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Onomichi, Japan

Azumi Setoda is the first property in Adrian Zecha’s Azumi line. Zecha, founder of Aman Resorts, has a fondness for Japanese aesthetics that’s obvious here — instead of designing something new on the remote island of Ikuchijima, he revitalized a 140-year-old estate long owned by a prominent merchant family.

Tulum, Mexico

Wakax Hacienda taps into Tulum’s Mayan history, its lush jungle setting, and a network of cenotes, or limestone sinkholes fed by underground rivers. The hotel is strategically positioned right beside a trio of cenotes, and easy access to these ethereal, turquoise-hued, all-natural swimming pools is reason enough to stay.

Halkidiki, Greece

The Ergon brand is responsible for dozens of high-end Mediterranean food shops and restaurants. Eating well is a focus here, but the hotel is noteworthy on its own, not only for its location, on the Halkidiki peninsula’s Nikiti Beach, but for its glamping-style lodgings and inclusive, no-need-to-leave setup.

Queenstown, New Zealand

The Dairy Private Hotel by Naumi incorporates a century-old structure that was once home to Queenstown’s first general store — or “dairy,” in Kiwi English. Its interiors contain a fair amount of European-inspired Alpine-chic style, but so too do they contain Naumi’s signature riot of colorful patterns and textures.

Larache, Morocco

La Fiermontina Ocean is tucked away in a natural park near the fishing port of Larache. The hotel has an elegant, worldly air inspired by the short but romantic life of Antonio Fiermonte, a painter and musician who modeled at Villa Medici, regularly attended Parisian salons, and traveled extensively in Morocco.

Barcelona, Spain

Few Barcelona hotels are as historic — or as refined — as the Hotel Regina. The original hotel dates back to 1917, and many of its details remain intact, like the glamorous stained glass entryway and the Art Deco-style spiral staircase, but the hotel and its guest rooms were revamped and refreshed in early 2024.

Portugalito, Colombia

It’s a bumpy journey down a scenic dirt road to the gates of Hacienda Bambusa. Located on a working farm with views of the Andes, this boutique hotel is housed within a traditional two-story villa that’s been beautifully restored and updated to host travelers passing through Colombia’s central coffee-growing region.

Tinqueux, France

While L’Assiette Champenoise is best known for its extraordinary restaurant, the attached hotel is notable in its own right. It’s one of the only luxury hotels in Champagne — a stylish, family-run establishment that serves as a practical option for those road-tripping through the wine regions of northeastern France.

Lunz am See, Austria

The Austrian mountaineering village of Lunz am See has the rare distinction of being the coldest place in central Europe. It’s a locale that requires exceptionally cozy lodgings, especially in winter — and Refugium Lunz, a stylish but understated boutique hotel right on the church square, fits the bill.

Albernoa, Portugal

At the heart of a sun-dappled swath of Portuguese farmland, Herdade da Malhadinha Nova is a quiet paradise for wine enthusiasts. The luxury winery hotel occupies a small portion of a vast 1,000-acre property, with guest rooms housed in a collection of villas generously spread out among the landscape.

Lagrasse, France

In 1944, while a French family sold baguettes from the storefront of this building, they were also secretly housing a Jewish couple from German militia. Their efforts ended happily, and today the centuries-old building is Bouquerie Lagrasse, an elegant small hotel that pays homage to the property’s culinary history.

Groveland, CA, USA

Under Canvas hotels bring together the best parts of camping — peace, privacy, immersion in nature — with the comforts of modern high-end hospitality. Under Canvas Yosemite, the brand’s first offering in California, is the epitome of luxury camping, set on 85 forested acres near the park’s west entrance.

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Maison Mexique has a worldly air; the owners are well-traveled, and the place represents a mélange of cultural influences. Located inside a beautifully restored historic home, the boutique hotel is also grounded in its place, the terracotta walls proudly featuring a collection of paintings and collages by local artists.

Marrakech, Morocco

It’s hard to stand out in a city with more than a thousand riads, but Dar Assiya is one of the finest in Marrakech, hidden away on a quiet street in the old medina. Intimately sized, with just five rooms, it’s sophisticated and sultry, a jewel of a boutique hotel that’s worth planning an itinerary around.

Vico Equense, Italy

While not technically on the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento is blessed with some extraordinary spots, the village of Vico Equense among them. It scarcely gets more picturesque than this gorgeously weathered seaside village, though the Hotel Capo La Gala, just on its fringes, gives it a run for its money.

Healdsburg, CA, USA

The main attraction at SingleThread is its 3-MICHELIN-Star, Japanese-accented restaurant, but the accommodations are no afterthought. Though it weighs in at a mere five rooms and suites, Kyle and Katina Connaughton’s inn offers what might be one of the most luxurious experiences — and best breakfasts — in California.

Mérida, Mexico

Everyone’s aware of Cancún’s megaresorts and Tulum’s boho-chic beachfront hotels; fewer visitors to the Yucatán Peninsula consider staying in the state capital of Mérida. But the city is full of colonial buildings turned into appealing modern hotels, like Hotel Sureño, which recently opened in the historic center.

Formentera, Spain

The name Teranka Formentera derives from “terre d’ancrage” — a place to anchor — and that’s just what this boutique resort feels like, a calm haven between blue sky and windswept dunes, the interiors mirroring the outdoor landscape of this rugged Spanish island while offering protection from the elements.

Kyoto, Japan

Its neat timber exterior resembles that of any other ryokan, but inside, this nine-suite boutique hotel is one of a kind. The Shinmonzen is a project by Tadao Ando, arguably Japan’s most eminent architect — and this exquisitely designed hotel is his creative vision, at once nostalgic and futuristic, brought to life.

Ripon, UK

You couldn’t ask for a more classic example of the English country-house hotel than Grantley Hall, a 17th-century Palladian gem in the Yorkshire Dales. The exterior remains as it was, and the public spaces match its period architecture. The rooms have been made more contemporary, but remain suitably grand.

Ahlbeck, Germany

Another hidden gem for travelers drawn to Germany’s Baltic coast, the resort town of Ahlbeck is the last town before the Polish border. Come this far and you’re rewarded with the Breeze, a design-forward boutique hotel whose name could equally refer to the seaside atmosphere and its modernist structures.

Carmel, CA, USA

All of the Palisociety hotels share a certain unpretentious, vintage-inspired warmth, and for all their stylishness, tend more toward a cozy residential vibe than an intimidatingly high-fashion one. And this is all the more true of Le Petit Pali at 8th Ave, a 24-room inn that’s more seaside B&B than urban boutique hotel.

Kefalonia, Greece

Eliamos Villas Hotel & Spa benefits, first and foremost, from a beautiful location on the south coast of Kefalonia, on a hillside above a beach, looking out over the Ionian Sea. Also auspicious: its owner is an interior designer, and judging by the look of the hotel’s 12 villas, a fine one indeed.

Luang Prabang, Laos

Before opening its doors to travelers in 2019, the Namkhan operated solely as an organic farm. The first accommodations were glamping-style tents, and though the owners went on to add more conventional suites and villas, a down-to-earth ethic prevails at this elegant ecolodge on the outskirts of Luang Prabang.

Nosara, Costa Rica

Staying near Playa Guiones, one of Costa Rica’s most prized beaches, usually means checking into a traditional hotel or self-catering at a house rental. Silvestre Nosara Hotel & Residences offers the advantages of both, filling a gap identified by one of its co-owners during an extended stay in the area a few years ago.

Lisbon, Portugal

Pátio do Tijolo is only accessible via a hidden passageway, but once inside, it’s a sociable place. The open design is inspired by the Portuguese concept of a patio or shared space; indoor and outdoor communal areas include a leafy courtyard, a modern kitchen, and a stylish living room ideal for reading or relaxing.

Oia, Greece

Hōm Santorini calls itself a summerhouse, a modest term for this stylish hotel built right into the island’s cliffs. With a laid-back, footwear-optional, drinks-anytime vibe, it embodies the charm of a friend’s vacation home. But the sleek design and panoramic ocean views are a step above what a houseguest might expect.

San Miguel De Allende, Mexico

It’s not the only hotel in Mexico fashioned out of a Spanish colonial mansion, complete with an Andalusian-style patio and colorful tilework. But Casa Hoyos is delightfully one-of-a-kind. Inspired by Julián Hoyos, a Spaniard who snapped up the property in 1938, the décor is colorful, vibrant, and full of character.

Phuket, Thailand

It’s hard to find a more luxurious getaway in Phuket than Trisara. This high-end resort sits on a private beach — a rarity here — and while the location is somewhat isolated, guests are greeted at the airport and whisked away to Trisara in leather-lined SUVs. What awaits on the other side of the journey is impressive.

Montenach, France

This corner of Lorraine, near the borders of Germany and Luxembourg, has a character all its own. The same can be said of Le Domaine de la Klauss, whose rough-hewn stone walls put one in mind of a medieval fortification, but whose modern-luxe interiors and five-star services make it anything but forbidding.

Zakynthos, Greece

Lesante Cape Resort & Villas is a place where tradition is revered — an elegant resort that pays homage to Zakynthian culture, from architecture to cuisine. It’s a village within a village, namely the seaside hamlet of Akrotiri; the hotel has its own taverna, shops, church, café, and central square.

Asheville, North Carolina

A beautifully restored 19th-century Queen Anne–style house is now Blind Tiger Asheville, a stylish 14-room guest house that makes a point of blending in to the local community. Each room, in fact, comes with a letter from a different Asheville resident full of suggestions about things to do and see in town.

Itacaré, Brazil

There aren’t many high-end hotels in the far-flung surfers’ enclave of Itacaré, Brazil. Offering a sophisticated alternative to the region’s traditional inns is Barracuda Hotel & Villas, set on a palm tree-framed clifftop, its wide infinity pool and wooden terraces open to the sea, sky, and jungle.

Ubud, Indonesia

Tucked away amid scenic rice paddies on the outskirts of town, Kappa Senses is both literally and figuratively immersed in Balinese culture. The resort delivers unabashed luxury while embracing an eco-friendly philosophy, including a strict recycling program, solar paneling, and a vast organic garden and farm.

Mexico City, Mexico

Casa9 Zocalo is a new boutique hotel located in one of Mexico City’s oldest houses, which itself stands on the grounds of an older ceremonial temple. The property has undergone a transformation, as a team of architects, blacksmiths, stonemasons, and carpenters has restored the house’s colonial grandeur.

Holbox, Mexico

Isla Holbox is still a tropical paradise, but it’s harder these days to find peace and quiet on the sand. Enter Nomade Holbox, a luxurious and eco-conscious adults-only retreat that’s a 15-minute golf-cart ride from the ferry terminal, pleasantly removed from the busier parts of the island and set right on a secluded beach.

Merced, California

Though it’s named for Yosemite’s most famous rock face, El Capitan is set not within the national park, but some 80 miles away. Merced is the last proper city on the way to Yosemite — appropriately, the hotel is dedicated to outdoor adventure and urban culture in roughly equal measure.

Herceg Novi, Montenegro

Montenegro’s Adriatic coast has seen substantial luxury development in recent years, and the arrival of the One&Only Portonovi adds momentum to the trend. Like all One&Only hotels, it’s in the top tier when it comes to luxury, and includes an Italian restaurant by the Michelin-starred chef Giorgio Locatelli.

Marrakech, Morocco

Maison Brummell Majorelle is a bold tribute to Moroccan style, featuring a mix of Arab architectural elements, Moorish archways, and local artisan traditions. It rises up behind terrazzo walls like a modernist sandcastle, its interiors spare and sculptural with smooth stone flooring, tadelakt walls, and designer furnishings.

Folegandros, Greece

Folegandros is known for its wild beauty and dramatic landscapes, and Gundari was designed to match the rugged scenery. Raw luxury is the guiding principle: this clifftop property itself is large and windswept, occupying 80 acres on the island’s southern coast, sustainably built with rock excavated from the site.

Leeds, NY, USA

The 1930s motel that now serves as Camptown’s main lodge is full of character. The nearly century-old bones of the place have been preserved, but it’s been refinished with a bit of modernism, a healthy dose of Shaker simplicity, and plenty of rustic rough edge — and joined by 26 cabins, each a variation on the theme.

Barcelona, Spain

The Nobu brand, today, is synonymous with more than sushi — with the advent of the eponymous hotels, the name now calls to mind a collection of chic, luxurious modern hotels — like this one, located in one of Barcelona’s most rapidly evolving neighborhoods, within a 23-story tower that dates back to the 1970s.

Saint Martin, French West Indies

This sort of high-style, small-scale lodging isn’t common in the Caribbean the way it is in the world’s capital cities. Le Martin Boutique Hotel makes a statement with its name; in this corner of the French West Indies, fans of boutique hospitality and modern, glamorous hotel interiors need look no further.

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon’s Almaria group transforms unusual historical structures into stylish and modern apartment-style quasi-hotels. For Almaria Officina Real the raw material is a handsome building in Baixa-Chiado once used as a pewter workshop for the Royal House — it’s now 10 attractive and characterful apartments.

Milan, Italy

High-end luxury travelers have always been well served by the Milanese hotel market; less common in Italy’s most fashionable city are hotels that appeal to a younger and more diverse crowd. Urban Hive Milano, in the Brera district, just to the north of the city center, aims to fill this gap.

Kyoto, Japan

As a work of design, Six Senses Kyoto is an impressive one, as modern as can be and yet maximally respectful of Japanese tradition. Woven throughout are details inspired by the Tale of Genji and by ancient Japanese folklore. And yet the effect is never didactic, but simply adds depth to the experience.

Camber, UK

This former motel is now the Gallivant, a remarkably swanky, beachy-chic boutique hotel. And while it’s inspired by an idealized vision of the Hamptons, its interpretation is a unique one, studiously avoiding transatlantic clichés in favor of a look that’s roughly equal parts casual surf shack and stylish country inn.

Porto, Portugal

This corner of Porto is known for its distinctive terrace-style townhouses, designed in the 19th century as housing for workers’ families. And after a long period of disuse, five of these houses have been transformed into a luxurious and stylish collection of apartment-style hotel suites called Village by BOA.

Wellington, New Zealand

The Naumi group is based in Singapore, but that doesn’t stop the colorful creations of hotelier Gaurang Jhunjhnuwala from fitting perfectly in New Zealand. Naumi Wellington, in fact, leans on the local design firm Material Creative to create an experience that’s not just memorable but, ideally, transformative.

Little Torch Key, FL, USA

Little Palm Island is anything but routine. Guests arrive at the relatively ordinary Little Torch Key and transfer to a yacht named for Harry Truman for the final hop to an island that was one of the former president’s favorite haunts, and is now the only private island resort in North America.

Todos Santos, Mexico

The aim of Villa Santa Cruz is to allow guests to unwind in a style that’s both luxurious and as casual as can be. Its owners, two Calfornia-born couples, started with a single villa, and slowly expanded the hotel’s offerings into what you see today: villas, bugalows, tented suites, and maximum communion with the beach.

Burlington, VT, USA

In a private home dating to the late 19th century, lovingly restored and updated with 14 bedrooms, Blind Tiger Burlington combines period architecture with unique vintage details and original contemporary artworks. Its location is close to both the University of Vermont and the city’s lakeside downtown district.

Tata, Hungary

Tata Castle is one of rural Hungary’s signature attractions. You can’t stay in the castle itself, but right next door, in a 17th-century palace that once belonged to the aristocratic Esterházy family, is Platán Manor, a small-scale hideaway that combines the noble character of a historical residence with modern comforts.

Ville-d’Avray, France

An elegant escape in a pastoral setting midway between Paris and Versailles is not the toughest sell — it was true for Corot and his Impressionist contemporaries and it’s true today. Les Etangs de Corot still bears their influence, each room at the hotel is named for an artist who spent time in Ville-d’Avray.

Hoi An, Vietnam

Most MGallery hotels come with an extra helping of personality, but Royal Hoi An adds an unusual amount of romance to the luxury. Its architecture and design take inspiration from the story of a Japanese merchant and a Vietnamese aristocrat who fell in love in Hoi An, a major trade hub, in the late 1600s.

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