Aleenta Resort & Spa Phuket
In-the-know locals travel 130 miles south of Bangkok's steamy bustle to this secluded locale, which commands a three-mile stretch of white sand near Hua Hin. The 18 thatched-roof villas and suites range from studios with private plunge pools to loft-style bungalows near the warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand. Egyptian-cotton linens, bamboo lamps, and teak floors make an ideal setting for an afternoon nap, but even better are the shaded beachside guest hammocks.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.