From rustic retreats near London to an otherworldly home in Joshua Tree, these are the places we’re dreaming of checking into this season.

1. Britain shows off its rural side. Londoners have perfected the art of the minibreak, and it’s easy to see why: Stylish countryside stays are just a quick drive away. These five places are worth a detour. Jenn Flowers

2. The Singita Ebony Lodge reopens with a new look.

More than two decades ago, the safari company Singita set a new standard for luxury with the debut of the opulent Ebony Lodge, tucked away on a 45,000-acre reserve next to Kruger National Park in South Africa. The lodge recently reopened with a refreshing new feel, thanks to Cape Town–based contemporary design team Cécile & Boyd. Natural canvas and floor-to-ceiling windows have replaced brick walls, and vintage trunks and canopied beds are a nod to African safari camps of yore. Doubles from $2,450, all-inclusive. Jane Broughton

3. The Ritz Paris hotel reopens this June after a three-and-a-half-year renovation.

Colin Peter Field, head barman of the hotel’s Bar Hemingway, raises a toast. Lindsey Tramuta

4. The Joshua Tree House is the perfect desert sanctuary.

The quirky namesake trees outside are just the first sign you’ve left real life behind. Ann Abel

5. The Suján Rajmahal Palace gives travelers old community ties and modern luxury. 

Jaisal Singh’s Sher Bagh brought luxury camping to India. With the opening of his latest, Suján Rajmahal Palace in Jaipur, he breaks down what sets his retreats apart. Jenn Flowers

Gift Shop Bonus: Go Ahead and Pop Off

St. Regis Christofle saber
Let’s just get this out of the way: Yes, this custom St. Regis Christofle stainless steel saber, with its hand-etched sterling silver handle and its $25,000 price tag, is over the top. Yes, there are much simpler ways to uncork a bottle of champagne. But there isn’t a more dramatic gesture to celebrate a special occasion. If you’re unsure how to wield one of these, don’t worry. Every purchase comes with a hands-on master class, the same demo St. Regis butlers receive as part of their training. Andrew Richdale


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