Outside the waterhouse, Koh Yao Noi, Thailand

The Waterhouse, Koh Yao Noi, Thailand
Good for water babies
Sleeps six
Cost from £284 a week

A soothing soundtrack of bobbing fishing boats, panoramic sea vistas, and sublime sunsets are in store at this over-water holiday house on one of Thailand’s unspoiled islands, Koh Yao Noi or Little Long Island. Located midway between Phuket and Krabi, and accessible by boat from both, the traditional timber stilted house is typical of the architecture of the Muslim south. Low tide reveals mud flats, but it’s a short amble to a fine swimming beach.
• No phone, khaodham.com/listings/waterhouse

Baan Nam beach House Thailand

Baan Nam, Koh Phangan, Thailand

Good for peace seekers
Sleeps 4
Cost from £254 a week

Thailand’s Koh Phangan, near Koh Samui, is best-known for booze-fuelled full-moon parties, but the more serene north-east has isolated sandy beaches such as Tong Nai Pan Noi, with a mellower vibe and good diving. On a hill above the beach, accessible by a walking track, this traditional wooden house in tropical gardens has polished floorboards, rattan walls, a decent kitchen, and a deck with sofa, table and chairs overlooking the sea.
• No phone, holidaylettings.co.uk/rentals/thong-nai-pan/256944

donna beach house, thailand

Donna Beach House, Koh Samui, Thailand

Good for sunset lovers
Sleeps 4
Cost from £553 a week

On the south-western side of the island, Nathon, Koh Samui’s capital, is a real town used by locals rather than a tourist resort. Just north of it is this big timber house set slightly back from the beach. There’s a deck ideal for meals outside, and another table inside by the sleek modern kitchen. The deck is where you’ll want to be for sunset, which the locals claim is the most spectacular on Samui.
• No phone, airbnb.com/rooms/1446549