If you’re dreaming of paradise beaches with sparkling sands and turquoise waters without the price-tag of French Polynesia or the Indian Ocean, South East Asia could be the perfect place for you. This seductive part of the world is rich in sunshine, culture and natural beauty. Add great value into the mix and you get a holiday destination with a charm that’s hard to resist! From the shores of Thailand to the coasts of Vietnam, this region is overflowing with amazing beach resorts. To help you choose the right spot for you, here are a few of the very best, hand-picked by trusted Travel Bureau partner and Far East experts, Kuoni. As Thailand’s leading hotel group, Centara aims to provide each guest with an exceptional experience of Thai hospitality in every one of their luxurious properties.
4.5* Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas, Krabi – Thailand
This tropical hideaway, tucked away in a peaceful cove, sheltered by forested hills and limestone cliffs, is the perfect place to switch off and get away from it all. Soak up the sun on Pai Plong Bay or lounge by the swimming pool. You can take a dip in the beautiful turquoise sea just to cool off or take a PADI dive course to explore the underwater world. For the perfect romantic day, hire one of the resort’s leisure boats to explore Krabi’s spectacular coastline.
7 nights Room & Breakfast from £1,049pp
4* Centara Anda Dhevi Resort & Spa, Ao Nang – Thailand
For those who like to be in the heart of it all, this contemporary resort is an ideal choice. Surrounded by the emerald-crowned peaks that Krabi’s shoreline is famous for yet still close to the local bars and restaurants of Ao Nang, guests get the best of both worlds here. Take a stroll to explore local sandy beaches or hop on a long-tail boat to visit the famously beautiful Railay Beach. Head into town in the evening to make the most of the exciting hustle and bustle that is all part of Thailand’s charm.
5* Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin – Thailand
Hua Hin was transformed from a sleepy fishing village to Thailand’s first beach resort with the arrival of the new railway line to Malaysia in the 1920s. This elegant hotel, which perfectly blends history and heritage with modern comforts, is full of old-world charm and nostalgic colonial touches. Sitting between Hua Hin’s beautiful beach and vibrant town, the resort if ideally located for exploring. Take a Tai Chi class to find balance or head out to visit local sites like the Hua Hin Hilla Winery.
7 nights Room & Breakfast from £1,149pp
4* Centara Sandy Beach Resort, Danang – Vietnam
While Thailand may be your first thought for a Far-East beach break, Vietnam is an increasingly popular destination with just as much to offer. This beachfront resort is blessed with golden sands and the calm aquamarine waters are perfect for kayaking. You’ll not be short on culture here either. Take a trip to nearby Son Tra Peninsula to see the incredible 70-metre-high statue at the Ling Ung Pagoda, or visit the historic city of Hoi An that’s famous for it’s Venice-like canals.
8 nights Room & Breakfast from £1,079pp
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