Amazing Hotels for Every Type of Traveler
Skip that one-size-fits-all room and stay at a resort or hotel that speaks to your inner artist, rockstar or yogi.
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For Art Lovers: Angad Arts Hotel
Feeling happy? Book a yellow room. Tranquil? Go for blue. Rooms at the Angad Arts Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, are color-coordinated to reflect your emotions, right down to the rubber ducks floating in the tubs. The hotel opens in November 2018 in St. Louis’s Grand Center Arts District, home to museums, galleries and other artistic venues. Guests can enjoy pop-up performances, a working art gallery, edgy exhibits, 360-degree videos and more. Music fans are welcome to borrow instruments right off the wall in the hotel's Playroom and stage impromptu jams.
For Kids of All Ages: Peanuts Hotel
Snoopy, one of the beloved characters from the Peanuts comics, turns 50 this year, and the first Peanuts Hotel recently opened in the Kobe prefecture of Japan’s Setouchi region. Each of its three floors has a different theme: "Imagine," "Happy" and "Love," and each of its 18 rooms showcases a different Peanuts character. Order fun foods like "Charlie Brown's Choco-Banana Baked Alaska" at the on-site Peanuts Café or Peanuts Diner. Snoopy's adorable face appears on the in-room amenities, like shampoo bottles and chopsticks. Shown here: a room dedicated to Charlie Brown's hapless attempts to play baseball.
For Fitness and Wellness Buffs: Half Moon Resort
Luxurious Half Moon Resort, in Montego Bay, Jamaica, sits on 400 acres and two miles of glorious beachfront. Have a facial or decadent soak at its award-winning Fern Tree Spa. You can opt for an over-the-water cabana and relax with a wild lime and ginger oil massage, coconut milk bath or an exfoliating Jamaican allspice sugar scrub. No two rooms are alike at Half Moon, and many have stunning views of the Caribbean Sea.
For American History Buffs: Stockyards Hotel
Step back into the Old West at The Stockyards Hotel, in Fort Worth’s Stockyards National Historic District. Two infamous outlaws from West Dallas used one of its rooms in the 1930s; today the Bonnie and Clyde suite is furnished with Bonnie’s .38 revolver, newspaper clippings and other memorabilia. Posters of Butch Cassidy and his fellow fugitive, the Sundance Kid, hang in another room that includes a gaming table and steerhide-covered chairs.
For Nature Lovers: Plantation on Crystal River
Florida’s Citrus County is the only place in North America to swim legally with manatees. It's also home to the eco-friendly Plantation on Crystal River, where you can book tours to swim with these gentle giants. The hotel, on Tampa's Nature Coast, is surrounded by natural springs in King’s Bay, as well as clear lakes and rivers, state parks and wildlife refuges. Go boating, fishing or scalloping, and ask about "cook your catch" options. Hit the golf course if you want to enjoy the outdoors without getting wet, or challenge the kids to horseshoes, shuffleboard or croquet.
For Winter Sports Enthusiasts: Viceroy Snowmass
The Viceroy Snowmass, near Aspen, Colorado, has access to four great skiing mountains. This luxurious, ski-in/ski-out resort is actually in Snowmass, considered one of the top family skiing areas in North America. Need equipment? A valet will deliver ski and snowboard rentals to your room; lessons are also available. This winter, guests can book the "Fly Me to the Moon" experience, a full-moon flight over the snow-covered Rockies in a Piper aircraft. There's also a new ski-in/ski-out bar that serves craft cocktails, local beers and more. When you need to re-energize, head to the ski-in/ski-out spa. Snowmass also offers lots of terrific summer activities and adventures.
For Spring Through Fall Sports Enthusiasts: Huka Lodge
Recently named the top resort in Australia and New Zealand, Huka Lodge in Taupo, New Zealand, offers experiences like hunting, whitewater rafting and horseback riding. Guests who stay in select cottages get a special gift of three beautiful, hand-tied fishing flies. They can use them to cast for brown and rainbow trout in the Waikato River, which flows past the lodge. Huka began in the 1920s as a small fishing lodge; today, its sits on 17 acres, and some of its 25 suites have hosted celebrity anglers like Charles Lindbergh. Huka also has outstanding wintertime activities.
For Adrenaline Junkies: Salishan Resort
Adventure seekers are welcome at the Salishan Resort, which is about two hours from Portland on the Oregon Coast. So are adventure watchers, who can walk across the street to lounge beside the Pacific Ocean or look for waterfowl, elk and black-tailed deer at nearby Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Get your adrenaline pumping when you paddleboard past a pod of seals, kayak in a river valley or climb the cliffs around the resort. Want more? Play tennis on an indoor court or catch a round of golf. If you don't want to break a sweat, take a guided hike through the property’s 250 forested acres.
For Foodies: Guana Island Resort
Come hungry to Guana, an 850-acre private island resort in the British Virgin Islands. Executive Chef Xavier Arnau Gili, formerly of Zuma and Nobu, in London, leads an expert culinary team and sources fresh ingredients from the island’s large organic orchard, greenhouses and herbarium. Eggs come from a local flock of 100 chickens. Guests — the resort holds just 35 — can tour the orchard and indulge in just-picked mangos, soursops and other tropical fruits.
For Rockers and Music Lovers: Hard Rock Daytona Beach
Catch the waves and the tunes at Florida's Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach. This all-new, 200-room property on the Atlantic features "The Sound of Your Stay," a music program that lets guests borrow a Fender guitar or Crosley record player and 10 iconic records. The loaners are delivered to your room, along with a floor amp and Nixon headphones. Newbies can take in-room video lessons. Let the kids get into the swim of things in the hotel's guitar-shaped pool.