Thailand resorts set the mood with romantic getaways


It's been five months since Thai tourism officials debuted a website designed to woo potential newlywed visitors, but the destination's honeymoon with brides and grooms isn't over yet, as renowned spas and luxury resorts across Thailand unveil romance-themed packages.

"Honeymooners are such an important part of tourism in Thailand," said Srisuda Wanapinyosak, director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand's New York office, adding that the site meets "all their honeymoon needs."

A selection of honeymoon and romance packages now on offer in Thailand, provided by the tourism authority, follows.

Pairing up in Phuket

• On Thailand's most famous island destination, the Banyan Tree Phuket is getting couples into the swing of things with a Golf in Paradise package good through Oct. 31.
Villa accommodations and unlimited golf at the Laguna Phuket Golf range are part of the package, which also entitles clients staying a minimum of four nights to roundtrip airport transfers, daily fruit baskets and breakfast, one couples spa session and 20% discounts at on-site restaurants and bars. (Golf course privileges include unlimited rounds for two but exclude equipment rental, caddie fees and tips.) The package is priced at $680 per night for Pool Villa accommodations. Visit  

The Dheva Spa at the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi• A recent host property for ABC-TV reality series "The Bachelorette," the Renaissance Phuket Resort and Spa casts couples in a starring role for the next 12 months with its Bachelorette package, which is available until July 31. The three-night stay includes accommodations in the Pool Villa used by the show's star, Ashley Hebert; daily buffet breakfast; a "personal navigator" and private transfers during the stay; a paddling excursion; one couples signature spa treatment; dinner for two on the beach, in the hotel or in guests' villas; a day trip excursion; and a Lomo camera. Rates start at $2,140. Go to  

Chiang Mai for two

• Adventurous couples can set course for the Four Seasons, Chiang Mai, which has crafted an action-packed, six-night Ultimate Escape Package. The offer includes three nights' accommodation in a Pool Villa at the Chiang Mai property, with daily breakfast, and another three in a luxury tent at the all-inclusive Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle. Camp guests enjoy one 90-minute spa treatment per guest and an activities program that includes full-day mahout training, elephant trekking and a Golden Triangle excursion. Prices for the Ultimate Escape, available year-round, start at $2,351 per room, per night. Visit  

• The Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai is offering a two-night Romantic Escape Package priced from $1,435. The deal includes accommodation in a Deluxe Colonial Suite or Deluxe Villa; daily breakfast for two at the Akaligo restaurant; roundtrip, private airport transfers by limousine; one 80-minute therapy for two at the Dheva Spa; a flower bath; and a bottle of wine, a chocolate plate, fresh fruits and flowers upon arrival. See  

• The Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel and Spa in Chiang Mai is promoting its Love Destination Package, which includes two-nights' accommodation in a deluxe room; daily buffet breakfast; roundtrip airport transfers; one bottle of sparkling wine on arrival; and a two-hour couples spa bath followed by an Ayurvedic warm oil massage. The deal, priced at $429, is available until Oct. 31. Visit  

Capital ideas

• The Siam Kempinski Hotel, Bangkok has put together a two-night Unforgettable Honeymoon Getaway for two priced from $482 per room, per night until Oct. 31.
The postnuptial package includes a Cabana Room or Duplex Suite stay; honeymoon-perfecting help from the concierge team; and one in-room treat, such as a bottle of Moet & Chandon Rose champagne or a fresh fruit platter. Additional perks include a scented bath for two; one candlelight dinner for two on guests' terrace; a European breakfast, served in bed; personalized bathrobe mementos; and use of the sauna, steam room or Jacuzzi at the hotel spa. Clients can complete their stay with a 4 p.m. late checkout. The Siam Kempinski requires a minimum two-night stay for all pool-access-room packages. See  

• The Veranda Resort & Spa, Hua Hin, about 120 miles south of Bangkok, lures newlyweds with its two-night Honeymoon Package priced from $725 through Dec. 24. The package includes two nights' accommodation in a Pool Villa room or the [email protected]; choice of in-room or restaurant daily breakfast; a fruit-and-flower arrangement; free use of a daily stocked minibar (excepting alcohol); one bottle of sparkling wine; dinner at the I-Sea Restaurant; the choice of a two-hour Honeymoon Paradise Spa package or a private three-course cooking class; and daily scheduled transfers to Hua Hin's town center. Go to  

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