By Brigid Eyley
Eschew the everyday Thai resort in favour of this architectural marvel.
115 Moo 7, Tambol Bangkao
Amphur Cha-Am, Phetchaburi
+66 32 709 555
Designed by one of Thailand’s leading modernist architects Duangrit Bunnag, Hotel Cha, formally Alila Cha-Am offers a stylish and somewhat unconventional take on tropical resort architecture. Local natural materials are used creatively and in abundance. Reflection pools, generous proportions and wide open spaces give the feel of understated, simple airy luxury, a theme which is repeated in the rooms, whether you choose either a suite or a villa. Enjoy the peaceful ambience of the adults only ‘chill’ pool, or try the superb natural spa treatments in the very stylish spa complex. Wile away the evenings on the open air roof top bar and restaurant, Cloud Loft, which overlooks the beach while sampling freshly caught seafood – served contemporary Mediterranean style.