This Southeast Asian nation is famous for its beautiful shores both on the mainland and on the thousand or so kohs (aka islands’). The sugary white sand, clear warm waters and colourful coral reefs make for the perfect retreat. Mass tourism may have ruined some of Thailand’s coastlines but many are still idyllic. Here, our experts have handpicked their favourite beach hideaways:
Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood
A short hop in a small plane from Bangkok will take you to the unspoilt island of Koh Kood, home to Soneva Kiri. The jungle villas at this tropical retreat ooze understated luxury. From a six-bedroom clifftop house to a one-bedroom seafront villa suite, there’s something for everyone. Rooms are kitted out with outdoor bathrooms and private pools, and in some cases, gyms and steam rooms.