20 Holiday Getaways:
WHERE Ambergris Cay, Belize
WHY Get away from it all at Azul, a secluded, two-villa beach resort opened this year by a pair of expats from San Francisco. Located six miles north of San Pedro on one of the island's most idyllic stretches of sand, the property's meticulously crafted open-plan villas combine modern perks (plasma TV's, Viking kitchens) with rustic design elements (bamboo railings, cabinets carved from ziricote wood). Take a dip in the rooftop hot tub overlooking the jungle and use the old-school walkie-talkies to summon frozen mojitos from Rojo Lounge, Azul's beach bar.
HOW North Beach, San Pedro, Ambergris Cay; 011-501/226-4012; www.azulbelize.com;
doubles from $695.