FOR PLEASURE: One of the most wonderful hotels my husband and I ever stayed in was Le Royal Meridien Baan Taling Ngam in Koh Samui, Thailand. It's very romantic, located on a cliffside with a walk down to the most amazing and beautiful beach. The beds are huge, the bathrooms have big sunken baths, the hotel offers Thai massages, and the restaurants are excellent. It also has an infinity pool with a bar in the middle. The staff wear beautiful white uniforms and look very neat and tidy, and they're extremely friendly. Koh Samui itself is a beautiful island and although we were there for only five nights, we spent some time exploring. We took a boat out and picnicked on the beach of a neighbouring island, and also hired a jeep and drove around Koh Samui. But mostly we just rested, as we'd both been working really hard back in the UK. I wouldn't go back at the moment because we've got four children under the age of seven and it's too far to travel, but I'd love to return one day. Another hotel we have found that is good if you have children is Babington House in Somerset.
Christian Rucker is founder of The White Company.