Known for its laid-back, mellow vibe, this low-rise Thai paradise island is found in Krabi Province on the Andaman coast. Villages with stilt houses, coral reefs, white beaches, mangroves, jungle terrain and rainforests can all be explored here; the island’s national park provides many hiking and kayaking opportunities. But if you’re looking to simply lie beside the glittering ocean, Long Beach is a particularly beautiful spot to relax. However, with several jaw-dropping resorts in which to stay, you might want to stay put, soak up the sun, sink some cocktails and make the most of your five-star treatment.
Layana Resort and Spa
An adjacent mile-long beach, the Linger Longer Spa, a Wellness Zone (with a large saltwater lap pool, yoga platform and juice bar) and ocean-front villas make this a dreamy place to spend a honeymoon or anniversary – as guests must be over the age of 12, you won’t be sharing the palm-flanked infinity pools with young families. For this reason, it’s also popular with digital nomads who wish to work to the sounds of the lapping sea (bedrooms come with home office essentials). Dinner at the five-star resort is served overlooking the sands at SeaSky and the drinks flow at Sundowners Bar.
Pimalai Resort and Spa
100 acres of tropical forest and 900 acres of beach (Kantiang Bay, arguably one of the most beautiful in the land) make up this secluded resort. Its privacy is maintained with access only by speedboat – and you’ll feel like a movie star arriving using this mode of transport, taking in sublime scenery on the two-hour transfer. Pavilions lead toward a long and large infinity pool, built on stilts and facing the Andaman sea, the grounds feature coconut and cashew trees, waterfalls and koi-filled ponds. At the Pimalai you can play tennis, visit the spa, borrow bicycles and take classes. Kids have their own activity corner and babysitting services are available. Book the Hillside ocean view villa if you want the best suite in the house.