Chumbe Island Coral Park, Chumbe Island, Zanzibar $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
Escape from traffic, phones, TV, and e-mail on idyllic Chumbe Island. Guests retreat from civilization in palm-thatched bungalows right by the ocean, though this isn't exactly roughing it: Bathrooms have hot and cold water, and the rooms are decorated with African fabrics, traditional art, and hand-carved furniture. The eco-friendly accommodations use solar power, organic soap, and filtered rainwater. At night, dine under a palm-thatched roof, next door to the small mosque built for the lighthouse keepers nearly 100 years ago. The price includes boat transfers to the island from the beach of the Mbweni Ruins Hotel, as well as full board, plus guided nature walks and snorkeling excursions on the Reef Sanctuary.