Pure honeymoon magic. That's  the phrase that you'll keep repeating to yourselves during your time here. Shiny, new and now fully functioning (cranes were constructing the much-lauded spa when we visited), this is pure understated elegance with not a hint of bling.

Far enough from the sequined slipper shops and ping-pong party pads of Phuket town to feel tranquil and tucked-away, this space has oodles of spots to chill out and flop. The private beach is a real joy - in fact, it's probably one of the last beaches on the island that is still splendidly quiet - and there's also the infinity pool to laze by, the day beds to doze on, or silk cushions to relax on.


When it comes to the service, the little touches are as impressive as they are super subtle - a foot-scrub in your villa when you arrive, delightful gifts after the Thai cooking classes at Spice Spoons (that are actually useful), and creative snacks at turndown.

Of course, you could venture outside the resort, but with some of the best dining at your fingertips (there's a salt sommelier at the Sala Layan, who'll help you choose which Himalayan salt goes with your seafood), there really is no need.

WOW FACTOR: Umberto, the talented executive chef. It's all to do with his Heston-style foodie surprises and his larger-than-life character.

GO: A Deluxe Pool Villa costs from  £159 per night, B&B; www.phuket-layan.anantara.com

FLIGHT TIME: 13 hours, 30 minutes