convenient for cultural visits
♥ Beatiful courtyard swimming pool
♥ Great views of Phutthaisawan Temple throughout the hotel
The historic city of Ayutthaya was once the greatest and largest city in the world, but was destroyed in the 18th century. Now, what remains are the ruins of its grand temples, which have earned it a UNESCO World Heritage title and make it a popular visit for Bangkok day-trippers. However, the best way to soak in the atmosphere of this stunning historical site is to spend a couple of days in town.
Sala Ayutthaya is, without a doubt, one of the best places to stay in town for this. This chic hotel sits directly across the Chao Praya from Phutthaisawan Temple, one of the city’s most popular landmarks, providing scenic river views from the dining area and certain rooms. All the rooms are decorated in a high-end modern style, and one of the suites even has a private secluded pool.
The hotel is extremely well-located for visiting the highlights around Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Historical Park, with many of the landmarks being under a half-hour walk away. Spend your days immersing yourself in the history, culture, and beauty of Ayutthaya and then retreat to your serene, contemporary hotel for a swim, a lovely meal by the river, and a restful sleep on a quality bed.
7. X2 River Kwai
Why we love it:
♥ The upscale but unpretentious vibe
♥ Infinity riverside pool
♥ Jaw-dropping views in every single room
This hotel on the banks of the River Kwai is a beautiful spot to spend a few days enjoying the iconic Kanchanaburi scenery. All rooms are meticulously decorated to highlight the beauty of the scenery while offering ultimate comfort and relaxation, and every single one of them comes with a spectacular river view. The floating cabins, right on top of the river, offer the most Insta-worthy shots, while the poolside rooms have immediate access to the infinity pool.
X2 specializes is a modern, laid-back, and unpretentious form of luxury. Everything is beautifully designed and impeccably arranged, but the vibe is relaxed and low-key. The Bridge Bistro & Bar is a comfortable and chilled-out hub for chatting and grabbing a drink at any point of the day, while the river view restaurant serves top-class food in a peaceful, lovely setting.
You can spend your break enjoying the upscale facilities and calm atmosphere, or you can venture out to the natural cultural offerings of Kanchanaburi. There are mountains, caves, and waterfalls to be explored, historical landmarks to be visited, and wildlife to meet. Whatever you choose to do with your day, you can be guaranteed a restful and restorative evening back at the hotel.
X2 has two TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awards, the latest in 2018, and has been featured in various luxury lifestyle and travel magazines. It is also the highest-rated 5-star hotel in Kanchanaburi on Booking.com.
Follow Andrew and Scott on their dream gay honeymoon as they travel around Thailand visiting some of the best hotels in Asia.
Andrew and Scott met in 2014 and have been together for four and a half years. Initially set up by a mutual friend the couple married in Oct 2018. While not enjoying lux gay honeymoons, Andrew is an actor, best-selling author, and award-winning filmmaker. He is a Broadway star from shows including Newsies, Tuck Verlasting and Mary Poppins. Scott works as a national reporter for The Daily Beast, a US based online newspaper. Together they live in Brooklyn, New York.
Let’s find out more about their gorgeous gay honeymoon in Thailand and their thoughts on the incredible destinations and hotels they visited. To keep up with this adorable couple before to sure to follow them on Instagram (Andrew & Scott) and their blog.
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Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa
The Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa was the perfect way to start off our honeymoon in Thailand. Every aspect of our stay felt like it was designed to help us unplug and relax, from the location — on a pristine, sparsely populated stretch of Phuket’s longest beach — to the grounds, which were lush and well-groomed. Between the huge pool, well-appointed fitness center and the three restaurants to choose from, the Renaissance had everything we wanted to get in the right headspace to relax.
The fitness center, open 24 hours a day, is one of the best we’ve ever seen in a hotel, and a great way to feel refreshed before heading out to the beach. A couples Thai massage was a relaxing way to unwind together, as well.
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The SIS Kata Phuket
The SIS Kata is the perfect hotel for anyone who wants to pair their stay in Phuket with both a fantastic beachside location and cutting-edge cool architecture and design. Every space at the SIS Kata seems primed for stylish selfies set against a gorgeous seaside backdrop. Clean, minimalist decor vibes perfectly with the hip crowd, particularly beside the rooftop pool, which overlooks Kata Beach. Even the dining areas — the breakfast buffet is steps from the pool — make you feel like you’ve stepped into a magazine editorial.
The close proximity to both the nightlife of Patong and the scenic views of Kata Yai Beach — just a fifteen-minute walk away — make the SIS Kata a great choice for gay travelers who don’t want to choose between the late-night Phuket party scene and more upscale relaxation. The fact that the SIS Kata’s gorgeous grounds also feature a beautiful pool with direct views of the Andaman Sea only sweetens the already perfect location.
Anantara Chiang Mai
The Anantara Chiang Mai is a picture-perfect luxury hotel with scenic river views, immaculate grounds and a friendly, helpful staff willing to go the extra mile to make sure that your stay in Northern Thailand is perfect. From a welcome massage while you await checkin to a beautifully presented afternoon tea, the Anantara Chiang Mai’s staff does everything you can think of — and sometimes, things you’d never have thought of — to make your stay a memorable one.
Set beside a peaceful stretch of river front, the Anantara Chiang Mai is a secluded getaway that’s only a short walk away from the incredible cultural offerings of Chiang Mai, from the extensive night market to some of the best gay bars in Thailand. People come from all over Southeast Asia to see the performances on Charoenprathet Road, and they do not disappoint!
Pro Tip, check out the Pride and Romance Package from Anantara to make your honeymoon stay extra special.
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Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai
The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai is, without question, one of the most incredible hotels in the world. Built by hundreds of craftsmen in the style of a Lanna village, the Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai makes guests feel like they’ve taken a step through time, wandering the streets of an idyllic Northern Thai city. The villas — all large, luxurious and with individual architectural flourishes and floor plans — are secluded and peaceful, perfect for a romantic getaway. The grounds, which extend for more than 60 acres, are dotted with temples, ponds, multiple pools, and immaculate gardens. The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai’s staff is incredibly friendly and helpful, and will make it their mission to ensure that your stay will be nothing less than perfect. We can’t wait to return!
On our honeymoon, the staff at the Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai made us feel so welcome and appreciated, from upgrading our villa to booking the perfect dinner table, with a prime seat to watch a traditional Thai dance performance in between courses. The grounds are so large that you feel like you’ve got the place to yourself, which is wonderful for a romantic trip.
Dinner with a show
Pullman Bangkok Hotel G
The Pullman Bangkok Hotel G is a perfect spot for travelers hoping to pair a fantastic view of Bangkok with a quick walk to some of the greatest nightlife in the city. Silom is a fantastic neighborhood for food, sights and nightlife — particularly for LGBT travelers — with some of the greatest spots just a few blocks away. The rooftop restaurant and bar at Pullman Bangkok Hotel G has stunning views of the city’s greatest sights, and a cocktail list that can’t be beat.
The proximity to Silom’s nightlife, as well as the smart, simple decor, make the Pullman Bangkok Hotel G a perfect spot for gay travelers hoping to hit Bangkok’s legendary nightlife in style.
What was Thailand like as the destination for your honeymoon thinking as gay travelers?
“After visiting Thailand we feel it’s the perfect destination for a gay honeymoon. We loved that one day you could be on a pristine beach, the next meeting elephants in the mountains, and the next, dancing in a club in the big city. As gay travelers we always felt incredibly welcome, but never like we were being observed as a gay couple. It was really refreshing to just be treated like every other honeymooning couple.” Andrew & Scott