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1 The Mal­dives has re­cently wit­nessed a flurry of new ho­tel ac­tiv­ity, from the adults-only Ku­dadoo Pri­vate Is­land to the fam­ily-friendly Baglioni Re­sort Mal­dives. At the same time, some of the ex­ist­ing prop­er­ties are di­alling up the op­u­lence. W MAL­DIVES (above left) un­veiled its serene new spa. Its over-wa­ter treat­ment rooms, which float above the In­dian Ocean, fea­ture carved tim­ber flour­ishes, pri­vate steam rooms and open-air re­lax­ation decks. Book in for a treat­ment that com­bines Ayurvedic, Ti­betan and Mal­di­vian beauty rit­u­als. wmal­dives.com 2 Af­ter a five-month clo­sure caused by the re­cent Cal­i­for­nia mud­slides, Four Sea­sons Re­sort The Bilt­more Santa Bar­bara (above) has re­opened. The Span­ish-Colo­nial icon – built in 1927, blessed with a pic­turesque Pa­cific Ocean lo­ca­tion and gar­landed with lush veg­e­ta­tion – has been metic­u­lously re­stored. One of its new suites fea­tures a plunge pool, fire pit and pri­vate drive­way. The ho­tel is an ideal perch from which to ex­plore Santa Ynez Val­ley winer­ies, or nearby re­tail at­trac­tions. foursea­sons.com

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