Condé Nast Hot List 2010

  Guests at this 12-suite resort nestled in an 11,000-acre rain forest preserve are not expected to converse with the gardener over mojitos on, say, the benefits of growing vegetables by the Mayan lunar calendar. Nor should they feel required—despite urgings by the new management, a husband-and-wife team with years of experience in the African eco-luxury industry—to dance by firelight to Garifuna drumming. But chances are they will. Sure, there are benefits to staying poolside and to bird-watching from the main lodge (the area is home to hundreds of species) or even au naturel nature sighting from one's glass-windowed shower, but the emphasis here is getting off your khaki-covered backside and exploring the area's coral reefs, jungles, and Mayan ruins.