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After running restaurants in SoHo and Cape Town, Geoffrey Murray left the urban grind to create a fresh-from-the-earth concept at North Island, Seychelles. New chef David Godin continues the tradition with breadfruit-and-citronella soup, Creole octopus curry, and bananas St. Jacques. www.north-island.com

The minuscule 10-seat dining counter of Kyoto's Yoshikawa Inn focuses on tempura specialties: whitefish, tiny shrimps, bamboo, shiitake, fiddlehead fern, and sweet potato, all dipped in roiling oil in a perfectly polished copper wok. Truly superb. www.kyoto-yoshikawa.co.jp

Luca Mazzola at Villa Amistà restaurant, in Verona's Byblos Art Hotel, makes his own bread and grows his own vegetables; it shows in the exceptional flavors and textures of his cuisine. www.worldhotels.com

Fasano at the Hotel Fasano, in São Paulo, has it going on, looks-wise (soaring ceiling, incredible wine rack, plenty of models and celebrities) and substance-wise (faultless authentic Italian cuisine from chef Salvatore Loi). www.fasano.com.br

The enchiladas at Cielo, at Ventana Inn & Spa in Big Sur, with perfectly smoky mole sauce and just-made guacamole, have been on the menu for years for good reason. Pair them with a Negra Modelo and the view down the coast toward San Simeon, and you know you're in California. www.ventanainn.com

Caprice, at the new Four Seasons Hong Kong, is dazzling—with inlaid glass panels and flooring, East-meets-West detailing, panoramic views of Victoria Harbour, and modern cuisine from the former sous-chef at the Four Seasons Georges V in Paris. www.fourseasons.com

Is there anything more indulgent than opening your door, padding across a lush lawn in your pajamas and bare feet, and picking your own grapefruit at the Mojave Resort in Palm Desert, California? No. This is exactly why you schlepped here all the way from Duluth. www.hotelmojave.com

Gae Aulenti designed the romantic, whimsical champagne and raw bar on the terrace at Le Sirenuse to highlight one of Positano's most spectacular views of the Mediterranean. www.sirenuse.it

The crowd is always an eclectic mix, but during the South by Southwest music festival in March, the bar at Austin's Driskill Hotel cannot be beat for off-the-charts rock-star spotting. www.driskillhotel.com

Establishment Hotel, in Sydney, is the heart of the city's late-night action, with top-notch bars, lounges, and clubs—not to mention one of Sydney's best restaurants, Est., only steps from your room or suite. www.establishmenthotel.com

A flute of Lanson rosé at the Bar Fontainebleau at Paris's Le Meurice—the perfect place to admire the parading beau monde during Fashion Week. www.meuricehotel.com

The Lobby Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental in New York has a heart-stopping 35th-floor view over all of midtown Manhattan and serves Harushika Tokimeki sparkling sake. www.mandarinoriental.com/newyork


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