Bali Tropical gardens? Check. Private villas? Check. A cliffside spa with views of the Indian Ocean? Check. (Really.) It takes 100 steps to reach the Spa on the Rocks pavilion at Ayana Resort (, but your only taxing chore after that is to choose a treatment. Our top contender: The Thermes Marins Aromatic Petal Massage, which features a sweet selection of local blooms.

Tofino, B.C. Rent Blue Crush, buy a Billabong bikini and sign up for a lesson at Pacific Surf School (pacificsurfschool. com). After spending a rejuvenating three hours in the water, the class heads to the nearby Pacific Elements Yoga studio ( to relax amid the redwoods.

Turks and Caicos Islands Go for breakfast and stay past dinner—the Grace Bay Club ( is welcoming enough to do just that. At Grill Rouge, order fresh shrimp tacos and brainstorm synonyms for “turquoise” to describe the ocean’s changing hues. Round two? Stroll a few metres to the Infiniti Bar for conch tempura and a Grace Bay Club Fizz—made with champagne, whisky and blue curaçao, it’s a heady approximation of the azure waters.

Alaska Hit the open waters on a nine-day, high-style Silversea Cruise (, which departs from Vancouver and travels around Juneau, the Sawyer Glacier and the Inside Passage. Shore excursions range from the exciting (helicoptering) to the hair-raising (the In Search of Bear adventure). Palin sightings are not guaranteed—but, if you book a suite, personalized butler service is.

Image above: Ayana Resort, Bali

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