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50 Most Romantic Places, 2005

Salvina
ITALY
A new minimalist Mediterranean resort puts the Aeolian Island of Stromboli's long-overlooked neighbor, Salvina, on the map. The 13 rooms, five suites, and stellar restaurant at Capofaro Malvasia & Resort occupy seven whitewashed, flat-roofed cottages set amid vineyards. When the volcano on Stromboli throws sparks at night,the faro (lighthouse) and the archipelago are illuminated.
DOUBLES FROM $230; 39-090/984-4330; www.capofaro.it

Bebengan
BALI
Carved out of verdant jungle and centuries-old taap trees, this tiny (population 300) Hindu farming village on the Penet River isn't far from the beaches of Kuta. Check into one of six thatched-roof villas at the Sukhavati Retreat and indulge in yoga classes and lulur treatments.
VILLAS FROM $190; 62-361/742-2928; www.sukhavatiretreat.com

ADRENALINE HIGHS

Four Seasons Whistler
BRITISH COLUMBIA
The newest addition to the Four Seasons family in North America hugs the base of Blackcomb Mountain, just 90 miles north of Vancouver. Après-ski here means having the concierge arrange a dogsled ride through the forest to an alfresco dinner for two, served under a heated canopy.
DOUBLES FROM $529; 800/819-5053; www.fourseasons.com/whistler

Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Adventure
BELIZE
Chaperoned by a local guide, a daring couple can hike 90 minutes through the rugged rain forest of central Belize, then rappel down a dark, 300-foot limestone sinkhole in the forest floor to a series of underground caves ending in the ultimate secluded honeymoon "suite": a candlelit chamber decked out with champagne and a bed strewn with flowers.
ONE-NIGHT CAVE ADVENTURE $575; 501/822-2800; www.cavesbranch.com

La Pleta Hotel & Spa
ARAN VALLEY, SPAIN
A 3 1/2 hour drive from Barcelona, La Pleta Hotel & Spa adds another dash of style to ski-lodge living. Rise early to hit the 5,000-foot slopes or take a stroll through nearby hamlets with fifth-century Romanesque churches. End with a vin cau (hot wine) nightcap on the lodge's wraparound deck.
DOUBLES FROM $220; 34-973/645-550; www.rafaelhoteles.com

Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort
SANTA CATARINA, BRAZIL
At Ponta dos Ganchos Resort, a 20-bungalow retreat spread over 20 acres of Brazilian beachfront, a rain forest looming just beyond the shore and a fishing village provide the only land action—but the turquoise waters of the Arvoredo Biological Marine Reserve, less than an hour away, sustain a rainbow of aquatic life, from 300-pound green sea turtles to tiny pocket-size sea horses.
DOUBLES FROM $255; 55-48/262-5000; www.pontadosganchos.com.br

Blixen's Africa
EASTERN AND SOUTHERN AFRICA
Now anyone can relive Robert Redford and Meryl Streep's adventure with Blixen's Africa, a travel company founded by a relative of Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen), author of Out of Africa. The family custom- designs safaris to fit any fantasy—from exploring the Okavango Delta by elephant, to running with giraffes in Kenya, to relaxing on the powdery sands of Mnemba Island off Tanzania.
ONE-WEEK SAFARI FROM $15,000 FOR TWO; 888/220-4532; www.blixensafrica.com

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