What: A self-contained, seductive sanctuary on the edge of the Caribbean.

Where: Hidden away on Mexico's historic Yucatan Peninsula on 200-acres of jungle preserve.

Why: If not for the crystal clear turquoise waters and white sands, then for the extravagantly luxurious variety of suites at the resort. Open-air terraces, king size beds, unimpeded ocean views, and hand-painted terracotta-tiled floors laden with wool rugs so soft they seem to hold your toes at ransom. A Kinan Spa and wellness center are there to assist you in your journey towards complete relaxation, and a choice of three restaurants presided over by Guillermo J. Gomez will cater to all of your culinary desires. For budding chefs, the opportunity to learn how to make local dishes and to partake in a Tequila education course will ensure those Mexican memories will last long after checkout.