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10. Geronimo Creek Retreat

10. Geronimo Creek Retreat

Seguin, Texas

Geronimo Creek Retreat is tucked away into the Texas Hill Country and offers traditional accommodations like the Homestead Haus, with rec room and hot tub, but there are also four tree house cabins and five air-conditioned tipis. Recreation is fairly low-key, but there's plenty to do on Geronimo Creek itself. If you're looking for a quiet getaway, this is the perfect retreat.

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9. Rainbow Ranch

9. Rainbow Ranch

Gallatin Gateway, Montana

Rainbow Ranch Lodge is a bit remote, but that's part of the draw. The hotel is a little rustic, but you can't beat the setting, right on the river in Southwest Montana. Chances for fly fishing, hiking, and horseback riding abound, and there's also a spa on hand for massages. If you manage to somehow get tired of the gorgeous scenery around you, you're only 45 minutes away from Yellowstone.

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8. French Lick Resort

8. French Lick Resort

French Lick, Indiana

French Lick Resort is tucked away in the middle of nowhere in Indiana, but it has a lot to offer visitors. From the casino, to the four golf courses, to the opulent spa, this grand old resort includes buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, and it's a paradise for anyone who ventures out to it, regardless of their interests. If you don't like casinos, golf, or spas, there's always the swimming pool, bowling lanes and arcade, and just the sheer opulence of the West Baden Springs Hotel to wander around and appreciate.

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7. Orcas Island

7. Orcas Island

San Juan Island, Washington

Another more nature-oriented getaway, this lushly-wooded island on Puget Sound has to be seen to be believed. Lodgings range from cabins to condos to farm stays, so you can find whatever degree of swank or down-to-earth you want. From yacht cruises to moped rentals, there are all kinds of ways to enjoy the scenic beauty on Orcas Island, and the remote location means you won't be bothered while you're there. You may have to take several planes and a boat to get here, but it's worth the trip.

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6. No Man's Land Fort

6. No Man's Land Fort

Isle of Wight, United Kingdom

Floating in the Solent off the Isle of Wight, No Man's Fort started life in the Victorian era as a naval defense, but now it's found a second life as a high-end hotel. With 22 guest rooms, including a penthouse in the lighthouse, No Man's Fort is pretty exclusive, but visitors can enjoy water sports, a nightclub, laser tag, all kinds of games, and soon, a driving range on top of the fort with biodegradable golf balls. There's also a wine bar and spa.

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5. Noetzie Beach

5. Noetzie Beach

Knoetzie, South Africa

Noetzie Beach is a remote nature reserve in South Africa, famous primarily for the castles that dot the coastline. These castles sprang out of a sort of whimsy—using natural stone for the construction of a beach house prompted an observer to remark that with a few turrets, the builder would have a castle. The builder obliged, and others followed suit. You can actually stay in some of the castles or in equally luxurious beach houses in the cove as you watch dolphins frolic in the water.

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4. Four Seasons Golden Triangle

4. Four Seasons Golden Triangle

Chiang Saen, Thailand

The Four Seasons Golden Triangle in Northern Thailand is also an elephant sanctuary, so if you've got a soft spot for elephants, you're in the right place. Most of the accommodations are open-air tents, but they're incredibly large and luxurious with hardwood-and-leather furniture. After checking out the elephants, you can relax with a 90-minute massage or by checking out the wine cellar.

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3. Sonora Resort

3. Sonora Resort

Sonora Island, Canada

A more resort-like experience than Orcas Island, Sonora still gives you the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, this time on the Canadian side of the border. Accommodations include rooms, suites, and villas, and all offer breathtaking views of the water that you're situated right on top of. Whether you want to tour the glaciers and fish from a helicopter or simply play golf surrounded by woods, your options are pretty well covered here.

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2. Blancaneaux Lodge

2. Blancaneaux Lodge

Belmopan, Belize

Owned by the Coppola family—yes, Francis Ford, Sophia, and that Coppola family—this resort can be reached by a puddle jumper. Otherwise, it's a bit out of the way. Amenities include a waterfall spa—that's a spa within a waterfall—with a pool heated by hydroelectric power and staff trained at the Sacred Wat Pho Temple in Bangkok. If you want to get out and about, then you're in luck because you're surrounded by gorgeous beaches and rainforests.

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1. Hotel Sisimiut

1. Hotel Sisimiut

Sisimiut, Greenland

This sprawling hotel is located right next to the Arctic Circle. From river fishing to dogsledding to guided sightseeing, Hotel Sisimiut is the best place to start exploring the icy wilderness. Its amenities are also nice—not spa-and-casino nice, but more than comfortable—and the gourmet restaurant is a local favorite. It really is like a trip to another world, but you're going to have to spend several hours trekking across the snow to get there.

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