Also known as Koh Kood, this peaceful island is accessed via boat or ferry. Found in the Trat Sea, it’s one of Thailand’s largest islands, yet retains its natural beauty and has a barefoot feel. Here you can explore authentic fishing villages, dive coral reefs, kayak mangroves, swim in waterfalls and cycle the quiet roads (there are motorised vehicles, but not many). Head to the island’s west coast if you want to reach its most unspoilt beaches. Or book a resort that’s off the beaten track. If you want to be truly spoilt, check into one of these stunning hotels on Koh Kut.
Staying somewhere eco-friendly need not mean stinting on luxury. The carbon-neutral Soneva Kiri has blended the two expertly. Villas cater for up to six people and have private infinity pools. There are watersports on the private beach, a spa, a tennis and volleyball court, an observatory, an outdoor cinema, several unique dining spots and a kids’ club. Be sure to book the treetop experience while you’re here – your meal will be served in a suspended bamboo pod, providing true birds’ eye views. And take a speedboat to Benz’s, the hotel’s mangrove-based dining concept, it’s built on stilts and lit by lanterns.
High Season Pool Villa & Spa
Stay in one of 21 thatched-roof villas at the High Season resort, complete with mosquito nets, private plunge pools, coffee makers, flat-screen TVs and your own private walkway. Found beside the romantic Klong Chao Beach, the property was built using natural materials, with rustic-chic results that provide a castaway feel. But your every need is waited upon here, from dinner at the beachfront restaurant to your personal preference of pillows, bespoke island tours tailored to your interests, therapies at High Spa and afternoon tea served in an elevated, hammock-effect pod.