Sila Evason Hideaway, Laem Samrong
Tel: 66 77 245 678
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:Each of the resort's 66 villas, which cling to a palm-studded headland above the sea, is a pleasure dome of rustic luxury in polished hardwoods, bamboo, and creamy muslin, all under a soaring thatched roof. Floor-to-ceiling windows frame the ever-changing seascape, and bathrooms are decadently kitted out with sunken tubs large enough for four and walls that retract to welcome ocean breezes. All but 15 of the villas have their own small pool, and each has a deck as well as a separate shaded lanai with a giant daybed overlooking the sea. A spa and a slate-lined pool with Gulf of Thailand views round out the list of diversions.2005 Hot List
When to go: November through March, for the least rain and the most comfortable temperatures.
Which room to book: The Pool Villa Suites are the most capaciousinside and out
Amenities: Bar/lounge, Beach, Gym, Pool, Spa, 24-hour Room Service