Grupo Habita’s newest property, in the up-and-coming desert metropolis of Monterrey, is sleek and spare but comfortable.
The Right Angle: All rooms are furnished with riffs on Midcentury Modern pieces by avant-garde designer Rick Owens, but only the choice north-facing suites overlook the Sierra Madre. Doubles from $275.
Designer Marcel Wanders set out to create a “Sleeping Beauty’s castle” for South Beach, and with details such as a grand spiral staircase and crystal chandelier showerheads, he’s produced a hotel that’s whimsical as well as peaceful.
Outdoor Scene: The pool is surrounded by gardens with secluded corners, and an expansive terrace looks out on Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami. Doubles from $645.
Sultan meets CEO at Istanbul’s newest Four Seasons. Hand-painted ceilings, marble inlays, and colorful kilims offset a neutral palette in the 166 plush rooms. But the real attraction is the prime view of the Bosporus Strait.
Unexpected Luxury: Underwater music in the indoor pool is soothing after a day at the bazaars. Doubles from $545.
The 114-acre Atlantis Dubai is, like the Atlantis Bahamas, an oversize extravaganza: 1,539 rooms, a water playground with rides, a dolphin habitat, and a 6,200-square-foot spa.
Waterfront Dining: Star chef Santi Santamaria’s Ossiano restaurant, his only venture outside of Spain, is submerged in a 3 million–gallon manmade lagoon, home to 65,000 marine animals. Doubles from $790.
Xudum’s design is eclectic and contemporary—a departure from traditional safari décor. The nine suites have canopied platform beds, and atop each structure is a viewing deck furnished with a king-size bed and binoculars.
Up Close: When T+L arrived, 18 elephants were grazing throughout the camp. Doubles from $1,100.
To stand out in the fashion-forward Back Bay, designer Frank Nicholson approached the hotel as if it were a gallery. Everything has an artistic touch, from the blond-wood contemporary furniture to the masterpieces by Frank Stella and David Hockney.
Good Neighbors: Frette, Gucci, and Elan Sassoon (son of Vidal) have boutiques within the complex, and diners can opt for the hotel’s Asian-flavored Asana restaurant or try L’Espalier—helmed by James Beard Award winner Frank McClelland. Doubles from $645.
This retreat in northeast Paris is the first of a new brand aimed at travelers seeking stylish, affordable lodging in city centers. The 172 white-and-gray rooms were conceptualized by Philippe Starck, who chose wall-mounted Mac screens (for TV, radio, and Internet) and funky superhero-mask lampshades.
Front-row Seats: Acclaimed chef Alain Senderens’s restaurant anchors a multiuse bar-and-performance space. Doubles from $260.
At this ultramodern Patagonian wine resort in Argentina’s western Neuquén province, the 18 rooms with balconies overlook Malbec vineyards, and at the bar, wines by the glass complement tablas of local cheeses and meats.
Wellness factor: The spa’s vinotherapy treatments use the antioxidant-rich drink in facials and massages. Doubles from $240.