The results of the 25th Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards have been announced. Here is their list of the “Top 15 Hotels in Thailand”:

1. Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok: “Every hotel could learn something from this one. Staying here is an experience not to be missed.” The oldest hotel in Thailand, this property on the Chao Phraya River has a colonial Authors’ Wing, a contemporary River Wing, and a Garden Wing overlooking the pool. “It’s a beautiful location, with views of the river and its fascinating life.” All rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and are decorated with teak and Thai silk upholstery in colors of deep blue, purple, and red. “It feels like home each and every time . . . and oh, the shampoos and pedicures!” Staff are “friendly and helpful.” Lord Jim’s has a seafood buffet lunch and a 52-foot aquarium.

2. The Peninsula, Bangkok: Sitting on the west bank of the Chao Phraya, this W-shaped tower was designed so that all rooms have river views. Accommodations have marble bathrooms with a television above the bathtub, and silk-clad finishes; some suites even have outdoor hot tubs. Guests value the “immensely attractive” waterfront location and the “amazing international breakfast” at The River Café and Terrace—it’s “the best in town!” The three-tiered pool is surrounded by lush landscaping; “you’ll be convinced that you’re at a tropical resort.” The ESPA spa is housed in a three-story colonial-style building with reflecting pools lined with silk lanterns; “the only drawback is that it’s across the river.”

3. St. Regis, Bangkok
4. Shangri–La Hotel, Bangkok
5. JW Marriott Bangkok
6. Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai
7. InterContinental Bangkok
8. Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok
9. Le Méridien Chiang Mai
10. Banyan Tree Bangkok
11. Lebua at State Tower, Bangkok
12. Conrad Bangkok
13. Shangri–La Hotel, Chiang Mai
14. Dusit Thani, Bangkok
15. Four Seasons, Bangkok

For the Top 15 Resorts in Asia, Condé Nast’s readers rewarded four Thai properties, starting with the Four Seasons Chiang Mai at #5, which happens to be the 2nd favorite resort in Southeast Asia behind only the Sofitel Angkor in Siem Reap. Phuket scored twice, with the Anantara Phuket Villas coming in at #7 (the 3rd highest island resort on the list, and where the best room is “any, even the standard rooms hit the sweet spot”) and the JW Marriott Phuket at #15 (tied for the final spot with the Grand Soluxe Angkor in Siem Reap). The other Thai property honored this year was the Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle in Chiang Rai – a “simply stunning property” – which was regarded as Asia’s 11th best resort.


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