T+L Reports: Aleenta Resort
There's not a thatched roof or pagoda in sight at Phuket's new Aleenta Resort (Khao Pilai Beach, Kok Kloy, Phangnga; 66-2/508-5333; www.aleenta.com; doubles from $238), set on a pristine stretch of private beach an hour north of town. A follow-up to the Aleenta in Hua Hin, the hotel retains much of what made its sister property so popular, from its intimate size (only 30 suites and villas) to its integration of indoor and outdoor space (some walls are made almost entirely of glass and can be completely folded back). Rooms are all clean lines, with teak and oak detailing, and are swathed in shades of white, cream, and brown. The hotel is crisscrossed by wooden walkways that meet at right angles and divide the suites' private plunge pools. The result is a striking silhouette—a series of white rectangles rising from the sand. Twenty-nine Aleenta villas are also offered for sale, but with prices topping $1.5 million, year-round keys to this modern Thai kingdom don't come cheap.