The Robb Report 100 Resorts: Asia & the Pacific: Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

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  • Cynthia Rosenfeld

Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Krabi, Thailand

In The Man with the Golden Gun, Roger Moore chased would-be assassins between the prehistoric karst outcroppings in Thailand’s Phang Nga Bay. But the Bond movie barely skimmed the surface of this Andaman Sea spectacle, of which guests of the 2-year-old Phulay Bay—the first and still the only Ritz-Carlton Reserve property—have an unparalleled view. Phulay Bay is a collection of 54 decadent suites and villas equipped with 13-foot-wide beds and set on a picturesque beach outside Krabi, a port town just east of Phuket on the Thai mainland. Guests can swim into the calm of Phang Nga Bay and snorkel among turtles, sea horses, and kaleidoscopic coral. Visitors can also take a Thai longtail boat, catamaran, or speedboat out to see the karst formations—plus deserted beaches and protected mangroves—up close. ($1,200–$5,000) www.ritzcarlton.com

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