If you haven’t watched “The White Lotus” on HBO, you’re missing out. The first two seasons of the drama-comedy (dramedy, if you will) center on a group of haplessly wealthy travelers, generally unaware of their social privilege compared to the communities and places they visit. And if that sounds like a dark premise for a show, it is — but somehow, it’s also intensely funny, with clever writing that forces occasional sympathy for characters you’re not really supposed to like. But despite the one-percent nature of the characters, the show is extremely accessible, poking fun at the class conflicts without going so far as to advocate fully eating the rich.
But plot twists and undercurrents aside, one fact remains: the first two seasons of “The White Lotus” were filmed at gorgeous Four Seasons resorts in Hawaii and Italy. And it’s been confirmed that the third season will be set at a “White Lotus” hotel in Thailand — “White Lotus” is the fictional name of the luxurious hotel chain where each season takes place.
If you want to get ahead of the curve and book your room at the next White Lotus hotel, there’s a good chance it’ll be one of the four Four Seasons resorts within Thailand. The first two seasons were at Four Seasons hotels, so it would make sense for HBO to continue that partnership for season three.
Here’s the scoop on booking the four properties that could be the White Lotus hotel in Thailand for season three, plus a few other properties that are equally luxurious (and equally expensive).
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Potential White Lotus hotels in Thailand
Thailand has roughly 2,000 miles of coastline, so it’s a good bet that the next season of “The White Lotus” will be a beachy location. But if you’re traveling to Thailand from the US, you’ll likely enter the country from an international airport in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, or Phuket. Phuket is actually not a large city, but it’s a hot spot for luxurious beach resorts, so you’ll find direct flights from Singapore, Doha, Hong Kong, and more.
Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui
The Four Seasons Koh Samui is luxurious resort on the island of Koh Samui. You can fly into Koh Samui and let the Four Seasons pick you up in a Mercedez-Benz, or skip that step entirely and take the resort’s private jet from Bangkok — just one of many reasons why it could be the “The White Lotus” hotel in Thailand for season three. Guests can choose from several type of villas or private residences, all with infinity pools overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. All residence units come with private butlers to arrange everything from afternoon canapés and private yacht rentals to evening bubble baths — they’re truly at your beck and call.
As you’d expect from a high-end resort like this, there’s a world-class spa with Thai and international treatments, several restaurants, and complimentary water sports. Other more unique offerings include a Muay Thai training ring, a rum vault, cocktail making classes, and more. There’s very little that the resort can’t arrange, from snorkeling, scuba diving, stand-up paddleboarding, and kayaking to private tours of local villages and nearby temples.
- Address: 219 Moo 5, Angthong, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand
- Rates from: $864/night
Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok
The Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River is the only urban Four Seasons hotel in Thailand and a great place to start or end your trip. Rooms are spacious and extremely modern, with options ranging from a “standard” room (which is anything but) all the way up to a rooftop penthouse with a private pool overlooking the city. The modern, shared spaces are filled with art curated by one of the world’s best collectors, and there’s a separate gallery dedicated just to work from Thai artists.
When it comes to dining, the hotel’s offerings are as diverse as the city itself, which could make it a good pick for a White Lotus hotel in Thailand since there would be plenty of spaces to stage various scenes. There’s a Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant, a casual French bistro, a riverfront Italian restaurant, and a late-night bar inspired by Buenos Aires, no less.
But perhaps the resort’s best features are its optional activities to help high-end travelers see the city in a glamorous, indulgent way. Visitors can take private walking food tours of the neighborhood’s Charoenkrung neighborhood, explore the city by traditional longtail boat, or visit riverside temples while sipping French champagne. The hotel can arrange just about anything, and the backdrop of lively Bangkok could make it a strong contender for being the “The White Lotus” hotel in Thailand for season three.
- Address: 300/1 Charoen Krung Rd, Khwaeng Yan Nawa, Khet Sathon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120, Thailand
- Rates from: $499/night
Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai is the most well-known and visited town in northern Thailand, surrounded by jungle hundreds of miles north of Bangkok. And the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai is possibly the most stylish Four Seasons in the country, which could make it a great pick for the White Lotus hotel in Thailand in season three.
The gorgeous rooms offer a modern take on traditional Thai decor and range from one-bedroom pavilions overlooking rice fields to a private residence with nearly 10,000 square feet of living space. All rooms blend indoor and outdoor living with plenty of outdoor seating so you can experience the scenery Chiang Mai is famous for. Amenities at the resort include multiple pools, vegetable gardens, wellness classes, and a cooking academy, plus experiences for couples like private riverside dining.
The hotel also makes available experiences unique to Chiang Mai focused on mental and physical wellness, as well as the usual smattering of high-end experiences like Thai massages, cycling tours, temple visits and more. But given how beautiful the resort is, you’ll want to leave at least a day or two totally free just to bask in the lush surroundings.
- Address: 502 Moo 1, Mae Rim-Samoeng Old Road, Chiang Mai 50180 Thailand
- Rates from: $590/night
Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle
The Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle in Thailand is one of the most impressive jungle hotels in the world. It’s near the border with Burma and Laos with stunning views of surrounding mountain landscape.
What could make this the top pick for being the next “The White Lotus” hotel in Thailand is the uniqueness of the accommodations: rooms are five-star jungle tents inspired by the mid-1800s. Tents have outdoor showers or wooden hot tubs, massive decks, handcrafted furniture, and decor inspired by early jungle explorers. But also available for booking is the “Explorer’s Lodge,” a treehouse-style private villa with a huge deck and private swimming pool in the treetops.
The best way to stay here is to book an adventure package for three or four nights. Adventure packages include spa treatments, chances to visit (not ride) elephants at a local sanctuary, visits to local temples, cycling through the jungle, and daily sundowners (drinks and canapés) in the resort’s gorgeous outdoor living spaces. It’s hard to imagine a jungle escape more gorgeous than this, which is why we wouldn’t be at all surprised to see it as part of “The White Lotus'” third season. It’s also the most expensive Four Seasons hotel in Thailand at $3,000+ a night.
- Address: 499 Moo 1 T. Vieng, Chiang Rai, Chiang Saen District, Chiang Rai 57150, Thailand
- Rates from: $3,000/night
Other potential White Lotus hotels in Thailand
Not interested in a Four Seasons Thailand hotel? Since the first two seasons of “The White Lotus” have been filmed at Four Seasons properties, most people think the third season will also be at a Four Seasons. But there’s a chance it may not be, which means the production team would have to find another luxury hotel for filming “The White Lotus” season 3 in Thailand. Here are a few other equally luxurious resorts throughout Thailand that would be equally perfect for hosting the new ultra-rich characters likely to be featured on the next season.
Amanpuri is an incredibly luxurious resort located on the island of Phuket, and is known for its lavish villas, world-renowned spa, and private beach. it’s part of the Aman hotel chain, which should give you a sense of both the price and level of service. You can book pavilions with open-air living areas and raised private pools or opt for a seven-bedroom villa overlooking the ocean. With five restaurants, a glamorous spa, sunset cruises, and available experiences like sunset pottery-making classes, it wouldn’t at all be surprising choice for “The White Lotus” hotel in Thailand for season three.
- Address: 118/1 Moo 3 Srisoonthorn Road, Chengthalay, Thailand
- Rates from: $858/night
Six Senses Yao Noi
Six Senses Yao Noi is a beautiful luxury resort on the Thai island of Yao Noi in Phang Nga Bay. The exclusive resort is surrounded by tropical hardens and all villas are spread fairly far from one another, offering plenty of privacy. Rooms are designed to blend both luxury and sustainability, combining beautiful traditional Thai decor with contemporary design elements.
Amenities include outdoor showers, private infinity pools, and private sun decks, plus a private beach and plenty of tour options to nearby national parks and remote islands. The property has appeared on many a list of the best luxury destinations in the world, so it wouldn’t be at all surprising for it to be the pick for “The White Lotus” hotel in Thailand.
- Address: 56 Tambon Ko Yao Noi, Amphoe Ko Yao, Chang Wat Phang-nga 82160, Thailand
- Rates from: $648/night