219 Moo 5
Tel: 66 77 243 000
On the secluded northwestern tip of the rapidly developing island’s glassy Laem Yai Bay, Bill Bensley, architect of the Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle in Chiang Rai (“Hot List," May 2006), has scattered 60 gorgeous hillside villas among the coconut trees, all with expansive Gulf of Thailand views (including from the tub), as well as decks with big plunge pools, shaded daybeds, and a stocked wine fridge. The resort has a small, effectively private strip of white sand beach by the main infinity pool, as well as sea-facing daybeds at the laid-back beach bar, where the attentive staff whip up an array of cocktails. The adjacent dining pavilion Pla Pla (meaning "many fish" and named for its fresh catch menu) is a romantic dinner spot, and the hilltop restaurant Lan Tania highlights indigenous dishes like coconut beef curry and steamed fish with lemongrass. Massages inside one of the spa's tree house–inspired treatment rooms knead away any last trace of real-world stress.