Located on a private islet in the blue-on-blue Red Sea and surrounded by palm trees and bougainvillea gardens, the Djibouti Palace Kempinski (www.kempinski-dibouti.com) feels like a sumptuous, secret hideaway. The $100 million property boasts 177 rooms and suites, plus a 1,100-capacity conference center. Open since November 2006, this hotel is conveniently situated 15 minutes from Djibouti’s international airport and 10 minutes from Djibouti Town’s French colonial-flavored center.
Welcoming guests since 1998, Le Meridien Pyramids sits nestled between Cairo's nonstop bustle and the awesome splendor of the Pyramids. Literally across the street from the Pyramids and the Sphinx, the conveniently located hotel (a Starwood Resorts property) is in the Cairo-hugging suburb of Giza, a 45-minute drive from Cairo International Airport and 15 minutes from the city center. Surrounded by luxuriant gardens and an expansive swimming pool complex, the property feels like a secret urban oasis.
In upscale Nuevo Vallarta, along Mexico's Pacific Coast on the edge of Banderas Bay—15 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta International Airport—is Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort, a five-star getaway that is also a member of the Leading Hotels of the World.