Like other cosmopolitan cities with a rich history, New York has as many layers as the Yemeni dessert Bint Al Sahn, as many nuances as Baudrillard’s Simulacra and Simulations, the subtleties of a Montrachet. In other words: it’s difficult to navigate. The difference between a quiet morning of coffee and pastry or getting steamrolled by a group of shopping teens could be one block. And that’s why you’ll want to know about The Broome, a boutique hotel in a SoHo brownstone.
Welcome to the Jungle
Ka’ana is a boutique resort, but rather than catering to those who like to sit by a pool all day with umbrella drinks, it encourages its guests to leave every day. Don’t get us wrong, there is a pool, and if you want an umbrella drink, it can be arranged. But Belize is a country ripe for adventure, and Ka’ana wants to be your (very luxurious) base camp.
Ski-in, relax, Ski-out
Telluride is a mountain destination without peer: lift-served ski terrain pushes above 13,000 feet; five-star restaurants share main street with dive bars; accommodations in historic downtown and in the resort-oriented Mountain Village range from luxury hotels to cozy lodges. It’s the ski vacation we dreamed of as kids, and when we finally got to take it, we stayed at the Inn At Lost Creek, a ski-in/ski-out boutique hotel on Sunset Plaza in Mountain Village.
Come for the baths, leave for the government officials
Kamchatka isn’t just that territory in Risk where Alaska’s always leaking through to ruin Asia’s dominant 8-player bonus. Nope, it’s a real place, one that combines the enormity of the Canadian Tundra, Hawaii’s volcanic peaks and Iceland’s hot springs. Little does anyone know, you can technically vacation there, and not just if you’re heading to Mr. Putin’s Gulag Resort No. 1. No, if you happen to have connections with the Russian government (we aren’t kidding), you can stay at Russo-Balt North Adventures Kamchatka instead, where lonely serenity meets luxury and soaks in thermal hot springs until it’s turned nearly to jelly.
Geometry and geography collide
When native Germans Dirk Engelmann and Patrick Gott uprooted their lives and moved to South Africa to start a lifelong dream, the Cube Guest House was born. The guesthouse embodies Engelmann and Gott’s approach towards modern European aesthetics that sharply contrast the surrounding dark outlines of Cape Town’s Table Mountain posturing in the background. Add…
Canadianisms not included
Canada is widely known for its maple syrup, hockey, Mike Meyers and Canadian bacon — all perfectly excellent things. But beyond the typical clichés, our northern neighbor’s rugged landscape is full of intrigue and adventure. Few places capture this Canadian beauty as well as the Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino, which provides a relaxing environment and one of the best spots in the world from which to cast your luxuriating gaze.
Escape the ordinary... hotel
When looking for a place to stay in Southern California there are a number of beautiful and unique options. However, only one is both an National Historic Landmark and a beautiful resort that’s housed guests as varied as Thomas Edison and David Beckham since 1888: the Hotel del Coronado.
It’s hard to believe it’s been 40 years since London last christened a new luxury hotel. Standing inside the Bulgari Hotel London, though, you’d be hard pressed not to call the wait well worth it. Nestled in London’s Knightsbridge neighborhood, home of the wealthiest of London’s wealthy, Bulgari’s latest hotel has quite clearly taken a different path than its brethren: better design, less bling.
A boutique hotel in Tel Aviv
On Friday morning the scene along Rothschild Boulevard is picturesque: Young parents push their kids along in strollers; beautiful women ride by on Tel-O-Fun rental bikes; kiosks on the street corners serve orange juice squeezed to order; people drink coffee and beer in sidewalk cafes; a group of men play petanque under the looming ficus trees. The weather is in the 80s and sunny with a breeze. Stretching from Neve Tzedek (Tel Aviv’s first neighborhood) by the Mediterranean to Habima Square in the heart of the city, Rothschild Boulevard is a slice of paradise in the Holy Land, and if you’re not paying attention you could walk right by The Rothschild 71, a new boutique hotel tucked back a few yards from the leafy street.
Turn it up to eleven
Luxury adventure company Eleven takes its name from the ‘80s “rockumentary” This is Spinal Tap. In the movie, band member Nigel tells new guy Marty that while other bands’ amps go up to ten, theirs go to eleven: one louder than ten. Staying at Eleven’s Scarp Ridge Lodge amid the Colorado high country of Crested Butte is, well, an eleven experience, full of luxurious comfort.
When vacationing south of the border, choosing where to stay among endless resorts, hotels and inns can be somewhat overwhelming. But for a truly singular experience — one laid seamlessly among placid lagoons, thick mangrove forests and pristine white Caribbean sand — allow your wearied eyes to rest upon Rosewood Mayakoba. This swanky, 1600-acre Riviera Maya getaway has your tropical beach dreams trumped.
Tar Heel paradise
Considering its home holds title as one of the original thirteen colonies, “old” has a fitting place in the name of Old Edwards Inn & Spa. This top-tier Euro-chic luxury resort rests comfortably amid the mystical Blue Ridge Mountains in Highlands, North Carolina. 2013 has been a banner year for Old Edwards — awarded a spot on Conde Nast’s Gold List, second place on Travel + Leisure‘s list of best resorts in the continental U.S., and fourteenth on TripAdvisor‘s U.S. list.
Back to the homestead
Australia is, fairly or unfairly, characterized by a lot of things: didgeridoos, Bloomin’ onions, kangaroos, boomerangs, a land full of Steve Irwins (RIP), but it also makes the list for one of our most coveted vacation spots. The craggy mountains of the Australian Outback meet unpredictable luxury at Arkaba Station, an 1850s homestead turned hotel.
Come June, those of us in the northern latitudes leave the hearth behind and burst into the sunlight to savor a precious few months of warmth, pressed for time before the days grow short again. This often entails going yet farther north, and in Minnesota, “up north” often means the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. We spent a long weekend in a cabin outside of Ely (“Ee-lee”), a gateway town to the BWCA.
A room for you and the conch-ubine
At the invitation of the Hyatt Key West, we shacked up there for a long weekend to explore the island, the last stop in the Keys. While the other Keys are known for their beaches (Bahia Honda), diving (Key Largo) and fishing (Marathon), Key West is known principally for its eccentricity: it’s the place that values individuality, the arts, fresh seafood, rowdy bars, polydactyl cats and drag shows. The Hyatt is refuge amid the stir.
Check out where 007 checked-in
Every guy has dreamed of living the Bond life at some point in time. What man wouldn’t want to drive missile-equipped Aston Martins, blow through government slush funds on the tables of Monaco and spar with Grace Jones in bed woo every striking woman in a 200 mile radius while drinking the finest champagne? Practicing…
Wi-Fi password: PaRAd1s3
Of course you want to go somewhere nice on vacation — the problem is so does everyone else. You could spend your vacation at that all-inclusive fighting over a cabana with a lovely couple from Omaha, or you could man up and take yourself and the significant other to a real tropical destination. Located in…
For outdoorsy types who still want the indoorsy amenities of a fine hotel, consider the Resort at Paws Up, a lux-ranch in Greenough, Montana, about 25 miles from Missoula. Amid scenery straight out of A River Runs Through It (literally — the movie was filmed nearby), you can choose daily activities including ATV riding, fly-fishing,…
Luxurious terrarium living
Attrap’ Rêves (or dreamcatcher in English), is an innovative French hotel chain located in the Alps, Provence, and Côtes d’Azur regions, geared towards eco-friendly travelers who dream of sleeping under an open night sky with all of the comforts of home. Each bubble stands roughly 10 feet high by 14 feet wide, and comes equipped…
One star resort
Part childhood camp, part adult retreat, all neo-luddite, Camp Wandawega proves relaxation doesn’t have to involve iPads and DVRs. In lieu of technology, Wandawega’s camp counselors — oh yes, there are counselors — are happy to point you to activities like lake fishing, archery, various court sports, or one of the many other non-internet-connected activities…
Whoa, down in Mexico
With just 20 bungalows strewn across 99-acres of mountainside in Mexican wine country, Endemico Resguardo Silvestre might be the best reason to go South of the Border yet. Designed with eco-friendly mentality the demure, yet capacious rooms (each measures about 215 sq ft), called EcoLofts, are built from corten steel and elevated from the ground…
Our weekend at the Golden City institution
All hotels are judged on their location, amenities, and service, but a unique sense of style is usually what separates the good from the remarkable. San Francisco’s historic Clift has all of these qualities in ample supply. Since being opened in 1915 on the corner of Geary and Taylor St., the luxury hotel has offered…
Oh, the weather outside is frightful
It may be -26°F outside, but inside the comfort of your thermal glass igloo, it’s far from rough. With a campus of 20 glass ensconced igloos, Igloo Village in Kakslauttanen, Finland is a star-gazing bonanza. Capture views of the Northern Lights and Arctic stars while you bask in a fully appointed room dome complete with…
Summer Camp, Alternately
With an ambiance centered around summer activities ranging from ping pong to kiteboarding and amenities ranging from a sand-filled pool to an open-air beer garden, staying at Ruschmeyer’s ($250+) is a bit like walking onto the set of Wet Hot American Summer. Even the blondes walking in from the beaches seem to have an Elizabeth…
Q would be proud
If you’ve got a proclivity for the gadgets (as in your tech gear needs a bag of its own), a bit of the design bug and also happen to find yourself in London, there’s really only one hotel for you. A cross between British bespoke and Apple Store, central London’s Eccleston Square Hotel boasts enough…
If we were to quickly surmise what the Mondrian SoHo hotel is in just 8 words it might be along the lines of: “you might just think you’re a celebrity, also.” Perhaps it’s the crowd, casual meets jetset, or the river of high-heeled women, or highly-tuned design but it wouldn’t surprise us if the hotel…
If someone were to ask you where to find one of the world’s best getaways, your first instinct might not be East Tennessee. But an easy drive from Knoxville, TN at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains you’ll find Blackberry Farms — 4,200 bucolic acres of pure getaway grandeur. A farm with a penchant…
A long way from YMCA Summers
Drive three hours south of Sydney to New South Wales’ Jervis Bay and tucked away on preserved land you’ll find Paperbark Camp. Founded in 1998 by Irena and Jeremy Hutching, the eco-friendly glamping upscale camping lodge touts everything from white-sand beaches with secret coves to pre-breakfast kangaroo spotting. Canoeing and torch-lit night hikes through eucalyptus…
The Room with the Golden View
Located in Oracabessa, on the north coast of Jamaica, the GoldenEye Resort isn’t a kitschy hommage to the classic game where you can play real-life scenarios of pistols, license to kill, in the Complex — not that we wouldn’t love that. But it does, however, have James Bond lineage. Once home to Ian Fleming, where…
A place to reflect
Maybe one day, we’ll all live in houses that blend in so closely with their surroundings they simply vanish into the environment. Until then we’ll just have to settle on innovative offerings in the hospitality industry, like the Treehotel in Northern Sweden. One of their several surreal treehomes, the Mirrorcube, designed by architects Tham &…