Courtesy of Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Two new beach resorts are bringing style and sustainability to Southeast Asia.

Jennifer Chen

The first property in Ritz-Carlton’s new culturally conscious Reserve collection, Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve (doubles from $700) is set on the quiet shores of Krabi, Thailand, overlooking the Andaman Sea. Thai artisans crafted the hand-painted shutters and custom-made furniture in the 54 spacious villas, where personal butlers ensure you needn’t lift a finger. To reach Six Senses’ four-month-old Soneva Kiri (doubles from $1,900), on the Gulf of Thailand’s Koh Kood, guests board the resort’s private jet in Bangkok for a one-hour flight. Tented roofs, open-air bathrooms, and beds draped in mosquito netting lend a safari feel to the 29 villas, while personal electric buggies allow you to zip freely through the 102-acre palm tree–dotted compound to the 32,000-square-foot spa and private white-sand beach.

Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

This first property in Ritz-Carlton’s new culturally conscious Reserve collection is set on the quiet shores of Krabi, Thailand, overlooking the Andaman Sea. Thai artisans crafted the hand-painted shutters and custom-made furniture in the 54 spacious villas, where personal butlers ensure you needn’t lift a finger. Given the sweltering climate, we would have traded in our double-king-size bed for more efficient air-conditioning, but a late-night dip in our infinity pool overlooking the Andaman Sea cooled our jets.

Soneva Kiri by Six Senses

To reach Soneva Kiri, on the Gulf of Thailand’s Koh Kood, guests board the resort’s private jet in Bangkok for a one-hour flight to the hotel’s private airstrip, or a take a one-hour speedboat ride from Trat, in southeast Thailand. Upon arrival, it’s a castaway fantasy: an ivory-sand beach fronts the resort’s free-form private pools, tented day beds, and rainforest spa. Personal butlers race around the property’s 29 villas in golf carts, though the ultimate dinner-with-a-view uses transportation of a different kind: the hotel’s four-person Treetop Dining Pod is located 20 feet up a massang tree, and servers deliver seafood curries via zip line.

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