Up Close and Ethical

Up Close and Ethical

It’s a case of Free Nellie at this retirement refuge for elephants rescued from tourism and logging industries, where visitors now spend memorable times with these gentle giants. There’s something infinitely satisfying about interacting with happy, contented animals, especially when their previous lives have been anything but euphoric.

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Stylish Lady

Stylish Lady

This intriguing Lady of a Certain Age has been carefully cherished over the years to preserve her poise and beauty, and she still turns heads wherever she goes. Coral Ocean has grown old gracefully, her exterior lines and interior styling as fresh and contemporary as the day she was launched by Germany’s Lürssen Yachts in 1994 – elegant, luxurious, sleek and understated all at once.

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Heaven on Earth

Heaven on Earth

The Residences by Anantara sit serenely somewhere between Phuket’s heaven and earth, with wonderful views of both. Perched high on a tumbling hill overlooking Layan Bay on the west coast of Phuket, are the last masterpieces of the late Indonesian design guru Jaya Ibrahim. Those fortunate enough to experience the lofty and spacious delights of The Residences by Anantara are embraced by his uniquely creative ambience of exclusivity and refinement.

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Pure Wellness

Pure Wellness

Spa retreats that focus on holistic, all natural rejuvenation of body, mind and spirit. The Nai Harn, perched on one of Phuket’s southernmost tips, is a place where contemplation can be a natural by-product of being in such a fabulously inspiring environment. The rocky terrain tumbling to an expansive beach and an even more expansive ocean view lends itself to relaxed meditation amidst the embrace of soft sea breezes. 

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Unspoilt By Progress

Unspoilt By Progress

Thailand’s fourth largest island is also its least populated, and home to one of the most intrinsically Thai holiday experiences the country has to offer. It’s only just over an hour by private plane south-east of Bangkok, but unspoilt Koh Kood is a world away from the conventional Thailand tourist trail – here barefoot tropical chic sits happily alongside modern luxuries.

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Heritage In the City

Heritage In the City

The spirit of Old Siam is abroad on the streets of downtown Bangkok, where the intriguing brand character of 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts has taken up residence in the shape of 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok. Sister property to award-winning 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai, it’s on Sukhumvit Soi 39, just a stone’s throw from the upscale and fashionable shopping district of Emquartier/Emporium.

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Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Just a hop, skip and a jump from Thailand, this pristine island hideaway in the South China Sea is about as far away from modern life as you could possibly get. Surrounded by ocean solitude and bathed in balmy tropical sea breezes, these unspoilt powdery beaches and lush jungle landscapes evoke romantic images of Robinson Crusoe and other fabled island castaways.

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Graceful Heritage

Graceful Heritage

Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas in Hua Hin can stake a valid claim to be the hotel that kick-started Thailand’s tourism industry. It first opened its doors on New Year’s Day 1923 as The Hua Hin Railway Hotel, but the story of this characterful heritage property goes back further to the romantic days of Old Siam when its local surroundings began to be recognised by the Thai Royal Family.

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Barefoot on the Sands

Barefoot on the Sands

There’s a wonderful flip side to a hedonistic Koh Phangan of full moon parties fame, on an island that’s still only accessible by boat and conceals deliciously unspoilt corners. Until its much-anticipated airport opens – the latest forecast after years of delays is late 2017 – the only way to reach Koh Phangan is by speedboat or ferry. We opted for the former…

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A Grand Tour of Thailand

A Grand Tour of Thailand

Hundreds of years ago, the Grand Tour was a rite of passage reserved for scions of European aristocrats – dispatched on journeys around the continent’s leading cities to soak up culture and return replete with knowledge. Exotiq Thailand has brought the Grand Tour concept right up-to-date in a new Thai guise – as the spectacular prize for the winner of our inaugural Best of the Best Award.

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Natural High – Four Seasons

Natural High – Four Seasons

Visitors to Chiang Rai province’s famed Golden Triangle experience a heady mix of stunning landscapes, historical mood and intriguing culture. The charm of the Golden Triangle far outstrips the legacy of its notorious reputation – made famous by its name, allegedly coined by no less than the CIA.

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Heavenly Sanctuary – Banyan Tree Bangkok

Heavenly Sanctuary – Banyan Tree Bangkok

There’s a new view in town, from way up on high at Banyan Tree Bangkok’s Serenity Club Bangkok is known as the City of Angels, and you might feel you’re up there among those celestial beings while ensconced in the Serenity Club. It’s elegant, with a hushed... read more
Under the Valentine’s Moon

Under the Valentine’s Moon

There’s probably nothing more ultimately romantic than a Valentine’s dinner with the one you love, savoured under the tender rays of a full moon on a romantic tropical island Idyllic Koh Samui is the place to be for star-struck lovers this Valentine’s Day when... read more
Island Style – Cape Kudu

Island Style – Cape Kudu

Newly-opened Cape Kudu Hotel on Koh Yao Noi blends seamlessly into the ambience of this magnificently unspoilt island with rustic attractions in a luxury boutique setting Sitting midway between Phuket and Krabi in Phang Nga Bay, Koh Yao Noi has succeeded in steering... read more
A Walk on the Wild Side

A Walk on the Wild Side

Lazing on a beach or relaxing with feet up in a resort is most people’s idea of an ideal holiday, but for those who prefer to walk on the wild side, here’s a selection of some of Thailand’s most adrenalin-pumping active adventures.

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What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath

The wonder of undersea marine life is revealed in all its fascinating glory by the photography of Robert Delfs. His up close and personal photographs of some of the tiny inhabitants of Southeast Asia’s underwater reefs highlight the fragility of this environment, and are integral…

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Recovery Mode

Recovery Mode

If festive over-indulgence is your downfall, one way to recover, revitalise, ditch some accumulated weight and lose the guilt is to spend quality time at a Spa dedicated to wellness. Luckily, Thailand is blessed with many such Spas; and the northern resort of Chiang... read more
Bird’s Eye View

Bird’s Eye View

Just one look at Jez O’Hare’s aerial photography and you can see both his skill with a camera and the passion he has for his adoptive homeland of Indonesia. A professional photographer for over 25 years, Jez has travelled far and wide photographing…

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Cruising Kerala

Cruising Kerala

Cruising on a houseboat in Kerala is a deliciously luxuriant way to take a step back from the chaos that is India, and experience a land relatively unchanged by modern life. The Kerala Backwaters are a 900km-long chain of brackish lagoons and lakes in southern India,... read more
Cool Pools

Cool Pools

Dive into some of the Kingdom’s most stylish and simply exquisite pools. Swimming pools are so much more than just places to do laps or cool off, they are symbols of health, beauty, elegance and above all, exquisite fun. Exotiq Thailand took a subjective look around Thailand and came up with a list that we think are a cut above the rest.

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An Island of Your Own

An Island of Your Own

Paparazzi-proof and filled with all the trappings of luxury that only a very select can dare to dream, these private island paradises offer the traveller a chance to venture far away from mainstream living and indulge like nobody’s watching.

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Bathroom Bliss

Bathroom Bliss

Wash away your troubles with our tour of the best boutique bathrooms in Thailand. Bathing became a pleasurable pursuit when the Romans introduced taking the water as the ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation. While we cannot guarantee you with handmaidens and grapes, you will get an ultimate bathing experience!

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How to Rest in Style

How to Rest in Style

They usually remain hidden, locked behind the doors of chic hotels. Yet here they are, out in the open, for the voyeuristic pleasure of your hungry eyes. Look at those stylish interiors, spacious beds, and stunning vistas from panoramic windows. We open for you the doors to the best of Thailand boutique bedrooms, take a look inside.

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