MAITAI LAPITA VILLAGE, HUAHINE, FRENCH POLYNESIA
A hotel with Maitai in the name? It had me at Maitai. This traditional Polynesian hotel village is located on Huahine Island, one of the many intriguing “Society Islands” in French Polynesia. These magic destinations, famous for their mystery and an air of true tiki paradise, are every tropic-hoppers’ dream. Huahine, said to be a Garden of Eden in the South Sea Islands, is true blue beauty. The vibe: your hut is reminiscent of ancient Polynesian canoes, surrounded by fragrant tropical flower gardens, over-looking lily-padded lagoons, and inside it's adorned with authentic island pottery. Vivid green mountains are your backdrop with intoxicating lush vegetation all around you. Pale waters and swaying palms are steps away. Staring into this gorgeous space, your brain will become slushier than your frosty drink.
Misool Eco Resort is a remote dive destination and wildlife conservation centre in southern Raja Ampat, Indonesia, surrounded by crystal clear water, powder-white beaches, coral reefs, and uninhabited islands. If you have ever dreamed of an untouched tropical paradise - this is the place. The 8 Water Cottages are built on stilts over water with reclaimed hardwood and Balinese-style open-air bathrooms. If beaches and privacy is your thing, choose one of the North or South Lagoon Villas. Families and groups of friends will love Villa Utara, overlooking the Fiabacet dive site. Relax in the hammock on your private veranda with nothing but blue and green hues in your view.
Urraca Private Island is a magical ecolodge on a small mangrove island, 30 minutes away from Bocas del Toro, Panama. As you arrive, you will be greeted by the island's owner Francine, as well as a gang of friendly monkeys - the main residents of the island, along with Quiso, the kinkajou. There are 5 bungalows, connected by wooden paths with nothing but water below your feet. Each bungalow has a private patio and an outdoor shower. Relax on the dock or on one of the hammocks and watch the distant blue horizon and the uninhabited Cayos Zapatilla Islands.
PER AQUUM Niyama is a boutique luxury hotel, 45 minutes away from the Maldivian capital Male by seaplane. Besides the postcard perfect views and high end meals cooked by Michelin star chefs, the hotel offers unparalleled hospitality one would receive from staying one a friend's private island. Choose a Beach Villa set on the white sand or Over the Water Villa floating in the warm Indian Ocean.
Song Saa Private Island Resort is located in Cambodia's Koh Rong Archipelago, on the islands of Koh Ouen and Koh Bong, connected by a hanging bridge over a marine reserve. Choose the Over-Water, Jungle or Ocean-View villa, all built with local sustainable materials with bamboo roofs and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the ocean. Surrounded by virgin rainforests, coral reefs and white gold beaches, Song Saa is a truly untouched private retreat. The staff's hospitality is genuine, immediately making you feel like a part of the family.