Perched above the northern edge of Nai Harn Beach, the hotel of the same name is one of the earliest forms of luxury accommodation in Phuket (established by Mandarin Oriental in 1987 it later served as the Royal Yacht Club). Yet it still rivals anything on the island for setting and comfort. The pagoda-style foyer/lobby overlooks terraced gardens overflowing with pink and white bougainvillea. The white-washed walls with light woods and punchy accents give the resort swish Côte d'Azur-like vibe with the turquoise waters of Nai Harn Bay glistening below. Most rooms have large balconies with four-posted sun beds. Villas have a button that, when pushed, immediately alerts your private butler to bring a bottle of champagne. Rooms are spacious with free-standing bathtubs, high-end bath products, and extra-fluffy bath robes. The hotel’s wines were curated by wine expert James Suckling and the spa is one of the best on the island.