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22 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
At the Peninsula Hong Kong, a glass box built into the wall allows shined shoes to be delivered silently to rooms, and light switches display the outside temperature, recorded by the hotel’s weather station.
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Warschauer Str. 39-40, 10243 Berlin, Germany
New York City has the Ace Hotel, Berlin has the Michelberger, enough said... (I do have to add that the breakfast here is pretty awesome.)
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Av. Pdte. Masaryk 390, Polanco, Polanco III Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
While staying in Polanco at the luxurious Las Alcobas, my colleague and I had breakfast in the hotel every morning before heading to the office. Our friendly waiter brought us fresh fruits topped with dried coconut and drizzled with coconut milk...
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Aydinli Mah., Yavuz Sok. No:1, 50180 Göreme Belediyesi/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir, Turkey
When you travel to the Cappadocia region of Turkey you have to stay in a cave hotel. Sleeping in a room carved out of the area’s ‘fairy chimney’ rock formations is inherently cool. When you realize that your room is also literally cool—even in the...
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Excellent Art Deco small hotel to stay in Hue, Vietnam. Excellent Vietnamese cuisine, too. Plus, great value for money. (Ask for a room in their historic wing, rather than their more generic modern wing.) We enjoyed having cocktails each evening...
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1800 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264, USA
Absolutely LOVED this boutique hotel by Joie de Vivre. (And it doesn't hurt that we got a killer deal on Hotel Tonight!) It's a brilliantly converted old motel with one of the best pools ever. Stay here!
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101 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019, USA
The service at the Quin is friendly and unobtrusive, and all of the electronics in the room—the window shades, the lights, the air conditioning—are controlled by a tablet that sits by the bed. The location near Central Park is pretty...
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112 Academy Dr, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Named after the patron saint of music and poetry, the Hotel Saint Cecilia mixes Southern comfort with rock ’n’ roll style. Ringed by old oak trees, the estate includes five suites in the original Victorian-era clapboard house, six...
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3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010, USA
Bringing art into everyday life is the goal of Poketo, a small but personality-filled shop inside the hip Line Hotel. What started as a sold out run of “artist wallets” in 2003, is now a haven for all things art with an evolving...
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Shanagarry, Midleton, Co. Cork, Ireland
Ballymaloe originated as a Norman castle in the mid 15th century. Today, the 400-acre estate, 20 miles from the city of Cork, is home to a superb farm-to-table restaurant and a variety of guest rooms and cottages. For the past 30 years, the Allen...
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North Goa, Goa, India
The family estate of one of India’s leading fashion photographers has become an under-the-radar beach escape for many of Mumbai’s Bollywood stars. The hotel’s location is kept a secret until your booking is made. The owner or a staff member meets...
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Rue Abou Abbas El Sebti، 40000, Morocco
Some regents construct palaces; Morocco’s tourism-minded King Mohammed VI built this opulent hotel. It's a short walk outside the souks, not that many people get there by foot: the clientele here is the sort that opts for chauffeured...
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Gröna gången 1, 111 49 Stockholm, Sweden
A tranquil highlight of Stockholm was breakfasting on the patio at Hotel Skeppsholmen, overlooking the water.
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Södra Blasieholmshamnen 2, 111 48 Stockholm, Sweden
Who knew that I’d find a new family in Stockholm? But that’s exactly what happened when I checked into the chic Lydmar, comfortably sandwiched between the Grand Hotel (where the Nobel Prizes are awarded) and the National Museum. That first evening...
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2600 8th Ave S #109, Nashville, TN 37204, USA
See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. When the historic Sutler Saloon reopened in Nashville in September 2014, chef Nick Seabergh took the helm and built a menu around a wood-fired grill and hickory smoker. Chef Seabergh’s new menu respects a...
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405 Spray Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1J4, Canada
Visiting the legendary Fairmont Banff Springs Resort is like walking through a history lesson. Kids will love all the pictures of the hotel’s old days, as well as the castle-like feeling of the stone halls and archways, built over 125 years...
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800 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA
Not everyone gets to live across the street from the White House. Before the current Italian-Renaissance hotel was constructed in 1927, the prime real estate was occupied by the homes of two little-known American icons: John Hay—personal...
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Kurhausstrasse 65, 8032 Zürich, Switzerland
The castlelike Dolder looms large, both literally (it’s a massive complex, hovering high above the city) and in local lore (guests have included Winston Churchill and Elizabeth Taylor). In 2008, it received an over-the-top extension and...
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Torres del Paine, Torres de Paine, Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region, Chile
Located next to Torres del Paine National Park and Lake Sarmiento, Awasi Patagonia is the perfect setting to take in some of the most striking views in the Chilean Patagonia region. Awasi Patagonia comprises 12 private villas and a main lodge with...
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3-7-1-2, 3丁目-7 西新宿 新宿区 東京都 163-1055, Japan
Here, a room-service breakfast meant an amazing variety of food with an incredible view of the metropolis. The Park Hyatt Tokyo is famous for the location where Lost in Translation was filmed.
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A gorgeous Art Deco-inspired hotel, classic elegance despite being the newest construction on the historic Bund. My suite was like something out of the Great Gatsby, but with the highest of high-tech touches like free international calling using a...
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Carretera Hiram Bingham KM 7.5, Machu Picchu, Peru
If you ride the Hiram Bingham and are not staying at the lodge, you can do tea at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel on site. It's a big spread of sandwiches, fruit, and desserts, along with tea, soft drinks, or coffee. While it's...
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89-113 Kent St, Millers Point NSW 2000, Australia
A longtime favorite among royalty, rock stars, actors, and visiting dignitaries, the Langham hotel completed a $30 million renovation in December 2014. London-based GA Designs was charged with retaining the hotel’s stately...
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Not only did I have the chance to experience the three incredible Singita Grumeti Reserves' lodges (Faru Faru, Sabora Luxury Tented Camp and Sasakwa), but I had the chance to see Singita's new mobile tented camp, Explore, which just opened. Since...
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139 Tepene Tablelands Rd, Matauri Bay 0245, New Zealand

Set amid 6,000 acres of sprawling hills near Matauri Bay (four hours' drive from Auckland), with jaw-dropping vistas of Cape Brett and the offshore Cavalli Islands, The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is as spacious as it’s seductive. Soak up...

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Strada Comunale Serra, 1, 14055 Annunziata, Costigliole d'Asti AT, Italy
Winemaker Renato Ratti recently opened to the public his family’s 18th-century, 13-room villa in the Piedmont countryside. An old cellar stores decades’ worth of Ratti wines. Guided tastings can be arranged upon request, and bottles can be shipped...
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47900 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
Described by devotees as the most luxurious, one-of-a-kind lodging experience in all of California, the Post Ranch Inn was purpose-built to blend in with the Santa Lucia Mountains. Opened in 1992, and designed by famed Big Sur architect Mickey...
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México 307, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
Tucked along Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, the Rosewood Mayakoba features 120 suites as well as an overwater spa, which specializes in Maya health rituals. The spa’s Temazcál Ritual draws on ancient customs while providing mental...
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Mambal, Abiansemal, Mambal, Abiansemal, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80352, Indonesia
It took three years to realize this passion project: a spa retreat built mainly of bamboo. Book a riverfront suite, or the hotel can arrange a stay in a rural family’s home. This appeared in the January/February 2013 issue.
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Osa Peninsula, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
Off the coast of Costa Rica’s remote Osa Peninsula, spend your days at sea counting humpback whales, identifying them by their markings, plotting their movements, and recording their sounds. Your work will help to determine if the same whales...
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Barra - State of Bahia, Brazil
A few years ago I stayed in this off the beaten path beach in Brazil called Taipu de Fora. From Bahia (Salvador), you have to take a local ferry, a local bus, and then a speedboat to get to the village of Barra Grande. Allow 1 day for travel....
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Perched on an elevated plateau adjoined with soaring limestone cliffs, Soori Bali, a stunning eco-chic boutique resort with picturesque views of the cerulean Indian ocean, is an exquisite model of eco-modern design. Located on the parched savannah...
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39171 Tassajara Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93924, USA
In 1967, Tassajara (already a storied hot springs resort) became the first Zen monastery outside Japan. Run by the San Francisco Zen Center, the monastery is open to the public from May through September and closed the rest of the year for...
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Lighthouse Road, West End, Negril ., Jamaica
Next door to the historic Negril lighthouse and not far from the crowded cliffs of Rick's Cafe, is a more intimate option for both cliff jumping and all-inclusive resort called The Caves. Fit with an outdoor bar, a restaurant built into the caves...
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100 Dorado Beach Drive, Dorado, 00646, Puerto Rico
Surrounded by heavenly smells, exotic island textures, and natural sounds I could spend my whole vacation soaking up the carefully curated details in Spa Botanico's luxurious spa escape. After waltzing through a delicate curtain of lavender and...
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3, 2 Khao Rd, Khwaeng Wachira Phayaban, Khet Dusit, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10300, Thailand
My wife and 17 month old son enjoy one of many dips in the pool during an amazing weekend in Bangkok's hottest new hotel. We recently spent an amazing weekend at the newly opened The Siam. Owned by a local rock star, this place is sexy and very...