Secluded vacations are harder to come by everywhere in the world these days, but Thailand is among the exceptions. The country has hundreds of inlets, islands and bays, covered in stunning tropical landscapes and untouched forest and jungle. The options are boundless when it comes to five-star properties where it’s possible to escape and connect with nature and luxury.

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This beautiful 10-villa resort can be found on the remote island of Ko Yao Noi, halfway between Phuket and Krabi in the middle of Phang Nga Bay (transfer available exclusively via private boat or helicopter, just so you get an idea). The property is designed to reflect Buddhist temples in the country’s north, from an open dining sala floating on the water to traditionally inspired motifs and decorations.

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The island of Ko Yao Noi is the Thailand travelers remember from decades ago, a place of warmth and genuineness with welcoming Southeast Asian culture.

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While removed from the bustle of larger tourist destinations, the island offers a wide range of activities including cave kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, kick boxing instruction, yoga, and cooking classes with the property’s chef.

Ko Yao Noi is an hour’s journey from both Krabi and Phuket international airports. Transfer to the Ani Villas estate is by private boat or helicopter.