Pack your bucket and shovel – we're off to the beach! From the crystal clear waters of the Andaman Sea to the renowned surfing beaches of northern Spain, join Design Hotels™ on a sun soaked voyage of discovery into warm coastal climes.
The Surin Phuket, Phuket, Thailand
Nestled in the heart of the Andaman Sea, The Surin Phuket is the very picture of sun-soaked bliss. The 103
thoughtfully designed cottages, suites, and studios by architect Edward Tuttle share a private bay with only one
other resort, creating a serene atmosphere, that's removed from the more populous areas in Phuket. Guests can
spend their time snorkeling clear turquoise waters or simply basking in the sun on the pristine white beaches,
cocktail in reach.
Casa de la Flora, Khao Lak, Thailand
The 36 rooms and suites of Casa de la Flora aren't just a luxury offering, but also an adventure filled holiday.
Part of a national park, Khao Lak's unpolluted waters and environmental protection is an idyllic setting for
surfers. The hotel's Guest Service Agents are happy to arrange for individuals to meet with local surfing
experts. And for those opting for idle moments, stretches of flawless beach await – as does the Spa La Casa
where healing hands are on deck to work out any surf-related kinks.
Hotel Miró, Bilbao, Spain
Set in the center of Bilbao, sitting opposite the Guggenheim, Hotel Miró and its 50 rooms provide an ideal
escape for both city slickers and watersport enthusiasts. Without leaving the city, paddle surfers can cruise the
Nervión river, surrounded by buildings from some of the world's top architects. A short 20 minute metro ride
from the hotel are some of Spain's best beaches for surf and relaxation. Mundaka, (located in Unesco's
Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve) is 40 minutes outside of the city, offering-up what is considered the best left side
wave in the world for the avid surf buffs among us.
The Library, Koh Samui, Thailand
The year-round sun on the island of Koh Samui means a never-ending summer where the distinct red styling of
The Library pops against the turquoise sea. Here, stimuli abound at the 26-room hotel with the re-launched
Beach Bar on Chaweng Beach which hosts live acoustic music during late afternoons, while The Page
restaurant is perfect for leisurely dinners. Guests are encouraged to take advantage of the complimentary kayak
and windsurf equipment, or to unwind and relax, with book in hand, on oversized mattresses on the beachside
terrace, next to the signature crimson swimming pool.