You probably don’t need more inspiration for your bucket list… but what about places to stay once you get there?
Though there’s something to be said for just wingin’ it and finding accommodation on the fly, there’s also something to be said for letting where you drop your bags dictate the rest of your stay. If you feel like switching up your travel routine and going somewhere to just stay put, consider the hotels listed below. Once you check in, you won’t want to go anywhere else.
1. Masseria Cervarolo – Ostuni, Italy
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Though all of Italy is worth exploring extensively, there’s no place hotter right now than the southern heel, specifically Puglia. Iconic to the region are stone houses with conical “caps,” known as trulli, so it’s only fitting that you make it a goal to stay in one — or, a farm built in the 16th century that has several, like the masseria Cervarolo.
From 2000 year-old olive trees to mountain biking, massages and traditional cooking classes, a stay here ensures falling in love with Italia all over again. Only deeper.
2. Urban Cowboy – Nashville, TN
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Nashville is having a bit of an artistic resurgence, and you’ll feel this best once you hit its east side. Tucked between baby Craftsman and Victorian homes you’ll find Urban Cowboy, perhaps the quintessential spot for the visionary who’s looking to take a break or the traveler who wants some down-home charm a beat away from the typical chains.
With exquisitely designed rooms (that’ll make you forget all about the white-walled trend) and king-sized beds soaked in sunlight, you’ll want to book soon. Rooms here (and in Brooklyn’s sister location) are going fast.
3. Giraffe Manor – Nairobi, Kenya
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If you are any smidge of an animal lover, this place needs to be on your list. Does life get any better than brunching with giraffes? You can decide when you stay here, in a year-round manor that’ll transport you to the 1930s, tucked inside 140 acres of Nairobi’s Lang’ata suburb. Part sanctuary and part resort, Giraffe Manor offers ten rooms, full board and infinite animal-friendly possibilities.
4. Local Cave House – Cappadocia, Turkey
Need to escape it all? Head to Turkey, specifically Göreme in the spell-binding Cappadocia region. With rooms carved into the mountainside, here you can soak in the Local Cave Hotel’s pool, watch hot air balloons drift overhead, shop in town for locally-sourced textiles or…do absolutely nothing. You’re staying in a (beautiful) cave. Who could possibly bother you?
5. Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula – Danang City, Vietnam
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For the price of a Holiday Inn in NYC you could stay in a beachfront villa in Vietnam instead. This Intercontinental resort is stocked with everything you might need to simultaneously unwind and absorb a culture wholly distinct from your own. Head to the famous Marble Mountains, take a dragon cruise along the Han River, or dine with a three-star Michelin chef. When a place like this is within reach, Times Square can wait.
6. Hotel Covell – Los Angeles, CA
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LA has a lot of noteworthy hotels, but none with distinctly designed rooms that are meant to reflect a fictional character’s life. From bachelor pad to Parisian apartment, at Hotel Covell you’ll have your choice of George Covell’s five “chapters,” aka apartments, located in the ever-popular Los Feliz neighborhood.
The extra bonus? If staying here you can spend your evenings at Bar Covell, where you can order over 150 different wines by the glass (plus, ask about the hidden speakeasy next door) and in the morning order room service from Homestate. Regardless of the “chapter” you’re in, you won’t want to get out of bed — except for the breakfast tacos from Homestate.
7. Tierra Patagonia – Patagonia, Chile
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For the eco-adventurer, Patagonia is a must. To take things a step farther, so is a stay at the Tierra Patagonia. Designed with natural materials from the region, a stay here isn’t just a stay at a hotel, but a space meant to incorporate yourself into the atmosphere of Torres del Paine National Park. Each room provides a sprawling view of Lago Sarmiento and the Paine massif beyond, and offers immersive experiences horseback-riding, hiking, even treks to visit Andean condors. Award-winning in terms of its sustainability, this hotel has nothing but its homeland at the forefront, enabling you to enjoy it fully and with a green peace of mind.
8. Treehotel – Harads, Sweden
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Cue all those childhood dreams of the most epic treehouse imaginable. This place beats all of them. At the Treehotel you’ll stay in a village of 600, in a remote region of Sweden, where nature is yet untouched except for the UFO, bird’s nest or mirrorcube you’ll stay in. Here you can also rent a dog sled, go on a moose safari, see the Northern lights or dine on a lake of ice.
The three words that come to mind? Let. It. Go.
9. Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa – Republic of Maldives
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When a place references “sapphire seas” and “sun-kissed hills,” you know it’s going to be good. This European Park Hyatt offers the chance to stay on a private island in minimalist-designed villas over the healthiest reef in the Maldives. And it gets better. The Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa is the only resort in the Maldives certified via EarthCheck and has consistently won awards for its commitment to water conservation and sustainability practices — things you’ll be grateful for when snorkeling, scuba diving or swimming with the locals, otherwise known as dolphins.
10. Ackergill Tower – Wick, Scotland
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If you’re a fan of Scotch whiskey, then you’ll make it to the Highlands eventually. While you’re up there, make time to stay in the straight-from-a-storybook Ackergill Tower, a short flight over from Inverness. Set on the rim of the North Sea, this 15th-Century castle offers 17 private rooms, five cottages, even the entire estate for rent.
But you don’t come here for the rooms alone; you come here to stand mesmerized at the edge of the world, breathe in the salted air, and to feel very, very small. You’ll love every minute.