The Luxe List 2009, Thailand: V Villas, Hua Hin

Beachfront real estate in Hua Hin, 200 kilometers south of Bangkok, is becoming a hot commodity, making the Accor hotel group’s new V Villas an enticing proposition. A short stroll south of town, the boxy slate-and-wood hideaway is centered on a stunning infinity pool and restaurant with shady salas and curvy deckchairs submerged in water. The fusion menu reads like a geography lesson: French duck with wild-berry jus; Japanese scallops with Belgian endive; full Chinese breakfasts. At night, the candlelit salas are the perfect perch for enjoying a romantic dinner. But V Villas is really built for parties, with 13 one- to three-bedroom huts, the “smallest” covering some 340 square meters, each with separate living and dining areas, indoor and outdoor Bose sound systems, and well-stocked wine fridges complete with handy tasting notes. Feeling flush? Pop the cork on a bottle of Château Mouton Rothschild 2002 for a handsome US$850. Better still, ask your on-call butler to chill the champagne while you cool off in your private plunge pool (63–39 Petchkasem Rd.; 66-32/616-039;; doubles from US$290).

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