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Features Director Nilou Motamed lands in London to celebrate the Games and share her favorite charming city hotels. Watch, and then make a reservation at one of these intimate—and affordable—properties.

Mediterranean's Best New Design Hotels

Design Hotels: La Plage Casadelmar

T+L surveys new design-statement properties from Marseille to Majorca.

Wherever Aman goes, the style tribe slavishly follows. And just when you thought there were no more variations on the word aman, the trailblazing hotel company has opened Amanzoe ($$$$), in a remote area of Greece’s Peloponnese peninsula. With reflecting pools, soaring marble walls, and panoramic views, architect Ed Tuttle’s pared-down sanctuary strikes a balance between serenity and drama.

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Vacationist Hotel Deals: Lake Tahoe, Todos Santos + Moorea

Book now on Vacationist, and you can stay in some of your favorite hotels and resorts for up to 40% off.

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Resort at Squaw Creek - up to 40% off
Lake Tahoe, California
This newly renovated hotel offers access to Lake Tahoe's alpine runs in winter, and in the summer, golf courses, fly-fishing holes—even waterslides.

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Guaycura Boutique Hotel & Spa - up to 40% off
Todos Santos, Mexico
A newly renovated, 19th-century stone villa will be your home base in Mexico's beach town of Todos Santos.

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201208-b-vacationist-legends-resort-mooreajpgLegends Resort Moorea - up to 41% off
Moorea, French Polynesia
Staying here is like owning your own Polynesian villa by the sea.

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From top: Photos courtesy of Guaycyra Boutique Hotel; Legends Resort Moorea.

Just Back: Exploring South Africa with World's Best Winner Micato Safaris


We here at T+L know that our readers are the savviest around. So when I decided to go to South Africa essentially on a whim with three weeks’ notice, I decided it would be prudent to leave the trip planning to the experts. And if Micato Safaris’ impressive showing in our annual World’s Best Awards is anything to go by—they were voted Top Safari Outfitter for the ninth year running in the 2012 survey, out in the August issue—they must be the best.

The Micato experience begins before you’ve even boarded your flight, with the delivery of a mammoth safari bag filled with a bound itinerary, helpful packing list, and some gifts (a handy flashlight and a stylish passport holder), all wrapped in animal-print tissue paper to get you in the safari spirit. But even for someone like me, who likes to plot out every detail on my trips, it was nice to surrender myself to someone else’s expertise for a week and let them handle the logistics.

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Checking In: Summer's Best Hotel Openings

New and renovated hotels are opening across the country, from quintessential Northeast towns like Nantucket, Massachusetts and Newport, Rhode Island, to Lake Tahoe, California—just in time for your last summer getaway.

Summer Hotel Openings: Chapman House

Chapman House

Nantucket, Massachusetts
After a head-to-toe transformation, this 1717 building is now a charming, 11-room boutique hotel (and sister property to nearby The Veranda House). The self-described “retro-chic” rooms feature splashes of turquoise and red, and amusing needlepoint pillows (adorned with “lust,” “gluttony,” and other deadly sins).

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Luxury Parisian Hotels Rethink Art of Hospitality

Hôtel de Crillon

It’s makeover season in the City of Light—at least for high-end palace hotels. Check into the famed 18th century Hôtel de Crillon (pictured) before it closes this fall for a two-year renovation (set to include the addition of a long-awaited spa). After a sweeping top-down restoration, Le Royal Monceau Raffles became home to a stunning collection of artwork; now, the hotel is expanding into cinema with its film-centric Ciné Brunch and Ciné Snack held every Saturday (hot chocolate, Hermé pastries and popcorn included).

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France Dispatch: Mama Shelter Rolls Out Another Hotel

201206-b-mama-marseille-2jpgCreated by the Trigano family (co-founders of Club Med) and French philosopher Cyril Aouizerate and designed by Philippe Starck, Mama Shelter now counts a second outpost.  The hotel, located near the Port of Marseilles, is slightly smaller than its Paris counterpart.  It has 127 lightly colored–pink, blue, and yellow–rooms, all equipped with iMacs.

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Vacationist Hotel Deals: Northern Michigan, Antigua, Belize + NYC

Book now on Vacationist, and you can stay in some of your favorite hotels and resorts for up to 40% off. Plus: Only Vacationist has T+L picks of what to see and do in every destination.

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201207-b-vacationist-crystal-mountainjpgCrystal Mountain Resort & Spa - up to 52% off
Thompsonville, Michigan
This cottage-style resort in northwest Michigan is ideal for active types. In the summer months, check out the one-acre outdoor water park.

201207-b-vacationist-cocos-hoteljpgCocos Hotel - up to 40% off
Saint John's, Antigua
White-sand beaches flank the cliff-side cottages at the couples-only Cocos Hotel on Antigua's southwest coast.

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Victoria House Resort - up to 30% off
Ambergris Caye, Belize
The 42-room Victoria House is polished, intimate, and within striking distance of town (but still far enough to feel like a retreat).

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201207-b-vacationist-ace-hotel-new-yorkjpgAce Hotel New York - up to 44% off
New York, New York
This edgy hotel conceived by Seattle-based hipsters celebrates the downtown scene in midtown Manhattan.

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From top: Photos courtesy of Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Cocos Hotel, Ace Hotel New York.

Hotel Trend: Chic Custom Bicycles

custom bicycle rentals

Hotels are giving loaner bikes a stylish spin. At Shutters on the Beach, in Santa Monica, California, custom bike rentals include bright-green wheels designed by Kate Spade. In New York, the Mark lends chic black-and-white cycles adorned with bells and (for a fee) a Jean-Georges Vongerichten–catered picnic basket.

Photo by David Alexander Arnold

Guess Where? Hotel


There's no hiding this building is a hotel by the massive lettering on the facade. But can you guess which one? Log in and leave your guesses below.

Check back on Monday for the answer!

UPDATE 7/30/12: Both guessed right. The Wythe Hotel opened this past spring in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Be sure to check out the rooftop bar for fantastic views of Manhattan.

Lyndsey Matthews is an assistant digital editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter @matthewslyndsey


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