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It’s one thing to have an attractively designed hotel room, or a nice view from your window. But if you’re looking to milk more than a single Instagram post out of your hotel stay, it helps to stay somewhere outrageously photogenic. Here are a few hotels that present no end of photo opportunities.

Mandarin Oriental New York
New York
Mandarin Oriental New York

With a jaw-dropping view over the corner of Central Park, right where New York’s famous skyline drops off into idyllic greenery, the Mandarin Oriental makes the most of its location in Columbus Circle’s Time Warner Center. Raise your Instagram #rooftopping game without risking a trespassing arrest.

The Oberoi Amarvilas
Agra, India
The Oberoi Amarvilas

If traditional Indian architecture’s your bag, you’ll be happy to be located relatively close to the famous Agra Fort and the Jama Masijd mosque, right next door. Oh, and there’s the small matter of the actual Taj Mahal, visible from every room (as well as the restaurant terrace, and most every other corner of the hotel). Just be sure and compose your selfies with space left over for the iconic white marble dome.

Galapagos Safari Camp
Galapagos Islands
Galapagos Safari Camp

For a budding naturalist or an aspiring wildlife photographer there are many worse places in the world than the Galapagos Islands. This is a different sort of safari camp, necessarily focused on birds and tortoises rather than big cats and big prey — and if you can’t find a photogenic subject here, you may consider hanging up your camera for good.

Los Cauquenes Resort & Spa
Ushuaia, Argentina
Los Cauquenes Resort & Spa

Patagonia is one thing, but for properly apocalyptic end-of-the-earth vibes there’s nothing quite like Tierra del Fuego, where glaciers cover mountainous islands separated by treacherous channels. Parts of The Revenant were filmed here, when western Canada proved to be insufficiently wild — and Los Cauquenes, on the edge of the town of Ushuaia, should prove to be an ideal base camp.

Chiltern Firehouse
London
Chiltern Firehouse

Discretion is absolutely the order of the day at Chiltern Firehouse, and not just because it’s simply part of the definition of proper hospitality. Let’s just say that an aspiring paparazzo would find plenty of promising subjects here, in a hotel that’s as often fodder for the society pages as it is the travel section. On second thought, maybe it’s best to leave the camera at home, and practice a bit of that discretion yourself.

Explora Rapa Nui
Easter Island
Explora Rapa Nui

White sand beaches, a massive volcanic crater, far-ranging unobstructed sea views — and the small matter of 887 mysterious stone heads. What Easter Island lacks in lush green canopies — its forests were famously stripped bare — it more than makes up for in sheer otherworldly strangeness, and a luxury resort of Explora’s caliber is perfectly placed to take it all in.

Honeyguide Tented Safari Camps
Kruger National Park, South Africa
Honeyguide Tented Safari Camps

Time was, a safari meant bringing back the animals themselves. These days it’s all about photo trophies. And it’d be hard to get much closer to the inhabitants of Kruger National Park than these private open-air camps, administered by guides from the local Mnisi tribe. Bring long lenses and an appetite for post-safari luxury.

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort
Chiang Rai, Thailand
Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

The dense jungles of northern Thailand’s Golden Triangle are photogenic enough on their own, and the Anantara Resort is easy on the eyes as well. But it’s the Elephant Camp’s guests of honor who’ll be filling up your memory card. It’s fair to say there aren’t a lot of hotels out there like this one.

ION Adventure Hotel
Thingvellir National Park, Iceland
ION Adventure Hotel

Of all Tablet’s hotels, the ION Adventure Hotel is the one where you stand the best chance of catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights — they’ve even gone and named the glass-walled bar after them. Factor in the rest of Iceland’s far-out geography, from vast lava fields to gargantuan waterfalls and even, at the bottom of a nearby lake, the volcanically active intersection of two tectonic plates, and you’ve got enough to keep your shutter finger twitching for a week.

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