These new hotels provide plenty of travel inspiration.
Breathing new life into the former Dewa Phuket Resort is the first Thailand opening from this youthful, affordable group. On Nai Yang Beach, backed by Sirinat National Park, Cachet is a sleek looking place dominated by black marble, polished concrete floors and deep mahogany. Rates start at B3,200/night. www.cachetphuketdewa.com
BaBa Beach Club
Phuket’s luxurious Sri Panwa joins the beach club craze on Natai Beach with this opening as much about parties on the sand as glam accommodation. Sitting on 42 rai of pristine oceanfront land, it offers 16 villas and suites whose B18,000/night entry point ensures that this will be one very exclusive club. There’s a modish energy to the mix of Sino-Portuguese-inspired decor, enlivened by royal blues and splashes of orange. In the middle of it all, the Baba Bar stands primed for beach parties with DJs flown in from around the world. The property promises it’ll have music blaring from day to night, with rooms outfitted with the best sound systems for when you want to take the party indoors. www.bababeachclub.com
This Old Town hotel has taken up residence in an unassuming townhouse—easily identified by its bright facade, tall windows and zebra crossing entranceway. Head on upstairs past rows of vibrant green potted plants and you'll find an exclusive three guest rooms, each with a fresh white and blue color scheme. The Superior Room starts at B1,500, while the Deluxe Room at B2,000 comes with its own balcony—ideal for observing the surrounding Indo-Chinese architecture and local goings on. For larger groups or a special occasion, the Suite Room (B3,000) comes with a guest room, bathtub and balcony. www.fb.com/xinlorhouse
German full-board hospitality brand Robinson Club has just opened its first Thailand location on a serene 13km stretch of beach near Phuket’s mainland neighbor, Khao Lak. Taking over the former space of Pullman Khao Lak with a 320-room, nine-swimming-pool resort covering 280,000 sq meters, this is the group’s biggest project to date. Packages start from B8,000/night. goo.gl/MuYtW6