Yes, it's a chain hotel — but as anyone who's ever stayed at a W hotel can tell you, they rarely feel like one. The W Austin is no exception. Blending disparate design elements to form a style all it's own, this downtown hotel offers 251 guest rooms — including several VIP suites of varying size and luxury, from "Fantastic" all the way up to "Extreme Wow". The grounds are also home to a fantastic fourth-floor pool with cabanas, a bar, and a fireplace, the obligatory fitness center, a spa, Trace restaurant serving food from surrounding farms, and The Living Room bar that features four distinct areas: a tequila bar, a record room with over 8,000 vinyl selections and a McIntosh stereo system, a red-hued secret bar, and a screened porch. It might be worth the trip all by itself.
Enjoy a different kind of beachside escape with a trip to The Wickaninnish Inn. Set along Chesterman Beach, each of the 75 rooms at this upscale retreat offers panoramic ocean or beach views, as well as a fireplace, soaker tub, and balcony. Beyond the walls of your room, you'll find an excellent restaurant, the On the Rocks Bar and Lounge, a full-service spa, a beach-level cafe, a fitness center, a carving shed, a library, and plenty of paths and walkways from which to observe the surrounding natural beauty.
Sans Cravate is known as one of the best places in Bruges to grab a bite to eat, and there's nothing quite letting the full belly and warm, fuzzy feeling of a couple glasses of wine let you carry directly to bed after a meal. The folks behind La Suite Sans Cravate must agree. Serving as an extension of the restaurant, this three-room bed and breakfast offers unique spaces that blend rustic building materials with sleek, contemporary furnishings, as well as upscale features like rain showers, flat panel TVs, LED mood lighting, espresso machines, and, of course, a custom Sans Cravate breakfast in the morning.
If your next vacation is as much about recuperation as it is about rest, consider making a trip to Spa Village Resort Tembok. This exclusive resort on the island's Northeast coast boasts 27 standard rooms, two suites, and two completely private villas, all of which merge elements from traditional Balinese dwellings with Western elegance. Also on the grounds are a plunge pool, a beachside restaurant, and various buildings dedicated to yoga, spa treatments, wellness workshops, and even creativity class, all of which are designed to replenish not just your body but your mind, as well.
Not feeling up to a typical luxury ski resort? One Happo offers all the amenities of a five-star accommodation with one major missing ingredient: the people. This private chalet offers five bedrooms, five and a half bathrooms, and room for up to 10 spread across three floors. Up top you'll find the gourmet kitchen, stunning glass wine room, a heated deck with grill, a bar, and a lounge with a Bang and Olufsen TV. The second floor is home to all five bedrooms — including two with mountain views — while the first floor houses a gym, boxing dojo, spa, dry room, and laundry room. Of course, we've left out the best part, which is the direct access to the main Happo resort gondola and Olympic slopes, making this one of the most desirable ski accommodations in the world.
The name sounds adventurous, and there's plenty of it to enjoy at the Bay of Many Coves — but with its 5-star accommodations, you don't have to get any more adventurous than you want. Set on the Marlborough Sounds, this luxury resort offers one- two- and three-bedroom apartments, as well as a high-end restaurant, an all-day lounge, a cafe, a day spa, a heated outdoor pool, a six-person cedar hot tub, and, of course, swimming at the Coves' private beaches.
There's no shortage of upscale accommodations in China's capital, but if you're looking for an ideal mix of old and new, The Opposite House is the place to go. Located in Sanlitun, a former red-light district that's now home to many upscale shops and restaurants, this striking building features an emerald glass exterior inspired by traditional Chinese wood lattice, a large atrium, a stainless steel swimming pool and state of the art gym, and 98 studios and a Penthouse, all featuring clean furniture, underfloor heating, and spa-inspired bathrooms with rain-style showers. And while the streets outside offer plenty of eating and drinking options, the House itself is home to two restaurants — the Chinese spot Bei and the Mediterranean eatery Sureño — as well as the low-key Mesh lounge.
Resort getaways are all well and good, but sometimes a retreat calls for a little more privacy — and it's hard to get more private than Villa Kalyana. And not just you, either. This spacious private estate sits on a private bay, and features 10 bedrooms, giving it space for up to 18 adults and several kids. Hand-carved wood, modern furnishings, and architecture designed to blend into the lush jungle-like surroundings provide a terrific backdrop for the massive chemical-free pool, gardens, movie room, game room, and beachside seating. And don't worry about having to go it alone — a full staff is on hand to cater to your every need, including housekeeping, maintenance, and cooking. All you have to do is lay back and relax.
The rooms at Endémico — or Encuentro Guadalupe, as it's now called — may be small, but once you get an eyeful of the views they provide, their size simply won't matter. Set on a hill overlooking the Valle de Guadalupe wine region, this unique luxury hotel features 20 luxury cabins, each of which provides unobstructed views of the valley. The hotel is somewhat remote, but thanks to an on-site pool, restaurant, and bar, there's little reason to leave — and since it's just 90 minutes from San Diego, you won't have far to go when you do decide to leave.
Seaside getaways are all well and good, but if you prefer shredding slopes to catching waves, the Adara Hotel is an ideal destination. Located just a five minute walk from lift access — as well as shopping, dining, and nightlife — this alpine retreat offers 41 guest suites ranging from basic double queen rooms to two bedroom lofts, each offering in-room PS3s, fridges, microwaves, and walk-in rain-style showers. Other features include an outdoor pool and hot tub, free Wi-Fi, a lobby lounge serving coffee, tea, breakfast bars, and cookies, and complimentary ski, golf, bike, and luggage storage. But just like with a beach resort, the real draw is what's outside your door.
The building itself is 100 years old, but you'd never know it after stepping inside the Louis Hotel. Located on the lively Viktualienmarkt, this 72-room hotel is just a short walk from the city's most desirable destinations. Each of its rooms is individually designed, offering features like custom-made furniture, oiled oak floors, bathrooms with Stella fittings and heated floors, and even balconies in select rooms. The hotel is also home to the excellent, Japanese-inspired Emiko restaurant and bar, as well as a fully-equipped gym and a rooftop terrace that offers excellent views of the city.
Don't be surprised if you wake up feeling a little spiritual after spending the night at Villa San Michele — the place used to be a monastery, after all. But where monks once roamed, a luxury hotel has taken root, allowing common folk to enjoy the fantastic views of the city below. The hotel offers a full range of double rooms, junior and standard suites, and the Limonaia Suite and Villa, which is housed in the former orangery in the Italian gardens. The hotel is also home to a pool with adjoining restaurant and bar, a cooking school, a fitness center, and a bar housed in a former cloister. Oh, and as for unexplained feelings, you might feel a bit of deja vu when sitting down at the San Michele's signature La Loggia restaurant, but that's only because it was used as a filming location for one of the final scenes in The Dark Knight Rises, a fact that we can only imagine has boosted the bar's sales of Fernet Branca.