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@shamarmarcus is right — Sandals Grande St. Lucia’s over the water bungalows are mind-blowing and awe-inspiring all at once. The beach resort is located on its own peninsula and offers unobstructed views of foliage-covered volcanic mountains. There's also glass floor panels and lights under the sea to ensure that you’ll have 24-hour access to the pristine blue waters. (📷 : @shamarmarcus 📍: Sandals Grande St. Lucian - St. Lucia)
For climbers and mountain bikers alike, Hotel Riffelhaus 1853 has always been a safe place along the route for their journey. Back in 1855, for instance, the first team of climbers to ascend to the Dufourspitze — the highest peak of Monte Rosa, an ice-covered mountain in the Alps — made Hotel Riffelhaus the launching pad for their voyage. Now, those looking for a hot reprieve with snow covered views know that this Switzerland hotel is the place to be. (📷 : @alliemtaylor 📍: Riffelhaus 1853 - Zermatt, Switzerland)
Sinking into a comfy beach bed and looking straight into the Mediterranean as your favorite movie is projected over the sea — none of this is a daydream when you’re staying at Soneva Jani. The Maldives vacation destination also happens to be the first hotel to house an overwater observatory, which makes it very easy to wish upon shooting stars. Although, if you’re standing amongst the tranquil water villas and know you’re walking back to one with a retractable roof that will allow the stargazing continue, maybe your wish has already been granted. (📷: @taylorosullivan 📍: Soneva, Maldives)
Five bungalows look onto rice fields and make up Atas Awan Village, also known as "Village Above The Clouds," in Bedugul, Bali. The eco-boutique hotel offers a calm, centered Balinese experience with the backdrop of the mountain lake region it borders. Deciding to have meals at the hotel itself is as good as venturing out into town for local eats — the hotel’s restaurant chef uses fresh, homegrown ingredients to prepare daily Western and Asian cuisine. (📷: @_jibraeel_ 📍 : Village Above the Clouds, Bali)
Mediterranean beach vibes paired with a 1950's design is what you’ll find at Hôtel Les Roches Rouges. Each room on the French Riviera property promises views of the sea as well as an enchanting color palette that invites guests to feel right at home. If you’re thinking of a more extended stay, make some time to enjoy a few movies at Les Roches Rouges’ outdoor movie theater — films are screened twice a week. (📷: @laurenswells 📍 : Hôtel Les Roches Rouges)
Korakia Pensione is Palm Springs’ hidden Mediterranean retreat. Found in the San Jacinto mountains, each of the Moroccan or Mediterranean inspired villas ground guests in a European escape that partners relaxation with subtle romantic touches. Candles and lanterns offer flickers of light every evening along the hotel’s property, while every morning, guests can make their way to the Moroccan courtyard where the hotel’s staff serves a homemade breakfast. (📷 : @bontraveler 📍: Korakia Pensione - Palm Springs, CA)
Baths overlooking the ocean are just the beginning of the luxurious offerings at Kandolhu. The Maldives island resort gives guests 30 different villas to choose from, each with either a private pool, private beach access, or unobstructed views of the Indian Ocean. Stop by the Olive restaurant to experience Mediterranean cuisine as you’ve never known it — the ma Soupe de Poisson (poached Maldivian grouper, tomato fish broth, and rouille on toast) pairs well with the breathtaking Maldivian sunsets you’re bound to witness. (📷 : @nodestinations 📍: Kandolhu Maldives)
Located near Russia’s border on the cusp of Lake Inari rests Wilderness Hotel Inari, where a mesmerizing range of accommodations — from 8 traditional log cabins to 40 wilderness rooms — invite guests to experience nature firsthand. A peek outside of your window at just the right time will give you a once-in-a-lifetime view of the Aurora Borealis. Inside the hotel’s restaurant, the magic continues with a replica of the mystical lights and a Lappish menu featuring locally sourced ingredients that will have you asking for seconds of the potato pyré. (📷 : @dennisstever 📍: Wilderness Hotel Inari - Finland)
Searching for your center? You might find it at Constance Prince Maurice. Located in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the luxury hotel is a haven for aligning your energies and embracing all the good vibes that time off the grid has to offer. The hotel’s 90 living suites are complemented by an infinity pool, nature reserves, and an on-site restaurant — all of which encourage inner peace as a mindset during your stay. For example, the Archipel restaurant has columns at its center, which increase the pull of positive energy to a balanced middle, while each of the rooms has beds that are high above floor level to promote positive Qi. (📷 : @traveljunkiediary 📍: Constance Prince Maurice)
The Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu’s cotton candy skies guide the way to the best surf off the south-western tip of the Bukit Peninsula. Between the contemporary Balinese inspired room decor, pieces of local art, and an on-site restaurant (Artichoke) that serves traditional Indonesian dishes, it’s hard to pick a favorite part of this Bali retreat. (📷: @adam_andrian 📍: Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu)
Perched high in the hills just outside of Ubud, Chapung Sebali lives among the lush wilderness and iconic rice fields of Bali, offering guests an idyllic location to escape to. Private pools accompany each of the villas, and the on-site Di Abing restaurant combines Asian and Mediterranean cuisine in a way that will satisfy any creative-cuisine-craving palate. Dining tip: Try the Tempe Bacem, which consists of young mango, chili relish, quail egg, and lime espuma, for a trip straight to a flavorful paradise. (📷: @taramichellebrose 📍: Chapung Sebali, Bali)
Designed by WOHA, an award-winning Singapore-based architecture firm known for incorporating greenery into their buildings, the luxurious Park Royal on Pickering gives guests a little dose of nature during every stay — the hotel's sky gardens are even designed to conserve energy, preserve water, and be self-sustaining. (📷: @theshutterwhale 📍: PARKROYAL on Pickering Hotel, Singapore)