by Hunter R. Slaton | August 20, 2008

Scuba Lodge 
US$155 per night. Willemstad, Curaçao’s 14-room Scuba Lodge, with an on-site dive shop and a “house reef,” served as a merchant’s oceanfront residence in the 19th century. The property, with its private beach, freshwater pool and seaside bar, completed a renovation this year.




Settha Palace HotelUS$180 per night. Built in 1932 under French rule, the genteel Settha Palace Hotel, in Laos’ capital city of Vientiane, has been fully restored and once again is owned by the family that ran the hotel before Communist rule began in 1975. All 29 rooms have four-poster beds and colonial detailing.


Casa Canada 
US$99 per night. Big Corn island, an hour by plane away from the Nicaraguan mainland, is home to Casa Canada, an isolated resort enclave with 17 air-conditioned cabanas, all with king-size beds and private patios. Casa Canada also offers diving, snorkeling and a tranquil infinity pool.


Radisson SAS Grand Hotel 
US$170 per night. The Radisson SAS Grand Hotel, in the heart of the Bulgarian capital of Sofia, offers 134 luxury rooms equipped with free Wi-Fi. Top-floor junior suites have terraces overlooking the gold-domed Alexander Nevski Cathedral.