Australia: qualia Great Barrier Reef
Suite Appeal: Since its debut in 2008, qualia has become the most exclusive jumping-off point and desired accommodation on the Great Barrier Reef's Hamilton Island. How many resorts' Presidential Suites offer an exclusive oceanfront, detached guest house with yet another detached pavilion? qualia does—and it's called The Beach House. All entertainment needs are covered. There is dining for 10 and a living space complete with surround sound, Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. A private, full-size swimming pool and your own two-seater golf buggy make qualia's indulgent offerings anything but ordinary.
Quepos, Costa Rica: Gaia Hotel & Reserve
Suite Appeal: A substantial art collection from Alirio Palacios and Eduardo Kingman adorn the two-room, chic and supersized Presidential Suite. The lofty ceilings, dark-wood floors, Italian fittings, slate bathrooms, hi-tech amenities and private plunge pool lend the feel of a private estate while blending in seamlessly with the hills and coastline close by. Gaia's secluded and quiet location is set amid a private 12-acre nature reserve overlooking the Pacific coast. A private concierge waits on every guest dining at the rooftop La Luna restaurant. Guided tours of the Manuel Antonio Reserve accompanied by a local naturalist are also available. An on-site spa, waterfall pool and fitness room complete this boutique gem.