Panoramic windows onto the world
The canvas domed tents at Asilia’s The Highlands perch on the forested slopes of a volcano in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater area. The sustainable lodge is a perfect base for game drives to spot elephants, buffalo, zebras, and leopards (www.asiliaafrica.com; doubles from $430/ Rs 27,730; rates vary according to season; includes all meals, selected hikes, game drives, and transfers to/from Manyara airstrip). Shades of blue saturate the sea-to-sky views from Le Barthélemy Hotel, on St. Barths’ Grand Cul-de-Sac beach (www.lebarthelemyhotel.com; doubles from €576/ Rs 39,450; includes breakfast, water sports, and transfers to/from airport or harbour).
At Amanemu, private terraces and onsen hot baths overlook forested islets and oyster rafts in Japan’s “Bay of Pearls” (www.aman.com; doubles from JPY 1,10,000/ Rs 65,116; suites have private onsen baths). Explora Valle Sagrado, in Peru, looks up—and around—to a ring of serrated Andean peaks (www.explora.com; doubles from $3,244/ Rs 2,10,000 for 3 nights; includes meals, transfers to/from airport and railway station, all exploration tours). On the urban flip side, majestic Table Mountain fills the floor-to-ceiling windows at The Silo, in Cape Town, South Africa (www.theroyalportfolio.com; doubles from ZAR 12,000/ Rs 57,500; includes breakfast and entry to Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa opening September 2017).
Grand hotels with fresh makeovers
Timber Cove, a 1963 Frank Lloyd Wright–inspired lodge, features new redwood-decked suites overlooking California’s Sonoma coast (www.timbercoveresort.com; doubles from $255/ Rs 16,450). The Beekman transformed a 19th-century building into Lower Manhattan’s destination hotel, thanks partly to the soaring nine-story atrium lobby (www.thebeekman.com; doubles from $399/ Rs 25,730). The reopened Hotel Royal Savoy, in Lausanne, restored its art nouveau exterior and appended a state-of-the-art Swiss spa (www.royalsavoy.ch; doubles from CHF 350/ Rs 22,450). The historic Pulitzer Hotel, in Amsterdam, added a courtyard sculpture garden, giant swings, and themed suites (www.pulitzeramsterdam.com; doubles from €314/ Rs 21,500).
Trendy spots where travellers and locals hang out
The Tilden Hotel, in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, brings in local poets and artists for rotating residencies (www.tildenhotel.com; doubles from $279/ Rs 18,000). Hotel Saint George shares an address—and a clever vibe—with the indie Marfa Book Company in Texas (doubles from $215/ Rs 13,900). Local acts perform at the music club at the Ace Hotel New Orleans, a community magnet in the Warehouse District (www.acehotel.com; doubles from $112/ Rs 7,200). The Williamsburg Hotel loans bikes for exploring Brooklyn (www.thewilliamsburghotel.com; doubles from $18,830/ Rs 12,16,515), while Chicago’s The Robey opens doors to the arty Wicker Park neighbourhood (www.therobey.com; doubles from $195/ Rs 12,500). FOUND:RE Phoenix, which doubles as a gallery for area artists, embodies the Arizona city’s downtown revival (www.foundrehotels.com; doubles from $101/ Rs 6,500).
Hideaways for romance
The barrel-vaulted, 16th-century chapel at Masseria Trapanà, in southern Italy, provides a cosy setting for making —or renewing—vows (www.trapana.com; doubles from). Sandals Royal Caribbean, in Jamaica, introduces luxury South Pacific–style over-the-water villas—with outdoor showers and glass floors for viewing marine life—to the region (www.sandals.com;doubles from $1025/ Rs 66,100). Casa Laguna Hotel & Spa, in California’s Laguna Beach, offers colourful, intimate rooms at a 1920s former artist colony dotted with palm trees (www.casalaguna.com; doubles from $229/ Rs 14,750; the Garden rooms have a private curated library). On an island located in the Maldives’ Noonu Atoll, Soneva Jani features over-the-water villas with retractable roofs for stargazing (www.soneva.com; villas from $2,088/ Rs 1,35,000). In Mexico, Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya fronts white sands ideal for beachcombing, with sleek rooms that look onto tropical gardens, a clear lagoon, or the Caribbean Sea (mayakoba.andaz.hyatt.com; doubles from $350/ Rs 22,550).