Hotel Caruso, Ravello, Italy
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Overlooking the Amalfi coastline, this 11th century palace is another study in #poolgoals. Sipping a cocktail at the outdoor restaurant as the sun sets, you’ll feel like you died and were magically reborn as Sophia Loren.
Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya
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A romantic 1930s manor set within 57 hectares of indigenous forest: this is one opulent safari. The real attraction, however, is the herd of resident giraffes whose heads pop through the windows at meal times in the hope of scoring a treat. No wonder George Clooney fell in love with Amal Alamuddin here.
The Five Million Star Hotel, Reykholt, Iceland
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The rooms aren’t huge, but the view is easily one of the best in the world. If sleeping in a translucent bubble nestled in pristine Icelandic forest weren’t enough, book between April and August and there’s a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights as you drift off.
Amanjena, Marrakech, Morocco
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Moorish design meets modern luxury in this collection of private maisons and pavilions, some of which boast their own private heated pools. Think: arched entrances, vaulted ceilings and exotic garden courtyards, all accompanied by the soothing sound of running water and illuminated by candlelight.
Manta Resort’s Underwater Room, Pemba Island, Tanzania
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Watch a school of reef fish swim by as you read on the bed, soak up some vitamin D on the roof or simply observe your watery kingdom from a 360-degree private deck at this three-level floating hotel room. Two-hundred-and-fifty metres from shore, it’s the ultimate private escape.
Secluded Intown Treehouse, Atlanta, United States
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What is it about arboreal living? AirBnB's most wished-for listing worldwide, this tree-house has been lauded by the likes of Architectural Digest, Travel + Leisure and Harper's Bazaar. Rope bridges, fairy lights and a hammock deck add childlike wonder to a rustic-luxe experience.
Ashford Castle, County Mayo, Ireland
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From four-poster beds to glittering chandeliers and a rich jewel-like colour palette, this 800-year-old property is the stereotypical fairytale castle. If you tire of the private cinema, lake cruises or horseriding, then it’s time to take one of the hotel’s falconry lessons.
Trullo Aromatic Green, Ostuni, Italy
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Stay in a traditional 300-year-old trullo, the conical stone homes native to Puglia. Guests can stroll through the olive garden, relax in a hammock, swim in the ocean and pluck almonds, walnuts, figs, cherries and apples directly from the garden in an idyllic rural setting.
Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India
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Udaipur, sometimes called the Venice of the East, is one of the most romantic cities in the world. And Taj Lake Palace is the most romantic spot in Udaipur. Built in 1746 as a winter getaway for the Maharana Jagat Singh II, the marble wonder appears to float on water. Ornate architecture, exotic gardens and fine dining complete a truly royal experience.
Desert Dome, Joshua Tree, United States
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From its geometric structure to its kilim rugs, macramé plant hangers and old-school typewriter, this desert dome has “social media influencer” written all over it. It also happens to be sitting in one of the most spectacular places on earth.
Cap Rocat, Mallorca, Spain
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This 19th century fortress reimagined as a grown-ups only luxury hotel will make you feel like you’ve walked into Dorne from Game of Thrones – if the House Martell had an infinity pool, that is.
Casa Caracol, Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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Casa Caracol on Mexico’s beautiful Isla Mujeres looks like it was ripped straight from Dr Seuss. Even if the surreal exterior, shell-shaped bedheads and genuine conch showerhead aren’t really your style, the laid-back beauty of Isla Mujeres will more than compensate.
The Mirrorcube, Harads, Sweden
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Swedish minimalism meets every kid’s tree-house dream in this hideout in the forest. Six windows provide a stunning panoramic view of the pines, mirrored external walls offer camouflage and it even has wi-fi. This is glamping at its most arresting. Photography credit: Gitta Wilén (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Off-Grid itHouse, Pioneertown, United States
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A raw industrial aesthetic and eco-friendly philosophy complement the beauty of the California desert at this sleek home. It’s easy to see why it’s become one of AirBnB’s most requested properties.
Hanging Gardens of Bali, Payangan, Indonesia
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Beautifully appointed though they are, the 44 private villas at this hotel are unable to outshine its pool. The two infinity pools that appear to drop into lush tropical jungle have become social media stars in their own right.
Natura Vive Skylodge Adventure Suites, Cuzco, Peru
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Luxury? No. Remarkable? Absolutely. Visitors to Peru’s Sacred Valley can take the adventure one step further by sleeping 400 metres above the ground in a transparent plastic box suspended from the cliff face. It’s not for the vertigo-prone – you’ll need to climb or zip-line in.
Fairy Chimney Inn, Cappadocia, Turkey
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Cappadocia’s “fairy chimney” formations and ancient rock dwellings draw tourists from all over the world. Get amongst it, literally, by staying at this inn partially carved from the tufa rock cones, the inside offers plush, traditional-style furnishings and hammam bathrooms. Photography credit: Yepyep (CC BY-ND-ND 2.0)
The Pole House, Fairhaven, Australia
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This home is nothing short of a landmark. Suspended 40 metres above Fairhaven Beach along the iconic Great Ocean Road, it was designed by architect Frank Dixon who holidayed at the spot and declared, “I have to own a house down here one day”. He went one step further and built it.
Domus Civita, Lazio, Italy
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This restored 14th-century palazzo in a historic Italian hill town is reached via footbridge and is connected to underground caves and a Roman water cistern. But the piéce de resistance is the underground cave pool, which GQ named one of the best in the world.