The Luxury The JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa, set about 50 miles north of Phuket in Khao Lak, Thailand, offers guests a suite of beach and adventure activities. Visitors can sunbathe on the white-sand shores of the Andaman Sea, float down the nearly 2-mile-long lagoon-shaped swimming pool, or ride an elephant through the dense jungle on a 3-hour tour.
The Value The Elephant Safari Experience includes pool-view rooms, daily breakfast, an elephant-trekking trip for two, and more. Bring the Fall 2010 of Smart Luxury Travel magazine when checking in to receive a 15-minute head and neck massage for two at the resorts Quan Spa. Rates start at $235 a person per night for travel through April 30.
The Catch Thailand is still recovering from the violent political protests in Bangkok last spring.
The Details 011-66-76-584-888 (code ZJ6); marriott.com
From the Fall 2010 issue of Smart Luxury Travel magazine by ShermansTravel.com.
For general trip-planning information, see our Thailand Travel Guide.