Amanpuri – the hospitality group's flagship property – is the resort that spawned a global army of 'Aman junkies'. Pool villas may be a dime a dozen on Phuket now, but it was here that the concept started (in 1987, but you'd never know it). The phrase 'timeless elegance' is thrown around a lot, but in no other place do the two words stand truer. The design, which features the enveloping warmth of omnipresent hardwood, borrows elements from traditional Thai temples. The vibe is one of refined luxurious intimacy, an oft-copied but rarely imitated holy grail of bespoke hospitality.