Centara Grand Beach Resort

Set on Chaweng Beach along the Gulf of Thailand, this refined resort set amid tropical gardens is 7 km from Wat Phra Yai temple.

Featuring balconies or terraces, the polished rooms offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screens, plus safes, minibars, and tea and coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms have sitting areas; some have gulf views. Suites add sofabeds, private plunge pools and/or separate living rooms. Room service is offered 24/7.

Breakfast and parking are free. The resort offers 7 bars and eateries, including a swim-up bar. There are 2 outdoor pools, and other amenities include a gym, a spa and 2 tennis courts. There’s also an on-site dive center.