PRICE: Punchy but doesn’t blow the budget
The Ratcha, on the tiny island of Koh Ratcha Yai, 35 minutes south of Phuket, is one of those hidden hotels that we long to discover. It’s chic castaway credentials are unquestionably perfect. Pared back, white washed buildings and a rooftop infinity pool front paradisiacal palms and a picture-perfect beach.
Style and sophistication ooze out its sun-kissed pores. It is the embodiment of tropical living. Whether you are serenely gliding between the open reception and bar, thatched beach front restaurant or the cascading garden pool, you’ll feel your every need is catered for. In fact, with a selection of dining options to tickle all tastebuds, a sensational spa and watersports from paddleboarding to scuba diving, The Ratcha will fulfill all of your discerning requirements.
There is a predictably extensive selection of categories when it comes to the sublime villas and suites. What they all have in common is a space and understated elegance. They are mercifully free of vernacular clutter and exquisitely equipped with mod cons from espresso machines to Bose sound docks. Scents of lemongrass and lavender waft on the breeze as each room is individually perfumed according to its occupants wishes.
The Ratcha is easily accessible from Phuket. The hotel offers two scheduled speedboat transfers per day and private speedboat transfers are available if required. All transfers are subject to weather conditions.
The Junior Pool suites are sublime. Sea-facing with internal spa pools, they are a true treat. If the Amex allows, push the boat out and opt for a Grand Pool Suite. You won’t be disappointed by the stunning sea view from the private infinity pool.
On your doorstep
Beautiful Batok Bay with its white sand and clear turquoise waters sits in front of the hotel. Owing to its perfection, it receives more than its fair share of day trippers from Phuket.