Introduction | Secluded Retreats | City Lights | Into the Wilderness | Along the Shore | Best Values | Urban Classics | Country Grandeur | Beachfront Property | Rustic Lodges | Inns and Country Houses | Overwater Bungalows | Private Islands
The remote island of Mauritius, smack in the middle of the Indian Ocean, might as well have a "Do Not Disturb" sign draped across its emerald shore. Sixteen thatch-and-terra-cotta villas are made for hiding out: each sits in its own walled garden with pool and dining pavilion. Baie Aux Tortues, Pointe Aux Piments, Mauritius; 011-230/204-3600; www.oberoihotels.com; villas with pool from $1,100.
Hotel Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Fifteen bungalows hover above the crystal waters; the best are the ones farthest out in the South Pacific, with uninterrupted vistas of the green volcanoes rising out of the turquoise ocean. Point Raititi, Bora-Bora, French Polynesia; 800/421-1490 or 689/604-411; www.amanresorts.com; bungalows from $800.
Soneva Gili, Maldives
Gili is the little-sister hotel of Soneva Fushi, which set the standard for Robinson Crusoe—type luxury in the region: room service arrives by boat, and you can dine à deux on a platform bobbing in the middle of the lagoon, at whichever time of night you choose. Lankanfushi Island, N. Malé Atoll, Maldives; 800/525-4800 or 960/440-304; www.slh.com; doubles from $630.
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