Chalking up more than 80 properties across six brands in over eight destinations, Centara Hotels & Resorts’ collection of hotels capitalises on the ‘something for everyone’ ethos. Taking guests from affordable lifestyle concepts and exclusive island retreats to luxury escapes in iconic places, with state-of-the-art convention centres and its award-winning spa brand, Cenvaree, its portfolio goes above and beyond on an experiential level.
In Thailand, 40 properties dot the landscape, taking you from the bustling city streets of Bangkok to the pretty beaches of Phuket, each serving up a slice of Thailand’s distinctive culture, as well as Centara’s prowess for exceptional hospitality. Here, we bring five fabulous reasons to experience a taste of the exotic with Centara Hotels & Resorts this winter...
1. THE FAMILY GETAWAY
A perfect destination for families, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, is a coastal area just two hours drive from Bangkok that is known for its beautiful beaches. The resort is fuelled by fun-filled seaside adventure, and as Thailand’s first truly-themed resorts, there are plenty of unique experiences in store. The resort is home to The Lost World Adventure Land and Water Park, a gentle jungle of lazy rivers, waterfalls and slides, that will bag you immediate brownie points with the kids. While they’re at play, you can enjoy a quiet swim, a stroll along the 230 metres of white sand beach, or sink to serenity at the award-winning SPA Cenvaree. Book a Lost World room or suite for epic views from your private balcony, as you cast your eye over the resort that has won top accolades at the TripAdvisor’s prestigious Traveller’s Choice Awards.
2. BEACH ADDICT
Experience the seaside charm of Phuket at Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket, which takes its design cues from the classic Sino-Portuguese architecture that characterises Phuket old Town. Sitting pretty on the sands of Karon Beach, its location makes for exceptional experiences, from easy-breezy beach days or sun-kissed wedding ceremonies to exclusive sunset events. Wrapped in lush green hills on one side and ocean on the other, the resort’s beating heart is its own water park, featuring four swimming pools, a lazy river and waterslides. Making best use of its beach location, there’s so much on offer, from exhilarating water sports to more languid days at COAST Beach Club & Bistro. Book the idyllic hideaway of a Deluxe Suite Private Pool for privacy and serenity amidst the sound of lapping waves, or a One or Two-Bedroom Private Pool Villa to make the most use of exclusivity, space and views.
3. URBAN ADVENTURES
When it comes to living it up in the city, Bangkok offers a kaleidoscope of experiences. As for where to stay, Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld is the ace up the capital’s sleeve, with its location ideal for both business and pleasure. The newly-renovated hotel is attached to Bangkok Convention Centre and is within easy reach of both Don Mueang and Suwarnabhumi International airports, and accessible by bus, car and the BTS Skytrain, allowing for easy access for business travellers. Its proximity to Bangkok’s vibrant shopping district and its connection to CentralWorld – one of Southeast Asia’s largest shopping and entertainment destinations – also offers ample opportunity to enjoy the more leisurely side of the city. It's home to 505 rooms and suites, as well as a holistic lifestyle complex on the 26th floor and spectacular views from one of the city’s best rooftop watering holes, CRU Champagne Bar.
4. AN ISLAND ESCAPE
Nestled in a secluded private bay and bookended by majestic limestone cliffs, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi is the epitome of picture-postcard pretty. The resort’s 500-metre beach overlooks dramatic karst formations out at sea, with powdery white sands and pristine coral all calling to alfresco adventure lovers. From Ocean-View and Outdoor Jacuzzi rooms to Private Plunge Pool Villas and Two-Bedroom Beachfront Villas, the Thai-style accommodation works every way you want it to, each combining island charm with laidback luxury for the right kind of slow-living island escape far from the crowds. Dip your toe in the ocean, immerse yourself in nature, laze the day away beneath coconut palms or dive into a colourful underwater world and live the island life your way.
6. EXPERIENCE LUXURY UNPARALLELED
Centara Reserve Samui is the first resort in Centara’s curated luxury collection of refined hotels, one centred sophisticated tropical splendour and elevated, story-driven hospitality. The discreet retreat has been completely reimagined and rede-signed with impeccable upgrades that combine its colonial aesthetic with contemporary allure, creating a heavenly sense of a home-away-from-home. Exclusive suites and villas play out over the resort, each a private sanctuary in their own right, and with Reserve Hosts on hand to cater to your every wish, whim or dream.
Outside of your private sanctuary, you can continue your pursuit of peace around one of the pools, amidst the lush gardens that lead to Chaweng Beach, immersed in one of the many blissful treatments found at The Reserve SPA Cenvaree, or indulging in an exclusive culinary-driven experience at one of the resort’s five restaurants. You can discover modern high-end cuisine served with theatrical flair at Act 5, or relax in the piazza-style setting of The Terrace feasting on international comfort food. Salt Society blends understated elegant beach club vibes with sumptuous seafood, while Sa-Nga fuses innovative Thai tapas with authentic local flavours. Then, to wash it all down, you can sip on one of over 35 handcrafted gin concoctions at the sophisticated The Gin Run. Staying at Centara Reserve Samui isn’t just good for the soul, it’s good for the planet too, with a commitment to sustainability that incorporates environmentally conscious designs, green operational practices and eco-friendly amenities. A one-of-a-kind Thailand experience like no other.
Whether you’re travelling for work or escaping for pleasure, seek an urban adventure or something more secluded, Centara’s portfolio of Thailand properties promises to be everything you need and so much more.