Climb the monumental entrance steps to boutique-chic Hôtel de la Paix Cha-Am Beach near Hua Hin and you can’t help but be awestruck by the audacious design and hushed atmosphere. The dramatic linear architecture by Thai talent Duangrit Bunnag may seem minimal at first pass, but beyond all that concrete and marble is a nest of stylish rooms, guest areas softened by aged timber, shimmering reflection pools and sensual lighting, plus a pristine stretch of sand beckoning you towards the ocean.Built like a Roman bath complex, the spa provides a cool respite from the tropical heat. The limestone treatment rooms encase you in total silence and pretty psychedelic ‘colouramas’ are projected on to the walls. Not that you’ll have your eyes open for long when the therapist gets to work using pressure point techniques and oils from Bali and Phuket to soothe tired muscles. The rejuvenating signature massage blends Thai, Balinese and Swedish styles or opt for a soothing Coconut Bath.