Dedon Island, Siargao, Philippines
With his nine-cabana resort in Siargao, Philippines, Dedon furniture founder Bobby Dekeyser has made his concept of “barefoot luxury” a reality. Nestled between lush mangroves and an azure sea, Dedon Island offers all the conveniences of a five-star hotel without any pretense. For a flat rate, guests can enjoy a host of activities, including private boat excursions and personalized Champagne picnics on the beach. Rooms, from $480; 49-40/3070-86690; dedonisland.com. —Armand Limnander
Endémico, Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico
Built into the hills of Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe, the 20 podlike wood-and-steel cabins at Endémico (pictured here) blend seamlessly into the desert hillside that they occupy. Constructed on stilts to preserve the landscape, the cabins have a stripped-down design that doesn’t sacrifice style—each comes with a king-size bed and a private deck (complete with a clay kiva) for observing the valley below. The cliffside pool offers a place to cool off, and Endémico’s restaurant allows guests to enjoy the region’s other draw: its wines. Rooms, from $175; Ctra. Tecate-Ensenada, km. 75; 1-866-978-70-20; hotelendemico.com. —Anthony Rotunno
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, St. Lucia
Roger Myers, the former moneyman for the Rolling Stones, helped give Sugar Beach, a former sugar plantation, the $100 million overhaul it deserved. The Viceroy runs point on all things service-related. The villas, bungalows and residences are tucked into a private stretch of beach between the towering Piton mountains, which are also known as the “cleavage of St. Lucia.” Rooms, from $350; Val des Pitons; 1-758-456-8000; viceroyhotelsandresorts.com. —A.R.