Karma Samui, Bo Phut
Bo Phut , Koh Samui
Tel: 66 77 234 500
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
The spectacular views make a lasting impression at this 36-villa property situated atop craggy headlands and both convenient to and removed from Koh Samui's nightlife. Golf carts buzz about, giving the whitewashed compound a seaside community vibe. The smallest villas have three bedrooms, with polished dark wood floors, warm Thai textiles, a shaded outdoor daybed, and a private infinity pool (visible from golf cart paths, alas) as well as a kitchen and laundry room. The dramatic tented restaurant, Padma, offers fun cocktails like cucumber martinis, in addition to an extensive East-West menu. Below the restaurant, two levels of pools are typically bypassed for safe ocean swims between rock outcrops and walks along an enclosed stretch of golden sand. Treatments at the small but charming spa incorporate the healing powers of precious metals.2007 Hot List
When to go: Rains evaporate and waters are at their calmest March through June.
Which room to book: The four-bedroom beachfront villas 32 and 33 feel like castles in the sand.
Amenities: 24-hour Room Service, Bar/lounge, Beach, Gym, Pool, Spa