If you want your beach with a bit of a buzz, Koh Samui is the place for you. The third largest island in Thailand, Samui has also become one of the most sophisticated, with an impressive choice of luxe hotels, fashionable restaurants and bars at white-sand beaches.
But you'll find it hard to venture out once you've checked into Banyan Tree Koh Samui, hugging the cliffs of Lamai Bay.
Chic villas range from a healthy 130sq m to the massive 316sq m Presidential Suite - all with their own infinity pool and plenty of privacy.
Zippy golf buggies are at your disposal to whisk you from the breakfast buffet to the beach (the only private one on Samui) and from the spa to the Thai restaurant, Saffron.
If you do head out, the resort gives you a mobile phone with a personal assistant on speed-dial for recommendations and taxis.
WOW FACTOR: The tailor-made experience starts from the moment you step off the plane, with a music menu so you can choose some tunes in your limo transfer from the airport.
FLIGHT TIME: 12 hours