Some people travel for the food, the sights, the adventure. Others travel for a killer home away from home with maid service, good food on site, cool vibes, and maybe even a really good massage. We rounded up our top trendiest hotels and resorts that have us swooning for our next vacay from Palm Springs all the way to Fiji. These suites will make you want to claim them as your permanent abode.
Choosing which Greek islands to visit is a tough decision, but Casa Cook just made it easier to narrow down your island selection process with its perfect digs. Casa Cook opened its first location in Rhodes, with another opening in Kos this summer and more to come. This bohemian sanctuary blends urban vibes with the beach, and each villa features direct access to a swim-up pool from your room’s veranda. The bar, restaurant, and pool meet in an area Casa Cook calls their Kitchen Club where they encourage sharing and gathering over food sourced from local farms and their own herb garden. The hotel inspires a sense of community through yoga, sunset gathering, and hangouts by the pool with evening DJ sets.
The Laucala Island Resort is the namesake of the island it occupies in the Fiji archipelago. This resort features 25 villas amid private beaches and homesteads. With five restaurants to choose from and a full-service spa, you’ll never have to leave. The open-air rooms resemble tiki huts and open out to private infinity pools overlooking the ocean. And can we talk about this see-through pool situation? Staying at this hotel will surely cause vacation FOMO for all your Insta friends.
The Cape brings a modern vibe to Cabo San Lucas which contrasts the area’s typical hacienda-like aesthetic. Every industrial-designed room overlooks El Arco and the Bahia Cabo San Lucas horizon. Outdoor spa cabanas are surrounded by gorgeous rock formations, making it the right place for a relaxing massage followed by a plunge in one of the two pools. The hotel features four bars with over 100 craft cocktails. And if that wasn’t enough, star chef Enrique Olvera (who runs one of the top 50 restaurants in the world) created Manta for The Cape. It’s a must-try!
For the more adventurous traveler, a stay at the Tierra Chiloé will satisfy your need for a challenging excursion followed by a post-hike massage or cozying up to the fireplace. You can choose from land excursions such as a full-day hike from Duhatao to Chepu or opt for a simpler sea excursion that will take you by boat to waterfalls and a mussel farm. The architecture celebrates typical Chiloé craftsmanship with wooden structures and wide frame windows to connect guests with their surroundings.
The Amangiri in Utah is what minimalist dreams are made of. The resort flawlessly coexists with its surroundings, using the stone of the canyons in its design. The pool surrounds a piece of the canyon and the blush tones of the area
scream whisper zen. This remote gem is hidden in a valley surrounded by canyons and desert creating the perfect ambiance for a peaceful getaway. If you stare out the windows of your peaceful villa long enough, you may feel the urge to further immerse yourself in your surroundings. Luckily, The Amangari has lots of experiences on deck from hot air ballooning, horseback riding right from your doorstep, helicopter rides, and hikes.
At this Meditteranean-inspired hotel, you may feel like you’ve landed in the Moroccan deserts, but really, Korakia Pensione is located in the deserts of Palm Springs. A stay at Korakia Pensione offers guests the choice of the Mediterranean Villa or the Moroccan Villa, creating a tough decision as both are designed to perfection. Each morning a full breakfast is prepared and served in the Moroccan courtyard, followed by offerings of yoga or spa services. Considering you’re in the middle of the desert, a dip in the pool might be much needed following their afternoon Moroccan tea service. At night, stargaze or watch a classic poolside film on the daybeds.
Take your childhood treehouse dreams and multiply them by 49,421 acres of private game reserve, and there you have Segera Retreat. This upscale eco-lodge in Kenya features luxe treehouses overlooking Mount Kenya. The solar-powered villas all have terraces with outdoor bathtubs, hanging daybeds, and sun loungers. Farm-to-table dinner is inclusive along with game drives twice a day.
Another minimalist’s dream, Casa Angelina is perched atop cliffs of the fishing village of Praiano on the Amalfi Coast. This all-white hotel boasts a contemporary Mediterranean feel and features collections of modern art strewn around its sleek interiors. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of Positano, Capri, and the bay of Salerno.
Villa Marie is one of the newest additions to the Maisons et Hôtels Sibuet collection. The hotel group’s first venture outside of France does not disappoint. The 18 bungalows and villas feature different designs with a range of different views available. Indulge in Caribbean or French cuisine. The massage room is covered in palm leaf print, while pineapples make several appearances in the decor around the hotel. And with a carefully curated rum bar, no one will judge you for having rum for breakfast. It’s safe to say this place has our stamp of approval.
Though more of a bed and breakfast, we couldn’t not include this brand new boutique hotel in Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Made by the creatives behind Howl x Loot, La Casa MX was created for the modern traveler, the freelancer, the yogi, anyone looking to get away and “just be cool, man” as its neon sign suggests. Each room has a private terrace with an ocean view and an outdoor tub. The hotel features seven rooms, a workspace, a common area for al fresco dining, and a pool overlooking the ocean and mountains of Zihuatanejo. Their hosting their first yoga retreat May 2017!
What are your favorite hotels and resorts right now? Let us know in the comments!
Written by Danika Daly
Feature image by The Amangiri