When top hotel groups like Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton need a sound track, they turn to Los Angeles–based Prescriptive Music, which creates customized playlists with a global twist. T+L asked founder Allen Klevens to make us a special set with a mix of cultures and sounds.Download the songs from iTunes (search for “Travel + Leisure Magazine’s Top Hotel Tunes,” under iMix).


“Who Needs Forever (Thievery Corporation Remix),” by Astrud Gilberto

“Keep up in the world’s party capital—without caipirinhas!”

St. Lucia

“Madalena,” by Andy Narell

“It makes you want to relax in the sun.”


“Picking Flowers,” by Lei Qiang

“This song uses traditional instruments like the erhu.”


“La Vie En Rose,” by Edith Piaf

“It epitomizes the country’s passion.”


“Waterloo Sunset,” by Damon Albarn and Ray Davies

“One of the few songs about London that captures its pace and beauty.”

New Orleans

“Time is Tight,” by Buckwheat Zydeco

“Cajun-Zydeco, but with a modern Louisiana twist.”


“Dereye (Toires Frisco Remix),” by Irina and Todd

“Arabic sounds mixed with a European rhythm.”


“Moorea,” by Gipsy Kings

“The twelve-string guitar has been attempted by many, mastered by few.”