Perched high on a cliff, among lush tropical forests, the Paresa Resort on Thailand’s largest island offers dramatic views over the turquoise Andaman Sea. Designed by Bangkok-based firm, UKD Architects, the hotel comprises 49 individual villas complete with private infinity pools. For added luxury, the Cielo Residences come with a fully quipped kitchen, a wine cellar and private butler. And should you feel inspired to use the kitchen, daily cooking classes and weekly demonstrations are provided by head chef Ryan Arboleda, who also runs the resort’s two restaurants that serve Thai or Mediterranean fare.