Wa­ter, Baby

Is there any­thing as calm­ing as a vast ex­panse of blue? Thai­land’s beaches, Mi­ami’s warm sea and Perth’s Swan River are some of our favourite watery op­tions

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Thai­land Koh Yao Noi, Phuket’s sleepy jun­gle neigh­bour, is about to get no­ticed. Take a 45-minute speed­boat ride from Phuket through rock for­ma­tions wor­thy of a James Bond film, drive through steamy forests and tiny vil­lages filled with hap­pily wav­ing chil­dren, and then—wow. A 10-bed­room villa awaits, fea­tur­ing a vast in­fin­ity pool, tow­er­ing palms and sweetly scented trop­i­cal blooms, all a peb­ble’s throw away from the beach. Ani Villa is the brand-new brain­child of a mil­lion­aire ex-banker who has built four uber-luxe vil­las around the world: two in the Caribbean, one in Sri Lanka and now this one in Thai­land. With four mem­bers of staff to ev­ery guest—in­clud­ing chefs, masseuses, mixol­o­gists and per­sonal train­ers—stay­ing at an Ani Villa gets you ser­vices akin to the most ex­clu­sive of ho­tels with­out the an­noy­ance of hav­ing to deal with other peo­ple (or their chil­dren). There’s a three­storey-high wa­ter­slide for younger fam­ily mem­bers, a bar in the pool for the older ones, a spa, bikes, ca­noes, a speed­boat and a fab­u­lous ar­ray of Thai food for ev­ery meal. Even bet­ter, part of the re­sort’s pro­ceeds go to the newly built art academy on the is­land, which teaches lo­cal Thais to draw and paint pro­fes­sion­ally. anivil­las.com

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