Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
This secluded slice of Indian Ocean is paradise for eco-conscious travelers. With powder-soft, white-sand beaches overlooking a coral reef, the 48-villa resort boasts its own Marine Lab, whose work is instrumental in preserving the island’s green sea turtles. The adventurous can join in-house divers in monitoring the reef life; the less so can sponsor conservation projects run by the Lab.
Insider tip: The Sandbank Experience is a must: travel by boat to your own private sandbank and enjoy a gourmet feast under the stars. From $1,084; banyantree.com LINDSAY FRANKEL
A small hotel in the heart of Venice, PalazzinaG is five-star all the way, but somehow remains understated and homely – 4,000 ancient Venetian stones from a demolished farmhouse make up parts of its Philippe Starck-designed interior. If you can, book the Grand Canal Suite – you feel as if you are sleeping on a white cloud, but in the morning you pull open the curtains and realize you are on top of the canal. It is truly romantic.
Insider tip: PalazzinaG is next to one of the best museums in the world for contemporary art, the Palazzo Grassi, owned by François Pinault. From €288; palazzinag.com LIVIA FIRTH
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Book the Banyan Tree’s Beach Villa (above) for total peace and seclusion
The Philippe Starck-designed interior in the Grand Canal Suite adds modern elegancecredits
Photograph: Claudia Sabatino