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Rocky’s pushes the boundaries of luxury with two beautiful pools and individually designed one- to four-bedroom villas, which cascade down a rocky hillside to a private sandy beach. Wade out from the beach and find a coral reef that is home to colorful fish and the occasional sea turtle. Just 5 minutes south of Lamai, it’s easily accessible—but a hard slog up steep hills for villa residents, though the reward for that cardio is enviable views. Rooms are bright and cheerful and have a sweet Thai touches, like bamboo plants and northern-style décor reminiscent of the Lanna period. The hotel’s longtail boat can whisk you to the Marine Park or secluded beaches (for a price). The Dining Room serves delicious French-Mediterranean dishes that make use of the abundance of local seafood.