The Luxe List 2010, Thailand: Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Krabi

Size certainly mattered to Thai architect Lek Bunnag, who designed the 54 airy pavilions and villas at the world’s first Ritz-Carlton Reserve on a grand scale. There’s plenty of space under the elevated ceilings for enormous ultra-plush beds, perfect for sprawling out after days spent by the resort’s equally oversize infinity pool. Bunnag incorporates Middle Eastern and Moroccan interior touches among Lanna-inspired mosaics and Thai silks. All lodgings include plunge pools and verandas sheltered behind high hedges and eggplant-hued walls. The rocky beachfront is not swimmable, so ask the genial staff for boat transport to surrounding spits of sand, where butlers can organize gourmet beach picnics. The resort’s ESPA offers indulgent treatments in 11 rooms with open, bamboo-clad walls, and the spa’s RAW café serves surprisingly addictive vegan cuisine, which features scrumptious Thai mango pancakes around the clock

111 Moo 3 Nongthalay, Muang; 66-75/ 628-111;; doubles from US$635

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