The Luxe List 2014

  • Abode, Mumbai, India

    Abode, Mumbai, India

  • Amano'i, Vinh Hy Bay, Vietnam

    Amano'i, Vinh Hy Bay, Vietnam

  • Cheval Blanc Randheli, Noonu Atoll, Maldives

    Cheval Blanc Randheli, Noonu Atoll, Maldives

  • Dwarika's Resort, Dhulikhel, Nepal

    Dwarika's Resort, Dhulikhel, Nepal

  • Gangtey Goenpa Lodge, Phobjikha Valley, Bhutan

    Gangtey Goenpa Lodge, Phobjikha Valley, Bhutan

  • Hotel Hotel, Canberra, Australia

    Hotel Hotel, Canberra, Australia

  • Hotel Indigo Lijiang Ancient Town, Lijiang, China

    Hotel Indigo Lijiang Ancient Town, Lijiang, China

  • Iniala, Phang-Nga, Thailand

    Iniala, Phang-Nga, Thailand

  • Jetwing Yala, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

    Jetwing Yala, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

  • Kata Rocks, Phuket, Thailand

    Kata Rocks, Phuket, Thailand

  • One&Only Hayman Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

    One&Only Hayman Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

  • Point Yamu by COMO, Phuket, Thailand

    Point Yamu by COMO, Phuket, Thailand

  • Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, Japan

    Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, Japan

  • Sala Lodges, Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Sala Lodges, Siem Reap, Cambodia

  • Sofitel So Singapore

    Sofitel So Singapore

  • Temple Hotel, Beijing, China

    Temple Hotel, Beijing, China

  • Velaa Private Island, Noonu Atoll, Maldives

    Velaa Private Island, Noonu Atoll, Maldives

  • Waldorf Astoria, Beijing, China

    Waldorf Astoria, Beijing, China

  • Mira Moon, Hong Kong, China

    Mira Moon, Hong Kong, China

  • Mira Moon, Hong Kong, China

    Mira Moon, Hong Kong, China

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The Luxe List 2014: Kata Rocks, Phuket, Thailand

Overlooking the little island of Kho Phu from its rocky perch at the southernmost point of Kata Beach’s horseshoe bay, Kata Rocks is close enough to the action so that you can stroll down to town for a new bikini but far enough removed so that the sounds of the jet skies aren’t a bother. Part resort, part private residences, it’s all too easy to settle in here. Boasting a sleek white minimalist design inspired by super-yachts, the 34 Sky Villas and four Ocean Lofts feature large private outdoor areas with infinity pools and lounges, iPad-controlled entertainment systems, living/dining areas equipped with fully stocked wine fridges, and state-of-the-art kitchens. If you aren’t up for slicing and dicing yourself, let one of the private villa chefs prepare a Phuket specialty such as the superb gang poo bai chaplu, a red coconut crab curry with betel leaves, or dine at the poolside restaurant and lap up the ocean views. For guests looking to detox, there’s an impressive gym equipped with cutting-edge machines and on-site fitness consultants; the holistic Infinite Luxury Spa Phuket has already been nominated for awards. To best enjoy your stay, alleviate your jetlag first with the Bespoke Dreamtime Experience, which comprises a massage, a chakra healing session, and 20 minutes of dream time in a sleep pod.

186/22 Koktanode, Kata Beach; 66-76/370-777; Kata Rocks; doubles from US$758

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