Here, a fresh crop of Asian retreats.
The newest addition to southern Bali's Nusa Dua district is the Balé (Jalan Raya; 800/525-4800 or 62-361/775-111;; doubles from $320). Its 20 white-stone pavilions are wonderfully designed—a cross between Greek temples and Japanese ryokans. • The 40-room Tamarind Village (50/1 Rajdamnoen Rd.; 66-053/418-8969;; doubles from $95) gives Chiang Mai the one attraction it's been missing—a chic hotel in the moat-surrounded old city. Its design takes cues from northern Thailand's wooden temples and boldly colored textiles. • Surrounded by jade-green mountains, Taiwan's Lalu (142 Jungshing Rd., Yuchr Shiang Nantou; 886-049/285-5678;; doubles from $360) has unobstructed views of Sun Moon, the largest freshwater lake in the country. At the minimalist resort, there's a range of restaurants (Chinese teahouse, sushi bar) and a spa with herbal steam rooms, aromatic saunas, and plunge pools. • Authenticity is the key to the soon-to-open Cocoa Island (Makunufushi, South Malé Atoll, Maldives; 960/441-818;; doubles from $480), where employees wear traditional island dress, the 30 suites are souped-up replicas of dhoni (Maldivian fishing boats), and a katheeb (an island chief) blows a conch shell to mark the start and end of each day.