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Turks and Caicos. Bora Bora. The Seychelles. The names alone epitomize the very essence of exotic. Imagine your own bungalow overhanging the waters of a turquoise lagoon, a cabin perched on a mountainside with incredible ocean vistas in every direction and no one else around, or your own private beach chair half-submerged in the aquamarine waters. And although a trip to any one of the thousands of islands in French Polynesia or the Indonesian archipelago will dish up a lifetime of tropical heaven, several isles in the otherwise-mainstream Caribbean will deliver that otherworldly escape without the long-haul flights. Attainable tropical lures lie within reach at Caneel Bay in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Bermuda's Pink Beach Club & Cottages, or the Parrot Cay Club on Turks and Caicos.

But if you do have the time and budget, the island escapes on the other side of the world are definitely worth the extra mile. When you want to be induced to a perfect lassitude by reverent stillness, the pampering at Amandari in Bali proves that you get what you pay for. Tucked within their own garden courtyards, these thatched stone-walled suites provide the perfect idyllic blend of serenity, hospitality, and grace.

Published: 3 May 2005 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication
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