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Enjoy our Top Ten Tablet Plus hotels for the week of November 4.
Six Senses Yao Noi
Koh Yao Noi, Thailand
This particular Six Senses is located on the island of Yao Noi, in Phang Nga Bay — in the general neighborhood of Phuket, though crucially not on Phuket proper, which is an island that’s nearing maximum capacity already. Here you’re surrounded by calm seas, sheltered by the bay, with views of the jutting limestone formations that rise out of the waters — think of that pointy rock from The Man With The Golden Gun and you’re basically there.
If you ever wonder why you’re seeing so many mentions of Portugal in the travel press these days — well, it’s because of hotels like AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado, a fantastically stylish boutique hotel built in a heritage building that began its life in the 17th century as the city’s arsenal. Simply put, if they keep opening hotels like this, we’re going to keep on writing about them. That’s just how this works.
Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Martha’s Vineyard is the kind of destination that can feel a bit closed off to outsiders. It’s a place that’s perhaps better known for vacation homes and vacation estates than it is for hotels. But there are some gems to be found, among them Hob Knob, a charming 19th-century house in Edgartown that’s been converted into a small and intimate 17-room boutique-style hotel.
It’s often said that Pennsylvania is a microcosm of all of America — one big city on each end, and three hundred miles of farms, mountains and small towns in between. To look at the exterior of the Hotel Fauchère, in Milford, which looks straight out of American Gothic, you’d think you’d found the Platonic form of the rustic Pennsylvania farmhouse. But venture in and you’ll find a boutique hotel that’s a lot more contemporary and cosmopolitan than you’d expect, defying any concept of rural America as a somehow backwards “flyover country.”
Founded by makeup magnate Bobbi Brown and her husband, real estate developer Steven Plofker, The George is something out of the ordinary for the New Jersey township of Montclair. Though it’s 12 miles to the west of New York City, it feels, from the inside, like a Greenwich Village mansion, as interpreted through the eyes of an eclectic, assured decorator; Ms. Brown herself serves as the project’s creative director, having dived head-first into this project just a day after walking away from her cosmetics empire.
New York City, NY
Time was, a hotel’s life span was measured out in fractions of a century; now just staying around for a decade is a genuine achievement. Having opened towards the end of the early wave of downtown Manhattan boutique hotels, SIXTY SoHo, some years in, can now rightly be called an established classic.
Hotel Ciasa Salares
South Tyrol, Italy
If any place on Earth is impervious to trendiness, it’s the Dolomites, a stronghold of traditional Alpine culture. It’s one of the last places where you say “old-fashioned” with reverence and “rustic” without affectation. For three generations and counting, the Wieser family has been keeping that tradition alive at Hotel Ciasa Salares, an ode in rich timber and textile to the region’s venerable Ladin culture. Don’t come here for sleek minimalism; revel instead in the timeworn naturalism, an unshakeably pure mountain identity.
The Montauk Beach House
Though in parts of Manhattan it may feel like we’re living the Great Gatsby era all over again, at the far end of Long Island, at least one thing has changed: drenching yourself in champagne in the Hamptons is out, and the low-maintenance, less polished glamour of Montauk is increasingly on the ascendant. With a central downtown location that’s just a block from the beach, the Montauk Beach House is a very fine introduction to the charms of this laid-back yet in-demand destination.
Six Senses Zil Pasyon
When we first encountered Six Senses, all those years ago, we were skeptical, having made do all our lives with just the usual five senses. Given their fantastic taste in locations, however, and their equally fantastic knack for effortless top-flight luxury, it quickly became clear that the brand had earned its sixth sense, and possibly even a seventh. Now, however, with the advent of the Six Senses Zil Pasyon, on a private island in the Seychelles, we’re fully prepared to grant them eight, nine, or even ten senses — whatever it takes to keep the luxury flowing.
When you’re distracted — as one tends to be — by the glamorous all-white parties and over-the-top resorts of Miami Beach, it can be easy to forget that just a century ago, this stretch of coastline was a modest day-tripper’s getaway with a couple of bathhouses and a few simple snack stands. Casa Faena, housed in a Spanish-style building that dates from 1930, serves as a refreshing antidote to the Miami Beach norm, and a throwback to gentler days gone by.