Hotels which Inspire Us to Travel

Spectacularly situated lodges, romantic resorts, revived historic hotels, and neighbourhood hubs.  
Le Barthelemy Hotel & Spa, St. Barths,
Le Barthélemy’s pool in St. Barths. Photo by Olivier Leroi/ Le Barthelemy Hotel & Spa.


Panoramic windows onto the world

The canvas domed tents at Asilia’s The Highlands perch on the forested slopes of a volcano in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater area. The sustainable lodge is a perfect base for game drives to spot elephants, buffalo, zebras, and leopards (; doubles from $430/ Rs 27,730; rates vary according to season; includes all meals, selected hikes, game drives, and transfers to/from Manyara airstrip). Shades of blue saturate the sea-to-sky views from Le Barthélemy Hotel, on St. Barths’ Grand Cul-de-Sac beach (; doubles from €576/ Rs 39,450; includes breakfast, water sports, and transfers to/from airport or harbour).

Asilia’s The Highlands, Tanzania

Geodesic tents at Asilia’s The Highlands, in Tanzania offer the wildest views. Photo by Asilia.

At Amanemu, private terraces and onsen hot baths overlook forested islets and oyster rafts in Japan’s “Bay of Pearls” (; doubles from JPY 1,10,000/ Rs 65,116; suites have private onsen baths). Explora Valle Sagrado, in Peru, looks up—and around—to a ring of serrated Andean peaks (; doubles from $3,244/ Rs 2,10,000 for 3 nights; includes meals, transfers to/from airport and railway station, all exploration tours). On the urban flip side, majestic Table Mountain fills the floor-to-ceiling windows at The Silo, in Cape Town, South Africa (; doubles from ZAR 12,000/ Rs 57,500; includes breakfast and entry to Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa opening September 2017).



Grand hotels with fresh makeovers

Timber Cove, a 1963 Frank Lloyd Wright–inspired lodge, features new redwood-decked suites overlooking California’s Sonoma coast (; doubles from $255/ Rs 16,450). The Beekman transformed a 19th-century building into Lower Manhattan’s destination hotel, thanks partly to the soaring nine-story atrium lobby (; doubles from $399/ Rs 25,730). The reopened Hotel Royal Savoy, in Lausanne, restored its art nouveau exterior and appended a state-of-the-art Swiss spa (; doubles from CHF 350/ Rs 22,450). The historic Pulitzer Hotel, in Amsterdam, added a courtyard sculpture garden, giant swings, and themed suites (; doubles from €314/ Rs 21,500).



Trendy spots where travellers and locals hang out

Great Room, Timber Cove, California

Guests in the Great Room in Timber Cove, California, can kick back beside the fireplace and enjoy their extensive vinyl record collection. Photo by Staci Marengo.

The Tilden Hotel, in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, brings in local poets and artists for rotating residencies (; doubles from $279/ Rs 18,000). Hotel Saint George shares an address—and a clever vibe—with the indie Marfa Book Company in Texas (doubles from $215/ Rs 13,900). Local acts perform at the music club at the Ace Hotel New Orleans, a community magnet in the Warehouse District (; doubles from $112/ Rs 7,200). The Williamsburg Hotel loans bikes for exploring Brooklyn (; doubles from $18,830/ Rs 12,16,515), while Chicago’s The Robey opens doors to the arty Wicker Park neighbourhood (; doubles from $195/ Rs 12,500). FOUND:RE Phoenix, which doubles as a gallery for area artists, embodies the Arizona city’s downtown revival (; doubles from $101/ Rs 6,500).



Hideaways for romance

The barrel-vaulted, 16th-century chapel at Masseria Trapanà, in southern Italy, provides a cosy setting for making —or renewing—vows (; doubles from). Sandals Royal Caribbean, in Jamaica, introduces luxury South Pacific–style over-the-water villas—with outdoor showers and glass floors for viewing marine life—to the region (;doubles from $1025/ Rs 66,100). Casa Laguna Hotel & Spa, in California’s Laguna Beach, offers colourful, intimate rooms at a 1920s former artist colony dotted with palm trees (; doubles from $229/ Rs 14,750; the Garden rooms have a private curated library). On an island located in the Maldives’ Noonu Atoll, Soneva Jani features over-the-water villas with retractable roofs for stargazing (; villas from $2,088/ Rs 1,35,000). In Mexico, Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya fronts white sands ideal for beachcombing, with sleek rooms that look onto tropical gardens, a clear lagoon, or the Caribbean Sea (; doubles from $350/ Rs 22,550).

The Robey’s rooftop Chicago

Stay cool at The Robey’s rooftop in Chicago.
Photo by Nicolas Schuybroek Architects & Marc Mercks Interiors/ Courtesy of Grupo Habita.

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