Luxury Couple’s Getaway in Thailand

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I don’t normally write about luxury vacations because I like to “see more and spend less”. However, sometimes, I want to splurge a little and be pampered a lot. I want a fancy vacation where I can sip champagne, relax by the pool, and have a daily massage. I’m thinking a luxury couple’s getaway in Thailand is in order.

A few months ago, a group of couples (4 to be exact) decided to plan a trip to a tropical destination. We wanted to relax, unwind, drink, eat, and go on some excursions.  We had everything planned but one couple had to back out so we scrapped the whole idea.

Now, we’re ready to start planning this epic trip but we want to go bigger and farther from home. So, we chose Thailand! Thailand is stunning and there are endless things to do and places to go and it’s filled with the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Not only is the scenery amazing, the villas and vacation rentals are to die for. We’re going to rent a villa that sleeps 8 for our Thailand Luxury Vacation. Since the price is split between 4 couples, this will keep our costs down and allow us to bring in a chef, bartender, and masseuse all for the price of one night in a 5-star hotel the U.S.

Luxury Couple’s Getaway in Thailand

WHERE TO GO

Thailand has, literally, hundreds of islands so it can be a tough choice when deciding where to go. To narrow it down, think about the type of activities you want to do. Also, decide whether you want to be close enough to take day trips to other islands. That should help you choose the best destination. My favorite islands are Koh Phi Phi, Koh Tao, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Phuket. For this trip, we’ve chosen the island of Koh Samui and we’re looking forward to 5 glorious days in paradise. 

WHEN TO GO

The best time to visit Thailand depends on where you’re going. The weather can differ from island to island and city to city. If you’re going to Koh Samui, the best time to go to avoid the rain and relentless heat is January through March or April. The weather should be just about perfect for hanging on the beach and island hopping. Our first time to Koh Samui, we went just after Christmas through the beginning of the New Year. It only rained twice in the morning and it was sunny and warm (maybe 85 degrees) the rest of the time. If traveling January through April isn’t possible, don’t worry. Koh Samui has some of the best weather in Thailand year round.

WHAT TO DO

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Island Tour

Take a tour around the entire island of Koh Samui with a private car and English speaking driver. You’ll see popular places like Big Buddha ( Wat Phra Yai), Grandmother and Grandfather Rock (Hen Tai and Hen Yai), mummified monk (Wat Khunaram), Wat Plai Laem – the 18 arm goddess of mercy and compassion and so much more! The tour, generally, lasts about 4 hours but can be more or less depending on your interests.

Massage

On the beach, at your hotel, or in town, GET A MASSAGE.  I have no idea why it feels so different in Thailand but it does and you’re going to want to have a few of those bad boys during your stay.They are so cheap in some places, you could have one a day and still not come close to the cost of a 90-minute massage here in the States.

Island Hop

Book a speedboat or catamaran and get out into the open water. Take a ride over to Ang Thong National Marine Park and snorkel, explore the park, enjoy lunch on the boat/beach and get some stunning photos out of it.  What’s not to love about that? 

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5-Star Dining

Tree Tops Sky Dining & Bar, Barracuda, and Dining on the Rocks are all excellent options for an upscale dinner. Tree Tops Sky Dining & Bar and Dining on the Rocks both have sensational views right from your table. Experience some of the best food the island has to offer.

Night Markets

If you’re a bit more adventurous or you’re not looking for a fancy dinner, try the Night Markets. Like to eat bugs? They’ve got those on a stick.  Like to shop?  They’ve got rows and rows of people selling their goods.  Last time, I bought a tank top for $2USD and it’s still my favorite.  Like to drink? They’ve got pop-up bars right there on the street and they’ll mix you a drink for less than a dollar US.  Or do you like to eat everything (like me!)  Yep, they’ve got all the food you can eat and then some.  Beware: ONLY go to street food vendors that cook to order and have a line of local people. They know what to eat and which ones are the cleanest. (To clarify, if you’re in Thailand, don’t pick a vendor with a line of Western-looking people)

Nightlife

There are several great bars and restaurants around Koh Samui (especially in Chaweng) so don’t stay in one area. Taxis are cheap and going from one side of the Island to the other is fairly inexpensive.  Drink a little, eat a lot and mingle with the locals.  

WHO SHOULD GO?

I don’t expect every trip to be a luxury vacation but there’s nothing wrong with taking one every now and then. Singles, couples, families, and groups can all benefit.  If you’re worried about the budget, grab a group of friends and make it a luxury couple’s getaway in Thailand so you can split the cost. 

WHY YOU SHOULD GO

Thailand is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Not only are the beaches stunning, the food is stellar, and the people are welcoming. I see why they call Thailand “the land of smiles”! Any destination you choose in this inviting country will be worth the trip.


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  1. Reply

    I feel like I missed out a bit on Thailand as I did it *very* budget and consequently didn’t enjoy it so much. I much prefer the idea of a luxury getaway like you suggest.

    1. Reply

      Thanks, Andrea! The first time I went to Thailand it was on more of a 3-star budget (which is still “expensive” for Thailand). I’m looking forward to a luxury pampered trip this time. Sometimes you just have to go all out!

    • Flo
    • September 13, 2017
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    Love Koh Samui! And totally agree with you – Thai massages are the best. I love that they aren’t super greasy and that the masseuses really use their entire body. It’s great that you could split the cost with other couples.

    • Gabby
    • September 13, 2017
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    Unfortunately I haven’t been to Thailand yet but I can definitely appreciate a cheap massage! if they are anywhere as cheap as in Bali I would get at least 2 per week… gotta get those massages while they’re cheap!

    • Aimee
    • September 13, 2017
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    Ugh this sound AH-mazing. I’ve been to Thailand once before for a family trip. We were a group of over 20 and yes, we took up an entire bus. We were that stereotypical Asian tour bus lol. And of course, because it was a family vacation, I didn’t get to do all the luxurious things you got to do. I’d love to go back and do the whole massage, private villa, island hopping thing. Great post!

    • cassy
    • September 13, 2017
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    I actually preferred the Andaman side better, but maybe thats just because I had the unfortunate opportunity to be joined by all the full mooners on my way out to the islands :/

  2. Reply

    Yay! I am bookmarking this for later. I plan to visit Thailand again this Christmas but have never done Koh Samui!

  3. Reply

    Wowww get me on a plane to thailand!! wait, I need a boyfriend first :p

  4. Reply

    First of all, fantastic photos! That alone makes me want to jump on a flight right now! 🙂 I’m normally a budget traveler myself, but it sounds pretty nice to pamper yourself now and then, and it seems like Thailand would be a good place to do that. Thanks for the tips! I hope to get back to Thailand to explore more thoroughly sometime! And if I make it back, I’ll definitely go for the massage!

  5. Reply

    This is such a wonderful post! It’s like a couple’s getaway already planned for me. I have not been to Thailand but these pictures are quite the inspiration!

  6. Reply

    Ufff this sounds like the perfect couples retreat! I am usually a budget traveller too but sometimes you just have to treat yourself for special occasions, and Thailand is a fabulous place to do it!

  7. Reply

    Loved reading your post and seeing your photos of Koh Samui, I was married there and I can totally relate to your journey. Fantastic photos! I want to go back!

  8. Reply

    Thailand only keeps on getting better with each visit as you discover more of Thailand. Great very inviting images to Thailand

    • Susan R
    • September 17, 2017
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    We were meant to go to Koh Samui on our last Thailand trip but couldn’t fit it in. I’ve heard it’s beautiful so I bet you’ll have an amazing time. That’s a good tip about only eating at street stalls where you see locals queuing

  9. Reply

    We’ve never been to Thailand, but the more I read about it, the more tempted I am. I’d love to take an island tour, and I’m with you — every once in a while there is nothing wrong with adding some pampering luxury to your life. Also, Tree Tops Sky Dining & Bar sounds mighty tempting! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Reply

    I love the idea of going as a group of couples to keep the cost down. Thailand is already pretty cheap, so I bet this was a great deal and it looks like paradise. Looks like it was the perfect place to unwind and relax with friends and a beautiful backdrop. Makes me want to go back to Thailand.

  11. Reply

    Thailand’s islands are so gorgeous! I’m yet to visit Koh Samui. Can’t wait to get there! 😀

  12. Reply

    It’s great to splurge on nice holiday occasionally. I follow a similar mentality when travelling as well, I always feel if I am busy exploring and never in my hotel room why spend more when I can spend more on activities. Although sounds like whilst luxury going away with more people would bring down the cost of the villa significantly. Your photos are beautiful, I wish I was in a tropical paradise right now! I also love the idea of Tree Tops Sky Dining, eating dinner over amazing views 😀

  13. Reply

    Loved my time in Thailand. You are right, so many beautiful beaches and so much to see. I definitively enjoyed massages whenever I could get them. Never did make it to Koh Samui and wish I did. It looks gorgeous from your pictures. Thailand is the perfect destination for couple getaways!

  14. Reply

    I didn’t know water can come in those shades of green and blue. Wow. I love markets and I think I would be drawn to the night market. I don’t mind chilling in s beach but I’d probably end up island hopping!!! Great post

  15. Reply

    Thailand is a great place to go luxury – so much cheaper than many other beach vacation destinations! That said, I was surprised at how expensive flights were to Koh Samui, compared to other destinations like Phuket and Krabi. My favorite in Thailand is definitely Krabi. With the mountains and cliffs surrounding the waters, the scenery is simply stunning!

  16. Reply

    I will keep this in mind for my next trip in Thailand. Amazing place, thank you for sharing 🙂

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