This hotel in Phuket wins soo many points for convenience (it's ten minutes from the airport) but that's just for starters. The design by Bill Bensley is a major pull, inspired by the island's industrial history as a tin mine. I hate to use the term industrial chic, but that's exactly what the vibe is and he's made fine work of it. There are three pools (two of which are - hurrah - just for adults) and a bunch of good restaurants, including the romantic Black Ginger, which can only be reached by a rope-pulled raft. So cool. When I last visited, I finally booked in for a treatment in The Nest at the spa - a cocoon-like treatment room suspended from a Banyan Tree. As you do. It was wonderful. For something more low-key one night, there's a row of beachfront bars and restaurants about two minutes away. Oh, and the massages are a fraction of the price here, too. To travel to the Indigo Pearl from the UK is surprisingly hassle-free - one direct flight, one ten-minute transfer and ta-da, you're in Thai paradise.