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T+L Editor's Picks of Hotels, Shops, Restaurants, and More

Favorite Spaces

ROOMS AND LOBBIES
The lobby of the Dorchester, in London, is everything an important hotel lobby should be: at once grand and intimate, classic and modern. You can have a cozy chat in an alcove, and you'll feel as if you're on a catwalk when you approach reception. www.dorchesterhotel.com

Room 405 at the Gora Kadan, in Hakone, Japan, has a watercolor-worthy view of a valley dotted with cherry and pine trees, and an onsen tub big enough for a sumo wrestler. On the desk is a lacquer writing box with paper, dry ink, and a traditional bamboo brush, just in case you feel inspired to pen a haiku. www.gorakadan.com

With its 230-degree views of the Indian Ocean—plus a private lap pool, terrace, and bale (bamboo pavilion) for meals and napping in the shade—the Indrakila suite at Bali's Amankila is close to perfection. www.amanresorts.com

The spa bungalows at the Four Seasons Resort, Carmelo, Uruguay, are the ultimate place for alfresco bathing: each has a shower tucked away in its own garden. The sleek, color-saturated Asian interiors are an unexpected pleasure in the middle of a South American eucalyptus forest. www.fourseasons.com

Quintessentially Dutch (i.e., supremely tasteful, in a laid-back way), the Picasso Suite at Seven One Seven, in Amsterdam, occupies the entire front half of the hotel's second floor; it has an antique refectory table with two huge Belgian-linen slip-covered sofas on either side, and five enormous picture windows facing the Prinsengracht. Squint, and you're back in the 18th century. www.717hotel.nl

SHOPS
The Vera Wang boutique at Honolulu's Halekulani is the source for her lines of crystal and silver-plate serving pieces, her collection of correspondence cards, and more. www.halekulani.com

Italian architect-designer Maria Hedley stocks the boutique at Carlisle-Bay, Antigua with a surp rising selection of treats: handmade coral jewelry and children's clothes from small Italian and Belgian designers such as Livio de Simone and Archimede. www.carlisle-bay.com

For a stylish mix of Muriel Brandolini caftans, Missoni bikinis, and jewelry designed by Alexis Bittar, Julie Sandlau, and Colette Malouf—in short, everything you need to fit in poolside in South Beach—we love the shop at the Raleigh. www.raleighhotel.com

GARDENS AND POOLS
In the pool villas at Trisara, in Phuket, the beds are positioned to overlook each villa's gorgeous private swimming pool and, beyond, the Andaman Sea. www.trisara.com

Venice's Oltre il Giardino, an inn set in a house once owned by Gustav Mahler's widow, Alma, has a beautiful walled garden filled with olive trees and magnolias, perfect for breakfast in warmer weather. www.oltreilgiardino-venezia.com

It may not be the most lavish of the breed, but the infinity pool at the Horned Dorset Primavera, in Puerto Rico, is one of the most serene. It's rarely crowded, because the resort is so secluded and most guests spend the day by the larger, more central pool. Plus, you can lean right over its edge to watch the waves steadily lapping the shore below. www.horneddorset.com

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