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.
There are plenty of palatial places to stay in Paris — but if you truly want to experience the opulence of old-world France, book a few nights at Chateau de Villiers Le Mahieu. Built in 1642 on top of the remains of a 13th century castle, this unique estate offers 93 rooms, each of which blends modern style and colors with neo-classical elements, and features an attached bathroom. Also on the grounds, you'll find a restaurant, bar, orchard, gardens, spa, pool, a sauna, and a fitness room — and if that's not enough for you, the City of Lights is just 30 short minutes away.
There are certainly flashier places to stay in Nevis, but if you're looking for a more authentic experience, The Hermitage Plantation Inn is your best bet. Located at the base of Nevis Peak some 800 feet above the Caribbean and just a few miles from the beach, this quaint hotel offers 15 hotel rooms, each housed in a traditional style cottage and furnished with antiques. As the cottages are scattered throughout the garden, the property feels more like a small village than a resort, with the Main House — built around 1700, and claimed to be the oldest house on the island — serving as the town hall, as it serves up delicious meals prepared by cooks from nearby villages, and an amazing rum punch made using a local recipe that dates back 350 years. Like we said: Authentic.
What better name for a place welcoming world travelers than the Wanderlust Hotel? Fortunately, this interesting Design Hotels property is far more than a clever name. It offers 29 rooms across four levels, each with its own theme. Lobby level rooms feature an "industrial glam" design, while second level "eccentricity" rooms boast colorful designs, neon lights, and access to an outdoor deck. Third level rooms sports a black and white palette, while top-level rooms boast friendly "monsters" in each room. Add in a welcoming bar and French eatery Cocotte and you have an ideal base for your local adventures.
Yes, technically, Sea Island is a resort. But it's really so much more than that. Located off the Georgia coastline in between Jacksonville and Savannah, this fantastic spot features multiple accommodation options, including the 40-room Lodge, the golf-focused Inn, hundreds of rental cottages ranging from three- to seven-bedrooms in size, and the elegant Cloister, which also encompasses a beach club and ocean villas. On the property, you'll also find seven dining venues ranging from casual to the award-winning Georgian Room, five miles of pristine beach, three championship golf courses, tennis and squash courts, a 65,000 square-foot spa, a fitness center, and opportunities for fishing, boating, shooting, and hunting. Or you could just lounge by the pool — totally up to you.
It's possible to do a vacation to Belize on the cheap, renting out small huts — or even hammocks — by the ocean for just dollars a day. But if that's not your style, Las Terrazas is a good option. This luxurious resort is located on the island of Ambergris Caye, just 30 miles north of Belize City, and offers 37 full-sized townhomes ranging in size from one to three bedrooms and from 983 to 3,000 square feet. Also on site are a restaurant, full-service spa, a gorgeous pool, and, of course, plenty of pristine beach.
Close your eyes and picture Tuscany. Got it? Okay, now open them — and we're betting the image in your mind looks something like Hotel Castello di Casole. Nestled on a 4,200-acre estate, this world class resort offers 41 suites featuring large, comfy beds, modern amenities, oil paintings, reclaimed terra cotta, and luxurious bathrooms. Also on site you'll find a wide range of eating and drinking spots, a fitness center, a full-service spa, an oversized pool with terrific views, and even a 10th century castle.
It doesn't matter what season it is — we're always up for a trip to the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora. This upscale resort offers a mix of well-appointed over-water bungalows and spacious beachfront villas, some with private pools, but all with luxury amenities like down pillows, soaking tubs, complimentary snorkeling gear, a private bar, and king-size beds. Take a stroll around the grounds and you'll also find a holistic spa, a fitness center, an infinity pool, tennis courts, two restaurants, two bars, and, of course, immaculate beaches. The only downside? You eventually have to leave.
Enjoy all the benefits of a top-tier resort with all the privacy of a private residence with a stay at the Banyan Tree Samui. Perched on a private hill cove above the clear sapphire waters of Koh Samui, this unique resort consists of six different styles of villas, each with an attached private pool, comfortable bed, rainfall shower, minibar, Wi-Fi, and 40-inch TV. Also on site are a full-service spa, multiple dining and drinking venues — including the oceanside Sands — and a kids' club, so your children have something to do while you enjoy doing nothing at all.
The city of Amsterdam does a great job of blending the old with the new — so it's no surprise it's home to a hotel that does the same. Designed by Piero Lissoni, the Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam is based around a 19th century building that was once home to the Sweelinck Music Conservatorium, which has been combined with a huge glass-covered atrium to create a space all its own. Inside, you'll find 129 rooms featuring modern furniture, free Wi-Fi, and upscale bathrooms with TVs in the mirrors, as well as a lounge, cafe, restaurant, and bar. Outside, the P.C. Hoofstraat and the city's best museums are just steps away.
As winter lingers on — seriously, go away already — it's okay to contemplate a sunny getaway to somewhere warm. Somewhere like La Samanna. This luxury resort boasts 56 suites, 25 bedrooms, and 8 three- and four-bedroom villas, all of which offer king size beds, private balconies or terraces, and either marble or Caribbean-style bathrooms. Also on site are two restaurants, two bars, a wine cellar, a full-service spa, tennis courts, a fitness center, two pools, and, of course, plenty of beachside cabanas. After all, you didn't come all this way to stay in your room, right?