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One of the hazards of working at Tablet is constant daily exposure to unsafe levels of travel envy — it’s not easy to stay at your desk when you’re looking at pictures of tropical lagoons and Alpine lodges all day long. Here’s a look at what we’re daydreaming about right now:

Alila Jabal Akhdar
Alila Jabal Akhdar

Laurent Vernhes, Co-Founder and CEO — “There is so much more to this part of the world than some kind of luxury shopping extravaganza. In particular, the rocky desert mountains of Oman are among the world’s most amazing landscapes. The man behind Alila was also behind my two favorite hotels when I lived in Indonesia twenty years ago — we’ve all come a long way, and it’s great to see how far he’s gone.”

Alila Jabal Akhdar PoolAlila Jabal Akhdar Design

Post Ranch Inn
Big Sur, California
Post Ranch Inn

Mark Fedeli, Marketing & Editorial Content Manager — “Clean, modern design in the wilderness on cliffs above the ocean — I can’t imagine a better place for me and my lady to watch the sun set. And I’d love to see what Big Sur looks like when it’s all lit up for Christmas.”

Aman Tokyo
Aman Tokyo

John Speranza, Editor — “Ask me again in the depths of winter and I’ll probably ask for something tropical, but right now I’m missing the futuristic hyper-urban weirdness that is Tokyo — and it’s hard to imagine a better place to stay than the first urban Amanresorts hotel.”

Areias do Seixo
Povoa de Penafirme, Portugal
Areias do Seixo

Paulo Grillo, Customer Service Team Manager — “I’ve been wanting to visit Portugal for quite some time. The Portuguese are known for their hospitable (and unassuming) nature. Obviously, I am a fan of their cuisine and wines; a Port after a meal will be always welcome! Oh, and I speak the language — a bonus when you really want to have that authentic experience and mingle with the locals.”

Southern Ocean Lodge
Kangaroo Island, Australia
Southern Ocean Lodge

Michael Davis, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer — “You can’t go wrong when a place greets you with a dozen Tammar wallabies as you enter and and where the suites are named after shipwrecks. The juxtaposition of the raw environment and refined hospitality provide such a delightful range of sensory delights it’s easy to get distracted just walking from room to room. From visiting sea lion habitats in the morning, to local wineries & honey farms in the afternoon, then topped off by locally-sourced gourmet meals & campfires overlooking the ocean, this. is. it.”

Southern Ocean Lodge TubSouthern Ocean Lodge Suite

ION Luxury Adventure Hotel
Selfoss, Iceland
ION Luxury Adventure Hotel

Peter Longofono, Editor — “With a name like this, you can’t really go wrong! I’ve always been a cold-weather type, and cold-weather holiday adventuring sounds even better, especially when it involves diving in a thermal suit between tectonic plates. It’s a best-of-all-worlds scenario: excellent cuisine, luxe furnishings, heated outdoor pool, sharp contemporary design, and an alien landscape in every direction.”

UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa
Trancoso, Brazil
UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa

Lesley Ward, Collections Manager — “Luxury in the rainforest. Steps from the beach. Minutes from the UNESCO-protected town square. Bahian bliss.”

Lake Placid Lodge
Lake Placid, New York
Lake Placid Lodge

Annie Kemple, Tablet Plus Sales Manager — “Upstate New York is the best place to embrace the holiday season and I don’t have the winter doldrums yet; come January I’ll be singing a different tune.”

The Efendi Hotel
Elma Arts Complex Luxury Hotel
& The Efendi Hotel

Daren Grisham, Head of Hotel Sales & Partnerships — “For some time, I’ve been planning an Israeli odyssey. In addition to spending time in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, I plan to visit Haifa, Israel’s third largest city. While looking at surrounding areas (and hotels to stay in!), I came across and fell in love with these two places. One is an art hotel (think 21c Museum Hotels, Israeli-style!) and the other is actually sort of a museum in its own way. Hello, Instagram!”

Paws Up
Greenough, Montana
Resort at Paws Up

Abbey Henrickson, Travel Specialist — “I’ve been to 44 states and have never been to Montana. I grew up in the Midwest and was always used to it being freezing around the holidays. The holidays are for snowmobiling and warming up by a fire with some mulled wine or hot cider (with a splash of whiskey) to warm up would be how I really shine like the north star during the holidays.”

Paws Up ActivitiesPaws Up scenery

The Bentley Hotel
The Bentley

Tiani Jones, Head of Project Management — “London is one of my favorite places in the world. I’ve travelled there effectively since I was born to visit my family, so it feels like home in many ways. My travel to this city has usually consisted of blow up mattresses or sharing a tiny bed sitter with my grandmother, sister, and mum near Baker St. I chose the Bentley because it strikes me as showcasing the best of English luxury and grandeur, and I’ve always wished to see what its like to experience the city from another side — whilst staying in a grand hotel.”

Kyoto, Japan

Michael Hernandez, Travel Specialist — “Like most boys growing up in the early Nineties I was made aware of Japan by way of amphibians who were trained in martial arts (long story). From my secondhand experience it would seem a stay at Ugenta is more than a trip — it is, in effect, time travel, and it is uniquely Japanese. Your hosts will regale you with stories as you eat fish caught fresh from the river that flows beneath you. You will bask in a silence I can only imagine as you bathe peacefully in ancient hot springs. I can think of nothing better for my birthday in November….”

Taj Lake Palace
Udaipur, India
Taj Lake Palace

Dominic Younan, Travel Specialist — “I would love to go to experience traditional Indian hospitality, and to feel like a king. A nearly 300-year-old palace converted to a hotel that sits in the middle of a lake in India? Sign me up.”

San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge
Dolomites, Italy
San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge

Dante Nolleau, Tablet France — “I want to go there because I think this former hunting lodge, lost in the mountains in the middle of nowhere, is the best place on earth to enjoy a life of simple pleasures and connect back to what’s really important in life: watching the winter snow melt in an outdoor panoramic jacuzzi, listening to Édith Piaf tunes in a Turkish bath with a chromotherapy system, sharing Italian reds from the owner’s private wine cellar with your best friends, eating wild boars roasted in the chimney. All of these quite possibly naked or wearing animal skins.”

Banyan Tree Ringha
Shangri-La, China
Banyan Tree Ringha

Joshua Cotton, Head of Technology — “Sometimes you just need to get away.”


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