Famous for its Full Moon Parties, Koh Phangan is named after a sand bar. Indeed this archipelago is all about the beaches lapped by the aquamarine seas of Southeast Thailand. It’s the nation’s fifth-largest island, a relatively unspoilt paradise accessible via ferry from the mainland. Coconut groves, jungle, waterfalls, small villages and white sands await exploration and provide plenty of options if you’d like to take part in some inland or on-water expeditions. It’s the perfect place to get away from the stresses of daily life – and these wonderful hotels will make your stay even more restful….
Guests make an entrance to this five-star boutique resort via the hotel’s own speedboat. This Bond-like experience is continued beyond check-in, where guests are escorted to one of 64 rooms, each with private plunge pools, provided with access to a spa (with a tropical steam cave and herb bath), offered classes on a yoga deck, invited to cocktail parties and served lunches on the sand beside the pool. The Anantara Rasananda epitomises barefoot luxury, where the vibe is relaxed, yet very refined. By night, Yukinoya served Japanese cuisine, which includes the local catch of the day.