Sports Illustrated 2014 Swimsuit Destinations

We strip down and reveal hidden secrets about the amazing destinations that created the backdrop for the hot swimsuit models featured in the Sports Illustrated 2014 Swimsuit Edition.

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Chile
Chile

Chile

On Easter Island, one of the world's most remote inhabited islands, we imagine the models stood out as much as the moai, 887 mysterious, monumental statues created by the early Rapa Nui people. 960 1280

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Namibia

Namibia

While the desert's dunes served as a striking backdrop, the models were hardly stranded. They stayed in the luxurious Swakopmund Hotel, a converted train station with equal access to both the dunes and the ocean. 960 1280

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Nature Friend Safaris

Nature Friend Safaris

The 84,000-acre Onguma Game Reserve is home to 550 species and The Fort -- including luxury tents and open-air tree houses, all offering unparalleled views and predator protection. 960 1280

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Wolwedans Lodge

Wolwedans Lodge

After going on safari with Namab Desert Tours, the crew retreated 570 miles to the south, where the luxurious Wolwedans camp offers a night sky like you've never seen (and where SI claims Brangelina has stayed -- twice.) 960 1280

Wolwedans Reservations  

China

China

We particularly envy the SI crew's 10-day shoot in south central China. While at the sprawling Shangri-La Hotel, we imagine they took full advantage of the nearby street markets' mouthwatering Guilin delicacies and the spa's 8 private treatment rooms. 960 1280

Shangri-La International Hotels and Resorts  

Spain

Spain

SI stayed in the heart of Seville's old city at the famed Gran Melia Colon, a favorite haunt of Ernest Hemingway and matadors (acknowledged by a subtle bullfighting motif). The 5-star hotel's recently renovated rooms seem ideal for a siesta. 960 1280

Sports Illustrated / Gran Melia Colon  

Antarctica

Antarctica

We can only imagine the looks on the (few) faces when SI cover girl Kate Upton arrived aboard Le Boreal, bikini in hand, at the "end of the world." The last leg of her lengthy journey (New York to Buenos Aires to Antarctica) was chartered by the 50-year-old exotic travel company Abercrombie & Kent. 960 1280

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas

SI says that right before they arrived in Vegas, the cast of The Hangover Part III was filming at Caesars Palace, where villas in the newly-opened Octavius Tower can go for $40,000 a night. 960 1280

Oyster.com  

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

While the "viral athletes" spread was shot at Caesars Palace, the crew stayed at the plush Cosmopolitan Hotel up the Strip -- and we imagine the models let their collective hair down at its posh nightclub, Marquee. 960 1280

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas  

Bahamas

Bahamas

And now for something a little more expected of a swimsuit edition: The picturesque Grand Isle Resort & Spa. Sports Illustrated knows to skip the sky-scraping hotels in Nassau in favor of Georgetown, the capital of the exotic Exuma Islands district. 960 1280

Grand Isle Resort & Spa  

Australia

Australia

There's nothing separating you from the elements at Hayman Island, a jaw-dropping resort in the heart of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, where the villas are beachfront, infinity pools have unobstructed views and the canopy of trees overhead is full of exotic fauna. One photo assistant told SI, it "feels like Jurassic Park!" 960 1280

Sports Illustrated / Hayman  

What's more picturesque than one of the 7 natural wonders of the world? Victoria Falls in Zambia is the world's biggest waterfall, and its mist served as the perfect backdrop for the stunning models. 960 1280

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Less than 2 miles from the falls, models lounged by the infinity pool at Stanley Safari Lodge and took in the spectacular views. 960 1280

Stanley Safari Lodge  

Sports Illustrated set sail in Apalachicola on the Florida Panhandle. The quaint town is a far cry from spring break-staple Panama City located 60 miles up the Gulf Coast. 960 1280

Apalachicola Bay Chamber  

SI says Coombs House Inn is the place to stay in Apalachicola -- and it's easy to see why. Its historic Victorian mansions boast 4-poster beds, private verandas and afternoon teas, making it one of the most luxurious bed and breakfasts in the US. 960 1280

Coombs House Inn  

San Blas are remote islands along the Caribbean coast of Panama home to the Kuna Indians. The SI crew stayed aboard an ocean liner to capture the islands' crystal clear waters. 960 1280

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While in the Bocas del Toro province of Panama, models relaxed in the scenic Playa Tortuga Hotel. 960 1280

Playa Tortuga Hotel, a member of Summit Hotels & Resorts  

Models frolicked on the rocks and white sands of Narrabeen Beach, in northern Sydney. 960 1280

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SI says no other hotel in Sydney "can match the panoramic view you will take in with a drink in your hand, after a glorious day at Bondi Beach, from the Blue Bar on the Shangi-La's 36th floor." 960 1280

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts  

Finally SI made it to Desroches Island in the Seychelles, a stunning stretch of sand less than 1 square mile. 960 1280

Karl Blackwell  

When members of the SI team weren't being catered to by butlers and private chefs in their sprawling villas at the Desroches Island Resort, they could be found relaxing in the open-air Escape Spa. Where would you want to escape to? 960 1280

Michael Lewis  

You don't need to climb the 29,000 feet to the "Top of the World" to experience Mt. Everest's magnificence and beauty. 960 1280

  

Africa's stunning desert sand dunes have been shaped by over 4 billion years of geological activity. 960 1280

  

Costa Rica is home to one of the planet's most diverse ecosystems with a wide variety of habitats for wildlife. 960 1280

  

More than 1,000 miles of backcountry hiking trails through Yellowstone lead travelers to steaming, bubbling hot springs. 960 1280

  

The Great Barrier Reef is an underwater tropical paradise with amazing scuba diving and snorkeling. 960 1280

  

Visitors to Redwood National Park feel awestruck by the enormity of the tallest and oldest trees on Earth. 960 1280

  

The Galapagos Islands were named after the giant tortoises that bask on the sandy beaches. 960 1280

  

Ireland earns its nickname -- 'The Emerald Isle' -- thanks to its lush green pastures and clear blue lakes. 960 1280

  

Greenland provides the perfect backdrop for a true bonding experience with nature with stunning glaciers and icebergs. 960 1280

  

Gran Sabana, between Venezuela and Brazil, is dominated by tepuyes, flat-topped mountains with steep vertical walls. 960 1280