Lodge at Pico Bonito, HONDURAS Twenty-one cabins set between the Caribbean Sea and the Nombre de Dios Mountains. Two hundred acres of tropical rain forest, with more than 300 species of birds. A mountain rising 8,000 feet above the jungle floor. If the numbers don't impress, how about the wildlife: spider monkeys, pumas, jaguars, crocodiles—and precious few humans. In Honduras's only luxury eco-lodge, nature is everywhere. To make the most of it, arrange a guided hike to Unbelievable Falls, tour the butterfly sanctuary, and take dinner for two in the observation tower or on the river deck, with torchlight, stars, and the call of the wild.
Doubles from $170; La Ceiba; 888/428-0221; www.picobonito.com
Udaivilas, INDIA Picture your arrival: you're met at the airport by a car and driver, guided onto a private boat, then ferried across Lake Pichola—past Udaipur's domed lakefront palaces—into the gardens and fountains of the Udaivilas estate. You're led to your suite, tempered with earth tones. From your window, Udaipur, the city of lakes, carved into the desert landscape by Mewari royals in the 16th century, sparkles in the sun. When sensory overload subsides, wind your way through sprawling courtyards to a traditional Kashmiri gondola, where champagne and canapés for two await.
Doubles from $370; Udaipur, Rajasthan; 800/562-3765; www.oberoihotels.com
the middle of nowhere
At the ends of the earth, nobody is watching
Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa, FRENCH POLYNESIA Can living in a fishbowl be intensely private?It can when your fishbowl is one of the glass-bottomed overwater bungalows at this sumptuous private-island resort. You and your Polynesian baby needn't set foot ashore before afternoon; breakfast is served via canoe. Get your land legs back at the hilltop Mandara Spa, with its views of the emerald Otemanu peak and Raiatea and Tahaa islands.
Overwater bungalows from $505; Motu Toopua, Nunue, Bora-Bora; 689/86-48-48; www.luxurycollection.com
Four Seasons Resort Carmelo, URUGUAY You flew into Buenos Aires and took the two-hour boat ride up the Río de la Plata. You checked into your bungalow, had a dip in the pool, then rode on horseback through eucalyptus forests to the beach. You considered a nap in your hand-carved bed, but opted for a rinse in your garden shower. Then dinner at the Pura Restaurant, just the two of you, enclosed behind batik draperies and lit by candles. Now, finally, you're ready for that bed, and a midsummer night's dream.
Doubles from $250; Ruta 21, Km 262, Dpto. de Colonia; 800/332-3442 or 598-542/9000; www.fourseasons.com/carmelo
Fundu Lagoon, ZANZIBAR Just saying "Zanzibar" is sexy; there's something about the way those z's roll off the tongue. A stay on the edge of the Indian Ocean can multiply the effect, especially when you're cosseted in a suite on the beach or up in the hills. Built on stilts and connected by boardwalks, the 20 tented bungalows exude eco-chic comfort, with coconut-wood chairs and the beds swathed in mosquito netting. The stretch of sand that the resort occupies is the farthest you could be from civilization and still have running water.
Doubles from $550; Pemba Island; 255-24/223-2926; www.fundulagoon.com
Hostería Nacional Isla Victoria, PATAGONIA Turquoise Lake Nahuel Huapí and the Andean peaks lie in the distance, and from the 22-room wood-and-steel lodge and its deck (with a heated pool) you can watch the sun dissolve into the lunar Patagonian landscape. The friendly staff helps create romantic rendezvous: from quiet picnics by the shore to horseback riding along 25 miles of wild country roads to moon walks on this isolated island as big as Manhattan.
Doubles from $285, Including meals (two-night minimum stay); Bariloche, Argentina; 54-114/394-9605; www.islavictoria.com