The Luxe List 2014:Â Kata Rocks, Phuket, Thailand
Overlooking the little island of Kho Phu from its rocky perch at the southernmost point of Kata Beachâ€™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 arenâ€™t a bother. Part resort, part private residences, itâ€™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 arenâ€™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, thereâ€™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