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.
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