Thailand – KOH LIPE

Best for: Hopeless romantics and honeymooners

When you picture a Thai island, you’re probably thinking of somewhere like Koh Lipe. Often said to have the most beautiful beaches in Thailand, Koh Lipe is one of the 51 islands that make up Tarutao Marine Park, down south near the border of Malaysia. It’s got the dreamy combination of remoteness (far fewer tourists than Phuket or Samui), picture-perfect beaches and luxury hotels.

The island is small enough to explore on foot, perhaps hand-in-hand with your loved one. Pattaya Beach (pictured) is the busiest of the beaches and home to most of the island’s nightlife, while Sunset Beach is the quietest and most secluded. Snorkelling, diving and tours of nearby islets are readily available, although you might prefer to spend your time getting couples’ massages at one of the exclusive resorts.

STAY
Situated at the back of Sunrise Beach, Idyllic Concept Resort is a self-consciously stylised place, rather than the usual thrown-together Thai beach bungalows; the pool is dark-tiled with a teak pool bar, and the 38 rooms are highly finished and contemporary.

Source: cntraveller.com