The lushly lavish Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea and deliciously decadent Four Seasons’ San Domenico Palace Hotel in Sicily became must-book resorts after the five-star properties starred in the first two seasons of HBO’s hit series “The White Lotus.” Series creator Mike White hinted that the third season would be set in Asia, and other sources pinpoint Thailand as the steamy backdrop, so we couldn’t resist speculating on the mystery. Given White’s love of Four Seasons properties, we’re betting that one of these four resorts in the “Land of Smiles” will be the chosen one.
Four Seasons Koh Samui
For sand, sun and potential for sin (one of “The White Lotus”’ key ingredients), Four Seasons Koh Samui in Northern Thailand has everything you could want in a luxurious island getaway. Fringed by breezy coconut palms, the resort has butler-service pool villas and Private Retreats ranging from one- to five-bedrooms — all with spectacular panoramas of the Gulf of Thailand. Guests can soak in the island life on Koh Samui’s private beach on Laem Yai Bay, plus a range of outdoor experiences including a day trip to Angthong Marine National Park or sunset cruise on the luxury yacht, Minor Affair. Families can also enjoy the beach with non-motorized watersports and discover the Coral Conservation Project, led by an in-house marine biologist.
Four Seasons Chiang Mai
Overlooking verdant terraced rice fields and misty mountains beyond, Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai naturally lends itself to healing — something “The White Lotus” characters are always in need of. The Resort is the perfect place to discover the treasures of Northern Thailand – whether from the pavilions dotted along verdant paddies, the plush interiors of the Private Retreats, or the crystal waters of the multiple-bedroom Pool Villas. Along with plant-based dining and therapies at award-winning Wara Cheewa Spa, the lush property features traditional Lanna-style architecture, and curated experiences such as Muay Thai, yoga, biking, traditional fabric dying, and meeting the resort’s friendly water buffaloes.
Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle
The characters of “The White Lotus” could get into all sorts of mischief if they went off-the-grid in the natural mountain setting of Four Seasons’ luxury safari-styled tent resort in Chiang Rai, bordering Myanmar and Laos. In the historic Golden Triangle region, guests are offered all-inclusive excursions along spectacular mountain trails and bamboo jungles. Guests arrive at the Camp by long-tail boat on the Ruak River and enjoy ultra-luxe tented suites designed by Bill Bensley, private dining experiences, Land Rover excursions, spa treatments, forest bathing in the wilderness, and sightings of rescued elephants. Highlights of Chiang Rai include the mesmerizing Blue Temple and White Temple.
Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River
The urban location of Four Seasons’ high-rise in the high-density capital city of Thailand makes it the dark horse in the race, but it has dramatic potential with its pristine privacy and its proximity to Bangkok’s energetic nightlife and indulgent shopping juxtaposed against nearby ancient golden temples, and bustling river markets on the Chao Phraya. Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok is an urban sanctuary, with its cascading architecture, seamless indoor-outdoor transitions and interconnected green courtyards forming a natural extension of the flowing river and historic Charon Krung Road, right on the hotel’s doorstep.
Based in Los Angeles, Vicki Arkoff is Editor at Large for Pursuitist and a founding editor for Holiday Goddess, the online destination for chic women travelers from the editors of Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Grazia, Conde Nast Traveler, and BBC. Her travel and lifestyle reports can also be been seen in Atlas Obscura, The Awesomer, DaySpa, The Chicago Tribune, CNN Travel, JustLuxe, Lonely Planet, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, Toronto Star, WellSpa 360, WestJet Magazine, Where Traveler, Where Guestbook, Yahoo News, and dozens more. She's co-author of the bestselling Holiday Goddess books (HarperCollins and iTunes) including 'The Holiday Goddess Guide to Paris, London, New York, Rome,' a travel Top 10 staple. As editor, Vicki's other books include 'Sinatra' (DK), 'Inside Mad' (Time-Life) and 'Virgin Los Angeles' (Virgin Books). She is one of the Usual Gang of Idiots for MAD Magazine, an entertainment reporter (Daily Variety, Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Magazine, CREEM), and authorized biographer for pop culture icons from the Beach Boys to Beastie Boys, Paul McCartney to MC Hammer.