Anantara Resort and Spa $$$$
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:A large private pool, an outdoor tub for two, and an alfresco dining sala are standard room fare at this newly built resort along Phuket's longest beach. The 83 high-ceilinged villas are done up with natural fibers, and there are plenty of plush components: a pillowtop bed canopied by mosquito netting, a walk-in closet, an expansive bathroom with French doors leading to the outdoor soak, as well as overwater decks with daybeds in some villas. Landscape artist Bill Bensley lavished the grounds with indigenous greenery but kept the look authentic. In between the copious breakfast spread and sunset cocktails in the Infinity Bar, guests can venture out for cave canoeing, diving, or touring a village being rebuilt since the 2004 tsunami. A packed schedule of on-site activities includes power walks, batik painting, and Thai language lessons, which come in handy, as the staff still struggle with English.2009 Hot List
When to go: The sun shines nearly non-stop from December through March.
Which room to book: Even the standard rooms hit the sweet spot.Subscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›
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