As the lowest lying country in the world, the Maldives are in danger of sinking due to climate change. None of the island-nation’s approximately 1,200 small coral islands rise to more than 6 feet above sea level, and its highest natural point sits a mere 8 feet above the Indian Ocean on Addu Atoll. Scientists predict that the idyllic atolls could be completely submerged within the next 30 years. Luckily, local officials are taking vital steps in the right direction, pledging to be completely carbon neutral by 2019.
Where to Stay: Located on a lush 22-acre island roughly 100 miles southwest of the main island of Malé, the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort opened late last year with a focus on wellness. The 77-villa property features an onsite Ayurvedic doctor, a 20,000-square-foot spa, and the island-nation’s largest hydrotherapy pool. (starwoodhotels.com)