Casa Bosca is the kind of hotel that makes you want to renovate your home. A glass-fronted design space in Valencia, Spain, which is available to rent as an entire villa, or by room, it’s full of designer features that make you say, ‘I wish I’d thought of that.’
Espejo de Luna
On la Isla Grande de Chiloé in Chile, there lies a poetic dream. At least that’s how its owners describe it. A place of community and intimacy where guests feel in close contact with the birds, the forest and the native flora of the region. A collection of cabins built around a ‘shipwrecked’ central building, it’s called Espejo de Luna, or the reflection of the moon.
If you’ve ever wanted to sleep on a plane (I mean, real sleep, not the kind that leaves you with a crick in your neck), you could pay a fortune to fly first class, stay at the Jumbo Hostel in Sweden, or try this new option: the Plane Hotel at Tuege airport in the Netherlands.
Far Far Away Land
Getting away from it all. If you really mean it, you’ll have to work hard to get there. But some places are worth the effort. Perched in the Himalayas, on a plateau, 7,000 feet above sea level, is 360° Leti. To get there, take an overnight train or a charter flight from Delhi, then drive for seven hours on hairpin bends through the mountains, before disembarking for a one-and-a-half-hour trek along a narrow trail along a cliff’s edge. MORE >>
Aire de Bardenas
The Horizontal Hotel
In the southernmost reaches of Navarre, lying between stark desert and lush green wheat fields, you’ll find Aire de Bardenas. This award-winning Spanish concept hotel is a collection of scattered cubes thrown down onto the landscape, camouflaged by the natural world around it. It’s nicknamed the ‘horizontal’ hotel.
The Pantone Hotel
A World of Color
When it comes to room color, it’s said that red wakes you up, blue lowers your blood pressure, and green helps you unwind. Next time you’re in Brussels, you can test this theory out at the brand new Pantone Hotel. This ‘hotel of colors’ has been designed to awaken your senses, using color. It is, apparently, the center of the color universe. Which makes it a very exciting place to be.
The Opposite House
The Opposite House
In traditional Chinese siheyuan, or courtyard architecture, an opposite house is a guest house that sits directly across from the primary residence, typically facing north. Today in Sanlitun Village, a dynamic new community of restaurants and shops in the heart of Beijing, guests will find a new Opposite House, a gleaming emerald cube that also suggests contrast, a juxtaposition of ancient with modern.
Amangiri Resort, Spa and Villas
A Room With A Backdrop
I’ve occasionally stayed in hotel rooms with views of brick walls. And that’s fine (almost) if you arrive at midnight, sleep for eight hours, and take off at the sound of your alarm clock. But if you plan to linger, the view from your window should be at the very least spectacular. Choose a room at the Amangiri Resort, Spa and Villas, near Lake Powell in Southern Utah, and you’ll be looking out over rocks that have been carved by wind, water and time into an awe-inspiring display of natural beauty. Windows frame views that look like backdrops for John Wayne movies. I’d call that spectacular.
Radisson Edwardian Hotels
World’s Smallest Pop-up Hotel
Pick your cliché: Good things come in small packages. Size doesn’t matter. Don’t judge a book by its cover. Because they all apply to the World’s Smallest Hotel. At 203 square feet (29 X 7) it far outdistances a hotel in Amberg, Germany, which is the next smallest at 603 square feet. Lest you think the unit skimps the finer things in the interest of coziness, it is based on the Radisson Edwardian on Bloomsbury Street in London.
Paco de Pombeira
Rising From the Ruins
If someone was to build a castle today, what would it look like? Like this, perhaps. The Paço De Pombeiro is a sixteenth-century granite manor house in Felgueiras, Portugal, which was recently given a major facelift by architecture team Ezzo. And the great news is… you can stay at it.