“Everybody needs a little time away, I heard her say…”
Travel is supposed to be all about the destination but, with some digs, we’d probably never leave our room. Don’t judge—aren’t vacations supposed to be about relaxing?
Here are seven new joints we would (perhaps literally), give an arm and a leg to stay in.
Banyan Tree Shanghai on the Bund
Sure, the infamous Shanghai smog may be a deterrent for those considering a jaunt to this city of 200 billion–but look at this view from the amazing Banyan Tree Shanghai on the Bund. Plus, what better way to clear your lungs than in a 14,000-square-foot spa? We can smell the tea-tree oil already.
This is where we should write something about this stunning new hotel being so close to the glamor and mystery Mumbai, but seriously, just look at that pool. The Gateway of India can wait.
When it comes to luxury accommodations, who we are going to trust? Bulgari, the company that has been slaying us since 1884 with jewelry we’d give anything to own. Lucky for us, their new London property–the brand’s third to date–is far more affordable than their Octo watches. But just as flawless.
That view. And also, that view. It’s almost enough to take your mind off those hot Brazilian dudes. Almost.
Oyster Inn, New Zealand
A laidback beachside hideaway on an island off the coast of New Zealand? Yes please! We love us some Kiwis (of the non-fruit variety).
Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee
Finally, a reason to journey below the Mason-Dixon line: This rural resort is foodie heaven according to Bon Appetit. And if it’s good enough for them it’s good for us.
The James, NYC
You didn’t think we would compile a list of hotels and leave out the Big Apple, did you? Sure the Wythe is amazing–and technically the James doesn’t really qualify as “new.” But it is revitalized, thanks to the new multi-level Urban Garden, a new outdoor space overlooking Soho that offers lounge areas, food from David Burke, free yoga and even spa services.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a better place to bed down in Gotham.