As travel editors, there are two questions we’re asked on a consistent basis: “Do you travel a lot?” (Yes, and it’s wonderful.) and, “Where are you going next?” In many cases, we answer the latter with a city or country, but on occasion, it’s a hotel. Some truly standout properties are destinations in their own right.
To inspire your 2018 bucket list, we’re sharing the stays worth traveling for. Our picks dot the globe, hopping from Marrakech to Hong Kong to Chicago to Maui. The variety reaches beyond geography, too. We’re heading for floating bungalows, design-forward skyline perches, so-remote-they’re-otherworldly resorts, and everything in between.
There are buzzy recent openings (hello, NoMad L.A.) and iconic household names like The Plaza. Intimate 12-room properties contrast with 300-key skyscrapers. And the amenities run the gamut from calligraphy lessons to breakfast with giraffes.
You'll also find few of our World’s Best Awards winners woven throughout — like the two-years-running Best Hotel in the World, Indonesia’s Nihi Sumba — and former It List picks like Barcelona’s amenity-packed Soho House. A mere scroll through the images is a delightful five-minute mental escape.