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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

Pic­ture: Su­san Kuro­sawa

All decked out:

Pic­ture: Michael Ge­bicki

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