Best of the Best 2018 - 166
KOH KOOD, THA ILA N D
N E I G H B O R H O O D Untamed Jungle
Serene and secluded, Soneva Kiri offers unforgettable, authentic Thai experiences. Thirty-six
ultra-spacious pool villas, ranging from one to six bedrooms, offer the ultimate privacy at this
luxurious hideaway in Koh Kood. Spend your days hiking through the lush jungle, swimming in
nearby waterfalls or snorkeling in crystal-clear waters. Savor candlelit dinners at Benz, arguably the best Thai restaurant in Thailand, or marvel at the view from the spectacular Treepod
Dining. Wherever you turn, Soneva Kiri inspires the imagination. It's barefoot luxury at its best.
Champagne and Thai tapas; handcrafted
Thai arrival and departure gifts; and, when
staying four nights or more, private beach
picnic, 30-minute spa treatment for two, and
Guests absolutely love "Treepod Dining" in a
cocoon-like rattan frame lifted 16 feet above
the ground. Waiters deliver each course via
Distance from Private Airstrip: 1 mile/2 km
Size: 36 rooms Room Style: Indigenous Vibe: Zen
ANANTARA RASANANDA KOH PHANGAN VILLAS
KOH PHA N GA N , THA ILA N D
N E I G H B O R H O O D Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach
Far from Koh Phangan's full-moon parties, Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas is all
about barefoot sophistication. Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach - the island's best and one of Southeast Asia's nicest - lies just outside the 64 secluded villas and suites and is designed with
private plunge pools and Thai aesthetics. Experience Japanese cuisine at Yukinoya, the island's first and only teppanyaki dining experience. Try Thai favorites at our Bistro @ the Beach
or join a master Thai chef for an immersive Spice Spoon Cooking Class. Other diversions include diving, kayaking, paddleboarding, elephant trekking and cultural discoveries.
Roundtrip speedboat transfers from Koh
Samui Airport directly to the beach of
Wake up for early morning yoga at the
highest point of the resort. Experience the
yoga platform located in the jungle spa
nestled into the granite rocks overlooking
Thong Nai Pan Bay.
Distance from Koh Samui Airport (USM): 25 miles/40 km
Size: 64 rooms Room Style: Contemporary Vibe: Zen
BANYAN TREE SAMUI
KOH SA MU I, THA ILA N D
N E I G H B O R H O O D Lamai
Escape from all traces of the outside world at Banyan Tree Samui. Set above sapphire-blue
Lamai Bay, the resort occupies its own secluded cove, so you can snuggle in a beachside cabana with nary another soul in sight. The 88 contemporary Thai villas are staggered about
jungled terraces for optimal, gasp-inducing views; each has its own pool. Take an electric buggy up to Saffron restaurant for a spin on local cuisine; for added romance, reserve a private
pavilion on the beach. Aqua adventures include kayaking, windsurfing and, paddleboarding; or
go snorkeling in the house reef of the resort's private bay.
$100 food and beverage credit per stay.
The spa's healing Rainforest experience
takes you on a hydrothermal journey
from rainwalk - to body scrub, to rasul
treatment, to massage - with refreshing
plunges in between.
Distance from Koh Samui Airport (USM): 5 miles/8 km
Size: 88 rooms Room Style: Contemporary Vibe: Zen