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10 Cutting Edge Hotels around the World

"A great way to learn about your country is to leave it."

A cutting-edge hotel distinguishes itself by embracing innovation, creativity, and forward-thinking approaches to hospitality, ultimately providing guests with memorable and transformative experiences. They stand out due to innovative features, design elements, technology integration, and commitment to providing exceptional guest experiences. In this post, I will show you some excellent examples of cutting-edge hotels that will open up your eyes to an exciting realm of travel. Why stay in a boring hotel when you can live it up in one of these fantastic settings?

Paradiso Art Hotel - Ibiza, Spain

Here’s a hotel that leans all the way into the island’s reputation for hedonism. Paradiso Ibiza Art Hotel takes its inspiration from mid-century modernist Miami and turns the color up all the way. Marshall bluetooth speakers, Smeg fridges, and a Seventies vibe define the suites, and the in-room artworks make the adults-only concept as clear as can be. A larger collection is on display all throughout the hotel; the most memorable space may be the pastel-colored pool deck, lined with cabanas, and served by Andy’s, the hotel’s casually stylish indoor-outdoor restaurant. This hotel is for adults only.

Best time to visit: May to October

Things to do in Ibiza:

  • Enjoy the Beaches: Ibiza is famous for its stunning beaches with crystal-clear waters and soft sandy shores. Relax on popular beaches like Playa d'en Bossa, Cala Salada, and Ses Salines, or seek out secluded coves for a more intimate experience.

  • Experience the Nightlife: Ibiza is renowned for its legendary nightlife scene, with world-famous clubs hosting top DJs and electronic music events. Dance the night away at iconic venues such as Pacha, Amnesia, and Ushuaïa.

  • Explore Ibiza Town: Discover the charming old town of Ibiza Town (Eivissa), a UNESCO World Heritage Site with narrow cobblestone streets, historic buildings, and panoramic views from Dalt Vila (the fortified upper town). Don't miss the lively waterfront promenade and the bustling Marina district.

  • Visit Es Vedrà: Take a boat trip to Es Vedrà, a mystical and iconic rock formation rising dramatically from the sea. Legend has it that Es Vedrà is home to sirens and sea nymphs, and it's also a popular spot for sunset viewing.

  • Party on a Boat: Experience Ibiza's legendary boat parties, where you can dance to the beats of top DJs while cruising along the island's beautiful coastline. Boat parties often include swimming stops, water activities, and stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea.

  • Explore Hippy Markets: Browse colorful hippy markets such as Las Dalias and Punta Arabí to discover handmade crafts, clothing, jewelry, and souvenirs. Enjoy live music, food stalls, and a lively atmosphere as you shop for unique treasures.

  • Go Scuba Diving: Discover the underwater world of Ibiza with scuba diving excursions to explore coral reefs, underwater caves, and marine life. Dive sites around the island offer opportunities for divers of all levels, from beginners to experienced divers.

  • Hike to Secret Beaches: Lace up your hiking boots and embark on a scenic hike along Ibiza's rugged coastline to discover hidden beaches and stunning viewpoints. Trails such as the Camí de Cavalls and the Sa Talaia hike offer breathtaking vistas and secluded spots for relaxation.

  • Attend a Beach Club Party: Experience the glamorous side of Ibiza by spending a day at one of the island's chic beach clubs. Enjoy VIP treatment, luxurious amenities, poolside lounging, and live music or DJ performances.

  • Practice Yoga and Wellness: Ibiza is a popular destination for yoga retreats and wellness holidays. Join a yoga class on the beach, indulge in spa treatments, or participate in holistic wellness activities such as meditation, tai chi, and sound healing.

La Valise - Tulum, Mexico

At the moment there may be no place in Mexico with quite as thrilling a reputation as that of Tulum, the Goldilocks of resort destinations — it’s wild but also a bit luxe, stylish but also authentic, spiritual but also grounded. No wonder the hotels sometimes struggle to live up to the myth. La Valise Tulum, however, makes it look easy. A beachfront villa and a handful of bungalows, with the jungle on one side and a spectacular white sand beach on the other, it’s a slice of heaven — and it’s packed with the modern comforts, traditional crafts, and eclectic, bohemian design that Tulum is supposed to be all about.

Here there’s no contradiction between palapa roofs and the decadent luxury of a king bed with a direct view of the Caribbean. The style is meant to evoke a Robinson Crusoe fantasy, but an eminently tasteful one, and in that it absolutely succeeds. La Valise Tulum is the sequel to a successful micro-boutique hotel in Mexico City, so they’ve got some experience at this sort of thing — you’re not just in a beautiful place, you’re in good hands as well.

Of particular note is the cuisine — one restaurant serves breakfast and lunch, with an emphasis on the Maya-influenced local cuisine, while NÜ Tulum, open for dinner, promises a “sustainable culinary journey.”

Best time to visit Tulum: Mid- December to April

Things to do in Tulum:

  • Explore the Mayan Ruins: Visit the Tulum Archaeological Zone, where you can explore the ancient Mayan ruins perched on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Learn about the history and significance of the site while enjoying breathtaking ocean views.

  • Relax on the Beaches: Tulum is famous for its beautiful beaches with powdery white sand and turquoise waters. Spend a day soaking up the sun, swimming, and snorkeling at popular beaches like Playa Paraíso, Playa Ruinas, and Playa Pescadores.

  • Swim in Cenotes: Discover the natural beauty of Tulum's cenotes, underground freshwater sinkholes formed by collapsed limestone. Swim, snorkel, or dive in cenotes such as Gran Cenote, Dos Ojos, and Cenote Calavera, surrounded by crystal-clear waters and stunning rock formations.

  • Visit the Tulum Hotel Zone: Explore Tulum's trendy hotel zone, home to boutique hotels, eco-resorts, and beach clubs. Enjoy beachfront dining, yoga classes, spa treatments, and cultural events in this bohemian-chic atmosphere.

  • Experience Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve: Take a guided tour to Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located south of Tulum. Explore the diverse ecosystems, including mangroves, wetlands, and coral reefs, and spot wildlife such as dolphins, manatees, and sea turtles.

  • Try Traditional Mexican Cuisine: Indulge in delicious Mexican cuisine at Tulum's many restaurants and eateries. Sample fresh seafood, authentic tacos, ceviche, and traditional Mayan dishes made with local ingredients.

  • Attend a Cacao Ceremony: Immerse yourself in Mayan culture by participating in a cacao ceremony, where you can learn about the history and significance of cacao in Mayan traditions. Experience ceremonial rituals, meditation, and chocolate tastings led by local guides.

  • Explore Tulum Pueblo: Discover the vibrant town of Tulum Pueblo, located inland from the beach. Stroll through the streets lined with shops, boutiques, art galleries, and cafes, and experience the local culture and charm of the area.

  • Go Snorkeling or Diving: Explore the vibrant underwater world of Tulum's coral reefs and marine life. Join guided snorkeling or diving excursions to nearby sites such as the Mesoamerican Reef, where you can swim among colorful fish, rays, and turtles.

  • Practice Yoga and Wellness: Tulum is a popular destination for yoga retreats and wellness retreats. Attend yoga classes on the beach, participate in holistic wellness workshops, and indulge in spa treatments and healing therapies.

Como Shambhala Estate - Ubud, Indonesia

COMO Shambhala Estate makes a compelling case that — provided a spectacular setting in the Balinese rainforest just outside of Ubud, a spare-no-luxury approach to the accommodations, and a certain earnestness of purpose — healthful living and extravagant indulgence can happily share a home. Meditating in nature has never felt better. The massages with traditional oils are some of the most sublime in the world, and the resident nutritionist and Ayurvedic doctor can't spoil the pleasure of a delicious candle-lit meal in the canopy.

Each guest room, where Balinese teakwood and Chinese antiques combine with fairy-tale poster beds, is housed in one of five palatial residences. Whether by ingenuity or luck, fellow guests are rarely spotted. The residences are extremely private, not least because you dictate your own cocktail hour, massage schedule and mealtimes. In addition to the residences, there are one- and two-bedroom retreat villas by the renowned Japanese designer Koichiro Ikebuchi, each with its own heated pool and steam room. The two restaurants, Glow and Kudus House, are perfectly inviting, but after a day of yoga, guided hiking, biking or just spa-going, it's tempting to place your order from the room and let dinner come to you.

Book one of the COMO suites or retreat villas and a personal butler is added to your stress-busting program — taking care of your laundry and pressing your trousers, topping off your drink, even refreshing your orchids — but at every level the service will put you at ease. And in the best way, the staff seems at ease, too, inclined toward smiles rather than rigid Jeeves-like formality, as if inducing all this blissful calm were simplicity itself.

Best time to visit: April - October

Things to do in Ubud, Indonesia:

  • Visit the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary: Explore this lush jungle sanctuary home to hundreds of playful monkeys. Remember to be cautious with your belongings as the monkeys can be mischievous!

  • Explore Ubud Market: Wander through the bustling stalls of Ubud Market where you can find everything from traditional Balinese handicrafts to clothing and souvenirs. Don't forget to haggle for the best prices!

  • Attend a Balinese Dance Performance: Experience the rich culture of Bali by attending a traditional Balinese dance performance. Ubud is renowned for its vibrant dance scene, with regular performances held at various venues around the town.

  • Visit Ubud Royal Palace (Puri Saren Agung): Explore the ornate architecture and beautiful gardens of Ubud's royal palace. You can also catch traditional Balinese dance performances in the evenings here.

  • Explore Ubud's Art Galleries: Ubud has a thriving arts scene, with numerous galleries showcasing the works of both local and international artists. Spend some time browsing the diverse collections of paintings, sculptures, and crafts.

  • Take a Cooking Class: Learn the secrets of Balinese cuisine by taking a cooking class. You'll have the opportunity to visit local markets, learn about traditional ingredients, and master authentic Balinese recipes.

  • Visit Tegalalang Rice Terraces: Just a short drive from Ubud, the Tegalalang Rice Terraces offer stunning panoramic views of cascading rice paddies. Take a leisurely stroll through the terraces or enjoy a drink at one of the many cafes overlooking the landscape.

  • Explore Ubud's Surroundings: Ubud serves as a great base for exploring the surrounding areas of Bali. Visit nearby temples such as Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) or take a hike through the scenic Campuhan Ridge Walk.

  • Relax with a Spa Treatment: Indulge in a relaxing spa treatment at one of Ubud's many luxury spas. From traditional Balinese massages to holistic wellness therapies, you'll find plenty of options to rejuvenate your body and mind.

  • Join a Yoga Class: Ubud is known as a hub for yoga and wellness retreats. Whether you're a seasoned yogi or a beginner, you'll find a variety of classes and workshops tailored to different levels and interests.

Aria Hotel Budapest, Hungary

Budapest’s Aria Hotel is, like its cousin in Prague, not just named after a musical term, but inspired from top to bottom by music. Its four wings — Classical, Jazz, Opera, and Contemporary — contain rooms named for famous musicians, from Bach to Billie Holliday, from Handel to Whitney Houston.

And you certainly can’t accuse the designer, Zoltan Varro, of giving these musical influences short shrift — in addition to an endless variety of musical-themed artworks and objets, the Classical and Opera rooms are Baroque in style, the Jazz rooms pay homage to the Twenties, and the Contemporary rooms draw on Pop Art for their visual references.

The Aria’s appeal is more than just visual. This is a proper luxury hotel, in a prime location in the heart of town, with views of St. Stephen’s Basilica. The rooms feature heaping pillow-top beds, swanky onyx bathrooms, 55-inch flatscreens and Nespresso machines, and the suites just get bigger and more extravagant from there, some adding private terraces, others “opera” balconies.

As for public spaces, there’s the rooftop High Note bar and restaurant, there’s the Music Garden atrium lounge with its rare Bogányi piano, and there’s Café Liszt, a lively music-themed gastronomic restaurant. Combine this with the subterranean Harmony Spa and you’ve got a boutique hotel that’s on a level with any of the big luxury chains, and with personality to spare.

Best time to visit: Spring or Fall

Things to do in Budapest:

  • Visit Buda Castle: Explore the historic Buda Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site perched atop Castle Hill. Admire the magnificent architecture, visit the Budapest History Museum and the Hungarian National Gallery housed within the castle complex, and enjoy panoramic views of the city from Fisherman's Bastion.

  • Relax in the Széchenyi Thermal Baths: Experience the healing waters of the Széchenyi Thermal Baths, one of the largest thermal bath complexes in Europe. Relax in the indoor and outdoor pools, enjoy spa treatments, and soak up the atmosphere of this iconic Budapest institution.

  • Take a Danube River Cruise: Enjoy a scenic cruise along the Danube River and admire Budapest's landmarks from the water. Choose from daytime or evening cruises to see iconic sights such as the Hungarian Parliament Building, Chain Bridge, and Buda Castle illuminated at night.

  • Walk along Andrássy Avenue: Stroll along Andrássy Avenue, a grand boulevard lined with elegant Neo-Renaissance buildings, shops, cafes, and theaters. Visit the Hungarian State Opera House, explore the boutiques of Fashion Street, and admire the stunning architecture along this historic thoroughfare.

  • Explore the Jewish Quarter: Discover Budapest's vibrant Jewish Quarter, home to historic synagogues, bustling markets, and trendy ruin bars. Visit the Dohány Street Synagogue, the largest synagogue in Europe, explore the Jewish Museum, and sample Jewish delicacies at local restaurants and cafes.

  • Marvel at St. Stephen's Basilica: Admire the beauty of St. Stephen's Basilica, one of Budapest's most impressive churches. Climb to the top of the basilica's dome for panoramic views of the city, explore the ornate interior, and attend a classical music concert or organ recital.

  • Wander through City Park: Escape the bustle of the city and relax in Budapest's City Park, a vast green space featuring lakes, gardens, and historic landmarks. Visit Vajdahunyad Castle, the Széchenyi Thermal Bath, and the Budapest Zoo, and enjoy outdoor activities such as boating and ice-skating.

  • Experience Hungarian Cuisine: Indulge in traditional Hungarian cuisine at local restaurants, cafes, and market halls. Sample hearty dishes such as goulash, lángos (fried dough), and chimney cake, and try local specialties like Hungarian wine, pálinka (fruit brandy), and craft beer.

  • Discover the House of Terror Museum: Learn about Hungary's turbulent 20th-century history at the House of Terror Museum, housed in a former secret police headquarters. Explore exhibits on the fascist and communist regimes, resistance movements, and the victims of political oppression.

  • Enjoy the Nightlife: Experience Budapest's vibrant nightlife scene by exploring its bars, clubs, and entertainment venues. Visit ruin bars in the Jewish Quarter, dance the night away in trendy nightclubs, or enjoy live music performances in cozy cafes and jazz clubs.

Intercontinental Shanghai Jing'An

Ordinarily we’d say “wonderland” is laying it on a bit thick, but in the case of the InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland it might even be an understatement. Built into the rock walls of a flooded quarry in suburban Songjiang, this is a hotel like no other on earth — it took extraordinary feats of engineering to create a semi-subterranean luxury hotel that’s nonetheless flooded with sunlight, and turns a site that might never have been developed into, well, a wonderland. It feels like the finest hotel on some futuristic off-world colony; safe to say it’s an experience you won’t soon forget.

Best time to visit: October or November

Things to do in Shanghai:

  • The Bund: Take a stroll along the Bund, Shanghai's historic waterfront promenade. Admire the iconic skyline of colonial-era buildings on one side and the futuristic skyscrapers of Pudong on the other. Visit in the evening to see the buildings illuminated in colorful lights.

  • Shanghai Tower: Ascend the Shanghai Tower, one of the tallest buildings in the world, for panoramic views of the city skyline. The observation deck offers stunning vistas of Shanghai's urban landscape, the Huangpu River, and beyond.

  • Yu Garden: Explore Yu Garden, a classical Chinese garden dating back to the Ming Dynasty. Wander through tranquil courtyards, pavilions, and rockeries, and admire the intricate architecture and beautiful landscaping. Don't miss the nearby Old Street for traditional snacks and souvenirs.

  • Shanghai Disneyland: Experience the magic of Shanghai Disneyland, the first Disney theme park in mainland China. Enjoy thrilling rides, live shows, and parades featuring your favorite Disney characters in a spectacular setting.

  • Tianzifang: Get lost in the labyrinthine lanes of Tianzifang, a charming arts and crafts enclave in the former French Concession. Browse boutique shops, art galleries, and cafes housed in traditional shikumen (stone gate) buildings, and soak up the bohemian atmosphere.

  • Shanghai Museum: Discover China's rich cultural heritage at the Shanghai Museum, home to a vast collection of ancient Chinese art and artifacts. Explore exhibits on ceramics, calligraphy, jade, bronze, and more, spanning thousands of years of history.

  • Nanjing Road: Shop 'til you drop on Nanjing Road, one of the world's busiest shopping streets. Explore department stores, luxury boutiques, and specialty shops selling everything from fashion and electronics to souvenirs and street food.

  • Jing'an Temple: Visit Jing'an Temple, a Buddhist temple in the heart of Shanghai. Admire the ornate architecture, tranquil gardens, and serene atmosphere of this historic temple, which provides a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city.

  • Shanghai French Concession: Explore the Shanghai French Concession, a leafy neighborhood known for its tree-lined streets, colonial architecture, and trendy cafes. Take a leisurely walk or bike ride through the area and soak up the laid-back vibe.

  • Huangpu River Cruise: Embark on a Huangpu River cruise for a different perspective of Shanghai's skyline. Sail past iconic landmarks such as the Oriental Pearl Tower, Jin Mao Tower, and Shanghai World Financial Center, and witness the city's transformation from past to present.

Treehouse Villas, Thailand

Located on the northern tip of Koh Yao Noi (‘Little Long Island’), TreeHouse Villas invites you to enjoy lush surroundings, a beachside location and stunning sea views – all the while living a life of luxury in its bespoke villas. With the super opulent TreeHouse Villa and the truly gorgeous Beachfront Pool Villa to choose from, you and your loved one can look forward to every indulgence while experiencing an unforgettable couple’s retreat.

One of the charms of TreeHouse Villas is the sense of remoteness it offers. Koh Yao Noi is the smaller of the two Koh Yao islands and is only accessible by boat. It takes about an hour to get here from the popular island resorts of Phuket and 25 minutes from Krabi (private speedboat transfers are available!), with each second on the sea taking you ever further away from Thailand’s bustle and towards this glorious island hideaway.

What’s more, being located at the end of small winding road, which takes you through verdant national parkland, TreeHouse Villas is completely surrounded by all of Mother Nature’s makings, giving you every opportunity to bask in her splendour and unwind in total tranquillity.

Once you arrive, you’ll see how every care has been taken to create a perfectly idyllic adults-only resort. Each beautifully designed villa has been thoughtfully located to afford you and your partner optimum peace and privacy. A range of excellent restaurants and bars are ready to serve you stunning Thai and Western cuisine and mouth-watering cocktails. You’ll even find a peaceful spa, with a steam room, cooling pool and a range of relaxing treatments on offer for ultimate zen or opt for an in Villa spa experience.

For a very special occasion, take your loved one to the heights in the TreeHouse Villa. Expertly built among the tree canopy and accessed via a suspended bridge, this two-floor treehouse has every added indulgence to leave you feeling thoroughly pampered and unbelievably relaxed. Everywhere you look, you’ll find inventive touches, such as the upcycled and recycled pieces which give a nod to TreeHouse Villas’ sustainable ethos, and a colour scheme inspired by the jungle and ocean beyond your window.

The upper floor is where you’ll find your air-conditioned bedroom, with a luxurious king-size bed looking out through the trees and towards the sea. Your adjacent bathroom comes complete with a hammock-shaped bath and an incredible ‘jungle shower’, where wall-to-wall windows offer obscured glass for privacy but eye-height clear glass for unbeatable jungle views. The day bed is the perfect place to unwind with your favourite tipple from the complimentary bar, while the 42″ LED TV and Bluetooth sound system keep you in touch with the world you left behind…if you wish!

The lower floor is dedicated to relaxing and dining in the open air. Take in the natural environment in your private plunge pool – which almost seems to extend into the jungle itself. A double swing, day beds and a dining area complete your treetop haven – making it one you’ll never want to leave.

Best time to visit: November to April

Things to do in Thailand:

Visit Railay Beach: Explore the pristine beauty of Railay Beach, accessible only by boat due to the towering limestone cliffs that surround it. Relax on the white sandy beaches, go rock climbing on the cliffs, or take a kayak tour to explore hidden caves and lagoons.

  • Island Hopping: Embark on an island-hopping tour to discover the many beautiful islands and beaches around Krabi. Visit iconic spots like Phi Phi Islands, Koh Lanta, and Hong Islands, where you can snorkel, swim, and sunbathe in crystal-clear waters.

  • Rock Climbing: Krabi is a world-famous rock climbing destination, with numerous limestone cliffs offering challenging routes for climbers of all levels. Take a guided climbing tour to explore the stunning karst landscapes and enjoy breathtaking views from the top.

  • Explore Ao Nang: Spend some time in Ao Nang, Krabi's bustling beach town known for its vibrant atmosphere, lively nightlife, and wide range of restaurants and shops. Relax on the beach, try water sports like snorkeling and scuba diving, or enjoy a traditional Thai massage.

  • Visit Tiger Cave Temple: Climb the stairs to Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Sua) for panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and Andaman Sea. Explore the temple's caves and shrines, and marvel at the giant golden Buddha statue at the summit.

  • Take a Hot Springs Bath: Relax and unwind at Klong Thom Hot Springs, where you can soak in natural hot springs surrounded by lush jungle. The mineral-rich waters are believed to have healing properties and provide a soothing experience for tired muscles.

  • Kayaking in Mangrove Forests: Explore the tranquil mangrove forests of Krabi by kayak, gliding through narrow waterways and observing the diverse ecosystem of plants and wildlife. Look out for monkeys, birds, and other native species as you paddle through this peaceful environment.

  • Emerald Pool and Blue Pool: Visit the Emerald Pool (Sa Morakot) and Blue Pool (Sra Kaew) in Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve for a refreshing dip in natural pools surrounded by lush rainforest. The water in these pools is crystal clear and tinted green and blue due to mineral deposits.

  • Thai Cooking Class: Learn to cook authentic Thai dishes at a cooking class in Krabi. Visit a local market to select fresh ingredients, then join a hands-on cooking session to prepare classic Thai recipes under the guidance of expert chefs.

  • Sunset Cruise: End your day with a romantic sunset cruise around the islands of Krabi. Relax on board a traditional longtail boat or luxury yacht, sip cocktails, and watch the sun dip below the horizon, painting the sky with vibrant colors.

Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland Canada

Perhaps the only thing stopping the Fogo Island Inn from becoming the most famous high-design luxury hotel in the world is its far-flung location, on a tiny island off the coast of Newfoundland, closer to Greenland than to Montreal or New York. Of course, its remoteness is key to its appeal, along with its architecture, an ultra-modern reinterpretation of traditional, utilitarian Maritimes architecture. 29 luxe rooms with spectacular views, an impressive high-end locavore restaurant, and excursions that range from whale-watching to iceberg tours and beyond — it’s no small voyage, but this one is well worth the effort.

Best time to visit: Summer or Fall

Things to do in Newfoundland:

  • Experience Luxury Accommodations: Stay in one of the inn's 29 uniquely designed guest rooms, each offering panoramic views of the North Atlantic Ocean. The rooms feature contemporary furnishings, luxurious amenities, and floor-to-ceiling windows that bring the natural beauty of the island indoors.

  • Dine at the Inn's Restaurant: Indulge in gourmet cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients at the inn's award-winning restaurant. Enjoy a menu inspired by traditional Newfoundland cuisine, with a focus on fresh seafood, wild game, and seasonal produce. Don't miss the opportunity to try the inn's signature dishes, such as cod tongues and partridgeberry pie.

  • Explore Fogo Island: Take advantage of the inn's location to explore the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Fogo Island. Go hiking along scenic coastal trails, visit picturesque fishing villages, and discover hidden coves and beaches. You can also join guided excursions led by local hosts to learn about the island's history, ecology, and community life.

  • Attend Cultural Workshops and Events: Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Fogo Island by participating in workshops and events organized by the inn. Learn traditional crafts such as rug hooking, quilting, and boat building from local artisans, or attend lectures, film screenings, and performances that celebrate Newfoundland's culture and history.

  • Relax at the Spa: Treat yourself to a relaxing spa experience at the inn's wellness center, where you can enjoy a range of holistic treatments inspired by the island's natural surroundings. From massages and facials to yoga and meditation sessions, the spa offers a tranquil retreat for rejuvenating body and mind.

  • Stargaze and Northern Lights Viewing: Experience the magic of the night sky by stargazing from the inn's rooftop terrace or participating in guided astronomy tours. During the winter months, you may also have the opportunity to witness the spectacular Northern Lights dancing across the horizon.

  • Engage in Outdoor Activities: Take advantage of the island's outdoor recreational opportunities, including kayaking, fishing, birdwatching, and wildlife spotting. Explore the rugged coastline by boat or kayak, cast a line for cod or salmon, or observe seabirds, whales, and seals in their natural habitat.

  • Connect with Local Community: Engage with the local community by attending cultural events, visiting art galleries and studios, and interacting with residents. Fogo Island is known for its vibrant arts scene, and you can learn about traditional and contemporary art forms through exhibitions, workshops, and conversations with local artists.

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort By Anantara

Qasr Al Sarab, located in the legendary Rub Al Khali, the largest uninterrupted sand desert in the world. Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara embraces the epic adventures of this evocative landscape by providing a luxury oasis for discerning travelers. Recline by the plunge pool outside your own private villa or stretch out on a sumptuous day bed surrounded by rich Middle Eastern fabrics and local artefacts. Every room, villa and suite is considered to be some of the finest abodes among luxury. This Abu Dhabi resort features desert views blending rich interiors with the landscape. Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara distinguishes itself from other Abu Dhabi hotels bringing its guests the quintessential Abu Dhabi luxury resort experience with leisure facilities to please the most demanding of tastes. A sanctuary of wellbeing that draws on an array of ancient cultures at Anantara Spa, a choice of four dining venues that offer the greatest Middle Eastern cuisine and fine gastronomic experiences from across the globe. Tailor-make your ultimate luxury holiday from a range of other facilities including fitness center, tennis court, swimming pool, kids club, business center and library.

Best time to visit: October to February

Things to do in Abu Dhabi:

  • Visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque: Explore the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world. Admire the magnificent architecture, intricate marble work, and exquisite Islamic artistry of this iconic landmark.

  • Louvre Abu Dhabi: Immerse yourself in art and culture at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, a branch of the renowned Louvre Museum in Paris. Discover masterpieces from around the world spanning thousands of years, housed in a breathtaking contemporary museum building.

  • Yas Island: Spend a day at Yas Island, a leisure and entertainment hub with attractions for all ages. Visit Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, home to the world's fastest roller coaster, and Yas Waterworld, a waterpark featuring thrilling slides and attractions. You can also relax on Yas Beach or play a round of golf at Yas Links.

  • Emirates Palace: Experience luxury at Emirates Palace, one of the world's most opulent hotels. Marvel at the grand architecture, lush gardens, and stunning interiors of this iconic landmark. Enjoy afternoon tea, indulge in fine dining, or simply take a stroll through the palace grounds.

  • Corniche Beach: Relax and unwind at Corniche Beach, a pristine stretch of coastline overlooking the Arabian Gulf. Enjoy swimming, sunbathing, and water sports, or take a leisurely walk along the picturesque promenade lined with palm trees and cafes.

  • Qasr Al Watan: Visit Qasr Al Watan, the Presidential Palace of the UAE, and explore its majestic halls, courtyards, and gardens. Discover the rich history and heritage of the UAE through interactive exhibitions, cultural displays, and guided tours.

  • Saadiyat Island: Discover Saadiyat Island, a cultural district known for its world-class museums and art galleries. In addition to the Louvre Abu Dhabi, you can visit the upcoming Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and the Zayed National Museum, as well as the Manarat Al Saadiyat cultural center.

  • Al-Hosn Palace (Qasr Al Hosn): Learn about Abu Dhabi's history at Al-Hosn Palace, the city's oldest standing structure. Explore the restored palace complex, which includes the iconic White Fort and the Cultural Foundation building, and discover exhibits on Emirati heritage and traditions.

  • Desert Safari: Experience the beauty of the desert on a thrilling desert safari adventure. Take a 4x4 dune bashing ride through the sand dunes, try sandboarding or camel riding, and enjoy a traditional Arabian barbecue dinner under the stars at a desert camp.

  • Mangrove Kayaking: Explore Abu Dhabi's mangrove forests by kayak and discover the diverse ecosystem of tidal channels, lagoons, and wildlife habitats. Paddle through the tranquil waters, observe birds and marine life, and learn about the importance of mangrove conservation.

Treehotel, Sweden

Treehotel is a unique and innovative hotel located in Harads, a small village in northern Sweden. It offers guests the opportunity to stay in one-of-a-kind treehouse accommodations suspended high in the trees of a pristine forest.

Treehotel is designed to blend harmoniously with its natural surroundings while offering guests a comfortable and luxurious stay in the treetops. The concept was inspired by the idea of creating a hotel that allows guests to experience nature in a sustainable and eco-friendly way.

The hotel features several individually designed treehouses, each with its own unique theme and architectural style. From a mirrored cube to a UFO-inspired pod, the treehouses are works of art that offer guests a truly immersive and unforgettable experience.

The treehouses at Treehotel are equipped with modern amenities and luxurious furnishings, including comfortable beds, bathrooms with eco-friendly toilets and showers, and heating for year-round comfort. Each treehouse also has large windows and outdoor decks that provide stunning views of the surrounding forest

Best time to visit: May to September

Things to do in Harads:

Outdoor Activities: Take advantage of the natural beauty surrounding Harads by participating in outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and wildlife watching. Explore the nearby forests and nature reserves, and keep an eye out for moose, reindeer, and other wildlife.

  • Fishing: Harads is located near several rivers and lakes, making it a great destination for fishing enthusiasts. Spend a day fishing for salmon, trout, and grayling in the clear waters of the Lule River or one of the nearby lakes.

  • Northern Lights Viewing: If you're visiting Harads in the winter months, be sure to keep an eye out for the northern lights. The dark nights and clear skies make Harads an excellent location for witnessing this natural phenomenon, also known as the aurora borealis.

  • Cultural Experiences: Learn about the local culture and history of northern Sweden by visiting museums and cultural sites in the area. Explore the Sami culture at the Jokkmokk Ajtte Museum, or learn about the region's logging history at the Vidsel Railway Museum.

  • Sami Reindeer Experience: Take a guided tour to visit a traditional Sami reindeer herding camp and learn about the Sami way of life. Meet the reindeer, listen to stories from the Sami guides, and enjoy a traditional meal cooked over an open fire.

  • Local Cuisine: Sample traditional Swedish cuisine at local restaurants and cafes in Harads and the surrounding area. Try dishes such as reindeer stew, smoked salmon, and cloudberries, as well as traditional Swedish pastries and desserts.

  • Photography: Harads and its surrounding landscapes offer plenty of opportunities for photography enthusiasts. Capture the beauty of the forests, rivers, and mountains, as well as the unique architecture of Treehotel and other local buildings.

Fasano Rio, Brazil

Fasano Hotel Rio de Janeiro is the first building in Brazil designed by Philippe Starck, making it the most fascinating destination at Ipanema's beachfront. Among the attractions are the infinity edge pool that leans over the beach, surrounded by the Arpoador beach, the Dois Irmãos Mountains and the Corcovado. Its architecture and interior design pay homage to the spirit of Brazilian design of the 1950's and 1960's, and the glorious Bossa Nova era.

The Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro has 89 accommodations divided into five categories and combines the sophistication of Rio’s most coveted address with modernity and efficiency in design and service.

Guests can also enjoy a classic Italian restaurant, a pool bar and a cafe.

Best time to visit: December to March

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro:

  • Visit Christ the Redeemer: Take a trip to the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, located atop Corcovado Mountain. Enjoy panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro and its surrounding landmarks from this iconic symbol of the city.

  • Explore Copacabana Beach: Spend a day relaxing on the golden sands of Copacabana Beach, one of the most famous beaches in the world. Swim in the refreshing waters, soak up the sun, and enjoy beachside amenities such as bars, restaurants, and kiosks.

  • Take a Cable Car to Sugarloaf Mountain: Ride a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain for stunning views of Rio de Janeiro's skyline, Guanabara Bay, and the surrounding mountains. Watch the sunset from the summit for a truly unforgettable experience.

  • Visit Ipanema Beach: Explore the vibrant neighborhood of Ipanema and its beautiful beach, known for its lively atmosphere and stunning sunsets. Take a leisurely stroll along the promenade, people-watch at one of the beachfront cafes, or try your hand at surfing or stand-up paddleboarding.

  • Hike in Tijuca National Park: Escape the hustle and bustle of the city with a hike in Tijuca National Park, the largest urban rainforest in the world. Explore hiking trails that lead to waterfalls, viewpoints, and lush vegetation, and keep an eye out for wildlife such as monkeys and toucans.

  • Visit the Selarón Steps: Discover the colorful Selarón Steps, a set of tiled stairs decorated with thousands of colorful ceramic tiles from around the world. Admire the intricate mosaic designs created by artist Jorge Selarón and take photos against this unique backdrop.

  • Explore the Lapa Neighborhood: Experience Rio de Janeiro's nightlife in the lively Lapa neighborhood, known for its historic buildings, samba clubs, and street parties. Visit the Lapa Arches, a landmark bridge that serves as a gathering spot for locals and tourists alike.

  • Take a Samba Lesson: Immerse yourself in Brazilian culture with a samba lesson at one of Rio de Janeiro's dance studios. Learn the basic steps of this lively dance from experienced instructors and experience the joy and energy of samba music and dance.

  • Visit the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden: Explore the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden, home to a diverse collection of tropical plants, flowers, and trees. Wander through lush gardens, visit the iconic palm-lined avenue, and admire the beautiful orchid house.

  • Attend a Soccer Match: Experience the passion of Brazilian soccer by attending a match at Maracanã Stadium, one of the largest soccer stadiums in the world. Cheer for your favorite team alongside enthusiastic fans and soak up the electric atmosphere of a live soccer match.

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