The Luxe List 2010, Thailand: Paresa, Phuket

These striking digs, designed by Bangkok’s UKD Architects, fit right in with the holiday homes that line this stretch of rocky cliffs known as Millionaires’ Mile. Soaring ceilings and dark local timber make a dramatic impression in six villas, each replete with vast beds and deep terrazzo bathtubs, infinity pools, and spa facilities. Diavolo, the resort’s cliff-top eatery, boasts panoramic views and a menu ranging from crispy pizzas to aromatic pad thai. Browse the small boutique, or tool around the property in a chauffeured buggy. The four-kilogram rose quartz suspended over the pool is said to enhance the heart chakra, though a treatment in the fragrant spa may be a surer path to bliss

49 Moo 6, Layi–Nakalay Rd., Kamala; 66-76/302-000;; doubles from US$428

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