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This archipelago nation comprised of 1,192 of comprised of 1,192 sugar-sand-ringed islands and atolls in the brilliant blue waters of the Indian Ocean is a daydream realized. Barefoot luxury beckons romance seekers in search of the ultimate hideaway on a private island resort. One such spectacular castaway destination is this propery of 45 overwater villas, endless watersports, a full-service spa with open-air treatment rooms, and a food program that's nearly entirely plant-based. The dynamic culinary team offers a special curry flight that showcases 10 different types of curry from a variety of countries (room rates start at $1,394 a night).
In the chic yet untouristed beach town of Trancoso, Brazil, global-minded guests feed mind, body, and spirit at this zero-waste enclave of 13 individual casa, all crafted by local artisans using sustainably sourced materials. Like its decor and cuisine, programming at the property focuses on a holistic approach to whole living and community support. UXUA Vida, the healing spa, is a centerpiece. Here, under the tutelage of Dr. Julian Hamamoto, wellness programming includes custom juice flights crafted from locally grown fruits and herbs specifically formulated for desired results (room rates start at $445 a night).
In celebration of one of its most talked-about moments 20 years ago — Suntory Time — in the memorable Lost in Translation, a cinematic masterpiece that artfully showcased this grand dame luxury hotel, the towering Park Hyatt hosts Suntory whiskey flights. In the New York Bar (made famous by Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson in the film), guests savor a trio of the whiskeys that trace the history and evolution of the esteemed brand. Additional marquee hotel amenities include an indoor pool with Mt. Fuji views, oversized soaking tubs, and impeccable service (room rates start at $833 a night).
There's something different about waking up and smelling the morning's first cup of Joe when you are in one of the world's most prolific coffee-producing countries. At this adults-only hideaway feel in the misted rainforest below the Arenal Volcano — which itself is a postcard-perfect phenomenon that helps create the namesake healing waters of the resort's private soaking pools — coffee is an art form. Baristas at the property's dedicated espresso bar, Mi Cafecito, craft coffee flights showcasing beans roasted on-site and featuring different toasts, washes, and growing altitudes (room rates start at $1,140 a night).
At this fit-for-the-big-screen estate that's been owned by the same family for generations in the cinematically-gorgeous hills of Umbria, a celebrated culinary Italian region known for truffles, wine, and chocolate, guests are warmly welcomed to intimate accommodations ranging from personal villas and a private apartment to sumptuous guest rooms. Activities at the 18,000-acre expanse include farm tours, olive grove visits, strolling the winery and, of course, savoring all of its bounty. The honey-tasting flight, led by the head gardener, showcases the beehives. after which guests are treated to a series of sweet honeys to sample (room rates start at $1,800 for a two-person villa).
History buffs, art lovers, and monarchists all repose in regal style at this stately manor near Balmoral Palace, a summer home of the House of Windsor in the Scottish Highlands. Along with 46 individually appointed accommodations designed in homage to famous guests, the hotel boasts more than 112 works of art, including one created by Queen Victoria. Traditional experiences include tartan design (guests work alongside textile designers to craft a bespoke plaid), guided castle routs with local historians and an on-site Whiskey Afternoon Tea. The four-whiskey flight is paired with sweet treats to compliment the spirits; flavor profiles (room rates start at about $405 a night).