There are plenty of eco-friendly resorts, plenty of luxury resorts, and plenty of private resorts. It's just rare to find all three in the same place. Yet that's the case with Bedarra Island Resort. Located in Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, this intimate, off-grid resort offers eight villas, each boasting a private balcony, ocean views, king-size beds, and LED TVs. Many also offer private plunge pools, and all of them include a buffet-style breakfast, light lunch, multi-course dinner, and access to the self-service bar. While you're there, you can take advantage of the pristine beaches, enjoy activities like sea kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling, fishing, and tennis, or just lounge by the pool. And since most of the resort's power comes from solar panels, with water coming from rooftop collection systems and natural springs, you don't have to feel guilty about it, either.
Nestled on a street that's been home to some of the area's most important people since the Renaissance, the D.O.M. Hotel Roma offers a bridge between the old and new — not to mention an excellent night's stay. The 24-room hotel boasts glimpses at some of the original elements of the 17-century convent which it now occupies, including exposed brick walls, wooden ceilings, and blocks of marble with ancient religious inscriptions. But it mixes those with sleek furnishings, a lounge, a bistro-style restaurant complete with three original Warhol silkscreens, and a rooftop terrace bar.
Yes, we know — it sounds more like a type of sunscreen than it does a hotel. But one visit to Hotel SP34 will have you forgetting all that. Situated in the old Latin Quarter, this new 118-room hotel offers clean rooms with sleek, simple designs, free Wi-Fi, three bars/eateries, including both a tapas bar and a burger joint, REN Clean skincare products in every room, a rooftop terrace, conference facilities, a cinema, a daily wine hour, and accommodations ranging from standard rooms all the way up to the view-tastic Penthouse suite. As for the origins of the name? Take a close look at the address.
It only makes sense that a place named after the Sanskrit-derived word for "peace" would be peaceful — and Amanoi is most certainly that. The latest in the family of upscale Aman resorts, this stunning accommodation sits in Nui Chua National Park, on a white sand beach overlooking Vinh Hy Bay. As with its sister resorts, the design of the place blends clean, modern sensibilities with local influences, with features like large, comfy beds, soaking tubs, rainfall showers, a great restaurant, an infinity pool, and, of course, great views.
Located on the waterfront next to the new Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, The Thief is an ideal place to stay as you explore the Norwegian capital. Boasting 119 rooms ranging from standard kings to the amazing penthouse Oslo Suite, all of its accommodations make for a great stay, with amenities like king size beds, Geneva sounds systems, luxury wool blankets, Nespresso machines, and "rainforest" showers. Also on site is a full-service spa, a bar, lounge, two eateries, and a rooftop bar with the best views in town.
Set on a hillside overlooking the Pacific, Hotel Punta Islita is an ideal choice for those looking for a bit more privacy than you'll find at your standard accommodation. Set on 300 acres, this scenic resort offers everything from standard double rooms all the way up to private villas, all of which offer outdoor areas and ocean views. And should you feel the need to move about a bit, you'll also find a fitness center, a 9-hole golf course, tennis courts, two pools, gardens, a spa, and two restaurants on site — and, of course, don't forget about the beach.
Set in the rainforest at the heart of Bali, Hanging Gardens Ubud is an exquisite alternative to a traditional beach resort. The multi-level property is home to 38 villas ranging in size from 100 to 160 square meters, and all boasting king-size four-poster beds, handmade baths, terraces with open-air showers, and Java stone infinity pools. Speaking of pools, the resort is home to one of the world's most dramatic — a split-level infinity pool lined with Batu Chandi slate stone. Add in the restaurant, bar, river cafe, spa and great views of the neighboring Padmasana Temple, and you've got all the ingredients needed for a stellar vacation.
The South Pacific is filled with great places to take a vacation — but you'd be foolish to book a trip to the obvious stops without checking out Palau. And the Palau Pacific Resort is the place to stay while you're there. Set on 64 acres of tropical gardens on one of the nine inhabited islands, this high-end resort boasts 160 rooms with traditional decor and many with ocean views, as well as its own white sand beach, multiple restaurants and bars, a full-service spa, a diving center, tennis courts, a gym, and the requisite infinity pool. Need something more? There's always the private dinner for two atop the ocean, or you can hop in a kayak and explore the hundreds of islands that make up the country.
The only thing eating at an authentic Italian restaurant in Italy? Not having to sleepily drive your car somewhere after your meal. Set on a hillside on the Amalfi Coast high above the Tyrhenian Sea, La Tagliata is a unique hideaway offering just two rooms — La Botticella, with a king size bed, a private balcony with Jacuzzi, and a mosaic shower, and La Limonella, with a private terrace, king bed, and glass-walled bathroom. Breakfast is included with a stay in either room, as is access to the onsite gardens — but you'll probably just want to eat at the restaurant anyway.
Greece might be best known for its yogurt, ancient ruins, and epic legends, but one visit to Grace Santorini will have you forgetting all of that. Set upon a hillside with breathtaking views of the Caldera, this upscale resort offers a variety of rooms and suites — some with private plunge pools — decked out in traditional white and filled with luxurious fixtures and furnishings. Also on site is an infinity pool, conveniently located right next to the bar and Mediterranean fusion restaurant, as well as a gym, spa treatment room, and hundreds of spots to catch a great sunset view.
Pop quiz: What's the capital of Australia? If you said Sydney, guess again — while Canberra might not be at the top of everyone's Down Under checklist, it's more than worth a visit, and Hotel Hotel is the place to stay while you're there. Taking up three floors of the Nishi building on Lake Burley Griffin, it offers 68 sleek, stylish rooms outfitted with an eye on sustainability, as well as a cinema, grocery store, bicycle shop, gym, library, gallery, spa, hair salon, and multiple eateries, bars, and lounges all just steps from your door.
It's not big in terms of rooms — there's only three suites in the entire place — but it's certainly big in terms of height. The Faralda NDSM Crane Hotel, as the name suggests, is built inside a crane, with its three rooms sitting at 35, 40, and 45 meters up, respectively. Each room has its own theme, with interesting art, eclectic furniture, and an upscale bathroom. And should you feel like grabbing an even better gaze of the city, head to the top deck, where you'll find a jacuzzi and unencumbered 360º views.