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Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood 

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From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
On Koh Kood, which is still pristine (though perhaps not for long–it is rumored that an airport will open on the island in 2012), Soneva Kiri is among the most exciting resorts in Southeast Asia. Guests land on a private airstrip on neighboring speck Koh Mai Si and then arrive via motor launch to a jetty jutting into a pretty cove. The resort sprawls over the island's northern tip, and guests navigate the manicured grounds by electric golf cart. Virtuously constructed from sustainable eucalyptus logs, native bamboo, and treated pine, the 29 villas–some fronting a gorgeous private beach, others up on the hillside, and one Eco Villa implementing cutting-edge environmental design–are actually multi-structured complexes spacious enough for an entire family and appointed with a dressing room, a separate dining room, indoor and outdoor showers, and a grotto-like pool. Resort dining–including inside a treetop "dining pod"–matches dishes with a serious wine list, makes use of organic produce from on-site gardens, and the Catalan chef will gladly cook to order. A pleasant surprise here is the resort library: Soneva Kiri hired a London curator to assemble an inspired mix of recent titles and classics, all housed in a magical little hut.—2010 Hot List

Which room to book: Every villa is huge and has panoramic water views, but only the beach villas have their own stretch of sand.

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