Accepted wisdom says that all-inclusive resorts are for tourists, not true travelers, who wouldn't be caught dead sipping coladas on the beach side of a fence built to keep out local color. But inclusives aren't all defined by buffet lines, pools overrun with children, and watery cocktails. Great resorts allow world travelers to slow down and experience a destination on a profound level. These hideaways are worth seeking out. These are the best of the bunch.
Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp
Lost in the jungles of Chiang Rai in northern Thailand, the Golden Triangle Luxury Camp is built for both the comfort of its clients and the convenience of the local herd. When visitors aren't learning to ride friendly pachyderms or participating in Mahout-supervised "elephant yoga" sessions, they can enjoy Thai cooking classes, spa treatments, and treks to visit nearby hill tribes. Hikes in the surrounding hills come with views nearby of Myanmar and Laos, and a ride down the Mekong River on a private longtail boat is a lovely (if lazier) option for anyone looking to explore the wilderness around the resort. One of Thailand's most interesting museums, dedicated to opium, is only a short walk away. [From $825 a night; goldentriangle.anantara.com]