The hoots of lar gibbons serve as your wakeup call at thisÂ boutique retreat, located two hours north of Phuket at the edge of Khao Sok National Park. Thanyamundra can arrange guided treks through the nearby rain forestâit’s among the world’s oldestâor more sedate activities, suchÂ as morning tours of southern Thailand’s only certified organic farm, led by aÂ charismatic, multilingualÂ gardener who’s proud to show off his fruit trees and neatly planted rows of aromatic Thai and Italian basil, dill, coriander, snake beans, rocket lettuce, and morning glory.
Alternatively, join one of the resort’s relaxed cooking classes, conductedÂ over glasses of biodynamic wine in a shiny show kitchen. There are only nine rooms and suites here, housed in a pairÂ of contemporary, Thai-inspired villas and filled with antiques, silk accents, and modern amenities. Perhaps just asÂ compelling is the 50-meter-long hilltop infinity pool or, for those looking to workout on nature’s doorstep, the jungle-facing gym. Thanyamundra also has its holistic side,Â hosting regularly scheduled weekend retreats led byÂ legendary Ironman JĂźrgen ZĂ¤ck and former Amanresorts yogi Kimberly Roberts.
66-76/336-000; thanyamundra.com; doubles from US$150
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