Beach + Island

World's Sexiest Beaches 2006

by Mark Ellwood

Three hours from the capital is Hua Hin, the Thai royal family's favorite getaway and an up-and-coming retreat for Bangkok society. The seven-acre Chiva Som Resort (whose name means "haven of life") is the ultimate place to recharge. Expect sybaritic luxury—you won't even have to peel a grape—and a celebrity in the next lounge chair: A strict no-camera rule protects guests' privacy.

Rub suntanned elbows with: Kate Moss, Kylie Minogue, and Hugh Grant. And yes, that's Naomi Campbell on the beach.

Best way to cool off: An om-enhancing iced water with a splash of organic lemon. (Now, Kate, behave!)

Beach chic: Flip-flops and a bathrobe are the uniform du jour.

Where to bed down: Any of the 57 pagoda-style rooms—though the ultraluxe Gold Bo suite, filled with silk wall coverings and Thai antiquities, is our pick. (Now, Naomi, behave!)

Chiva Som Resort
Tel: 66 32 536 536
Doubles from $680, including all meals and daily massage

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