1. Heritance Ahungalla, Sri Lanka
At this sprawling hotel on Sri Lanka's beautiful southern coastline, the options for unwinding are myriad: float in the infinity pool that blends seamlessly with the Indian Ocean, sip cocktails in one of four bars (the magenta fizz is highly recommended), enjoy a hot-stone massage at the Diviyan Spa, or simply watch the day go by at the alfresco cafe.
3. Aranwa Sacred Valley, Peru
Tucked away in the Peruvian Andes, discover this Sacred Valley sanctuary, rich in local tradition. A former private hacienda, the Aranwa Sacred Valley offers a divine oasis in landscapes once part of the ancient Inca empire. Within striking distance to the historic city of Cusco, gateway to Machu Picchu, this is the perfect place to soak up local culture and Andean views during your South America adventure.
4. The Oberoi Cecil, India
The hilltown of Shimla, at the foothills of the Himalayas, was the summer capital of the British Raj period, and the Oberoi Cecil continues that tradition of exclusivity. From here, you can spend your free time exploring the pretty town, visiting local sights such as the Wildflower Hall, or venture further into the Himalayas. At the end of the day, retire to your colonial-style room or take a dip in the Grecian-style indoor pool.
5. Hakone Kowakien Ten-Yu, Japan
In the picturesque mountainous region of Hakone, a couple of hours south of Tokyo, this modern Japanese ryokan (inn) is the perfect place to leave the world behind. Most guests swap their clothes for a yukata robe, and soak their cares away in the public indoor or outdoor onsen hot spring baths – with stunning vistas – or sink into the private version on their balcony.