Jennifer Gampell
868/75-76 Soi Vanich 2
Songwad Road
Bangkok 10100 Thailand
Tel/Fax: (66) 2-237-3362
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October/November 2007



The October opening of Evason Hideaway & Six Senses Spa at Yao Noi (66-76/418-500;; villas from about US$745) catapults a formerly sleepy Thai island of Muslim fishing villages into the luxury-tourism stratosphere. From afar, the 56 palm-thatched wooden villas, secreted in a leafy hillside overlooking Phang Nga Bay, resemble their traditional local counterparts. Up close however, it's a different story: all boast infinity edge pools, wine stocked fridges, Bose music systems, and at least one butler. The 1,500 square-meter Hilltop Reserve villa is even more decadent, as befits its US$12,300 a night price tag: it features a dedicated staff of four, three master bedrooms, accommodation for servants/security staff, a 500-bottle wine cellar, private gym and an enormous swimming pool. Starting in March, transfers from Phuket Airport will take just 15 minutes via the resort's own helicopter.

Copyright 2007 Jennifer Gampell