Thailand’s Khao Yai is now home to a new 12-villa barn-design ‘Roukh Kiri Khao Yai’ retreat by Centara Boutique Collection. Opened in 2020, the quiet, contemporary retreat is set on top of a hill overlooking a valley, surrounded by mountainous and greeneries of Khao Yai National Park.
The retreat is simplicity in its architectural elements and has a scale set for intimacy. The villas’ contemporary and rustic design sets the mood for Bangkok’s city dwellers to unwind and disconnect. Think of sun-filled lazy mornings, vineyard tours, organic farms and safaris spotting gibbons and hornbills by day and surrendering to a warm fireplace and a blanket of stars at night.
Heading out to Khao Yai is a favourite road trip escape from Bangkok. About 2 hours northeast of Bangkok, Khao Yai is Thailand’s oldest national park and part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. A cool climate at 23 degrees Celsius, mountains extending up to 1,000m, diverse flora and fauna, waterfalls, superb golf course (Kirimaya Golf Resort and Spa) and Thailand’s finest wineries (GranMonte and PB Valley Khao Yai) are just some of the reasons why Khao Yai continues to be one of Thailand’s best getaways.
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Stay at Khao Yai
The 12 villas in Roukh Kiri Khao Yai range from 55 sqm to 364 sqm; generous in size considering the setting and include pure cotton linens, private semi-outdoor bathroom equipped with spacious outdoor bathtub, amenities made using natural ingredients and eco-friendly refillable containers, complimentary mini-bar, 42–inch smart TV and complimentary high-speed WiFi.
The saltwater swimming pool with panoramic views is a perfect place to unwind during the day and enjoy your peaceful sundown. An attractive fireplace connects to the open-air restaurant and bar where all-day dining ‘Roukh Cuisine’ offers a farm-to-table dining experience. The menu is crafted specifically using fresh and organic ingredients from the in-house organic farm.
A: 10 Moo 4 Pong Ta Long, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130 Thailand ◼
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© This article was first published online in Feb 2021 – World Travel Magazine.