Paro Valley, Bhutan
Where to Stay: Uma by Como, Paro
Why we love it: The 29-room resort is decadent, yet culturally authentic; it’s situated on a hillside with a breathtaking view of the Paro Valley
What you’ll do there: Enjoy a picnic on a peak overlooking a mountainous enclave; relax in one of the private Bhutanese hot stone bathhouses
Rates: start at $700 per night for a one-bedroom villa
Where to stay: The Datai Langkawi
Why we love it: It’s a contemporary retreat located in an ancient secluded rainforest, with caves and waterfalls just steps away. Thegorgeous villas have spectacular views from every angle.
What you’ll do: Take a nighttime rainforest walk, a cruise along the Kilim river or a Thai cooking class.
Rates: $3,100 per night for a Beach Villa
Desert Islands, Abu Dhabi
Where to stay: Desert Island Resort & Spa by Anantara
Why we love it: Located on the little-known island of Sir Bani Yas, the property sits between rolling sanddunes and the gorgeous Arabian Gulf. Villas have private pools and direct beach access.
What you’ll do there: Have a private candlelit dinner on the beach, a couples’ massage overlooking the Arabian Gulf, or ride an Arabian horse at the Sir Bani Yas Stables.
Rates: start at $518 per night in a Deluxe Seaview Room
Guacalito de la Isla, Nicaragua
Where to stay: Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa in Nicaragua
Why we love it: The brand new $250 million boutique resort opened in February of this year; the villas have garden showers and 24-hour butler service.
What you’ll do there: Take the Flor de Caña rum distillery tour, which starts with a private helicopter ride over Pacific beaches and a volcanic mountain range
Rates: start at $550 per double per night
Mnemba Island, Tanzania
Where to stay: andBeyond Mnemba Island Lodge
Why we love it: It’s a secluded paradise—the private island has only 10 bandas and hosts no more than 20 guests at a time
What you’ll do there: Enjoy a seafood feast in a custom-built Mchanga ngome—a “sandcastle dining room”; dive with dolphins or snorkel around the Mnemba reef
Rates: starting at $790 per night
Jose Ignacio, Uruguay
Where to Stay: Playa Vik
Why we love it: The resort itself is an avant-garde architectural masterpiece boasting six glass-walled casas, each filled withunique contemporary art
What you’ll do there: Take in the sunset over cocktails at the on-property firepit; dinner in the wine cellar; a midnight swim in the cantilevered pool with fiber optic lights
Rates per night: starting at $1250 per night