The 10 Best New Boutique Hotels
We're constantly on the lookout for hot new hotel properties, and noticed a recent trend: Boutiques are in. And so Travel Channel asked Oyster.com to share their list of the 10 best new boutique hotels in the world – from Costa Rica to Tokyo. Don't miss out on staying at these hotels!
Ace Hotel Downtown Los AngelesThis LA outpost of the boutique Ace Hotel brand opened in early 2014, with the same hipster vibe as its sister properties in New York, Seattle, Palm Springs and Portland, OR. The 166 rooms feature retro-inspired decor with plenty of musically themed accents, and the on-site restaurants, bars and rooftop pool are all lively scenes that attract a young see-and-be-seen crowd. 960 1280
Andaz Tokyo Toranomon HillsCompleted in 2014, the Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills is one of Tokyo's newest luxury hotels. It was built in the top floors (47 through 52) of the Toranomon Hills skyscraper, with enormous windows overlooking the city. Cleverly placed telescopes and a sophisticated rooftop bar are excellent ways to take in the sights. Like all Andaz properties, this hotel has an open-concept lobby, and "hosts" take the place of traditional front-desk agents and concierge staff. The 164 luxurious guest rooms have free minibars, large soaking tubs and plenty of closet space. 960 1280
Refinery Hotel, New York CityRefinery Hotel, a stylish urban boutique hotel in New York's Garment District, opened in May 2013 in a historic building that was once a tea salon and hat factory. The property's past inspired its present industrial-chic design, and small details such as decorative milliner's tools pay homage to the building's former function. In the lobby, cool, white stone and Gothic arches are contrasted against colorful contemporary art, while in the 197 rooms, a minimalist black-and-white motif is warmed up by oak hardwood floors. Features include a fitness center, a lobby bar (named for the historical tea salon's owner), the Parker & Quinn bistro and a cool rooftop bar. 960 1280
Hotel Hugo, New York CityThe Hotel Hugo is a stylish, upscale, 122-room boutique property located on the far west side of SoHo in the newly coined Hudson Square neighborhood. Architect Marcello Pozzi's design pairs a downtown industrial style with sleek maritime-inspired interiors. Rooms are finished with polished walnut, shiny chrome fixtures and Hudson River views, evoking the feeling of staying on a ritzy Italian yacht. A rooftop bar and nightclub delivers 2 floors of lounge space and panoramic city and river views. 960 1280
The Peninsula ParisThe 200-room Peninsula Paris, located in the 16th arrondissement near the Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysees, is one of the city's top luxury hotels, priding itself on offering personalized service with the help of 600 staff members. It reopened in 2014 after a 4-year, multimillion-dollar restoration. The historic property offers guests opulent interiors and several dining and drinking options, including a rooftop restaurant with beautiful panoramic views of the city. The rooms, which are some of the largest in Paris, feature elegant decor in neutral tones and a bounty of high-tech details, including tablet-operated lights, temperature and valet calls. 960 1280
The Redbury South Beach, MiamiWith a spacious rooftop pool offering incredible views, a restaurant with a bold Mediterranean menu, and 69 large, contemporary guest rooms, the Redbury South Beach is a beautiful, upscale boutique hotel located right in the center of South Beach. Decorated in a bright art deco style, with clean lines and lovely outdoor spaces, this property, which opened in December 2013, offers guests direct access to the beach, as well as a wide variety of restaurants, shops and entertainment options within walking distance. 960 1280
The Cove Eleuthera, BahamasFar, far removed from the crowds of Nassau is the Cove Eleuthera, a 40-acre boutique resort on Eleuthera Island. The property, which opened in 2013, is a hot spot for celebs seeking privacy and features a jaw-dropping infinity pool and cliff-side bar sitting between 2 man-made pink-sand beaches. The 150 chic rooms have white decor, and enormous villas with private plunge pools and state-of-the-art kitchens are also available. 960 1280
Janas Hotel, Sardinia, ItalyOpened in 2014, the Janas Hotel has 14 airy rooms in the center of Villasimius. Breakfast, which is served in a sleek room with a bar and outdoor seating on an adjoining terrace, is included in the room rates. Guests staying in superior deluxe rooms get exclusive use of the rooftop whirlpool. Wi-Fi is free, but there's a charge for parking. 960 1280
ME LondonThe 157-room ME London is a design hotel that opened in 2013 in a prime location right on the Strand. From the dark lobby to the chic, minimalist rooms, there is an artistic and exclusive atmosphere to the hotel. On-site restaurants, lounges and bars — including a trendy rooftop bar — are destinations in their own right, attracting both locals and visitors. Tech-savvy rooms have cool and functional bedside lighting controls, along with luxurious bathrooms. 960 1280
Nayara Springs, Costa RicaLuxurious in every way, the 16-room, adults-only Nayara Springs is the top resort in the area for couples who are seeking romance and privacy — but who can do without volcano views. Large, rustic-luxe rooms have a bevy of amenities (minibar items, international calls) and gadgets (Bluetooth music players, espresso machines) included in the room rate. Its nearest competitor is the Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens, which happens to be its family-friendly sister property next door (volcano views are available there), but Nayara Springs, opened in 2013, is certainly more upscale and modern. 960 1280
Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado - Samana, Dominican RepublicThe Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado is the only resort with its own private island in the Dominican Republic. Soak up the sun at the scenic beaches and beautiful pools, and relax in the luxurious rooms with private whirlpool tubs. 960 1280
Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado - Samana, Dominican RepublicLocated on the Samana Peninsula in the Dominican Republic, the Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado has two gorgeous pools with bars nearby and plenty of lounge chairs, and both are exceptionally clean. The snack bar at the beach pool offers a basic buffet with hot dogs, hamburgers, rice, salad and selected entrees. 960 1280
Travaasa Hana - Maui, HawaiiTravaasa Hana has incredible service, a top-notch spa, excellent food and 77 rooms on acres of property. It may be hard to reach, but it's worth the trip. 960 1280
Jake's - South Coast, JamaicaJake's is a member of Island Outpost, Jamaica's trendiest hotel group. Guests come to unplug — there's no phone, internet or TV in the cottages. 960 1280
Jake's - South Coast, JamaicaJake's is a particular favorite because of the on-site painting and yoga classes, the excellent food and the Driftwood Spa. The spa has several open-air treatment rooms that are built into cliffs overlooking the ocean. 960 1280
Geejam - Port Antonio, JamaicaThe setting of the Geejam is gorgeous, the service is extraordinary, and one of the Caribbean's most beautiful beaches is only 10 minutes away. The hotel offers guests peaceful isolation, but one of its drawbacks is that there are no pool or spa facilities. 960 1280
Geejam - Port Antonio, JamaicaThe Geejam is made up of only five private, high-tech cottages in the lush foothills of Port Antonio. Modern electronics in the rooms include 42-inch flat-screens, AppleTV, iPod docks and free Wi-Fi. 960 1280
Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort - St. John, US Virgin IslandsCaneel Bay sits on 170 acres of a protected national park, dotted with seven remote beaches. The largest beach also attracts non-resort guests, but the other beaches on the property are much more secluded. 960 1280
Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort - St. John, US Virgin IslandsCaneel's attentive service and gorgeous setting make it one of the Caribbean's best secluded resorts. The most notable of the hotel's four restaurants is Equator, which was built inside and on top of an 18th-century sugar mill. 960 1280
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The Grace Bay Club - Turks and Caicos“This is a great family destination. We love Grace Bay Club’s easy access to the beach, 4 pools, restaurants and bars, as well as the amazing service. There is also a great array of water sports activities for all ages, including paddleboarding. The staff is great at helping guests fully enjoy a relaxing experience on the resort’s 1,100 feet of beachfront -- the largest of any in Turks and Caicos.” 960 1280
Hayman Island - Great Barrier Reef, Australia“This resort has great food, a great staff and great adventures -- all on the most beautiful reef in the world. Hayman Island is the premier family destination Down Under. For almost 2 years, my wife and I worked and played on the island. What makes this destination special is that any guest will quickly feel at home. This private-island paradise is one of the world’s most desirable hideaways, and the rooms at Hayman Island beachfront villas might be the epitome of perfection. Another fun perk is guests arrive in style via a luxury yacht.” 960 1280
Dawson Falls Lodge – Egmont National Park, New Zealand“Considered one of the most romantic destinations in New Zealand, Dawson Falls Lodge is only a couple of miles from my childhood home. Many of my days and nights were spent hiking and camping on Mount Egmont near this resort. Dawson Falls Lodge is a must for those who love access to the unspoiled outdoors.” 960 1280
Lapa Rios Lodge – Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica"Lapa Rios Lodge is a perfect option for nature lovers who enjoy wildlife and beaches. This resort is known for its amazing ecotourism, its delicious food and drinks, and its access to some of the most exciting wildlife experiences in Costa Rica. My wife and I enjoyed a couple of romantic days immersed in the surrounding wildlife, waking up to howler monkeys, kayaking with dolphins, hiking through the rainforest and walking at night to see bats, frogs and snakes." 960 1280
St. Regis - Bora Bora“Most people have seen the famed pictures of the St. Regis bungalows over the water that display the mountainous island peak in the background. It is as dazzling as you might imagine. Visitors enjoy diving into the water from their balconies, dining on fresh fish, experiencing Jet Ski adventures, and scuba diving to see a wide variety of indigenous fish and coral. This is one of my favorite diving destinations. My wife and I got engaged here, so it will always have a special place in our hearts. It is a great stop on any trip to Australia.” 960 1280
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge - Tanzania“Luxury is at its best as you step back in time at the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge with its spectacular colonial design. Here, guests have access to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, one of the best wildlife reserves in Africa. One of the most unique experiences was waking up each day with amazing views of wildlife roaming around just outside of our room. Dinner and drinks are served in a communal setting where adventures from the day are retold and immediate friendships are formed.” 960 1280
Red Rock Resort & Spa"The Red Rock Resort & Spa is a great resort destination for travelers who want to avoid the craziness of the Las Vegas Strip. It has some of the best suites in Las Vegas. The resort offers guided hikes through the spectacular Red Rock Mountains as part of its Adventure Spa program. There is also a great selection of dining options, an amazing spa and beautiful amenities. My wife and I lived at this resort for weeks during our move to Vegas. For unique experiences with family and friends, guests should check out the private VIP bowling lanes and movie rooms.” 960 1280
The Chedi Chiang Mai – Chiang Mai, Thailand“The Chedi Chiang Mai hotel hosts a wonderful feast in the heart of Chiang Mai, the largest city in northern Thailand, to celebrate the Festival of Lights in November. Each year people celebrate 2 concurrent Thai festivals, Loy Krathong and Yi Peng, by sending floats down a river and making wishes and releasing hot-air lanterns at night. My wife and I had the opportunity to spend 3 memorable days enjoying these festivals and celebrating with the staff at this hotel.” 960 1280
The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey – Marina del Rey, CA“I love how the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey is located on the marina, close to the LA airport and surrounded by great local hangouts. The sunsets at Marina del Rey are majestic. After working at this hotel for 8 years, I have many great memories here. Guests can take a short road trip to Venice Beach for the best free entertainment in the US; visit Abbot Kinney for some of the best art and dining; and head to Washington Boulevard for its great bars and hangouts.” 960 1280
Amanyara – Turks and Caicos“My wife and I were married on the beach at this hotel, which makes it special for us, but it was all of the little touches from the staff that made this selection endure as one of our favorite hotels. Amanyara features luxurious room, amazing restaurants and a great spa, making it a truly romantic destination.” 960 1280
Reethi Rah, MaldivesOn a man-made island in the Indian Ocean, Reethi Rah boasts 130 private villas, each with its own personal stretch of coastline. The bamboo ceilings and open architecture beautifully blend the indoors with the outdoors.
Ultimate indulgence: Receive an Indian Ayurvedic Healing treatment in one of the 2 over-water spa suites.
More stunning Indian Ocean hotels: The Prince Maurice, Mauritius; Six Senses Samui, Ko Samui, Thailand; The Lemuria, Seychelles; Soneva Gili, Maldives 960 1280
The Atlantis Palm, DubaiInspired by the legend of the lost city of Atlantis, The Atlantis Palm is a $2.5 billion mega-complex composed of a hotel, waterpark and aquarium.
Spectacular suite: Book a night at the Bridge Suite, one of the most grand rooms in all of Dubai. Some of the most famous people in the world have stayed there -- Oprah, Michael Jordan, Celine Dion and Bill Gates -- for $35,000 a night.
More luxurious Dubai hotels: Raffles Resort; Desert Palm; The Address 960 1280
Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado
Surrounded by 14,000-foot-high peaks in the Colorado Rockies, Dunton Hot Springs is a rustic village that's part wild west, part ghost town and all top-notch comfort.
Can't-miss quirk: Grab a drink at the Saloon and look for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid's names carved into the old countertop. Legend has it they hid out here in 1889 after robbing the Telluride Bank.
More offbeat resorts: Hotel Adrere Amellal, Egypt; The Harbor Crane and Lighthouse, The Netherlands; Hotel Yunak Evleri, Turkey; Hotel Hotelito Desconocido; Mexico960 1280
Capri Palace, Capri, ItalyOff the Italian mainland on the island of Capri, you'll find the Capri Palace high in the hills. The lobby features an eccentric mix of Louis the XVI chairs, Venetian lamps and 3-D pop art.
Worth the splurge: The wine cellar at the Capri Palace has almost 10,000 bottles to choose from, talk about la dolce vita!
More Mediterranean Coast hotels: The Splendido, Portofino, Italy; La Posta Vecchia, Rome; Hotel Katikies, Santorini, Greece; The Caruso, Ravello, Italy; Palazzo Sasso, Ravello, Italy; Reid's Palace, Funchal, Madeira 960 1280
Longitude 131, AustraliaUluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is home to Longitude 131. At the center of this resort is the Dune House, a restaurant, lobby and lounge all rolled into one. There are also 15 luxury, tented suites, raised on stilts above the sand dunes offering optimal views of Ayers Rock.
Once-in-a-lifetime view: Guides can take you out to view the monolith every day at dawn when it is at its most spectacular.
More awe-inspiring Australia hotels: The Blue Hotel; Byron Bay; Rawnsley Park Station; The Prince Melbourne; Prairie Hotel 960 1280
Claridge'sA prestigious hotel with an art deco twist, Claridge's has a royal pedigree. When Queen Victoria stayed at Claridge's in 1860, it unofficially became known as Buckingham Palace Annex. The hotel's high tea offers more than 40 varieties and its signature scones with Cornish clotted cream.
Reality-TV connection: Claridge's is also home to a restaurant run by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.
More chic London hotels: Brown's Hotel; The Berkeley; Durley House; Blakes Hotel; Soho Hotel; The Savoy 960 1280
Singita Lebombo, South AfricaThe No. 1 safari destination in South Africa, the Singita Lebombo is located in Kruger National Park, home to 127 species of large mammals and over 90,000 animals. Its 15 luxury suites have floor-to-ceiling glass windows giving you a front-row seat to the wildlife.
Sleep under the stars: You can even sleep outside on protected beds for striking views of the plains.
More spectacular safari lodges: Vumbura Plains, Botswana; The Kings Pool, Botswana; Kapinga Camp, Zambia; Little Ongava Lodge, Namibia; Shompole Lodge, Kenya 960 1280
The Adlon Hotel, BerlinSteps from the Brandenburg Gate is Berlin's premier 5-star hotel, The Adlon. Built in 1907, Kaiser Wilhelm, the country's emperor, was the hotel's very first guest.
Official accommodations: The 2,000-square-foot Presidential Suite has its own butler on-call 24 hours a day and the best view of the square. In fact, it's where US presidents stay when they're in Berlin.
More classic city hotels: The Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok; The Rambagh Palace, Jaipur, India; The Danieli Hotel, Venice; The Savoy, London; The Pierre, NYC 960 1280
The Ice Hotel, Sweden800 miles from Stockholm, in the town of Kiruna, the Ice Hotel provides one-of-a-kind accommodations: The entire building and all of its furniture are made of ice. Each December, artists carve every detail of the hotel by hand.
Cool detail: Even the beds are frozen rock solid and topped with a thermal sleeping bag and reindeer skins to keep you warm.
More unusual hotels: The Banyan Tree, Lijiang, China; The Park Hyatt, Tokyo; The Palace of the Lost City, South Africa; The Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India; The Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai 960 1280
The Raleigh Hotel, MiamiIn Miami's Art Deco District, The Raleigh Hotel is a standout landmark. You'll feel like you've been transported back in time in the lobby's cafe styled like a 1950s soda shop and the upstairs '40s-inspired martini lounge.
While you're here: Take a dip in its legendary curved-shaped pool and cascading waterfalls, which were once the backdrop for actress Esther Williams' movies and MTV's The Grind.
More Miami Beach hot spots: The Pelican Hotel; The Sagamore Hotel; The Standard Hotel; The Biltmore Hotel; The Mandarin Oriental Hotel 960 1280
Hotel de Tuilerieën, Bruges, BelgiumDown by the banks of the Dijver Canal is the Hotel de Tuelerieën. This 15th-century building used to be a nobleman’s private residence. Everything’s been renovated except for the Murano crystal windows, which cast a pinkish glow inside.
Honeymoon central: It’s a favorite among newlyweds, who can reserve the intimate pool for themselves and drink in views of the charming city from their canopy bed.
More romantic city hotels: Los Patos, Granada, Spain; Lapa Palace, Lisbon, Portugal; Cour de Loges; Lyon, France 960 1280
Soneva Fushi, MaldivesThe Soneva Fushi’s 65 open-air villas are held up with teakwood posts, and each has its own private stretch of beach and saltwater swimming pool. Nestled in the beachfront jungle, its Six Senses spa also has a extensive list of rejuvenating treatments.
A holistic approach: In addition to offering several healthy dining options, the entire island is completely organic.
More private island getaways: Pangkor Laut, Malaysia; Dhoni Island, Maldives; Huvafen Fushi, Maldives; Fregate Island Seychelles; Taha'a, Polynesia 960 1280
Hotel Guanahani & Spa, St. BarthsA 16-acre resort, Guanahani opened in 1986 and was one of the first luxury hotels in St. Barths. Its 71 bungalows are traditional Creole-style, with private decks and pools.
Can't-miss meal: Guanahani's beachside restaurant, Indigo, is serving up delicious food anytime you’re hungry, and the fresh menu is constantly changing deepening on what's in season.
More eastern Caribbean hotels: Raffles Resort, Canouan, St. Vincent; Discovery Hotel, Marigot Bay, St. Lucia; Isle de France, St. Barths; Hotel Eden Rock, St. Barths; Cap Juluca 960 1280
The Ishtar, JordanJust outside of Amman lies one of the most over-the-top resorts in the world, the Ishtar Villas. The 117 villas all have views of the Dead Sea. Catch rays on the deck, lounge by one of the 9 huge pools, or enjoy a drink on your private roof deck.
Know before you go: Plan your trip (way) ahead of time -- this place book up 5 years in advance.
More insane private villas: Hippo Point, Kenya; The Alfajiri Villas, Kenya; The Palms, Zanzibar; The Taj Exotica, Maldives; Murtoli Villas, Corsica 960 1280
The One&Only Ocean Club, Paradise IslandThis 1940s colonial-style resort is as high-class and upper-crust as it gets. Every fountain, marble slab and statue in the Ocean Club's Versailles-inspired gardens was imported from France.
A-List accommodations: It regularly attracts celebrities like Cindy Crawford, who was married at the outdoor seaside chapel.
More beautiful Bahamas hotels: The Cove at the Atlantis, Paradise Island; Compass Point, New Providence Island; Pink Sands, Harbour Island; The Landing, Harbour Island; Tiamo, Andros Island 960 1280
Four Seasons, Ubud, IndonesiaYou'll be greeted by a lotus pond at the UFO-looking Four Seasons Resort at Sayan. You can choose from one of 18 1,000-square-foot suites or 42 private open-air villas with their own plunge pools.
What to do while you're here: Rent a bike or scooter and hit the Balinese country roads for some breathtaking view.
More unbelievable Bali hotels: Bali Villa Mathis, Umalas; Jimbaran Puri, Jimbaran; Villa Balquisse, Jimbaran; Villa Shaba, Jimbaran 960 1280
San Domenico Palace, Taormina, SicilyThe San Domenico is a former monastery founded in 1384, transformed into a luxury hotel. There are 104 rooms and suites divided between the hotel's 2 wings. The monastery side has spacious suites with their own private terrace with stunning views.
Legendary romance: In the grand hotel wing there is a suite where Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton once stayed.
More magnificent Mediterranean hotels: Hotel Anassa, Polis; Hotel Almyra, Paphos, Cyprus; Caol Ishka Hotel, Siracusa, Sicily; Pikes Hotel, Ibiza, Spain 960 1280
The Bryant Park Hotel, New York CityInside the landmark American Radiator Building is the modern, minimalist Bryant Park Hotel. Towering at nearly 350 feet, the hotel offers a prime view of the Empire State Building.
For celeb-spotting: Head to the hotel's basement to the cellar bar for an after-hours cocktail and to catch a glimpse of the star clientele, especially during Fashion Week.
More trendy NYC hotels: Grace Hotel; Night Hotel; The Alex; The Rivington; Mandarin Oriental New York City; Four Seasons Hotel New York 960 1280
The Parrot Cay Hotel, Turks and CaicosYou can only get to Parrot Cay by boat. It even limits the number of planes that can fly overhead to keep the prying eyes of paparazzi off celeb guests like Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, who got married here.
The secret weapon: If you want to venture out of seclusion, take a dip in one of the largest freshwater swimming pools in the Caribbean.
More western Caribbean hotels: Amanyara, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos; Azulik Hotel, Tulum, Mexico; Casa Colonial, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic 960 1280
Les Sources de Caudalie, Bordeaux, FranceLes Sources de Caudalie is a first-class spa and boutique hotel hidden in the middle of the grape fields of the Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Vineyard.
Amazing amenity: The thermal room at the spa is where you can soak in natural mineral spring water piped in from 1,700-feet underneath the resort.
More relaxing spa hotels: Palais Rhoul, Marrakesh, Morocco; Marques de Riscal, Elciego, Spain; Pres d'Eugenie, Gascony, France; Les Fermes de Marie, Megeve, France; The Reserve Hotel, Geneva 960 1280
Hotel Carl Gustaf, Gustavia, St. BarthsThe Carl Gustaf Hotel, the most glamorous hotel in Gustravia, dominates the port here. It's also had a celebrity guest list since it opened in the 1990s. All of the 1 and 2-bedroom suites have a living room, private terrace and swimming pool.
When adventure calls: The hotel has its own 52-foot yacht that you can book for excursions.
More luxe St. Barths hotels: The Sereno, Gustavia; La Banane, Gustavia; Manapany, Cayes Cove; Guanahani, Grand Cul de Sac; La Vie en Rose, Petit Cul de Sac 960 1280
Villa San Michele, Florence, ItalyFive miles up the hillside is Villa San Michele. The former Franciscan monastery was founded in the 15th century -- and experts think the hotel's stucco facade was designed by Michelangelo.
Hungry for more? In addition to having one of the best gardens in all of Florence, it also hosts a school where you get hands-on lessons in classic Tuscan cooking.
More 5-star hotels in Tuscany: Hotel Relais Santa Croce, Florence; Riva Loft, Florence; Castello del Nero, Florence; Villa Mangiacane, Florence 960 1280
The Taha'a, Taha'a, French PolynesiaLe Taha'a Island Resort has 48 stilted bungalows, each with private access to the lagoon. About 100 feet below the spa, the lagoon showcases abundant marine life in crystal clear 80-degree waters.
Enchanting scent: One of the most magical things about this resort is how it smells -- like vanilla. About 75% of all Polynesian vanilla comes from this island. And the resort uses it at its 3 restaurants and spa.
More exotic Polynesia hotels: Pearl Beach, Bora Bora; Intercontinental, Bora Bora; Bora Bora Nui, Bora Bora; The Radisson, Papeete, Tahiti 960 1280
Hotel Habita, Mexico CityHidden in Mexico City's fashionable Polanco District, Hotel Habita is a hideaway from the chaotic city. Formerly apartments, the 7-story modern hotel has 36 rooms decorated in a very minimal style and an uber modern pool.
Don't forget to eat: Most of the food at Habita is contemporary European, but the real star is the sushi. Order the avocado wrap with Asian-inspired spaghetti, but it's definitely too big for chopsticks.
More swanky Mexico hotels: Hotel Deseo, Playa Del Carmen; Mosquito Blue, Playa Del Carmen; The Condesa Hotel, Condesa 960 1280
GoldenEye Hotel, Ocho Rios, JamaicaIn Oracabessa Bay is the former home of Ian Fleming, the spy-turned-novelist who created James Bond, GoldenEye. He lived at GoldenEye for almost 20 years and wrote 13 of his 007 books here. Today, it's a resort with 4 villas on 18 acres.
A Villa worthy of 007: GoldenEye's Fleming Villa has its own pool and a private beach dotted with hidden coves where you can read, gaze at the sea, or have a romantic, dinner, Bond-style.
More amazing Jamaica hotels: Strawberry Hill Resort, Irish Town; Jake's Hotel, Treausure Beach; Geejam, Port Antonio 960 1280