Indigo Bay, MOZAMBIQUE Indigo Bay, a 50-chalet resort, is one of just two lodges on Bazaruto Island, 23 miles of wetlands, savanna, and freshwater lakes inhabited by crocodiles. Couples can go horseback riding on deserted shores, picnic by a lake, or take a Land Rover to the pristine white sands of Sailfish Bay. Guests in the Matemo Suite can simply retire to their private swimming pool and tune out the world.
Doubles from $408, suites from $450, including breakfast and dinner; 27-11/467-1277; www.indigobayonline.com
Nannai Muro Alto Beach Resort, BRAZIL Cool bossa nova rhythms blend with Bora-Bora style at Brazil's latest five-star resort. Inside the 49 grass bungalows, flowing fabric surrounds a flower-strewn bed that has views of the swaying palms on the beach. Room service can keep the lime-soaked caipirinhas coming, leaving you time to rock gently in your hammock, then slide into the private freshwater pool that encircles your bungalow.
Doubles from $350, including breakfast and dinner; Ipojuca, Recife; 55-81/3552-2100; www.nannai.com.br
Rock House, THE BAHAMAS Wallace Tutt (who designed the Gianni Versace mansion) just cut the ribbon on this tiny hotel's total makeover. The former schoolhouse, set on a cliff on Harbour Island high above the Atlantic, has taken on the elegance of a plantation manse. The nine airy guest rooms, however, are only half the appeal: massages are given in a cabana by the pool, horseback rides follow the shore, and chartered yachts take guests deep-sea fishing. The chef will pack a picnic for two, then send couples to one of the island's deserted pink-sand beaches.
Doubles from $245; Harbour Island; 242/333-2053; www.rockhousebahamas.com
Soulshine Resort & Spa, BELIZE From Placencia, board a boat for two (plus a captain) and cross a lagoon swirling with dolphins and manatees to a pocket-sized private isle. Five cabanas have been built among the gardens, all designed with pine-floored porches and plush king-sized beds beneath high, Mayan-thatched roofs. Soak by the sea in the spa's Tub Room, where two private baths face each other and the beach. Afterward, sip aperitifs at the end of the dock in twin hammocks.
Doubles from $155, including breakfast; 011-501/523-3347; www.soulshine.com
Turks & Caicos Club, BRITISH WEST INDIES It's easy to pretend that the 21-suite, gated, Caribbean colonial estate on the powder-soft beach of Grace Bay is yours alone: it's so discreetly managed that you'll rarely see another guest, especially on its wide stretch of oceanfront. To avoid an unexpected encounter altogether, retreat to your kitsched-up room with its safari-themed prints, rattan chairs, and waterfront porch. But don't spend all day indoors. The concierge can arrange a full-day whale watching trip, then reserve a table at Simba, where fresh-caught fish is presented beside the beach.
Doubles from $545; Providenciales; 800/269-0966 or 649/946-5800; www.turksandcaicosclub.com
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Hotel Kämp, HELSINKI For visiting artists, royalty, and romantics, this modernized 19th-century hotel is the address to commit to memory. Opulence reigns, from the Venetian chandeliers in the banquet hall and the mahogany and cut-glass entrance of the dining room right down to the Karl Fazer chocolates at turndown. Suites are commonly reserved well in advance: the Mannerheim, regally outfitted in teak and purple-and-gold fabrics; the Kämp, with floral settees, silk valences, and a deep marble soaking tub. Twenty-first-century touches have appeared, now that Starwood has taken over, but if service and style from a bygone era appeal, there's no other place in town.
Doubles from $150; 29 Pohjoisesplanadi; 358-9/576-111; www.luxurycollection.com/kamp