Thailand’s beaches – all palm-studded sands framing gently lapping seas – have starred in films, brochures and posters for decades. With a five-star stay on the postcard-perfect west coast and a private-pool villa on an exclusive gulf island, this luxury holiday showcases them at their pristine best. In between, you’ll head into the heart of the Thai rainforest on an all-inclusive glamping safari. Here, everything from guided treks and canoe trips to longboat cruises and stays on chic floating camps will see you walk with elephants, spot monkeys among dense canopies and visit hidden rural communities.
Following a complimentary chauffeur transfer, enjoy the comforts of your VIP lounge before your overnight flight to Thailand.
Flying into Phuket, a private transfer will be waiting to sweep you on to the white sands of Thailand’s idyllic west coast. Here, you’ll settle in to one of the country’s finest hotels, a grand beachfront residence where luxury rooms come with a couple’s bath, wine-accompanied breakfasts and a sun-terrace garden. Honeymooners are also greeted with sparkling wine, fruit and flowers.
But, all guests here are spoilt by five-star service, whether you’re trekking with elephants, indulging at the spa, visiting local temples or exploring jungled islands on everything from cruises to snorkel and scuba trips. The cooking courses are also particularly good.
Today, your transfer will see you into the depths of southern Thailand’s largest rainforest. Here, you’ll stay in luxury tented camps, spending one night among the trees and the other floating on a river. Waking each morning to whooping gibbon calls, you’ll be treated to three days of authentic local dining and all-inclusive activities. You’ll swim in glassy lakes, hike into the jungle and paddle canoes through intertwining waterways as your expert guides point out everything from monkeys to lizards hidden among the exotic vegetation.
But, it’s the chance to feed and wash the camp’s elephants that’s the real highlight. In between, you’ll enjoy dance performances, cooking presentations, longtail boat cruises and market visits.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
After a last included lunch and canoe trip in the rainforest, a private transfer and speedboat hop will see you out to Yao Noi – an unspoilt island idyll just off Phuket. All white sands and tropical greenery, it’s the spectacular setting for your private-pool villa. But, after relaxing with the spa treatments, gourmet dining and beach barbecues of your ultra-luxury resort, you’ll want to explore.
There’s everything from nature trail bike rides to kayak trips through secluded mangroves. Hopping between karst islets on longboat cruises, snorkel trips and scuba dives is a particular highlight. Lastly, honeymooners will also be greeted by sparkling wine, flowers and chocolate before indulging with a couple’s massage and candlelit in-villa dinner.
After a final breakfast, a speedboat transfer will bring you to the airport for your flight home where, on arrival, one of our chauffeurs will see you safely to your door.
"There are many elephant experiences in Thailand none that are done as sensitively and sustainably as Elephant Hills. The whole experience is an adventure – from the canoe safari to reach the elephants to overnight glamping in the rainforest, and then on a pristine lake. Complete the holiday with a stunning island experience on Yao Noi, a resort with some of the best views in Thailand. It's just perfect for couples and honeymooners."
Low Season from: £3,645 pp
High Season from: £5,120 pp