1) Udaivilas Hotel, Rajasthan, India
With the desert burning heat into your skin, the pool at The Udaivilas Hotel in majestic Udaipur is the only place to be when not checking out the patrons at the adjacent Lake Palace Hotel. Visit www.oberoihotels.com.
2) Dhoni Mighili, Maldives
A football field-sized island with a fleet of luxury dhows for each of the six intimate beach bungalows. Each dhow is equipped with luxurious master bedroom, entertainment system, own butler and three-man crew. Rest assured, you?ll be well looked after as you live the life. Visit www.dhonimigli.com and www.peraquum.com.
3) Oriental Hotel, Bangkok,Thailand
An oasis of calm in a hectic, oppressive city, with tranquil gardens and interesting old suites. The hotel?s restaurant is on the opposite bank of the Chao Phrya, the aorta of the city, and you get there on a small ferry, dodging between the ships and barges. Visit www.mandarinoriental.com for more.
4) Splendido Mare, Portofino, Italy
The hotel overlooking Portofino Bay, has been described as the best in the world, with the restaurant on the terrace as the most romantic spot on earth to eat in.
5) Night-time Helicopter Flight, Tokyo, Japan
At night 800m above the city, the Eiffel Tower-shaped Tokyo TV tower glows bright orange in a sea of neon. Visit Asahi Helicopter Tours. R1500 for two people.
6) Tuscany in a sports car, Italy
Hire a Ferrari and drive through Tuscany ? expect plenty of Italian kisses from her and some enthusiastic male Italian admirers. Stop over in medieval San Gimignano for a typical Tuscan feast and stay in a hilltop castle at Castello Toscani.
7) Fairmont Hotel, Monaco, France
An eyesore from outside, inside it?s got space, great views, a restaurant jutting into the Med and the best one-man-band anywhere. The Grand Prix passes right under it. More at www.fairmont.com
8) Ride the Blue Train, JHB?Karoo?Cape Town
The wood-panelled cabin converts into a double bed with pristine, high thread-count linen. Leave the blinds open at night while the train glides through the Karoo. And the stars enter the cabin like lights from a disco mirror ball.www.bluetrain.co.za or (021)449 2672.
9) Bartholomeus Klip, Bo Hermon, Western Cape
Cycle or walk through the last bit of sustainable renosterveld in the world, without the renosters. Accommodation is in a luxurious farmhouse with beautiful gardens. www.parksgroup.co.za or (022) 448 1820.
10) Phinda Forest Lodge, KwaZulu-Natal
Set deep in a rare dry sand forest are 16 well-equipped air-conditioned suites. A rim flow pool, fine dining and awesome vista from the viewing deck seal the deal. www.phinda.com or (011) 809 4300.
11) Pezula, Knysna, Western Cape
The two-person bath at Knysna?s uber-luxury resort Pezula is hard to leave, despite many attractions including the outstanding Zachary?s Restaurant. The in-room amenities rank among the world?s best.
Try this once in a lifetime experience: a snow-shoe tour across two Alps ? from St. Moritz to Chur ? with accommodation in a luxury snow igloo. Go to www.iglu-dorf.com for more info.
13) Royal Livingstone Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zambia
You can hear the ?smoke that thunders? and feel the mist off the falls, you?re so close. Elephant back riding is optional. www.lhw.com/royallivingstone has more info.
14) Kubu Island, Makgadikgadi, Botswana
This granite outcrop with centuries-old baobab trees in the middle of a salt pan in Botswana, is the best camping spot in southern Africa. Find out more from Botswana Tourism
15) The first place you ever kissed her is always a good spot to revisit!
Published courtesy of GQ magazine.