This is among the nicest of the luxury resorts to grace this pretty coastline and it has extensive manicured lawns, and a gigantic sculpted pool, surrounded by coconut groves. Boasting an opulent mix of Thai and colonial architecture, this awesome property features a palatial lobby and magnificent views. The vast rooms are classically furnished, with polished teak floors, broad balconies, and a warm butterscotch-and-cream decor. Because it caters not only for upscale tourists but also to large conference groups and wedding parties, expect high standards of service and dining—including a spa with a long menu of options, a wide range of business facilities, and a children’s playground. If you like to stay active on vacation, you’ll love the breadth of classes on offer, from yoga and tai chi to Pilates and golf.