Check In: Phuket

Phuket is undergoing a makeover. New resorts in or near Thailand's capital of sun and sleaze are cleaning up the island's image, with chic, boutique properties popping up wherever you cast your sunglassed gaze. Leading the charge is Sanctuary Resorts. The Hong Kong-based, eco-conscious developer recently opened two facilities in the area.

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Just an hour's drive from Phuket airport lies Khao Lak on the mainland and better known among divers as the jumping-off point to the Similan Islands. It's now also home to La Flora, Sanctuary's sleek, 68-room resort. Staff members are clad in black, and...

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