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Ko Lanta, Thailand
Why Go Now: A mere eight years ago, Ko Lanta was an isolated jungle on an inaccessible island. Since then, a handful of resorts have settled in along its palm-lined coves.
The Details: The island’s western shore, with all its beaches, is attracting the most attention. Trailblazer Pimalai Resort & Spa (doubles from $418) recently added 39 airy, teak-floored villas set among trees on a hill overlooking a private beach. Layana Resort & Spa (doubles from $289) is a beachside complex of 50 suites and a saltwater pool. The 185-room Rawi Warin (doubles from $174) overlooks pristine Klong Tob Bay. At the lantern-lit Red Snapper (dinner for two $30), young Dutch chefs make everything from tapas and Turkish dips to mojitos and steamed mussels. Time for Lime (dinner for two $25) is an open-air restaurant and cooking school where visitors learn to prepare dishes such as curries and mango salad.