What: An award-winning, luxury health resort, comprised of 57 elegant and private Thai-style pavilions, offering more than 120 different spa treatments that combine Eastern therapies with Western techniques. The dizzying range of treatments and activities include Thai and Shiatsu massage, reiki and tai chi classes, as well as kick-boxing.

Where: Set within 7 acres of lush, tropical gardens on the beachfront of Hua Hin, the royal resort town overlooking the Gulf of Thailand.

Why: Outstanding service guaranteed by a staff-to-guest ratio of 5:1, plus top-rate facilities such as a bathing pavilion for water aerobics, multi-level steam rooms, and plunge pools. The food's not bad either. Chiva-Som's award-winning spa cuisine is so delicious you'll forget it's good for you!