Phuket Pavilions, Bang Tao Bay, Phuket $$$$
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
Silence is golden at this hushed resort overlooking Bang Tao and Layan beaches, where staff deliver seamless service without a sound and know when to leave guests utterly to themselves. Set into the hillside, 21 spacious one-bedroom villas have kitchens that allow for in-room meal preparation, while living rooms have woven organic-fiber furnishings and indigenous fabrics, and French doors separate the bed from a big infinity pool. Days are mostly spent lolling around or receiving a massage under your villa's covered veranda—for those who seek the benefits of quiet seclusion it's ideal. The outdoor hilltop bar, 360, attracts a crowd from across Phuket with its cozy rattan chaises and extensive drinks menu. If you can't be bothered even with this nearby nocturnal outing, the well-stocked "maxi-bar" includes Veuve Clicquot and Häagen-Dazs ice cream in an assortment of flavors.2007 Hot List
When to go: Beach days are best during the driest months of January and February.
Which room to book: Villas 15 through 20 have the best sea views.
Amenities: Bar/lounge, PoolSubscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›