With two years of disrupted holiday plans behind us, 2022 is when we hope to finally explore the rest of the world outside of Singapore and catch up on what’s been happening in our favourite cities.
And now that the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore has announced that more destinations in Thailand have been added to the Vaccinated Travel Lanes list – in addition to Bangkok – it’s time to start planning your next leisure trip to the Southeast Asian country. Here are new hotels and resorts that are waiting to host you.
Landing in Suvarnabhumi Airport but don’t want to head to Bangkok? Take a 40-minute drive in the opposite direction and check in at Novotel’s newest outpost in the Land of Smiles. Located in Rangsit, the gateway city to northeastern and eastern Thailand, the hotel is ensconced within Future Park Rangsit, one of Asia’s largest shopping malls at 20,000 sqm. The 226-room property is also close to attractions such as Dream World Amusement Park, the Royal Thai Airforce Golf Course, and museums for lotuses and rare stones.
With 28 villas that each have their own pool – plus 171 guest rooms and suites – everyone’s assured of a luxurious and relaxing stay at The Standard’s first property in Thailand. Located in the seaside town of Hua Hin, guests are never more than a few steps away from the ocean. There are plenty of water activities to choose from – you can even explore the beach on horseback – but don’t forget to book a spot at the spa for a traditional Thai massage which incorporates crystals and quartz to unblock chakras.
The first five-star hotel to open in northern Thailand since the pandemic started, Meliá Chiang Mai promises to be talked about for its rooftop bar, Mai The Sky Bar, which offers a 360° view of the city and is comprised of two bars connected by a glass bridge. Set to open in April 2022, the hotel is located on the busy Charoen Prathet Road and features 260 rooms with spare and clean interiors, reflecting the design aesthetic of the Spanish hospitality chain.
A 15-minute drive from Phuket International Airport, this Mediterranean-inspired resort has 30 suites and 70 villas – including 15 Wellness Pool Villas where guests can enjoy the open-air Vitamin C-infused showers and complimentary daily massages. Located on Phuket’s northwestern coastline, the resort fronts Phuket’s longest stretch of sand and overlooks the Andaman Sea.
Located on Choeng Mon Beach, Kimpton Kitalay is the luxury boutique brand’s first outpost in Southeast Asia. Inspired by Koh Samui’s history as a fishing village, the resort’s understated design fuses contemporary touches with details that evoke island living, such as stilt-suspended platforms and a lush tropical landscape. The main draw is the resort’s beach, which is secluded in its own cove. For those travelling with children, Junio is a split-level club that offers non-tech activities to keep them busy all day.
Please check the establishments’ respective websites for opening hours as well as booking requirements before visiting, and remember to adhere to safe-distancing measures while out and about.
The information is accurate as of press time. For the latest travel advisory updates, please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website.
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