The African playground at Observatory, Leobo Private Reserve, South Africa

There may be no Big Five here but nor there are any visitors: this beautifully designed, ultra-cool luxury lodge in the African bush is available on an exclusive use basis only—and it comes with amazing 360° views, opulent safari style villas and 12,000 acres of pristine African wilderness.

Colour Utopia at Pantone Hotel in Brussels, Belgium

Yes, that PANTONE. More than once we’ve described a hotel as being especially well suited to design junkies, but this one just might take the cake.

Devi Garh by Lebua, Udaipur, India

Frankly it’s astonishing that there aren’t more hotels like the Devi Garh by Lebua, Udaipur. Not because 18th-century palace hotels are a dime a dozen in India, certainly they aren’t, but because the contrast between the faded majesty of the exterior and the sparkling modernity of the interiors is so striking.

Fusing old and new at de la Resle, a Burgundy Château like no other, France

Even if Château de la Resle were simply another elegant French hotel in the Burgundy wine country, the world would be a richer place—there’s no such thing as too many. But Château de la Resle is something far more special.

How the alchemy of rural Puglia seduced Swiss sensibility, Italy

Masseria Alchimia is a 17th-century house converted into a charming boutique hotel of just 10 studio apartments: a place of delightful encounter between art, design and aesthetics of Southern Italy—with artists, architects and photographers being among the most frequent guests.

Photos by T+S: Wolwedans Boulders Camp, Namibia

The essence of Boulders lies in the tranquility and solitude of its desert location, in the warmth of sunrays, in the afternoon wind, whispering in the canvas of the luxurious safari tents. Tucked away in a cluster of granite rocks, in touch with the vast arid landscape, the Boulders camp reminded us just how important the choice of a hotel is to the travel experience.

Photos by T+S: Maalifushi by Como, Maldives

Our recent trip to Maldives wouldn’t be complete without a stay at the new COMO resort, which we were looking forward to checking out for a long time. Having now returned to the considerably less glamorous Europe we are happy to report that our eagerness to visit Maalifushi was fully justified.

Serra Cafema, Kaokoland, Namibia

Getting to Serra Cafema is a tough journey. Hundreds of square kilometres of mountains and desert surround the camp and no roads cross this vast and desolate country. The only way of making the crossing is an arduous flight on a bumpy light plane. It may be one of the remotest destinations in all of Africa—but reaching it is worth every effort.

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: 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.

Hôtel Americano New York, USA

The industrial–modernist architecture of Hôtel Americano reflects spirit of Latin America with a hint of international influences, while the building’s facade of steel mesh blends beautifully with the neighbouring warehouse spaces of NYC’s arts district.

Boheme Mykonos, Greece

Despite the crowds Mykonos hasn’t lost any of its charm—think a maze of cobbled streets, dotted with authentic restaurants, excellent boutiques and clubs bustling with nightlife. It’s a perfect recipe for a Mediterranean escapism and the new chic hotel Boheme Mykonos fits perfectly in.

Redesigned: introducing Pietra e Mare, a boutique hotel in Mykonos, Greece

Having undergone a major renovation, Pietra e Mare opens doors absolutely fresh and renewed this summer season, with design of stunning integrity—and inviting to discover a wholly different side of the Greece’s “party island”… on a private little beach fifteen minutes outside of town.

Discover Phuket’s new luxury haven: Point Yamu by COMO, Thailand

There’s not much exploration left to be done. At this late date the name of the game in Phuket is castaway luxury, the sort of splendid seclusion that immerses you in the natural gifts that made this island the paradise that it is, but which keeps the inevitable crowds out of sight and out of mind.

Naumi, Singapore

Adjacent to the famous Raffles, this elegant boutique hotel stands out from other luxury hotels in Singapore with a great design and an avant-garde ambience.

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