A luxurious beach hideaway.
A stunning stretch of white sand on the tranquil west coast, between Khao Lak and Phuket. The resort is based on an ‘outside living in’ philosophy, and it’s filled with streams, lily ponds and goldfish pools.
Pampering is de rigueur here. Float in your private pool, book a spa treatment, and, if you’re feeling active, take a cooking class with the chef, who’ll take you around local markets and then teach you how to concoct classic Thai dishes.
The children’s club provides activities for kids aged 18 months to 10 years and is supervised by certified schoolteachers and staff. Daily fun includes diving, kayaking, sailing and surfing, plus chocolatemaking, Muay Thai (kickboxing), painting, scavenger hunts, yoga, and classes at the turtle sanctuary. Rooms: Glass-fronted suites and villas.
A visit to James Bond Island (so called because it featured in The Man With The Golden Gun) can be irresistible, despite the tourist hordes, but even more rewarding is a day trip to the idyllic Similan Islands. They’re within a couple of hours by speedboat, and famous for their crystal-clear waters and diving.