Ten New Exotic Retreats Around The World

By Alyssa Bird - 2014-05-02T16:31:47Z

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​Maalifushi By Como, The Maldives

These recently opened hotels and resorts offer a sense of privacy, captivating design, and unforgettable views

The idyllic white-sand beaches and turquoise lagoons of the Maldives are among the world’s most alluring, and following the success of its Cocoa Island resort, the COMO hotel group has opened a second property in the remote chain of Indian Ocean islands. Maalifushi's 66 suites and villas, a mix of overwater and garden lodgings, are sprinkled throughout a 20-acre private island in the archipelago’s Thaa atoll (a 50-minute seaplane jaunt from Male).

Japanese designer Koichiro Ikebuchi conceived the airy rooms—many of which face pristine private pools—with natural woods, dreamy canopy beds, and walls that slide open to encourage indoor-outdoor living. For lunch, guests can head to the resort’s Maldivian restaurant, Madi, or book the uninhabited neighboring island for an unforgettable picnic. From $650/night; comohotels.com/maalifushi

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