Soho House Chicago
     

Soho House Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

You don't need to have a membership to enjoy a stay at Soho House Chicago, but it certainly doesn't hurt. The newest member of the Soho Group, which runs 12 houses in places like Berlin, Miami, and London, this new establishment offers tiny, small, medium, and medium plus bedrooms to non-members, with guest status granting them access to the club's bars, restaurant, spa, screening room, and rooftop pool. Should you feel like becoming a member — potential members are vetted and normally come from creative industries — you'll also get access to the drawing room, library, and 15,000 sq ft gymnasium, and, depending on your membership, will be welcomed at all other Soho Houses worldwide.

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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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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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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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La Tagliata
     

La Tagliata

Positano, Italy

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.

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Grace Santorini
     

Grace Santorini

Thera, Greece

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.

Photos: Serge Detalle
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Hotel Hotel
     

Hotel Hotel

Canberra, Australia

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.

Photos: Ross Honeysett, Lee Grant
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Faralda NDSM Crane Hotel
     

Faralda NDSM Crane Hotel

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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 360ยบ views.

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