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Sip Champagne from a private hotel balcony overlooking the ocean, enjoy butler service in your sprawling suite or let sparks fly during a romantic private dinner — it's all in the name of luxury travel. Discover the finest resorts, Michelin-starred restaurants and a wealth of spas in the world's finest destinations.

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Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado, resort, Samana, Dominican Republic
Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado (Samana, Dominican Republic)

Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado (Samana, Dominican Republic)

The Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado is the only resort with its own private island in the Dominican Republic. Soak up the sun at the scenic beaches and beautiful pools, and relax in the luxurious rooms with private whirlpool tubs. 960 1280

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Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado (Samana, Dominican Republic)

Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado (Samana, Dominican Republic)

Located on the Samana Peninsula in the Dominican Republic, the Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado has 2 gorgeous pools with bars nearby and plenty of lounge chairs, and both are exceptionally clean. The snack bar at the beach pool offers a basic buffet with hot dogs, hamburgers, rice, salad and selected entrees. 960 1280

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Ke Iki Beach Bungalows (Oahu, HI)

Ke Iki Beach Bungalows (Oahu, HI)

Relax in the hammocks on the quiet beach at Ke Iki Beach Bungalows, a charming but no-frills property on Oahu's picturesque North Shore. Oahu's most famous surfing spots are just down the street. 960 1280

Ke Iki Beach Bungalows  

Ke Iki Beach Bungalows (Oahu, HI)

Ke Iki Beach Bungalows (Oahu, HI)

Location trumps luxury at these 11 beachfront bungalows. The lodgings are modest, with few amenities and minimal service, but a beautiful beach is just steps away.   960 1280

Ke Iki Beach Bungalows  

Travaasa Hana (Maui, HI)

Travaasa Hana (Maui, HI)

Travaasa Hana has incredible service, a top-notch spa, excellent food and 77 rooms on acres of property. It may be hard to reach, but it's worth the trip. 960 1280

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Hotel Hana-Maui (Maui, HI)

Hotel Hana-Maui (Maui, HI)

The Travaasa Hana delivers rustic luxury in the middle of Maui's lush and secluded east coast. It's not directly on the beach, but it has 2 beautiful pools.   960 1280

Travaasa Experiential Resorts  

Jake's (South Coast, Jamaica)

Jake's (South Coast, Jamaica)

Jake's is a member of Island Outpost, Jamaica's trendiest hotel group. Guests come to unplug — there's no phone, internet or TV in the cottages.   960 1280

Jakes Hotel  

Jake's (South Coast, Jamaica)

Jake's (South Coast, Jamaica)

Jake's is a particular favorite because of the on-site painting and yoga classes, the excellent food and the Driftwood Spa. The spa has several open-air treatment rooms that are built into cliffs overlooking the ocean.   960 1280

Jakes Hotel  

Geejam (Port Antonio, Jamaica)

Geejam (Port Antonio, Jamaica)

The setting of the Geejam is gorgeous, the service is extraordinary, and one of the Caribbean's most beautiful beaches is only 10 minutes away. The hotel offers guests peaceful isolation, but one of its drawbacks is that there are no pool or spa facilities. 960 1280

Geejam Hotel  

Geejam (Port Antonio, Jamaica)

Geejam (Port Antonio, Jamaica)

The Geejam is made up of only 5 private, high-tech cottages in the lush foothills of Port Antonio. Modern electronics in the rooms include 42-inch flat-screens, AppleTV, iPod docks and free Wi-Fi.   960 1280

Geejam Hotel  

Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort (St. John, US Virgin Islands)

Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort (St. John, US Virgin Islands)

Caneel Bay sits on 170 acres of a protected national park, dotted with 7 remote beaches. The largest beach also attracts non-resort guests, but the other beaches on the property are much more secluded.   960 1280

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Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort (St. John, US Virgin Islands)

Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort (St. John, US Virgin Islands)

Caneel's attentive service and gorgeous setting make it one of the Caribbean's best secluded resorts. The most notable of the hotel's 4 restaurants is Equator, which was built inside and on top of an 18th-century sugar mill.   960 1280

Leading Hotels Of The World  

Oprah Winfrey films her talk show while sailing on Sydney Harbour with native Australian actor Russell Crowe and his wife Danielle Spencer. 960 1280

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In a red-white-and-blue bikini top, Linda Hogan celebrated the Fourth of July with son Nick Hogan (center) and boyfriend Charlie Hill (right) aboard her aptly named yacht -- 'Alimoney' -- in Miami, FL. 960 1280

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Leonardo DiCaprio and his girlfriend Bar Refaeli are spotted together on a yacht in Porto Cervo Sardinia, Italy. But she wasn't the only supermodel on board; Naomi Campbell also enjoyed the sun and a swim. 960 1280

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Jenny from the yacht? Jennifer Lopez and her husband, Marc Anthony, relax on designer Roberto Cavalli's yacht in Monaco. 960 1280

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Also enjoying Cavalli's yacht, Mariah Carey shows off her pre-pregnancy body on holiday in Salerno, Italy. While on-board, the pop star frolicked with friends and enjoyed a nice glass of wine. 960 1280

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After being stopped in Corsica for having cannabis in her bag, Paris Hilton jet-skis and poses for sister Nicky while vacationing on a yacht in Sardinia last July. 960 1280

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Jessica Simpson plants one on Eric Johnson on a private yacht in Capri, Italy. The couple celebrated the star's 30th birthday in July with friends and Jessica's sister, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, on board. 960 1280

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Light beach reading? Kevin Spacey is spotted relaxing on a yacht in Sardinia, Italy, near Porto Cervo, where he enjoyed the company of friends and pal Quincy Jones (not-pictured). 960 1280

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Beyonce lets her hair down and looks crazy in love while on vacation in the South of France with husband Jay-Z and some friends. 960 1280

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A rather buff-looking Simon Cowell was seen relaxing on his luxury yacht in the South of France. The usually tough critic was in good spirits enjoying a smoke and even waving to photographers. 960 1280

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On-again couple Jude Law and Sienna Miller have never looked happier behind shades and big smiles on a holiday with friends in Ibiza, Spain. 960 1280

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Heidi Klum is one hot mama. The 37-year-old mom of 4 soaked up the Mediterranean sunshine while watching husband, Seal, and her kids jet-ski off their yacht in the Italian Riviera. 960 1280

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After a short trip to Saint Tropez while vacationing in the South of France, the fashion-forward Kate Hudson docked in the Port of Nice to catch a private plane. 960 1280

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Kim Kardashian keeps up with her blackberry while sunbathing in a barely-there bikini on a yacht with sister Kourtney in Miami. 960 1280

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Shortly after Kate Winslet and husband Sam Mendes split after 7 years of marriage, she was spotted in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, relaxing with a cup of tea and a cigarette. 960 1280

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Demi Moore gets a leg up on the New Year celebrations in St. Barts, boarding a $350-million yacht reported to be the most expensive in the world owned by friend and Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko. 960 1280

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