The Beach Tulum, Tulum, Mexico
Appropriately named, The Beach Tulum hotel is a water lover’s dream in the centre of the Riviera Maya’s bohemian paradise. In addition to a private stretch of white sand, this boutique retreat has two winding pools with overwater walkways.
Selman, Marrakech, Morocco
Tremendous terracotta palace turned hotel Selman – just outside Marrakech – offers glamorous guests a sprawling Henri Chenot spa, rooms with French designer flair (adroitly designed by architect Jacques Garcia), a palm-tree-flanked Olympic-size swimming pool and Arabian horse shows with 16 purebred horses.
Singita Sweni, Kruger National Park, South Africa
With only six riverside rooms, this intimate safari lodge on the banks of the Sweni river offers true seclusion. The Kruger National Park surrounds you, offering some of the world's best safari experiences, but the luxurious rooms at Singita Sweni don't compromise on comfort, offering game-viewing decks, indoor/outdoor showers and complimentary minibar.
Azura Benguerra, Benguerra Island, Mozambique
Azura hotel is a castaway fantasy: a remote retreat of luxury thatched villas on the sunny shores of Benguerra Island. Join in with island life, and help out with one of the many conservation projects, or just sit by the clear blue lagoon and watch the tide roll in and out.
Song Saa Private Island , Koh Rong Islands, Cambodia
Cambodia's Sihanoukville may top the backpackers' hitlist, but it's what lies offshore that's caught our eye. Song Saa Private Island hotel in the Koh Rong Islands is an eco-luxe escape spread over a pair of pristine isles, with thatch and stone villas dotted among the jungle canopy or lolling above the sea. Being green-minded has never been so glamorous.
Belle Mont Farm, St Kitts and Nevis, St. Kitts & Nevis
Spread over a tropical, ocean-surveying perch on Kittitian Hill, Belle Mont Farm hotel in Saint Kitts is an everything-you-could-dream-up retreat for gastronomes, golfers and sun-worshippers alike.
Casa Bonita, Dominican Republic, Dominican Republic
Originally a family estate on the Dominican Republic’s rugged and jungle-covered southern coast, Casa Bonita hotel strikes the perfect balance between eco-conscious clean living and tropical luxury. The hundreds of acres now boast an organic garden that supplies the restaurant, private canopy tours just for guests and Caribbean Sea views from every room.
Casas del XVI, Dominican Republic, Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic’s Casas del XVI hotel woos visitors away from the beach for a time-travelling stay in 16th-century settlement and Unesco World Heritage site Colonial City, in Santo Domingo. These city-centre casas, with Spanish-tile floors and palm-shaded courtyards (one with a swimming pool), are attended by personal mayordomos (butlers) who will make you feel as pampered as a member of the Spanish noblesse.
Hotel Christopher, St Barths, St. Barthélemy
Perched above the brilliant blue waters that surround St Barths, the Hotel Christopher brings understated Parisian glamour to the ritzy Caribbean island. A luxurious spa by French cosmetics brand Sisley and a clifftop fresh-water infinity pool – the island’s largest – would already make this the kind of place you never want to leave; the ocean views from nearly every oversized room guarantee that you’ll be trying to move in.
Join the turtles and tropical fish at Le Sereno’s coral reef cove and, when underwater adventures pall, retreat to this handsome hotel’s Parisian-style rooms and restaurant, set on a sparkling stretch of St Barths sand.
Cotton House, Mustique, St. Vincent & Grenadines
A bubble of inviolable luxury in an azure ocean, the private Grenadine island of Mustique is home to the Cotton House, a coral-white boutique hotel that combines French West Indies architecture with Caribbean trimmings.
Malliouhana, Anguilla, Anguilla
Dotted across 25 ocean-gazing acres, Malliouhana hotel on unspoilt Anguilla is a smartly restyled retreat for the A-list. With a Michelin-starred chef in-house, two tempting pools, a destination spa and palm-tree studded paths leading to powder-white sand beaches, there’s no shortage of luxury or natural perks here.
Geejam, Jamaica, Jamaica
Geejam’s cabins are the colour of coconuts – hewn from dark wood, dazzling white inside – with spectacular rainforest-meets-sea views. This sun-kissed retreat (owned by two music producers) even has its own recording studio, beloved of No Doubt and Grace Jones.
Kamalame Cay, Bahamas, Bahamas
With chic cottages scattered over an entire Bahamian spread off Andros Island, Kamalame Cay hotel is a perfectly private hideaway with manicured island plants and seemingly untouched shores.
The Dunmore, Bahamas, Bahamas
Inspired by its previous life as a 1960s private beach club, The Dunmore hotel has brought understated glamour back to the Bahamas. Lounge on the private pink-sand beach and sip poolside cocktails by day, then hob-nob with well-heeled guests over perfectly prepared local seafood by night.
Secret Bay, Dominica, Dominica
With crystal-clear Caribbean views from its six modern tree-house-style love nests, Secret Bay hotel – set on a lush hillside in rugged Dominica – is an unspoilt island secret that’s almost too good to share.