What: A five star resort surrounded by 20 acres of landscaped tropical waterways and water gardens filled with lotus ponds.

Where: Facing the Gulf of Siam, the Evason resort is located approximately three hours from Bangkok.

Why: A must for those seeking nothing other than tranquility in luxurious surroundings. The suites, studios and beachfront studios are arranged in eight low-rise buildings in delightful tropical garden setting, along with the two restaurants and bar. Studios have a terrace furnished with daybeds which can be draped with mosquito netting at night for sleeping under the stars. If optimum seclusion is what one is looking for, guests have the option of residing in one of the 40 private on-site villas, each of which has its own plunge pool and outdoor bathtub. The main attraction here, however, is the holistic Six Senses Spa, which aims to relax and revitalize through a tantalizing menu of therapies. The treatments rooms are in a cluster of beehive shaped huts that appear to be floating on the tropical lotus ponds, accessed by the wooden walkways that pervade the resort. Signature treatments include The Sensory Spa Journey, a four-hand simultaneous massage of face and body; face reflexology, acupressure and face and body treatments using the entirely natural Sodashi preparations.