Wide open spaces: At this surprisingly cushy resort, that phrase describes both this hotel's isolated beach setting (it sits on a broad, and utterly deserted, strand of sand some 15 km long) and the rooms. In fact, I can’t remember another place where I’ve seen so many humongous guest rooms. Those that face the sea are the biggest, with massive terraces complete with sea-blue tiled spa tubs, full kitchens and high ceilings. But even those in the back of the property could hold a cocktail party of 50 quite comfortably. They seem even larger as the wooden furnishings, while hand-made looking and quite lovely, are also sparely laid. If you’re traveling with a group, this is an excellent pick, though it won't work for families as children under 13 are not accepted. Its principal attractions are the crashing ocean (this swatch of sand is known for its surfing, so its not the best for swimming), a pool, and an on-site (and well-regarded) seafood restaurant. If all you want from your vacation is serenity and elbow room, you can’t do better than Kau Kan. Next door, the Doors of Paradise hotel offers similar amenities, though its rooms are darker and its beds unforgivably hard.