The name Balaclava doesn't scream romance, but the dress code is more bikinis than woolly face masks at this resort, one of Banyan Tree's more affordable paradise-perfect hotels.


Situated on the northwest coast - a prime spot for sunset-watching - Angsana's 52 suites have an intimate charm that's harder to find at the bigger, glitzier resorts on the island.


Garden suites are tucked around the pool and Spa suite residents receive a daily massage, but our favourite rooms are the ground-floor Ocean suites, which have floor-to-ceiling windows that fold back for straight-on-to-the-sand access. Step from the bathroom or bedroom into your infinity plunge pool, dine on Creole chicken curry on the teak terrace or sip an Angsana Balaclava cocktail in your Jacuzzi.

There is also a saltwater pool in the grounds, complete with swim-up bar. Another thoughtful touch that sets Angsana apart.


WOW FACTOR: Room 101 is the most private. With neighbours only on one side, you and your hubby will feel like the only people in the world.

FLIGHT TIME: 12 hours.

GO: Luxury Holidays Direct offers seven nights from £1,279 per person, half board. Includes return flights with Emirates via Dubai and return transfers.