Tintswalo Atlantic, Cape Town $$$$
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:Perched on stilts between ancient milkwood trees, the ten wood-and-glass suites and two-bedroom presidential suite are so close to the pounding waves that it's possible to toss pebbles into the rock pools from your private deck. Each room is inspired by an island around the world; yet given the breathtaking views, themed rooms seem like an unnecessary distraction. Beds are vast, and sea-view tubs and huge showers provide an illusion of spaciousness. Although there isn't a pool big enough to swim in or a private beach directly below the lodge, guests will enjoy whale watching, romantic dinners, and outdoor massages. If you tire of that, a complimentary car service can whisk you to Cape Town.2009 Hot List
When to go: The summer months (December through February) are ideal.
Which room to book: Sicily Island Suite is done in muted grays, whites, and metallic colors that don't compete with the view.Subscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›