Das Stue, Berlin, Germany

Hotels these days have a few problems in common; among them, all too often, is a distinct lack of grandeur—and if that’s what you’re after, you might be better off converting an existing building into a hotel, rather than building your own bedbox from the ground up. Das Stue, in Berlin’s Tiergarten district, is a case in point.

Red Pepper House, Lamu, Kenya

Fusing an open-air layout and coziness of private luxury, in beautiful surroundings of Suahili art, The Red Pepper House ensures personal—and personalized—experience. With only five guest rooms this is the most exclusive hotel on Lamu island.

Riva Lofts Florence, Italy

By the Italian standards, Riva Lofts is on the young side: this 19th-century complex on the banks of the Arno river has lived only three previous lives—a factory, artisans’ workshops, an architectural studio—on the way to its present incarnation, an immaculately designed ten-suite modernist luxury boutique.

10 things that made us fall in love with Cappadocia, Turkey

People visit Cappadocia for many reasons. As photography buffs with interest in humanities, easily captivated by the sense of the very old we wanted to visit this place for as long as we can remember. In this photo essay we try to capture the best sides of this fascinating region of Turkey.

Sri Panwa Phuket, Thailand

Perched high atop Cape Panwa and commanding a breathtaking, 360–degree panoramic views of the Andaman Sea, the stylish villa resort Sri Panwa has natural beauty that rivals any in Phuket.

Check-in to Ryad Dyor, enter a house of light, Morocco

Brighter, sunnier, somehow friendlier than the average riad hotel — maybe it’s the owners, a couple of designers, one Dutch and the other Spanish, but for whatever reason, Ryad Dyor stands out.

Huvafen Fushi, Maldives

To say Maldives is “like a dream” is to venture dangerously close to the realm of travel clichés. Yet the sight of the emerald sea with white patches of sand topped by tall palms is such a picture-perfect sight that we are letting ourselves go. And since we found Huvafen Fushi to be an exemplary Maldivian resort, we will do it again: it is… like a paradise. Sue us.

Photos by T+S: Little Kulala, Namibia

At Little Kulala we discovered luxurious cottages built in a style that fuses organic, earthly architecture with unassuming cool chic—in the middle of a Marsian-like, arid landscape. Arrival at this utterly serene place is an experience almost surreal.

Anemi Hotel, Folegandros, Greece

One must be at least somewhat comfortable with minimalism to appreciate the landscape of the Cyclades—stark cliffs, stark sky, stark sea—and the region’s architecture, with its white walls and simple, squared forms, was minimalist before the concept had a name.

Photos by T+S: Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia

Cambodia couldn’t quite challenge other countries in Southeast Asia as a complete holiday destination until it boasted a truly luxurious boutique beach resort—and Song Saa is just that. Check out our photos from this slowdown sanctuary. We think it’s the sort of place A-listers traveling incognito would pick for a honeymoon!

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Riads & Kasbahs of Morocco. Dar Kawa Marrakech
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Photos by T+S: Argos in Cappadocia, Turkey

Like an Escher drawing where every staircase leads to an entirely new plane and perspective, the gardens and passageways of Argos in Cappadocia delight and surprise, evoking a fairy tale—with the background of lunar landscapes. It’s a stuff of Silk Road legends… transformed into a trendy, truly unique hotel.

W Retreat & Spa, Maldives

In the luxury boutique hotels enigmatically called “W” the Starwood Group’s emphasises a confident, youthful brand—focused on fun, recreation and music. But for us, it’s the conscious service and attention to the smallest of details that define the W Maldives’ experience.

Photos by T+S: Little Kulala, Namibia

At Little Kulala we discovered luxurious cottages built in a style that fuses organic, earthly architecture with unassuming cool chic—in the middle of a Marsian-like, arid landscape. Arrival at this utterly serene place is an experience almost surreal.

Introducing JAWAI Leopard, India’s newest luxury safari camp, India

JAWAI combines the thrill of discovering magnificent animals with a sensual indulgence of contemporary luxury pleasures—which include spa, private dining, sunset champagne—all packaged in a beautiful and unique design. It is an offering encapsulated in the singular vision of a wild beauty of leopards.

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