6:04 p.m.: It’s early evening, and as you walk back through sage- and wildflower-dotted meadows to Rosa Alpina Hotel & Spa, you can’t decide which is more impressive: the light hitting the limestone crags of the Dolomites or the fact that you were actually scrambling over boulders up there this morning. Yes, you earned that hearty Tyrolean lunch you enjoyed a few hours ago—fire-grilled steak, local cheeses, and kaiserschmarrn (caramelized pancakes)—in hotel owner Hugo Pizzinini’s 18th-century cabin, which has been part of his family’s private reserve for generations. You can’t quite believe you booked a mountain bike tomorrow to visit the 15th-century church of St. Catharina in Corvara and its frescoes. And—despite the fact that dinner tonight is at the hotel’s Michelin two-starred restaurant, St. Hubertus—you definitely can’t believe you’re already hungry. $$$
It’s dinnertime, but before you lift a fork of paprika-infused lamb to your lips, you pause again to look at the stars. At Jawai Leopard Camp, a new eight-tent lodge in a remote part of India, there is little man-made light. A half-moon throws a gentle glow on the granite hills, where red-turbaned Rabari herdsmen share their land with hyenas, jackals, and even the leopard your guide pointed out on safari last night. Tomorrow you may visit the UNESCO World Heritage site Kumbhalgarh Fort or bird-watch at Jawai Bandh reservoir, but now you have just one item on your agenda: ducking into your creature-comfort-filled canvas tent for the kind of sleep that only comes after a day in the wild. All-inclusive.
4:07 p.m.: It’s the colors that strike you first. Above your rattan lounge chair on Tiger Blue, a wooden schooner sailing through Indonesia’s West Papua province, blood-red sails billow against the sky. Luminous green forests seem to glow on shore. All around, the water glistens azure, turquoise, and, in the shallows, a pale crystalline aquamarine. You’ve already hiked island slopes and snorkeled with sea turtles and manta rays, so perhaps it’s time for a nap in a shaded hammock? This evening, you’ll moor alongside a sheltered beach for a lobster barbecue; later, though there are four spacious cabins aboard, you might sleep on linen-covered cushions under the stars. And why not? Other than the crew, there’s no one to disturb you for miles.