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.
YL Residence No 17
Privacy and Pampering
At first glance, this Koh Samui destination looks like yet another drop-dead gorgeous Thai resort. Then you discover it isn’t. You can stay there, but YL Residence No 17 is actually the island’s largest private home, available for rent in its entirety.
Fisher's Loft Inn
Fisher’s Loft Inn
Fisher’s Loft Inn in Newfoundland has one many accolades for its classic, understated style. Its location probably doesn’t hurt either. Port Rexton, a fishing outpost on Trinity Bay, is along the renowned Skerwink Trail, a coastal and woodland trail named by Travel & Leisure among the top 10 hiking trails in Canada. At the right time of year, look out your hotel window and you might spot a passing whale – or even an iceberg.
Palacio de Sal
Here at Been-Seen, we’re pretty partial to the Salar de Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia, and as result, you’ll find quite a few articles about them on the site. We’re also very keen on outlandish hotels, so you can imagine how happy we were to discover there are hotels made of salt in Uyuni.
Punk Art Hotel
Punk Art Hotel
We’ve featured quite a few art hotels on Been-Seen (hit the search button and have a look), and we’re excited to find out about this new one in Melbourne. The Cullen, an Art Series Hotel, is inspired by the work of Australian enfant terrible Adam Cullen.
Charming House DD 724
This Charming House
Venice is one of those cities where it’s easy to feel like a tourist. Let’s face it, the place is teeming with them. So what’s it like to feel at home in Venice, part of the city? Of course that depends your idea of what home is. If it’s a pre-19th century building with contemporary interior design, classically-influenced modern artwork, and a view of the Giudecca Canal, you’re a lot like us at Been-Seen. And you’d probably love Charming House DD724.
Rising From the Ruins
Raising 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.
The Museum Hotel
The Auberge Saint-Antoine in Quebec City is regularly voted one of the world’s best hotels by the likes of Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure. It’s certainly beautiful, but I suspect the reason has much to do with its location. Can’t tell why from the picture above? Have a look after the jump.
Hotel Santa Teresa
Santa Teresa is ‘the authentic Rio’, or so say the people at Hotel Santa Teresa, which has just re-opened its doors after three years of restoration. The boutique hotel is nestled in this picturesque corner of the Brazilian city, its cultural and historical heart, far from high-rises and traffic. A former colonial mansion, the hotel is surrounded in red roofs, cobblestone streets and ‘exuberant nature’.
Torre di Moravola
Torre di Moravola boasts the 'sensation of being completely removed from the modern world'. A converted Medieval watchtower, it's tucked away in the Italian countryside, secluded from the fast pace and noise of the city. Yet it also has all the trappings of modernity, understated and very, very stylish. MORE >>