At the quieter south end of Kata Beach, the Boathouse is a small inn that has been a longtime favorite with many returning visitors. In December 2017, under new ownership, it received a top-to-bottom renovation that has provided the inn with a contemporary yacht theme (think: ship’s rope and vintage looking oars on the walls). Comfortable, attractive rooms all face the sea, each with a terrace overlooking a pool and beach beyond; they’re all equipped with writing desks and luxurious bathrooms. The Boathouse Wine & Grill is a well-regarded dining option, and its chef teaches fantastic one-day and two-day cooking classes that include market visits and lunch with wine pairings from local vineyards. This is an ideal spot for those looking for a slice of tranquility near the buzz of Kata.