Where the rich and the famous holiday in Thailand

Indigo Pearl, Kata Rocks, Panacea Retreat
PHOTO: Various sources

Friendly, exotic, tropical paradise - these are just some of the words that pop into our minds when we think of Thailand, one of Singaporeans' top holiday destination.

With Thailand getting a luxury makeover, the Land of Smiles is becoming a big draw for celebrities and the rich, according to Mail Online.

British model Kate Moss is a huge fan of the white sandy of Phuket, along with fellow super stars Blake Lively and power couple Beyonce and Jay Z.

Reality television stars the Kardashian clan also filmed a few episodes of their show while staying at a US$150,000 (S$208,000) a week beachfront resort in Phuket, according to Mail Online.

Other than the draws of Phuket, there are many other top-notch holiday spots in the country, making wealthy holiday-makers choose to head to Asia instead of other popular luxury playgrounds in the Middle East or Europe, said Mail Online.

One such place is Panacea Retreat. Though it only recently opened, it has already established itself as one of Koh Samui's most extravagant destinations.

Opened by a wealthy Frenchman, the luxury retreat is an exclusive five lavish residences with a choice of four, five or six ensuite bedrooms.

Tucked high up in the mountains, guests there can enjoy views of stunning lush greenery, turquoise seas and misty sunsets.

Private chefs prepare gourmet meals in the villa and spa treats and wellness programmes are available at your door step.

The peak season rate starts from US$6,700++ (S$9,300) per night for a minimum stay of three nights.

Another top retreat that is becoming the talk of town is Kata Rocks in Phuket.

Known for its minimalist feel, the luxury stay is known as one of the best places for a holistic spa holiday and offers their guests a private infinity pool.

Popular with the yachting crowd, holiday-goers can enjoy panoramic views Andaman sea, thanks to the retreat being perched on a high cliff.

With Italian furnishings and an all-white look, it is not surprising if you thought you were holidaying in Monaco or even Miami.

wjeanne@sph.com.sg

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