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Tranquil Resort, Wayanad, Kerala, India Why It’s Unique: Located in southern India on a private 400-acre estate complete with a working coffee and vanilla plantation, in the Kerala rainforest, the resort has a main lodge with eight well-appointed rooms. The 500-square-foot tree house, built from coffee wood and equipped with a king-size bed, has a full bath, veranda, and the trunk of a flowering Royal Poinciana growing through the bedroom.
Refugia, Chiloé, Chile: Refugia. The contemporary retreat is sheathed in wood and hovers above a glass-and-concrete base. Twelve guest rooms lined with native mañío wood command unobstructed views of the salmon fishermen tracing the tide, while downstairs, the crackling of a roaring fireplace fills the austere lounge.