Passage through Kerala: A converted rice boat, complete with modern-day comforts, plies a maze of languid lakes, canals, lagoons and rivers
Calabash Bay Lodge, Berowra Waters
Rugged beauty: Great Bear Lodge Titicaca. There are 46 rooms on two levels; secure a Lake View Room and sip a pisco sour on your balcony as you watch the changing moods of this vast, mythic body of water 3800m up in the Andes. Fall asleep gazing at the moon suspended above the black waters etched by a sprinkling of shore lights and wake to the sun rising over the world’s highest navigable lake.
The hotel foyer and lobby bar, decorated in earthy tones of stone, clay and sand, with squared haciendastyle walls and stark potted plants, lead to a private pier jutting into the flat water, 200m away. From here guests can take boat trips to Isla de los Uros, the inhabited, floating islands made of packed lake reeds.
Further on, Taquile Islands’ steep climbs reward with spectacular, rocky lookouts over the lake. Sail as far again and you cross into Bolivian waters. Back at the hotel’s renowned restaurant, savour a dinner of trout straight from the lake. www.casa-andina.com. Judith Elen InterContinental Resort & Thalasso Spa Bora Bora, French Polynesia: There’s something about being able to relax on your bungalow’s private deck, watching waves crash over distant reefs and picking out the
InterContinental Resort & Thalasso Spa shapes of rays and other fish gliding by, that makes you forget about global credit crunches and the mundane aspects of real life back home.
Ladders lead down into the warm tropical waters from each bungalow so, should you crave movement, you can slip in and commune with nature below the surface. At this newer of the two InterContinental Resorts on Bora Bora, located on a tiny motu on the island’s eastern side, wake up in an overwater bungalow, open the curtains and look out over impossibly blue water — star of so many postcards and holiday snaps — before checking the action in the depths through the glass-top coffee table.
If you can drag yourself away, the resort’s Deep Ocean Spa (it’s the only one in the world that pumps mineral-rich water from the depths offshore for its treatments) offers Monoi massages in a glass-floored room over a small lagoon. As you surrender to the rhythmic ministrations of the therapist, you’ll find yourself torn: should you close your eyes for deeper relaxation or watch the floor show put on by the resident marine life below? www.tahitiresorts.intercontinental.com. Carrie Hutchinson
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