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22. A 45-minute boat-and-cab trip from St. Mark's Square, in the seaside resort town of Jesolo, the HB hotel is an all-white, 1960's structure that was once the area's top hotel, before it slowly sank into disrepair. Then, new owner Marina Boccato changed its name from the fusty-sounding Bellevue to the pencil-sharp HB. She revamped the 64 rooms and replaced outmoded lobby furnishings with wicker sofas, white cushions, and cacti in giant pots. The negatives: bathrooms are old-fashioned in an unbecoming way (though plans are afoot to renew them), and the beach is often packed, elbow-to-elbow. 100 Via Oriente, Jesolo Pineta; 39-0421/961-233; www.hbjesolo.it; doubles from $149; open May 1-September 15.

23. Sardinia The 47-room La Coluccia—near the small town of Santa Teresa di Gallura—is ideal for couples craving undisturbed beach time. The stretch of sand alongside the hotel is so remote, there's no danger of guests getting distracted by Sardinia's famously high-octane social life. The only decision to make is whe-ther to sunbathe by the gleaming free-form pool, take a boat trip to the nearby archipelago of La Maddalena, or build sandcastles on the beach. As is typical of a Mediterranean village, the hotel is whitewashed, though it combines an arrestingly modern design scheme (wave-shaped façade, mosaic-lined tubular showers) with traditional details such as a juniper branch-covered arbor. Località Conca Verde, Santa Teresa di Gallura; 39-0789/758-004; www.mobygest.it; doubles from $322.

24. South Tirol The only way to reach the Vigilius Mountain Resort atop Monte San Vigilio is by cable car. Once there, guests can ski (in winter), go Nordic walking (in summer), or indulge in a bath of warm hay, gathered from surrounding meadows (year-round). But the main attraction is architect Matteo Thun's ingenious design: from above, the hotel resembles a fallen log; untreated larch slats on the façade blend with the sur-rounding woods; grass grows on the roof; the quartz-tiled thermal pool overlooks the pine trees. The 41 rooms have heated stone screens separating bath and bed zones, and minimalist furniture from B&B Italia. The only downside is Ristorante 1500, where some dishes—sheep's cheese-crusted lamb with olive gnocchi—are a tad heavy for those on a health regime. Vigiljoch, Lana Südtirol; 39-0473/556-600; www.vigilius.it; doubles from $341.

25. Tuscany Water, not wine, is the point at the Antinori family's beachfront Tombolo Talasso Resort, one of Italy's first thalassotherapy spas. In a 1930's structure, the lobby (wicker chairs with animal-print cushions; coconut mats) is pleasant enough. But the décor in the rooms (a pastiche of checked and floral fabrics and kitschy seascape paintings) doesn't quite hit the spot. Still, you won't be fretting over the color scheme once you're wallowing in the waters of the five pools in the faux-cave spa. Will it be the seawater massage bed, the warm waterfalls, or the relaxation pool with colored lights?3 Via del Corallo, Marina di Castagneto Carducci; 39-0565/74530; www.tombolotalasso.it; doubles from $434.

Valerie Waterhouse is a correspondent for Travel + Leisure.


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