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.
As arguably the best hotel in the entire country, the Country Club Lima has a lot going for it. It's located in the capital's swanky San Isidro, and offers up over 80 luxurious rooms and suites for you to choose from. Around the grounds, you'll find 300 pieces of original artwork borrowed from the nearby Pedro de Osma Museum, multiple eateries and bars, including the award-winning Perroquet Restaurant, a state-of-the-art gym, and a spa. Visitors also enjoy access to the exclusive Lima Golf Club across the street, close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, and — should you be up for an adventure — it's within 300 miles of Machu Picchu.
There are literally hundreds of places to stay in NYC, but if you're looking for an experience that's a little less traditional, Bivouac might be just the thing. This art project/campsite will be open in New Yorkin May & June, then head to London in August and Boston in September. In every case, the camp will feature seven custom-made tents that can hold up to two people (three if you want to get extra cozy), and a canteen that offers a kitchen, oversized communal table, library, and morning coffee. Oh, and did we mention it's on a rooftop? Yeah, so you get some nice views as well. Just don't go in expecting too much luxury, as Internet, electricity, and showers aren't part of the deal.
Drinking in the oldest pub in town? Very cool. Sleeping in the oldest bed? Not so much. When it comes to accomodations in Ireland's capitol, you'd be hard pressed to do better than The Merrion. This luxury hotel is built from four restored Georgian townhouses, for a total of 123 guest rooms and 19 suites. Irish fabrics and antiques can be found in the rooms, which are joined on-site by the full-service Tethra spa, an indoor pool, two bars — including The Cellar Bar, which is set in the original 18th Century wine vaults — and two restuarants, one of which has earned two Michelin stars.
Plenty of forts are open to visitors — but how many let you actually stay there? Spitbank Fort does, making it one of the more unique accommodations around. It was completed in 1878 as a fortification against a possible French invasion, continued its use through WWII, and has now become a luxury hotel with spacious Admiral Suites, cozy Commodore Rooms, three dining areas, and multiple bars. It's not exactly cheap, but then again, how often can you rent out an island that's also a fort?
When most guys plan on a trip to Australia, the heavyweights Sydney and Melbourne dominate the itinerary. Enjoy a different side of the outback — literally — at the Pinctada Cable Beach Resort and Spa. Located on the northwestern tip of the country, this high-end getaway offers 72 studios, suites, and a two-bedroom family villa, all within walking distance of the picturesque Cable Beach. This being a resort, it also offers plenty of other amenities, including a fitness room, meditative garden, a pool, a world-class bar, and multiple eateries and lounges. Oh, and if you're into that sort of thing, it's also a perfect venue for taking in the yearly polo tournament, scheduled for May 18 & 19.
Make an escape from Portlandia without ever leaving the area at the Hotel Modera. This upscale accomodatin offers 174 guestrooms and suites, all offering fine linens, pillow-topped mattresses, flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and free Wi-Fi. The rooms are only half the equation, though, as the rest of the property is home to over 500 piece of local art, black walnut flooring, an expansive courtyard with glass firepits and a 63'x15' "living wall", and contemporary architecture. Getting hungry? Not to worry — Nel Centro, the adjacent restaurant from local chef David Machado, will be happy to sserve up its Riviera-inspired cuisine on site, or even in your room.
It's not the swankiest place around, but if you plan on spending the majority of your time outdoors anyway, the clean, comfy rooms at the La Copa Inn should suit you just fine. Located at the southern end of the island, this unassuming hotel offers recently-updated rooms, many with balconies, some with ocean views, and all with free Wi-Fi and breakfast. The real draw, of course, is direct access to the ocean, which is augmented by a good-sized pool and patio area, complete with a bar and grill.
You don't need to like baseball to enjoy a stay at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark — but it certainly doesn't hurt. Located in an ideal location for fans, this upscale hotel offers a large number of rooms and suites with oversized windows that offer a great view of the action inside Busch Stadium. You can also see the game from the floor-to-ceiling windows of the indoor pool, or from the impressively chic Three Sixty Rooftop bar. Game not going your way? Not to worry — just turn around and enjoy unimpeded views of the Gateway Arch and the Mississippi River.
Don't worry about choosing between a jungle or beach destination for your next getaway — enjoy the best of both at Geejam. Located on six acres, this hotel offers seven double rooms spread across three cabins, one suite, and a three-bedroom villa, and also offers a recording studio, spa, pool, and gym. Equally as alluring is the property's Bushbar, the go-to hangout on property. Nearby, you'll find Frenchman's Cove — considered one of the world's best beaches — as well as several other stretches of sand and villages.
There are plenty of places in Hawaii we prefer over the oft-crowded Waikiki, but if you're going there, you might as well stay at the coolest place available. The Modern Honolulu is definitely in the running, thanks to its sleek, white contemporary decor that extends to the 353 rooms and suites, and its abundance of furnished terraces. The resort also plays host to a full-service spa, two pools designed to accentuate the sunrise and sunset, respectively, a restaurant from Iron Chef Morimoto, a nightclub, and the Study, the library-themed lobby bar.