Manicured lawns and calm pools surround a huge, ancient ficus tree. Sunloungers and draped pavilions frame a 25-square-metre infinity pool. The only sounds are birds twittering and the soft trickle of the lily ponds. Peace pervades The Sarojin, set in 10 acres of gardens, with a palm-fringed, seven-mile-long white-sand beach on the Andaman Sea. The luxurious 56 residences have double baths and some have plunge pools. The food is top notch - fine dining at Ficus restaurant, or Thai fare at beachfront eatery The Edge. But what really sets The Sarojin apart is its tailored, once-in-a-lifetime experiences: elephant trekking; mangrove canoeing; or a Thai cookery class under a waterfall. On the days when these activities seem too much effort, you can lounge by the pool, hit the Pathways spa and then rock up for dinner on the beach under a starlit sky. Wow factor: Call on the 'imagineer' concierge to plan your dream excursion. Flight time: From 13 hours 15 minutes via Bangkok. Go: Book with Turquoise Holidays; call 01494 678400 or visit for more details or email <a href=""></a>