Tropical luxury doesn't get much better

Turning a former coconut plantation into 175 luxurious suits and pool villas, The Ritz-Carlton Koh Samui is now open.

Decked out in a tasteful blend of neutral tones and natural stone, the standard rooms come at 25-percent discount from now through Dec 22 (with prices starting at B13,875/night [$570/night]), offering stunning view of Samui’s coastline, as well as access to two private beaches, the resort’s beachfront pool, spa pavilions, six dining outlets and a vast reef that’s perfect for swimming.

Or for B29,000/night ($1,190/night), you could book an Ocean View Pool villa, which comes with an outdoor pool perched overlooking the sea.