Location: Sri Lanka
Site: Cape Weligama
Five years since the end of a decades-long civil war, Sri Lanka is gaining its footing as a leisure destination, and luxury hotels are arriving to meet the demand. The most resplendent among them is Cape Weligama, a cluster of 40 terra-cotta-roofed bungalows, each with its own frangipani-filled private garden, on a secluded stretch of southern coastline. From here, immersive trips to scenic tea plantations, Buddhist ruins, and rain forest leopard habitats are all within easy reach, and the 16th-century fortified city of Galle is just 16 miles away.