You know a resort and the land it sits on is truly special when it takes an act of Congress to allow the development. Amangiri, which sits at the heart of the aptly named Grand Circle in a stunning pocket of Southwest America, is that special property.
I’m on the back of an elephant straddling the Thai-Burmese border, which happens to be a river, and the elephant is submerged. Before I know it, a trunk is directed my way and I cop a face-full of mud-brown water.
Being eye to eye with a shark while you're having a massage may not sound relaxing, but it could happen at Lime Spa, the world's first underwater spa. Set 100m out to sea and eight metres under, guests descend a candlelit staircase to a circular pod with wraparound windows.