Anantara Si Kao Resort and Spa, Thailand
With the Andaman Sea on one side and tropical jungle on the other, Anantara Si Kao is already one up on your average beach resort. Add luxury trimmings (Ayurvedic spa, restaurants, glorious pools for little and large swimmers), plus a few extras (private-island beach club, 60-foot yacht) and you’ve got the makings of a perfect holiday. The relatively undeveloped Trang Province offers plenty of back-to-nature outings, including sea-kayaking in Had Chao Mai National Park and breathtaking boat rides through the enchantingly named Emerald Cave. But if your idea of getting away from it all includes a healthy dose of me-time, the Dugong Club will take care of your children with a host of edifying pastimes, from kite-making to Thai language lessons. Meanwhile, lap up the sun beneath super-sized cocktail umbrellas and let the gentle breeze unruffle your feathers.
198–199 Moo 5, Had Pak Meng, Changlang Road, Changlang Beach, Maifad, Sikao, Trang 92150, Thailand. Tel: 006 67520 5888. Prices from £246 per night. Extra beds for older children cost £38 per night, including breakfast.