Endless Summer

The new ocean-view pool at El Encanto; Photo by Macduff Everton

As winter temperatures drop, the hunt for the perfect warm-weather getaway begins. This year, escaping to paradise is better than ever, thanks to a host of new far-flung retreats promising sunny skies and temperate climes year-round. Whether your ideal vacation is a Thai wellness retreat, an African wilderness camp, or an Australian island resort, these eight properties are sure to cure your winter blues.

El Encanto opened in 1918 with a collection of Craftsman-style cottages set on a hilltop overlooking the city and coast of Santa Barbara, Calif. Soon fashionable with Hollywood stars and other...
The Paddock House lounge at Kenya’s new Segera Retreat brims with artifacts—vintage hats and boots, timeworn leather trunks, unpublished letters from Ernest Hemingway and David Livingstone—of safaris...
The latest property from Amanresorts seems intended to resemble a Buddhist temple. But while Amanoi’s austere interiors celebrate simplicity, this new retreat in Vietnam’s Nui Chua National Park is...
The Maldives’ new Cheval Blanc Randheli is primed to become one of the best resorts in the world. Why Go: In the luxury sector, a single group of brands parented by the company LVMH Hotel Management...
Things are looking up at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples, following a face-lift this summer of the grande dame on Florida’s Vanderbilt Beach. Why Go: Firmly established as the social center of Naples, Fla...
Bali’s renowned Como Shambala spa experience arrives in Phuket, Thailand, via the new Point Yamu by Como resort. Why Go: Overlooking Thailand’s turquoise Andaman Sea and Phang Nga Bay, the Singapore-...
The Regent Bali opened in June in the Sanur District on the southeast coast of the island. The beachfront property has 112 rooms and suites designed in the spirit and style of the local surroundings...
Bedarra Island reopened this month on a private island off the Great Barrier Reef in North Queensland, Australia. It had been ravaged by Cyclone Yasi in 2011. The sustainable island resort is located...