Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee
Tucked into the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains is an unexpectedly elegant retreat for those with a bucolic yen. Luxe, private cottages dot the sprawling, vibrant functional farm—where you can also find some of the best food and wine in America. (The wine program here won a James Beard Award!) Blackberry’s aficionados love its top-notch service, rolling green hills, babbling brooks, farm animals, and gorgeous vistas. It’s expensive, but arguably worth it, especially if you love food: Two women chefs helm the fabulous culinary program, and their delicious meals (excepting booze) are included in the price of your stay.
Lewa Safari Camp, Kenya
Adventurous animal lovers come here in droves—a “safari camp” in Kenya where sweet touches might include staffers putting hot water bottles in your beds to warm them before you sleep. Most people come, of course, to gaze at white rhinoceroses, ostriches, giraffes, zebras, cheetahs, and gazelles. Packages start at $395 per night and include day trips, house drinks, and taxes, and full board. (“Once you’re there, where else are you gonna eat?” laughs a Lewa rep.)
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Villa Borobudur, Indonesia
Seeing Borobudur, a stunning ancient stone monument outside Yogyakarta in Central Java, is one of those blow-your-hair-back moments you remember for a lifetime. So spend a night somewhere peaceful, to get in the proper mindset. Here, half the rooms feature all-inclusive options such as rides to and from Yogyarta or Solo, private pools and verandas, and dreamy views of the world heritage site itself. The whole vibe here is turned way down … in the best way.
Viceroy Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
With a true all-inclusive package that includes food, wine, cocktails, and top-notch service, this Mexican resort gets rave reviews for both its knockout vistas and its culinary overachiever attitude. (A random Tuesday might be a tequila blanco-and-ceviche tasting, for example.) Private villas replete with secluded plunge pools complete the super-luxe feel.
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Huka Lodge, Taupo, New Zealand
This recipient of our “World’s Best Award” is in the North Island of New Zealand. Expect a grand, stately lodge, the charming service typical of Kiwis, and superlative touches such as a private breakfast overlooking the Waikato River. (Book in advance!) We love the couples-only package here, which includes pre-dinner drinks, five-course dinners, three-course lunches, full country breakfasts, two couples’ massages, and a private trout fishing expedition on Lake Taupo.
Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages & Spa, Turks & Caicos
A 45,000 square foot waterpark is the centerpiece of this super-family-friendly Caribbean resort, where the shimmering beach is complemented by a bevy of tot-friendly activities. There’s the water park, sure, but there’s also a camp, a “DJ Academy” where your kid can learn to rock the decks, scuba-diving lessons, and spas and cocktails aplenty for grownups.
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Club Med Peisey-Vallandry, French Alps
A ski-in, ski-out resort with gorgeous vistas of the French Alps, this Club Med outpost has larger rooms, a more elegant feel, and more varied perks—such as a Turkish bath, a tea room, and a restaurant devoted to local specialties like fondue and Raclette—than some of its Med siblings. Interconnecting rooms in some suites are ideal for families whose dream vacation is one on the slopes.