Banyan Tree Phuket, Thailand
Wow factors: Thai-inspired design and private tropical gardens make a spectacular first impression upon arrival at the resort's spacious DoublePool Villas. Bedrooms built over a wading pool seem to "float," thanks to full-length glass windows that allow access to the water. Dine alfresco on the patio, relax with an in-room couple's massage, or take a dip in your private plunge pool, which connects to the resort's lagoon. Included with the room: 24-hour butler service, a cooked-to-order breakfast, and a "romantic evening" prepared by the staff, which includes a flower-petal bath and a candlelit bedroom.
When you do leave the room: Try a sunset dinner cruise for two down the lagoon in a traditional Thai longboat; a treatment at the beachside spa pavilion; or an elephant-back jungle safari.
Rates: From $1,515 per night; other rooms from $795