Surin — Phuket, Thailand
Paris-based architect Ed Tuttle put Phuket on the design map when he conceived the Chedi resort many years ago, and now he has given it a new lease of life under the name Surin. Tuttle, who made his name by working on the Park Hyatt Place Vendome and many of the Aman Resorts, teamed up with Bangkok-based designer Jon Vorapot Somton to give the hotel a fresh, light and airy feel, incorporating local materials, traditional Thai designs and modern amenities. The 108 thatched-roof cottages have private verandas and secluded sun decks. And the Lomtalay Thai Restaurant, overlooking Pansai Bay, has an excellent selection of seafood. The location is also a winner, being just 20 minutes from the airport and the party destination that is Patong Beach.