We're not sure what's more impressive: the house, or the list of people who've stayed there. Located near Palm Springs, the Bing Crosby Estate is a sprawling single-level ranch, offering six bedrooms, five bathrooms, a theater room with a projector, a chef's kitchen, and tons of indoor and outdoor living space. Rumor has it that President John F. Kennedy spent a weekend here with Marilyn Monroe back in the day; more recently, Daft Punk could be found relaxing poolside before venturing to Coachella to watch the premiere of the one-minute "Get Lucky" preview. Sounds like the perfect getaway spot for those times when you need to bring the whole family with you — or better yet, an ideal venue for a relaxed bachelor's weekend.
Transport yourself to a different time with a stay at Le Moulin Du Roc. Set in the heart of Périgord, this fifteen-room property offers standard and deluxe rooms, as well as a junior suite and apartment, all distributed within the three parts of the converted 17th century mill, and connected by footbridges, terraces, and staircases. On site you'll also find a gourmet restaurant serving local products like foie gras, truffles, walnuts, beef from "La Coutancie", and duck, a tranquil pool, and lush green surroundings that serve as an ideal backdrop for a relaxing stay.
Looking for a little more room and privacy than a typical beach hotel can provide? The Alila Villas Soori has you covered. Set along the coast of southwest Bali, this luxury resort offers 15 one-bedroom Beach Pool Villas, 15 one-bedroom Ocean Pool Villas, 8 one-bedroom Mountain Pool Villas and 6 residential villas, all tastefully furnished. The resort itself is nestled between rice terraces and black sand beaches, and isn't far from the Tanah Lot Temple. In addition to the private villas, the report is also home to three unique restaurants, a world-class spa, a boutique, a fitness center, and plenty of places to relax poolside and enjoy the surrounding natural beauty.
When we wrote about the Pabst brewery going up for sale, we certainly didn't expect this. The Brewhouse Inn & Suites is a new hotel built inside the remnants of the brewery's buildings 20 and 21. It's now home to 90 guest rooms spread across six floors, including studio, one-, and two-bedroom suites, each of which is unique, and offers a fully-equipped kitchenette. Of course, this is a reclamation project and not a rebuild, and as such you'll find details like tables and headboards made from repurposed joists, a front desk made from old beer bottles, and a stained glass window — featuring King Gambrinus, the patron saint of brewers — that's over 100 years old. Oh, and Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub is also on-site, giving you a chance to order a beer at the same place they used to make it.
Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, the River Rock Resort and Hotel has you covered. In close proximity to downtown Vancouver — and even closer proximity to the airport — River Rock offers over 200 suites ranging in size from 525 to 2,800 square feet, each decked out with a sofa bed in the living room, custom Euro-top cashmere beds, and modern baths. Outside your room, you'll find a 70,000 square foot casino, a 950-sear theater, a large fitness center, an indoor pool with water slide (hey, you're never too old for those), and three restaurants: the high-end Tramonto, an International Food Court with a bevy of culinary options from all over the world, and, of course, a buffet.
We can't all afford to rent out our own private islands, but a stay at Parrot Cay comes awfully close. This luxury resort sits on a 1000-acre private island, and offers a range of rooms, suites, and villas, all of which are decked out in contemporary island decor. In addition to the accommodations, it also offers two restaurants — including one poolside — 24-hour butler service, yoga, diving, and snorkeling excursions, a beachfront location, a world-class spa, and room service menus that let you enjoy private beach picnics, tiki hut dinners and poolside meals at your villa. No, it's not your own private island — but it's close enough that you're unlikely to notice the difference.
There's a reason that The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay is considered one of the country's best hotels. Maybe it's the outstanding service, or the location on a point overlooking the Pacific. Maybe its the 261 impeccably appointed guest rooms, which include 22 oversized suites. Maybe it's the world-class spa, workout facilities, or three restaurants, one of which is dedicated to wine with a selection of more than 5,000 international vintages. Or maybe it's the two 18-hole golf courses, including one links-style course that boasts ocean views from every hole and is considered one of the best in the state. Come to think of it, maybe it's all those reasons combined. In any case, if you're looking for spot south of San Francisco to rest your head, it's one of your best options.
Is it a hotel in a monestery? In a cave? In a series of tunnels? Actually, Argos in Cappadocia is a bit of all three. Set in the breathtaking Pigeon Valley, this singularly unique hotel features 42 rooms, suites, and "splendid" suites spread out through five different mansions, ranging from 15 to 93 square meters, with the largest offering their own private cave pools. Also on site are a restaurant, lounge, and wine cellar, which is housed in a five-and-a-half kilomter tunnel that's also home to lavish meeting rooms. Add in outstanding service and fantastic views, and you have something truly special.
Enjoy the history of a 300-year-old home with all the modern comfort you'd expect from a brand-new resort at Casa Olivi. This three-story farmhouse was nearly destroyed in a fire several years ago, but has since been completely restored with modern furnishings that blend perfectly with the existing structure. Features include five bedrooms, indoor and outdoor kitchen and dining areas, a home theater, Phillipe Starck bathrooms, a spacious outdoor terrace, a rectangular infinity pool, and 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside. With a host of dining options nearby and the Mediterranean less than 30 miles away, it's an ideal home base for a fantastic vacation. [via]
It's certainly not large — it boasts only 10 rooms — but if you're looking to get away from it all, you might find Rock House to be just the right fit. Each room at this intimate island getaway offers a king size bed, and the property also features a pool, gym, and a reserved chaise on the Pink Sand beach. The food is also an attraction, with the full-service restaurant offering an excellent wine list, fresh seafood, and dangerously good drinks, plus the option of eating inside with views of the bay, in a private cabana, at the Captain's Table, or poolside. With an impeccable service staff and a location just a short distance from the ocean, it's an ideal place to do as little as possible.
If quiet and cozy are attributes you're looking for in your beach getaway, The Dunes on the Waterfront are well worth a look. Situated on the shores of the Atlantic, this 12 acre hotel offers multiple guest rooms, suites, and one- and two-bedroom cottages. On its third-generation of same-family owners since its founding in 1935, it also features direct beach access, a heated outdoor pool, and — somewhat surprisingly — free Wi-Fi, so you can still bring work along (but only if you need to).
It might not be what you'd normally think of a resort — you won't find any five-star restaurants or infinity pools here — but that doesn't mean the Out'n'About Treehouse Treesort isn't worthy of the title. Set on 36 acres of private pasture and woods, this unique spot offers a dozen of so treehouse accommodations for you to stay in, plus a central kitchen/bathroom area, and tons of outdoor activities like ziplining, horseback riding, and river rafting. Surrounded by national forest land and old growth wilderness, it's as close to nature as you're likely to get without sleeping in a tent.