Kunfunadhoo Island Baa Atoll, Maldives
Photo by Richard Waite, courtesy of Soneva Fushi
Soneva Fushi Tucked away in its own private jungle on the edge of a powdery white-sand beach, Soneva Fushi eschews the typical Maldivian overwater bungalows in favor of castaway-chic villas, ranging from small split-level one-bedroom cabins clear up to the nine-bedroom, 60,000-square-foot complex called the Private Reserve villa, complete with its own spa, waterslide, and gym. While the accommodations here are nothing to scoff at, it's the on-site activities and experiences that really stand out. Along with the typical surfing, fishing, snorkeling, and scuba diving common at resorts throughout the atoll, the resort offers plenty of unique experiences all its own. These include Cinema Paradiso, an outdoor movie theater where guests can watch films from the comfort of their own lounge chairs. The hotel also has its own observatory and offers special "astronomical" dinner cruises in which guests can sail out to sea with resident astronomers. There's even a glassblowing studio with special courses for travelers who want to learn how to blow their own glass art pieces.