San Ignacio, Belize
Named after a Mayan moon goddess, the new two-bedroom Ix Chel Villas boast floor-to-ceiling windows and a private veranda in the middle of the rainforest. Pay a visit to the resort’s renowned butterfly sanctuary, cool off in the infinity pool, or dine on fresh fruits and veggies picked from the on-site organic farm. Jonesing for an adventure? Your private butler can coordinate everything from birding expeditions to cave tubing.
With its rotor blades embedded in the ceiling, a restored 1968 Sea King Pelican helicopter serves as the centerpiece for the resort’s 890-square-foot Helicopter Cottage. A wood-burning fireplace and Jacuzzi tub complement original accents, like the pilot and co-pilot seats found in the cockpit.
It’s rare to find digs where both stalactites and chandeliers hang from the ceiling, but this four-bedroom, four-bath rental marries its natural surroundings with midcentury modern furnishings, a gourmet kitchen, and rainfall shower heads. Outside, explore the Ozark Mountains on horseback or cast a line at the private catch-and-release pond.