The Blancaneaux Lodge in the Maya Mountains of Belize is a project of movie director Francis Coppola and his wife. The 20-room resort offers the comfort of spacious villas or cozy cabanas. Low-profile, environmentally sound designs, thatch, hardwoods, pine, and bamboo, along with regionally produced tiles were used.

It is self-sustaining in energy: A hydroelectric scheme harnesses the energy of Privassion Creek, with any excess used to heat the hot pool at the Waterfall Spa. Because of the design of the rooms, air-conditioning isn’t needed.

The lodge’s garden provides almost eighty percent of the produce from the three acres of vegetables and herbs, plus fruit and nut orchards.

Set 1000 ft above sea level on the 140-acre Rabot Estate Saint Lucia, The Hotel Chocolat is on a cocoa plantation. The setting is jaw droppingly beautiful, with tropical rainforest and spectacular views of the majestic peaks of the pitons and plunging valleys.

The Hotel Chocolat opened in 2011, comprising six Cocoa Pod cottages, Club Boucan with a 50 feet long infinity edge black quartz swimming pool, a club bar and the Boucan Restaurant and Bar.

Each of the unique Cocoa Cottages are constructed from local stone and wood and are located in a courtyard setting centred around an old Poincianas trees. 

Hotel La Banane on the Caribbean island of Saint Barthélemy is pure vintage luxury. Hotel owners Jean Marc Israël and Benjamin Fabbri have a passion for highly-collectable furniture from the 1950s. The white bungalows and wooden terraces are livened up with vibrant splashes of color such as raspberry red and canary yellow, providing a colourful backdrop to showcase their impressive collection. Many of the furnishings were designed by famed Swiss architect Pierre Jeanneret for the administrative buildings of Chandigarh, the capital of Punjab, a planned city by Jeanneret’s cousin Le Corbusier.