Alila Ubud, Bali
Why go there. In the shadow of Bali’s foothills, this resort is one of Asia’s most eco-friendly. The emphasis is very much on local culture and guests here can immerse themselves in the slow rhythm of traditional Balinese life. What you get. As the resort takes its inspiration from Balinese hillside village, rooms are either perched on stilts among the treetops or have their own garden terraces and open-air bathrooms. The Spa Ahila offers hit-the-spot, plant-based treatments and classes run the gamut from batik workshops and Balinese dancing to beginner’s guides to Hinduism and astrology. Outdoor types can go elephant riding, while-water rafting, climbing and hiking. Eat in Plantation Dining, the resort’s main restaurant, serves modern Indonesian cuisine, such as tempura prawns in angel-hair filo. The wow feature. The award-winning emerald green infinity pool (pictured), which sits in the edge of the Ayung River valley and appears to float above the jungle. Nearest civilization. Although the Alila Ubud feels remote, it’s only a mile from the town of Ubud.
Le Touessrok, Mauritius
Why go there. Overlooking the placid Trou d’ Eau Douce bay on Mauritiu’s east coast Le touessrok offers blissful isolation in chic surroundings. The supermodel’s bath hole of choice, the resort has played host to the likes of Naomi Campbell, Jodi Kidd and Liberty Ross. What you get. Rooms are unstintingly opulent – all Indian quartzite, Madagascan wood and porcelain. There’s a butler on call for every guest, a Givenchy spa on site and all the tennis, windsurfing, waterskiing and sailing you could wish for, as well as amazing Bernhard Langer designed golf course. Those seeking absolute seclusion should head to the resort’s private island, Ilot Mangenie, a 10-minute boat ride away. Eat in. With six restaurants, guests are spoilt for choice. Three Nine Eight serves everything from classic French cuisine to wood-fired-pizza while Safran serves up modern Indian dishes. The wow feature. The suites’ vast stone baths take some beating – made from poured concrete and marble, they'd qualify a sculptural piece of art in a lesser hotel. Nearest civilization. The resort’s about a 50-minute drive from the bright lights of Port Louis. Centre de Flacq, the district’s capital, is a short walk away. The beautiful botanical gardens at Pamplemousses are 10 minutes outside the resort.
Evason Hideaway & Six senses Spa, Hua Hin
Why go there. If you want to realign your chakras in style, then this is the place to do it. Despite the sumptuously appointed rooms, holistic health is take very seriously here, so it’s perfect for those who want to give their souls some sustenance without renouncing earthly pleasures.
What you get. There’s the usual roll call of facilities, including tennis courts, children’s club and gym, but the real draw here is the tailored lifestyle programmes that aim to set guests back on the spiritual straight and narrow. There’s even a designated meditation cave to assist you on your guest to enlightenment. Eat in. As you might expect, a menu of impeccably nutritious food created with ingredients sourced from the hotel’s grounds is available in The Living Room restaurant. Otherwise the Beach Restaurant serves modern Mediterranean. The wow feature. The newly opened Earth Spa – nine clay domes that appear to float above a lily pond – is perfectly feng shuied and stocked with organic products. Nearest civilization. The resort is about 15-minute drive from Hua Hin, a pretty coastal town with plenty of shops and top seafood restaurants.
Intercontinental Grand Resort, Goa
Why go three. Next to the secluded Palolem Beach, the Grand Resort is set in one of the more unspoilt corners of Goa. Perched on a confluence of two rivers, overlooking the Arabian sea, the hotel’ spectacular setting will soothe even the most restive of travelers. What you get. Landscaped gardens that stretch towards the Sahyadri mountain range and elegant, old-colonial style suites that overlook the ocean. There’s a Champneys-managed spa in the grounds that offers Atyrvedic massages, as well as a children’s club, tennis and squash courts and a nine-hole golf course. The hotel has high-speed internet access if you’re itching for contact with the real world. Eat in. Canacona serves gutsy Mediterranean dishes, while Sea BQ offers super-fresh seafood. The wow feature. The hotel’s private beach, an immaculate sweep of pristine while sand, is the most beautiful for miles around. Nearest civilization. Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary is a mile away; closer still is the bustling market town of Chaudi.