Turks and Caicos, British West Indies
Once known as "Pirate Cay," the greatest treasure you'll find on this 1,000 acre private island today is Shambhala (Sanskrit for "utopia"), the new spa at Parrot Cay. A resort that prides itself as much on simplicity as elegance, Parrot Cay features Japanese cedar soaking tubs, open-air yoga classes, and cuisine that nourishes the body and the soul. The spa's staff is culled from around the world, including a Buddhist monk who specializes in Indian head massages.
Rates: Single rooms $315-$440; Beach house $1470 (three night minimum stay)
Telephone: 866-388-0036 or 904-288-0036
Hacienda del Cerezo
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Rising up from a hilltop on the outskirts of Santa Fe, Hacienda del Cerezo's adobe walls are nearly indistin-
guishable from the surrounding pink earth and golden sunsets. Many consider Santa Fe to be America's spiritual center, and if so, Hacienda del Cerezo is its royal palace. Hand-carved beams and kiva fireplaces warm each room, with gorgeous panorama views of the valley from the hotel's Saltillo-tile balconies. Honeymooners can delight in treatments at nearby Zen's Inn Bodywork Sanctuary, where massages are given side by side. Native American ceremonies at the nearby Tesuque Pueblo Indian Reservation are open to visitors.
Rates: $600-$750, includes 3 gourmet meals a day. Two night stay minimum.
Telephone: 888-982-8001 or 505-982-8000
Illukitaya The influences of Hinduism and Buddhism (it is the home of the world's largest reclining Buddha statue), mixed with the architecture of the Dutch and Portuguese make the area around Galle, Sri Lanka, a certifiable dream world. Illukitaya (the "plantation house"), a private villa that welcomes couples, is a stunning homage to Zen aesthetics, surrounded by cool running streams and quiet stone fountains. Monks in saffron robes walk the roads leading to endless temples, as you drift off to sleep beneath a soft white mosquito net to the hypnotic sounds of the jungle. Although Sri Lanka got somewhat less media attention than Thailand following the 2004 tsunami, the country is still in the process of rebuilding, though this resort has been entirely restored.
Galle, Sri Lanka
Rates: $350 per night for the entire villa, including staff, or $100 for a double room
El Encanto Resort, Santa Cruz, MexicoLocated in the province of Nayarit, 96 miles north of Puerto Vallarta, El Encanto is an ecotourism resort with the goal of having their guests live as one with the rainforest. Open from November to May, the resort grows all their own organic, pesticide-free food. Guests have the option of camping under the awning of gorgeous trees or staying in comfortable, airy apartments filled with fresh flowers and local art.
Rates: $50/night for apartments or $1200 a month