From San Francisco to Thailand, this month’s hottest hotels
Koh Kood, Thailand
BEST PLACE TO HANG OUT: Located on the jungle isle of Koh Kood, Soneva Kiri’s private villas boast so many secluded hiding spots you could go a week here without seeing another guest. For a more convivial vibe, sip a Thai Caipirinha at the beach club, a short buggy ride from the main resort, or chill out with a bottle of wine at the outdoor cinema.
ROOM WITH A VIEW: Villa 63, a six-bedroom beachfront cabin set amid thick foliage, overlooks the Gulf of Thailand. Should you tire of the splendor extending from your private terrace, there’s a steam room, private gym and game room. Kids stay in an attached “tree house” and enter the infinity pool via their own slide.
WHAT YOU’LL FIND JUST OUTSIDE: A hop across the island takes you to Ao Salad, a quiet, traditional fishing village. Wander among the stilted huts and peruse the catch of the day or take a trip to the giant golden Buddha that keeps an eye on things around here. On a clear day, you can see the mountains of Cambodia across the gulf.
AMAZING AMENITIES: Possibly better than having your own Man Friday to cater to your every whim is having access to the resort’s help-yourself chocolate room. There’s also an observatory, where you can explore the night sky with the aid of an on-site guide and a telescope so powerful you can almost count Neil Armstrong’s footprints.