Thalang District, Phuket, Thailand
Banyan Tree Phuket is one of the larger five-pearl resorts in Phuket, with over 100 guest villas on sprawling garden grounds that can be difficult to navigate. Manmade lagoons and the Andaman Sea provide beautiful water views. Large villas include luxurious details like private outdoor spaces with hot tubs or pools, designer furniture, and pillow menus. Features here are more akin to what you'd find at an all-inclusive in the Caribbean -- cooking lessons, boat rides, a kids' club, several restaurants, a sandy beach, a freeform pool, yoga, a golf course, bikes, and even a baby elephant for photo opps -- than what's usually on offer in Thailand.