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"Gold standard hotels. Start drooling"

, but with more depth and personality. Here the clever Aussie owners, Rory and Melita Hunter, have created an ethics-first eco retreat, as well as supplying spoiling luxury with a high thread-count. There's a spa offering aromatic massages, vast villas with private splash pools hovering on stilts over the lizard-green water, and a superb waterside restaurant with a chill-out lounge and spicy fish amok on the menu. (Eagle rays launch themselves from the water as you eat mango and coconut for breakfast.) But beyond the industry-standard palm trees and beachside infinity pool, the differences are telling. The oil drums repurposed as light fixtures, for instance, and the villa's outdoor tables made from gathered driftwood on which guests mix their own drinks, with ingredients and instructions provided. Then there are the sustainability projects, the hotel's work supporting com...

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