Bali’s Villa Oasis, Hoshinoya

Pared-down luxury at this tranquil and secluded resort

With rows of verdantly waif-ish palm trees swaying ever so slightly in the foreground and the sound of utter silence surrounding you—apart from the occasional jungle chirp—it’s easy to feel suspended in another universe while unwinding in one of Hoshinoya Bali’s intimate sky gazebos. The seven protruding structures, which can be left open-air or have the shades drawn for privacy, are like cliffside birdcages that …

Hotel Villa La Palagina, Tuscany

A rustic, reasonably-priced escape among fields of Chianti

There are almost 9,000 square miles composing the Italian region of Tuscany. Much of the land remains dedicated to what one dreams can be found here: rolling hills, vineyards and olive groves. Perched atop a hill in the heart of Tuscany, only 40 minutes from Florence, Hotel Villa La Palagina provides an eagle-eye view of such landscapes while offering pleasant accommodations and a superb restaurant. …