The Luxe List 2010, Thailand: Langham Place Samui at Lamai Beach, Koh Samui

Laid out in the manner of a local village, these 77 Lanna- and Chinese-styled villas and suites occupy a compact nook at the north end of Lamai Beach. Interconnected by landscaped paths and separated by swaths of green, many feature plunge pools and views over the Gulf of Thailand. An upbeat vibe permeates throughout as resident DJs preside over private pool parties and sophisticated diners imbibe at the seaside Cha restaurant and Splash Bar. The hip feel extends to the resort’s Chuan Spa, a veritable temple to well-being: here, traditional Thai and Thalgo treatments are offered along with signature traditional Chinese medicine–themed therapies, founded on the five elemental forces of fire, earth, water, metal, and wood. Laze away on the white-sand beach, or take a running jump off the resort pier, which extends 250 meters out to a secluded sala

146/24 Moo 4, Lamai Beach; 66-77/960-888;; doubles from US$260

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