These women share the hotels that make them want to pack a bag all over again.
Prachi Joshi, a Mumbai-based travel writer, calls Ol Jogi the best luxury safari in Kenya—and for good reason. This family-owned wildlife conservancy, 45 minutes outside of Nairobi, was once the private residence of the Wildenstein family. Now, small groups of guests enjoy the luxurious 58,000-acre estate, with its unparalleled views. “Even without stepping out of the comfort of my bed,” Joshi wrote in Travel and Leisure India, “I can see giraffes, zebras, impalas, elands, the relatively rare and rather elegant gerenuk gazelle, and later in the evening elephants and hyenas.”
Photo courtesy Prachi Joshi
Tambo del Inka
Is it the intoxicating smell of the native wood used throughout the resort? Or the pisco sours and Peruvian snacks at Kiri Bar, which overlooks the river and mountains? Or perhaps the gorgeous indoor/outdoor pool and spa? For travel writer Amy Spiro, it’s all that—and more. The Tambo del Inka is such a draw, she’s been three times already—and hopes to return soon.
Photo courtesy Amy Spiro
Alden Wicker, editor in chief of EcoCult, a fashion and travel blog with a sustainable sensibility, spent four months in South America—and she calls El Albergue “the most authentic, beautiful, memorable, and of course, sustainable” destination she visited. There’s a working farm, a micro-distillery, a coffee roaster—and even an eco-conscious elementary school on site.
Photo courtesy El Albergue
“Pretty sure I found heaven on earth,” travel writer Jordi Lippe McGraw, of Well Traveler, posted on Instagram last year. She means The Viceroy Bali, a 25-room luxury resort set above the Petanu River Gorge.
Photo courtesy the Viceroy Bali
Beyond by Geisel
Tokyo-based food and travel writer Melinda Joe found the adults-only, luxury city residence Beyond to be aptly named. “Beyond in Munich was so surprising and hidden, and the service was incredible—24-hour kitchen, and you could just take wine from the cellar.”
Photo by Marc Oeder, courtesy Beyond by Geisel
Travel writer Zoe Macfarlane calls the Azores—an archipelago of nine rocky islands off the coast of Portugal—the Atlantic’s playground. And, in particular, she found the new boutique hotel White to be “absolutely stunning.” Once a private manor and wine storage area, it is now a sleek, rustic-modern luxury destination, each room with an incomparable view of the Atlantic.
Photo courtesy White
Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
For family travel, blogger Kimberly Tate puts her money on the Nickelodeon Resort in Punta Cana. You don’t have to get slimed, but your children may insist.
Photo courtesy Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts
Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
LGBT travel blogger Meg Cale loves all the Belmond properties—but most especially the Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa in Riviera Maya.
Photo courtesy Belmond
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Laura Studarus wrote about the modern micro-hotel movement for Nylon but is obsessed, in particular, with the citizenM chain. “I’ve stayed in London, Amsterdam and Taiwan,” she writes. “They’re cheap and funky.”
Photo courtesy citizenM
For Berlin-based Canadian journalist Diya Khana, Riad Idra—a hidden gem inside the medina—is the one.
Photo courtesy Riad Idra
Hamilton Island, Australia
Luxury travel and spa expert Dena Roché highlights Qualia, a luxury resort on an island nestled in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
Photo courtesy Hamilton Island
Grand Canyon, Arizona
To stay at the Phantom Ranch, a favorite of writer Gina Demillo Wagner, you enter a lottery more than a year out for a chance to win a reservation at one of the cabins or bunk rooms. It’s worth the wait to be down at the heart of the Grand Canyon, along the Colorado River.
Photo credit Xanterra Parks & Resorts
For the rare chance to stay inside Puerto Rico’s El Yunque National Forest, Casa Flamboyant is, in the words of food and travel writer Sally Elbassir, simply “magic.”
Photo courtesy Casa Flamboyant
West Hollywood, California
Vogue once called The Petit Ermitage in West Hollywood “peak California bliss”—and writer Jody Ellis would agree.
Photo courtesy Petit Ermitage
Hotel del Coronado
It doesn’t matter that travel blogger Michelle Miller is local to the Hotel del Coronado, it’s a prime destination for her. “I have spent most major holidays there in the last few years and they go all out,” she says.
Photo courtesy Hotel del Coronado
Lerou La Tau
“One of the most special places we’ve ever stayed was Leroo La Tau on the edge of Makgadikgadi Pans National Park in Botswana,” says Audrey Scott—one-half of the husband-and-wife team who blog at Uncornered Market. “You could sit out on your balcony and watch zebras, elephants, and other animals gather at the stream just below. And, the safari drives there are magical.”
Photo courtesy Audrey Scott
Hotel De Plataan Delft Centrum
Delft, The Netherlands
The Hotel de Plataan, in old Delft, is a truly one-of-a-kind boutique hotel. Each of its 29 rooms is unique, and inspired by a single tree or plant, from the Mexican-themed Saguaro room to the African-inspired Baobab. It’s a favorite of travel writer Olga Mecking, who is based in the Netherlands.
Photo courtesy Hotel de Plataan Delft Centrum
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