La Mamounia, Marrakech, Morocco
Walk down a lantern-lit path through a winding secret garden for an evening that feels cribbed from the pages of Scheherazade’s long-lost diary. More than 90 years ago in 1923, this iconic luxury hotel opened in Marrakech near the city’s bustling markets. Since then, it has hosted countless luminaries from around the globe, all falling under the mesmerizing appeal of its stylish design channeling old Morocco. Still an enchanting urban oasis today, located within its own 20-acre park and legendary gardens, the grounds are filled with fragrant flowers, olive trees, and rows of fruit trees, all set under the umbra of its distinctive Koutoubia minaret. In this modern Eden set away from the whirling excitement of Jamaa El Fna Square’s vendors and busy streets, unwind with luxury, peace, and well, a touch of magic.
1,200 Traditional Lanterns Glowing in the Night
Authenticity is at the core of La Mamounia, from the intricate zellige tilework to the kaleidoscope of some 1,200 traditional Moroccan lanterns that illuminate the hotel and its grounds. Glimmering under the vast night sky, this legendary destination will ignite your imagination and spark your own narrative of spellbinding nights in an eternal palace. Around the grounds, the hotel’s staff has meticulously placed lanterns, each carefully considered to showcase the evening’s beauty balancing light and shadow. Encased in arabesque metal work with colorful stained glass panels, these ornamental, yet functional lanterns glow with geometric slivers of light, while blocking out gusts of wind. Relax on a warm night with a moonlit walk under the palm trees or settle in for a lantern-lit dinner inspired by traditional Moroccan cuisine.
Hotel Fasano, Punta del Este, Uruguay
Discover Punta del Este at this au naturel stunner designed to blend into the texture of the rocky landscape, rather than overpower it. Envisioned by award-winning Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld, the hypermodern exteriors provide a dramatic backdrop for watching the interplay of light and dark as the day progresses from dawn to dusk. Away from the distraction of big-city lights, and Punta del Este’s crowded hotspots, watch the sun set from the hotel’s relaxed lounge bar with a refreshing cocktail and see the constellations come into high definition against the onyx sky. In this intimate setting, where the lines between natural and manmade blur, the vivid greens and blues of day turn into even more vibrant shades of emerald and navy in the twilight, creating a sense of calm into which stress vanishes like the disappearing sun.
21 Bungalows That Don’t Block the View
Recasting the concept of a diamond in the rough, this contemporary boutique hotel leaves the land’s jagged edges unpolished and in all their rugged glory. Situated a short drive from Punta del Este’s popular, yet busy white-sand beaches, the angular lines of the property’s 21 stand-alone bungalows provide a stylish complement to the dramatic landscape carved of river and rock. During the day, guests laze by the hotel’s spring-fed rock pool; some lingering well into dusk at the laidback pool bar before having dinner in the antique-clad restaurant housed in a former estancia farmhouse. While outside, the bungalows are pinnacles of minimalist design, all clean lines and sharp angles, which have an almost lunar quality after dark; inside, the mood is warm and inviting with vintage-style furniture and soft accents; in the evening, each bungalow becomes a private haven for hiding away and stargazing on the cozy, outdoor porch.
The Chedi Andermatt, Andermatt, Switzerland
Even the coldest nights at this five-star contemporary hotel and apartment development feel warm and welcoming. Inside, the design balances East and West influences, as well as modern and traditional elements. Situated 70 miles south of Zürich in the under-the-radar Lepontine Alps, this stunning resort reimagines an elegant ski chalet with ultra-modern amenities and Asian design influences. Overlooking breathtaking Alpine scenery, each room offers luxurious handmade Hästens beds built by European craftsmen, as well as onsen-style bathrooms of petrified wood and marble.
196 Fireplaces Heat Up the Evening
Under the moonlight, the traditional hearth holds pride of place at the Chedi, some might even say the hearth is where the heart is. Integral to the design and function of this serene ski haven, there are 196 fireplaces fueled nightly by the hotel staff. At check-in, guests also receive an iPad for controlling the gas fireplaces in their rooms and suites. Outside, as night falls, grab a seat by an outdoor fireplace and soak up the natural beauty of the Urseren Valley after dark. Amid the skyscraping mountains, look up at the clear night sky, which will trump the view of any cosmopolitan rooftop bar, and find your Zen with a glass of red wine or a hot toddy.