The Luxe List 2012, Maldives: Niyama, Dhaalu Atoll

Breaking new ground at this lush 95-villa retreat in the Maldives’ Dhaalu Atoll, Subsix is the world’s first underwater nightclub, sunk offshore and accessible only by boat. Back on the jungle-covered island, Tribal restaurant confers a safari-dining vibe with campfires and a menu of ostrich, warthog, and springbok alongside succulent steaks.

Book a Dream Dhoni trip for dinner on an uninhabited island, or whip up an in-room picnic from the gourmet delicatessen; each villa also comes stocked with a popcorn popper, wine cellar, fresh squeezed juices, and homemade ice cream. Sleep-inducing treatments in the waterside Lime Spa are available around the clock, as are yoga sessions. More distractions await in two simulator rooms where you can play golf, football, or basketball, but the real draw lies offshore, whether that be diving, snorkeling, or exploring the lagoon by kayak or Hobie Cat.

Embudhufushi and Olhuveli islands; 960/676-2828;; doubles from US$700.

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