Urban Cowboy
     

Urban Cowboy

Brooklyn, New York

Looking for a more authentic Big Apple stay than a chain hotel can provide? You'll find it at Urban Cowboy Bed & Breakfast. Designed to offer guests the feeling of staying in a modern Brooklyn townhouse, this unique accommodation offers four bedrooms in the freestanding townhouse as well as a rustic cabin the backyard and an open parlor floor that combines both modern and rustic elements — just like the rest of the property — and offers a place for guests to meet and mingle, possibly with native Brooklynites on nights when the owner is throwing a dinner party.

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Mara Toto
     

Mara Toto

Maasai Mara, Kenya

Think staying in a tent is unsuitable for a high-end safari? Then you're obviously never seen Mara Toto. Nestled in the 70,000 acre Mara North Conservancy on the banks of the Ntiakitiak River, this luxury camp features five spacious canvas tents, complete with en-suite bathrooms with huge brass "safari showers", 24-hour electricity, fine dining, and designs drawn from the romantic era of East African exploration. While you enjoy the wild surroundings, you might also catch a glimpse of the leopards who live nearby, or perhaps even wildebeest and zebra on their annual migrations, which is more than we can say for your average posh hotel.

Photos: Lorna Buchanan-Jardine
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ME Ibiza
     

ME Ibiza

Ibiza, Spain

Ibiza has a well-earned reputation as a party town, but you don't have to have clubbing on your itinerary to enjoy a stay at ME Ibiza. Set along the shoreline with direct access for yachts, this retreat is notable for its sleek, minimalist decor that extends from the 179 bedrooms and 26 deluxe suites to the rest of the property. Amenities include a rooftop restaurant and bar with a private pool and 360-degree views, a ground floor Mediterranean bar and restaurant, two waterside pools, a spa, and international beach club Nikki Beach just steps away — just in case that clubbing urge gets the best of you.

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Topping Rose House
     

Topping Rose House

Bridgehampton, New York

It doesn't matter whether you're looking for cozy accommodations inside a historical home or a solid room inside a sleek structure — Topping Rose House offers both. Located in the heart of town, this luxury retreat is within walking distance of many attractions. Both the main house, which dates to 1842, and the sleek cottages — located between the apple orchard and on-site farm — offer king and twin guestrooms as well as one-bedroom suites, while studio accommodations are available above the spa. There's also a heated pool and a 75-seat restaurant helmed by chef Tom Colicchio that uses produce from the farm and top ingredients from local purveyors. If that wasn't enough, Colicchio also operates the hotel, so every detail is looked after as carefully as he places garnish on one of his signature dishes.

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21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati
     

21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati

Cincinnati, Ohio

The Queen City is full of great museums, so it only makes sense that it's also home to the 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati. Like its sister hotel in Louisville, the 21c in Cincy is both an outstanding hotel and an art museum, playing host to a number of rotating exhibits in its two-story gallery that's conveniently open 24/7. As for the rooms, there are a number of options, ranging from the Deluxe King all the way up to the spacious Corner Suite, but all of them offer contemporary styling, comfortable beds, custom furnishings, sleek bathrooms, and whimsical touches. Don't forget the eating and drinking options, which include Metropole — one of the city's best restaurants, named after the former Metropole Hotel that occupied the space — and the seasonal Cocktail Terrace, which offers terrific views from its 11th floor rooftop perch. Oh, and keep an eye out for the roaming yellow penguins.

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Bedarra Island Resort
     

Bedarra Island Resort

Bedarra Island, Australia

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.

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D.O.M. Hotel Roma
     

D.O.M. Hotel Roma

Rome, Italy

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.

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Hotel SP34
     

Hotel SP34

Copenhagen, Denmark

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.

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Amanoi
     

Amanoi

Ninh Thuận, Vietnam

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.

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The Thief
     

The Thief

Oslo, Norway

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.

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Hotel Punta Islita
     

Hotel Punta Islita

Islita, Costa Rica

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.

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Hanging Gardens Ubud
     

Hanging Gardens Ubud

Payangan, Bali

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.

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