The old-world, Sino-Thai fad comes to hospitality.

If we were to spend just shy of B6,000/night on a Samui resort right now, it would be this one: the revamped Anantara Lawana Koh Samui (

Reopening on Dec 10 after a big interior makeover, the new look sees the Sino-Thai styling turned up to 11, with Chinese lamps, antique furnishings and over-the-top upholstery designed in league with local artists.

Each room comes with a character of its own, as well as a wider terrace with comfortable sun lounger—perfect to relax without the interference of Chaweng Beach’s party crowd. Instead, the resort sits on a quieter beach nearby that’s still only a short ride away from the local bars.

Rates start at B5,600/night, though the Seaview Pool Villa at B17,470/night is the one you really want.

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