Private Island Paradise: The Naka Island offers total privacy in Thailand The Naka Island, one of Thailand’s most private island resorts, opened in November 2011. Set in Thailand’s southernmost province just off the coast of Phuket, The Naka Island is nestled among stunning beaches and lush coconut groves with views of the Andaman Sea and Phuket coastline. The only resort on the island, The Naka Island is a hidden Thai treasure of relaxation and privacy, offering the area’s largest luxury spa and exclusive access to pristine beaches. The resort is accessible only by private boat.
The Naka Island has only 67 villas—all magnificently appointed with private plunge pools and tropical gardens. The exceptionally large villas are designed in classic tropical island style, with architecture and décor reflecting the indigenous culture and island surrounds. The villas feature open-air bathrooms, spacious outdoor areas, and Sala pavilions.
Each guest on The Naka Island has an Experience Guide, who serves as a personal butler, concierge, and guest relations officer and will uniquely tailor the guest’s experience. The resort features Tonsai, an all-day dining restaurant in a casual, beautiful seaside setting. For the ultimate alfresco dining, My Grill, an open beachside grill house, offers fresh seafood and steaks with a southern Thai influence. The property also boasts an extensive wine cellar, and, of course, spectacular sunset views. Through March 2012, the resort is offering special grand opening packages and rates.
Angsana Laguna Phuket
Perfect Phuket In Thailand, Angsana Laguna Phuket, the newest resort within Laguna Phuket’s beachside complex, opened in December 2011 following a $30 million refurbishment. Nestled within Bang Tao Bay, Angsana Laguna Phuket occupies the site of the former Sheraton Grande Laguna Phuket. It is the largest Angsana property in Southeast Asia, with 409 rooms and suites ranging from 430 square feet to 5,274 square feet. Treatments at the property’s new Angsana Spa are based on aromatherapy and highlight a fusion of wellness techniques from the East and West. Each of the spa’s 12 indoor treatment rooms is equipped with shower facilities for added privacy. The spa also features a signature rain mist facility, a steam room, a sauna, and a beauty salon. XANA, the resort’s beach club, is set to open March 1 and will feature sun lounges, daybeds, and Mediterranean and Thai cuisine.
El San Juan Resort & Spa
Live It Up! Puerto Rico welcomed Hilton Hotels & Resorts’ El San Juan Resort & Casino in mid-2011. Located five minutes from the airport in the Isla Verde district of San Juan, this destination is the place to see and be seen. Tropical pleasures abound at the pool complex, which offers private cabanas, a concierge, and poolside dining, and, at the epicenter, Encanto Beach Club, featuring an atmosphere that creates the ultimate outdoor party scene. Nine award-winning restaurants provide an assortment of dining choices, from fine Northern Italian cuisine to delectable Southern-style barbeque. When the sun goes down, socialize in any of the dozen bars and lounges located on property—all considered popular components of Puerto Rico’s nightlife scene. The resort also includes a large array of gaming tables and state-of-the-art slots at the casino.