Nangthong Bay Resort

Resort in Hat Khao Lak

The massive turquoise pool at this unpretentious, reasonably priced beach resort dominates lush grounds that ramble to the sand. Free-standing big bungalows follow a minimalist black-and-white chic design, with comfy beds, balconies and open-air showers. Cheaper rooms are set back from the beach. It's popular with holidaying Thai families, and an absolute steal in low season.