Tropical Escape: GoldenEye, Oracabessa Bay, Jamaica
Jet-set bohemians and creative types have flocked to GoldenEye since the mid 20th century, when it was the cliff-top getaway of Ian Fleming, who wrote 14 of his James Bond novels here. Fresh from a two-year overhaul courtesy of Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, the property has morphed from private villa for rent into a 22-room hotel. But thanks to Blackwell’s highly personal touch, the mood remains the same: it’s a playground for well-traveled expats from some latter-day Noël Coward play. Fleming’s three-bedroom villa is available for booking and still features the writer’s own desk, carved out of Jamaican red bulletwood and surrounded by windows looking out to the sea.
Oracabessa Bay, St. Mary; 876/975-3354; goldeneye.com; doubles from $536.
High-Rise Glamour: Setai Fifth Avenue, A Capella Managed Hotel, New York City
The rush of midtown Manhattan fades away inside this cocoon of a hotel, a stellar example of streamlined maximalism (the rosewood and marble were flown in from Milan). Part of a 60-story tower, the Setai features faceted windows angled downward for dizzying views of New York at your feet. Each night at nine, a jazz trio plays at the bar off the lobby, supplying that quintessential big-city sound track.
400 Fifth Ave.; 877/247-6688 or 212/695-4005; setaififthavenue.com; doubles from $595.
Mountain Refuge: Ranch at Rock Creek, Philipsburg, Montana
It’s a 100-mile drive from Missoula International Airport to this 6,600-acre spread, but the posh high-mountain pampering is worth it. Ponds are full of trout, cabins come with well-stocked wine fridges and claw-foot tubs, and spa treatments are tailor-made for two. Built from fallen wood found on site, the secluded Trapper Tent has its own hot tub, gas fireplace, and etched-glass windows overlooking Rock Creek.
79 Carriage House Lane; 877/786-1545; theranchatrockcreek.com; from $900 per person, including meals and most activities.
Winter Haven: Hotel Kakslauttanen & Igloo Village, Saariselkä, Finland
In the vast Lapland wilderness, towering pines loom above 40 fireplace-equipped log cabins and 20 domed “igloos” made of thermal glass. From December through April, you can also stay in one of eight real igloos built from snow and equipped with down sleeping bags. The main attraction is the almost surreal setting from which to watch the northern lights—currently on the rise until 2015. The seasonal snow chapel provides a fairy-tale mood for a winter wedding (Finnish ceremony optional).
Great Value 13 Kiilopääntie; 358-16/667-100; kakslauttanen.fi; doubles from $185.