Arrivederci amici! It’s time to pack our bags and set off to another White Lotus hotel and, according to a Variety exclusive, that location is in… Thailand.
Fans already knew the Emmy-winning series was returning for a third season, but now multiple sources have revealed to Variety that it’s looking like HBO plans to take over one of the four Four Seasons luxury properties in Thailand, which are located in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui and the Golden Triangle. (The previous two seasons were shot at Four Seasons resorts in Hawaii and Italy, respectively.)
*Note: Some spoilers for seasons one and two of The White Lotus ahead.
This is where we hope ‘White Lotus’ is set in future seasons
While it’s still anyone’s guess, we’ve done the hard work of analyzing these five locations and why they’re the top contenders to host the next batch of unhinged socialites.
This one might be a little “on the nose”, but in the finale of The White Lotus season two, Meghann Fahy’s character Daphne mentions where they should vacation next – and she says the Maldives. I know what you’re thinking, season three’s location can’t be that obvious. But sometimes it’s the most obvious answers that yield the most surprising results. The Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru in Baa, Atoll, Maldives is a gorgeous oasis far off from the mainland. This could be an interesting twist where all the guests are trapped during a tropical storm and murders are happening as the show progresses. But who’s to say, I’m not getting paid to write the show.
From Hawaii to Sicily, The White Lotus cast has been venturing across the world – which honestly makes things way more interesting story-wise. It seems only fitting that the next location would stick to the fantasy getaway theme of hot sun and hot people. Bali has long been a tourist (trap) of sorts for a longtime, with people complaining that the amount of tourism has negatively affected the locals’ lifestyle. This could make for an interesting season touching on the social and environmental impacts of mass tourism in Southeast Asia.
The French Alps
Taking an icy turn, I’m thinking it would be fun to host season three somewhere cold – who doesn’t love the après-ski vibe? Les Chalets du Mont d’Arbois, Megève, Four Seasons Hotel near Chamonix in France sets the perfect setting for a chilly murder by a gorgeous hotel. Skiing, après-skiing and steamy saunas would be an ideal substitute for the lack of blistering sun and tan lines.
When I think of the name Casablanca, immediately my mind goes to that 1942 film of the same name – chic, noir, edgy and romantic. Morocco has been on everyone’s radar in the past decade with more people visiting every year. I think Moroccan architecture, history and lifestyle would make for a glamourous backdrop to an impending murder mystery. Not to mention the Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca is giving main character energy all on its own.
You’ve probably seen millennials flocking to Costa Rica since the digital nomad lifestyle has become more popular. This might be a fun way to include a ton of woke rich millennials wanting to “find themselves” (into trouble) in the deep forests and gorgeous coastlines at the Four Seasons at Peninsula Papagayo. I think it would be a fun way to poke fun at millennials and their obsession with self-discovery. As a millennial myself, I would absolutely love to get dragged for this.
No matter what, on thing we do know is that the next departure will be full of glitz, glamour and gore – as to be expected from the five-star services of a White Lotus hotel.