Hideaways You Haven't Heard Of

Galle, Sri Lanka

If you like South Africa, you'll love Galle, Sri Lanka


The Vibe: Dutch colonial architecture in a lush tropical setting.


Where to stay: Culture fanatics will love the Galle Fort Hotel— a Dutch mansion which has at times been barracks, a post office, and a cricket pitch. It’s currently an artist’s destination— the perfect getaway for creatives, and history buffs.


Where to eat: Housed in the sunken courtyard of the Fortazela hotel is a peaceful lunch destination, giving way to a sparkling dinner locale.


What to do: At the oldest hotel in Asia is the best spa in Galle: The Baths at Amangalla. The on-site Ayurveda doctor cleanses and detoxes patients.

Mo’orea, French Polynesia

If you like Fiji, you'll love Mo'orea, French Polynesia


The Vibe: Honeymoon capital of Tahiti  


Where to Stay: Created by three Californians known as the “Bali Hai Boys”, the Mo’orea Pearl Resort and Spa boasts overwater bungalows that look out on the picturesque reefs.


Where to eat: Those looking for Surf ‘n’ Turf should catch the famous stuffed parrotfish at Rudy’s, as well as one of their New Zealand steaks. Bonus: There’s live local music on Saturdays.


What to do: Once you’ve taken in the miles of clear shoreline, travel inland via a Jeep 4X4 tour. Make your way through the extinct volcano, known as Magic Mountain, and the pineapple fields inland.

Tivat, Montenegro

If you like Croatia, you'll love Tivat, Montenegro


The Vibe: Superyacht luxury meets rich cultural heritage.


Where to stay: Overlooking the port and the mountains is Regent Porto Montenegro. A Venetian-style palazzo right at the base of UNESCO-protected Boka Bay, it spoils its visitors with a backdrop of mountain and sea views.


Where to eat: A restaurant called One, on Porto Montenegro’s Jetty 1, offers one of the largest wine lists in the country.


What to do: Lose yourself in an infinity pool giving way to crystal clear seas at the Lido Mar pool club, backed by modern art and poolside beds.  

Suzhou, China

If you like Japan, you’ll love Suzhou, China


The Vibe: Known as the “Venice of Asia”


Where to stay: The Pingjiang Lodge is a converted 450-year-old Ming dynasty mansion a five-minute walk from the main pedestrian street. The rooms are designed in traditional Chinese décor, including canopy beds and cloistered gardens.


Where to eat: Enjoy fried buns at Yaba ShengJian, literally translated as Mute Guy’s fried bun. The decadent fried dumplings at this local street-food joint are among the best in town.  

Bocas del Toro, Panama

If you like Costa Rica, you'll love Bocas del Toros, Panama


The Vibe: Laid-back island hideaway with plenty of adventures.


Where to stay: For those looking to add some adventure to lounging on the beach, Casa Cayuco offers complimentary kayaks, snorkel gear, and surf boards. The rooms resemble simplistic tree-houses.


Where to eat: Just off the main street, you can find seafood from the Pacific and Caribbean at the tropical, open air, El Ultimo Refugio.


What to do: Satisfy your sweet tooth without actually eating anything at the chocolate farm at La Loma Resort. La Loma Resort itself is a secluded paradise a 5-minute boat-ride from the Boca town.