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Sometimes you visit Tablet for the nuanced analysis of the latest boutique-hotel trends, and the inside stories on the greatest new hotels. Other times you come to take in a little eye candy and dream of your next holiday. Here are ten hotels where a picture is worth well over a thousand words.

Explora Patagonia
Patagonia, Chile
Explora Patagonia

No selection of jaw-dropping landscapes is complete without a bit of Patagonia. The challenge, as always, is for the hotel to live up to the drama of its surroundings, in Chile’s Torres del Paine national park. Luckily the old hands at the Explora group are experts at combining the smooth and the rough under one roof.

Dunton Hot Springs
Dunton, Colorado
Dunton Hot Springs

An authentic ghost town, Dunton Hot Springs is an abandoned century-old gold prospectors’ camp, renovated shack-by-shack and rehabilitated into a truly unique luxury hotel. It doesn’t get much more Instagram-worthy than that.

Bulgari Resort Bali
Bali, Indonesia
Bulgari Resort Bali

The famous luxury-goods brand had already created a perfect gem of a hotel in Milan. For a second act, they took their talents to Bali, where this cliffside fortress of luxury looks down on the Indian Ocean from 500 feet above.

Grace Santorini
Santorini, Greece
Grace Santorini

With this view of Santorini’s famous volcanic caldera, a hotel can get away with being a lot less attractive than Grace. But they’ve pulled out all the stops, and as long as you like a bit of white, you’ll find a well-designed modern boutique hotel that’s entirely worthy of its setting.

Alila Jabal Akhdar
Niswa, Oman
Alila Jabal Akhdar

This is not just a boutique hotel with serious design chops: it’s an oasis, secluded and self-contained, with a spectacular spa and an infinity pool that’s perfectly placed for drinking in views of the stark landscape.

Cappadocia Cave Resort & Spa
Cappadocia, Turkey
Cappadocia Cave Resort & Spa

Tucked deep into Turkey’s central countryside, Cappadocia is covered with sedimentary stone cliffs, eerie caves, unearthly “fairy chimney” rock formations, and antique chapels and houses carved deep into the soft volcanic rock; and as the name implies, Cappadocia Cave Resort is the place to go to experience this subterranean landscape first-hand.

Gili Lankanfushi
North Male Atoll, Maldives
Gili Lankanfushi

Every hotel-photo pinup calendar needs a shot of some thatched-roof overwater bungalows. Every single one of Gili Lankanfushi’s 45 suites stands suspended over the gently lapping waters of the Indian Ocean.

Post Ranch Inn
Matera, Italy
Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita

The albergo diffuso concept is one of total immersion. Here the hotel rooms occupy the village of Matera’s ancient caves — and the look foregrounds contemporary Italian design against the roughest of backdrops.

ION Luxury Adventure Hotel
Selfoss, Iceland
ION Luxury Adventure Hotel

Not long ago this was housing for workers at the nearby geothermal plant — apparently places like this are a dime a dozen in this otherworldly landscape. Now that they’ve come to their senses and opened it to the paying public, it’s a well-located (and rather plush) home base for all your Icelandic adventures.

Post Ranch Inn
Big Sur, California
Post Ranch Inn

The Post Ranch Inn is beautiful on the inside too, of course, but what pays the bills is the endless variety of Pacific Ocean views — to get a table next to the restaurant’s window around sunset requires planning and determination.

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