25 Bucket List Trips to Plan Right Now

by Lauren Dana

25 Bucket List Trips to Plan Right Now

by Lauren Dana

Planning a bucket-list trip takes time -- and effort. And since we’re staying safe now, why not use this time to start planning for your bucket list trip. From an African safari to an idyllic Maldives escape, here are the 25 vacations to add to your bucket list.

Planning a bucket-list trip takes time -- and effort. And since we’re staying safe now, why not use this time to start planning for your bucket list trip. From an African safari to an idyllic Maldives escape, here are the 25 vacations to add to your bucket list.

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Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu is notably one of the most famous hikes in the world -- and you'll want to bring a camera to capture some postcard-worthy views. After you've made the scenic (albeit challenging) trek, stick around and check out what the rest of Peru -- specifically the country's Sacred Valley region -- has to offer. Pre- or post-trip, carve out some time to enjoy the food, the culture, and incredible sites like Cusco, Lake Titicaca, and the Historic Centre of Lima (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). 

Read more: See Machu Picchu In Style With This Value-Packed Itinerary

Machu Picchu is notably one of the most famous hikes in the world -- and you'll want to bring a camera to capture some postcard-worthy views. After you've made the scenic (albeit challenging) trek, stick around and check out what the rest of Peru -- specifically the country's Sacred Valley region -- has to offer. Pre- or post-trip, carve out some time to enjoy the food, the culture, and incredible sites like Cusco, Lake Titicaca, and the Historic Centre of Lima (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). 

Read more: See Machu Picchu In Style With This Value-Packed Itinerary

 

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Machu Picchu, Peru

Where to Stay: Located at the entrance of Machu Picchu, the 31-room Belmond Sanctuary Lodge is within easy walking distance to some of the most stunning sites, including the Temple of Three Windows and the Sacred Plaza. Here, guests can expect elegant accommodations (some with incredible Macchu Picchu views!) and an array of activities to choose from (private pisco tastings, tea leaf readings). Other highlights include the tranquil relaxation area (outdoor spa treatments and yoga classes, anyone?) and two on-site eateries featuring locally sourced cuisine.

Where to Stay: Located at the entrance of Machu Picchu, the 31-room Belmond Sanctuary Lodge is within easy walking distance to some of the most stunning sites, including the Temple of Three Windows and the Sacred Plaza. Here, guests can expect elegant accommodations (some with incredible Macchu Picchu views!) and an array of activities to choose from (private pisco tastings, tea leaf readings). Other highlights include the tranquil relaxation area (outdoor spa treatments and yoga classes, anyone?) and two on-site eateries featuring locally sourced cuisine.

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Athens, Greece

Athens is packed with history, culture, incredible architecture, and mouthwatering eats. Go beyond classic sites like Acropolis and the Parthenon and add The 38-acre National Garden, Brettos (the city's oldest -- and perhaps most photogenic -- distillery), the Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art, and the fairytale-worthy neighborhood of Anafiotika to your itinerary, as well. 

Read more: What to See and Do in Athens, Greece

Athens is packed with history, culture, incredible architecture, and mouthwatering eats. Go beyond classic sites like Acropolis and the Parthenon and add The 38-acre National Garden, Brettos (the city's oldest -- and perhaps most photogenic -- distillery), the Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art, and the fairytale-worthy neighborhood of Anafiotika to your itinerary, as well. 

Read more: What to See and Do in Athens, Greece

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Athens, Greece

Where to Stay: Athens boasts dozens of dreamy hotels. The design-forward Periscope Hotel (which features locally curated artwork and upscale accommodations) and the ultra-luxe Hotel Grande Bretagne (which boasts a beautiful rooftop bar with panoramic views) are among a few of our favorites. 

Where to Stay: Athens boasts dozens of dreamy hotels. The design-forward Periscope Hotel (which features locally curated artwork and upscale accommodations) and the ultra-luxe Hotel Grande Bretagne (which boasts a beautiful rooftop bar with panoramic views) are among a few of our favorites. 

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The Grand Canyon, US

The Grand Canyon is one of the most photographed places in the United States -- and for good reason. The expansive, awe-inspiring 277-mile-long site is one-mile deep. It's also full of hidden caves (around 1,000) and home to over 445 species of fauna plus countless fossils. (Though none of them are dinosaurs.) If you're up for the adventure, hike to Havasu Falls, located on the Havasupai Indian Reservation. It's a stunning spot for relaxing, cliff-jumping, and cooling off after a long, grueling trek.

The Grand Canyon is one of the most photographed places in the United States -- and for good reason. The expansive, awe-inspiring 277-mile-long site is one-mile deep. It's also full of hidden caves (around 1,000) and home to over 445 species of fauna plus countless fossils. (Though none of them are dinosaurs.) If you're up for the adventure, hike to Havasu Falls, located on the Havasupai Indian Reservation. It's a stunning spot for relaxing, cliff-jumping, and cooling off after a long, grueling trek.

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The Grand Canyon, US

Where to Stay: For a true bucket-list-worthy experience, consider glamping at the Grand Canyon. Under Canvas offers luxurious accommodations -- each complete with West Elm furnishings, a king-sized bed, a private deck, and an array of on-site activities to choose from -- and is just 35 minutes from the South Rim entrance. The property, which boasts 160 acres of forest, also offers guest experience coordinators, who can arrange guided helicopter tours, horseback riding excursions, and other action-packed outings.

Read more: 12 Dreamy Glamping and Ranching Experiences Across the US

Where to Stay: For a true bucket-list-worthy experience, consider glamping at the Grand Canyon. Under Canvas offers luxurious accommodations -- each complete with West Elm furnishings, a king-sized bed, a private deck, and an array of on-site activities to choose from -- and is just 35 minutes from the South Rim entrance. The property, which boasts 160 acres of forest, also offers guest experience coordinators, who can arrange guided helicopter tours, horseback riding excursions, and other action-packed outings.

Read more: 12 Dreamy Glamping and Ranching Experiences Across the US

Reykjavik, Iceland
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Reykjavík, Iceland

You've likely heard of both the Blue Lagoon and Golden Circle before, but Iceland's coastal capital city is full of other attractions that sure to delight any traveler. History buffs of all ages will appreciate a visit to the Viking Maritime Museum, 871 Settlement Museum, and/or The Culture House Museum -- the latter of which is home to a wide variety of historical artifacts and artwork (some of which date all the back to 800 AD). Meanwhile, the 244-feet-tall Hallgrímskirkja Church offers the best view of the city. After a day well spent exploring, fuel up with a delicious meal at local favorites like Fish Market, Taps Barrin, and Thir Frakkar. 

You've likely heard of both the Blue Lagoon and Golden Circle before, but Iceland's coastal capital city is full of other attractions that sure to delight any traveler. History buffs of all ages will appreciate a visit to the Viking Maritime Museum, 871 Settlement Museum, and/or The Culture House Museum -- the latter of which is home to a wide variety of historical artifacts and artwork (some of which date all the back to 800 AD). Meanwhile, the 244-feet-tall Hallgrímskirkja Church offers the best view of the city. After a day well spent exploring, fuel up with a delicious meal at local favorites like Fish Market, Taps Barrin, and Thir Frakkar. 

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Reykjavík, Iceland

Where to Stay: Craving a unique stay? Look no further than Reykjavík Domes. Here, guests can soak up the stunning surroundings in their private dome, each of which is outfitted with a king-sized bed covered in cozy sheepskin and a burning fireplace. Choose from two categories -- Standard (shared bathroom) and Deluxe (private bathroom and hot tub). ​Alternatively, if you prefer the creature comforts of a hotel, The Radisson Blu 1919 is a great option. The centrally located hotel (situated in the heart of the city center) is housed in a 1910-era structure and boasts upscale accommodations plus an on-site restaurant and cocktail bar.

Where to Stay: Craving a unique stay? Look no further than Reykjavík Domes. Here, guests can soak up the stunning surroundings in their private dome, each of which is outfitted with a king-sized bed covered in cozy sheepskin and a burning fireplace. Choose from two categories -- Standard (shared bathroom) and Deluxe (private bathroom and hot tub). ​Alternatively, if you prefer the creature comforts of a hotel, The Radisson Blu 1919 is a great option. The centrally located hotel (situated in the heart of the city center) is housed in a 1910-era structure and boasts upscale accommodations plus an on-site restaurant and cocktail bar.

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Cairo, Egypt

Cairo is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World -- The Great Pyramids of Giza -- plus dozens of other can't-miss attractions. While the pyramids should absolutely be on your bucket list, don't skip out on the Egyptian Museum (where you'll find 120,000-plus artifacts on display), The Hanging Church (one of the oldest in Egypt), Al-Azhar Mosque (which was completed back in 972 AD), or Khan el-Khalili (the city's largest souk, or market) either. 

Cairo is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World -- The Great Pyramids of Giza -- plus dozens of other can't-miss attractions. While the pyramids should absolutely be on your bucket list, don't skip out on the Egyptian Museum (where you'll find 120,000-plus artifacts on display), The Hanging Church (one of the oldest in Egypt), Al-Azhar Mosque (which was completed back in 972 AD), or Khan el-Khalili (the city's largest souk, or market) either. 

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Cairo, Egypt

Where to Stay: The bustling modern metropolis, which is among the largest in Africa, is home to over a dozen fascinating neighborhoods and a vast number of haute hotels. Among our favorites is The Fairmont Cairo, Nile City. Located along the banks of the Nile River, this luxurious 540-room Art Deco-inspired property is nothing short of show-stopping: Think dazzling interiors, en-suite bathtubs across all room categories, a tranquil spa, and six elegant on-site eateries, including a rooftop restaurant and bar.

Where to Stay: The bustling modern metropolis, which is among the largest in Africa, is home to over a dozen fascinating neighborhoods and a vast number of haute hotels. Among our favorites is The Fairmont Cairo, Nile City. Located along the banks of the Nile River, this luxurious 540-room Art Deco-inspired property is nothing short of show-stopping: Think dazzling interiors, en-suite bathtubs across all room categories, a tranquil spa, and six elegant on-site eateries, including a rooftop restaurant and bar.

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Isle of Maui, United States

The second-largest Hawaiian island is best known for its dreamy beaches, vast culinary offerings, and serene surroundings (including Haleakala, the volcano that occupies two-thirds of the entire island; Iao Valley, a popular hiking and wildlife spotting landmark; and Waiʻānapanapa State Park; where you'll find that Insta-famous black-sand beach). It's nearly impossible to be bored in Maui: Unless, of course, you want to be. (In which case, by all means: Go ahead and spend the day soaking up the sun at the beach. We don't blame you.)

Read more: How to Plan a Trip to Hawaii

The second-largest Hawaiian island is best known for its dreamy beaches, vast culinary offerings, and serene surroundings (including Haleakala, the volcano that occupies two-thirds of the entire island; Iao Valley, a popular hiking and wildlife spotting landmark; and Waiʻānapanapa State Park; where you'll find that Insta-famous black-sand beach). It's nearly impossible to be bored in Maui: Unless, of course, you want to be. (In which case, by all means: Go ahead and spend the day soaking up the sun at the beach. We don't blame you.)

Read more: How to Plan a Trip to Hawaii

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Isle of Maui, United States

Where to Stay: The sprawling Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, features 40-plus acres of tropical gardens, which sets the (picture-perfect) scene for a relaxing escape. The kids' camp is a main draw for families (as is the jungle-style river pool), while the Spa Grande is ideal for couples in search of R&R. The 776-room property also offers eight on-site restaurants (ideal for culinary aficionados), 51 luxe villas that span anywhere from 3,200 to 4,200 square feet (perfect for social distancing, BTW), and, of course, a stunning beachfront location that can't be beat. 

Where to Stay: The sprawling Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, features 40-plus acres of tropical gardens, which sets the (picture-perfect) scene for a relaxing escape. The kids' camp is a main draw for families (as is the jungle-style river pool), while the Spa Grande is ideal for couples in search of R&R. The 776-room property also offers eight on-site restaurants (ideal for culinary aficionados!), 51 luxe villas that span anywhere from 3,200 to 4,200 square feet (perfect for social distancing, BTW), and, of course, a stunning beachfront location that can't be beat. 

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Cape Town, South Africa

From street art to safaris, Cape Town is the perfect place to add to your bucket list. Take a cycling tour of the city, embark on a guided street art tour, and tantalize your taste buds at the popular Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, which is home to 80-plus bars and restaurants. No trip is complete without a safari adventure in nearby Kruger National Park, which is home to the "Big Five" -- lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalos.

Read more: 6 Things to Consider Before Booking a South Africa Safari
 

From street art to safaris, Cape Town is the perfect place to add to your bucket list. Take a cycling tour of the city, embark on a guided street art tour, and tantalize your taste buds at the popular Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, which is home to 80-plus bars and restaurants. No trip is complete without a safari adventure in nearby Kruger National Park, which is home to the "Big Five" -- lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalos. 

Read more: 6 Things to Consider Before Booking a South Africa Safari

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Cape Town, South Africa

Where to Stay: Cape Town is dotted with awe-inspiring properties, including Labotessa Hotel. This all-suite hotel has just seven rooms (plus a restaurant) and is housed in a 1700s-era church -- believed to be one of the country's oldest structures. Another option is the Silo Hotel. Housed in a 20th-century grain silo, this design-centric property has been completely revamped. Expect lots of eclectic artwork, floor-to-ceiling windows, spacious accommodations, and lots of statement-making decor. Other amenities include the spa, three on-site bars, and a private art gallery (exclusively curated for hotel guests). 

Where to Stay: Cape Town is dotted with awe-inspiring properties, including Labotessa Hotel. This all-suite hotel has just seven rooms (plus a restaurant) and is housed in a 1700s-era church -- believed to be one of the country's oldest structures. Another option is the Silo Hotel. Housed in a 20th-century grain silo, this design-centric property has been completely revamped. Expect lots of eclectic artwork, floor-to-ceiling windows, spacious accommodations, and lots of statement-making decor. Other amenities include the spa, three on-site bars, and a private art gallery (exclusively curated for hotel guests). 

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Bora Bora, French Polynesia

This tiny yet beautiful French Polynesian island is especially ideal among beach bums, outdoor enthusiasts, and, well, everyone in between. Besides, it's hard not to fall in love with the isle's turquoise-blue waters and beautiful beaches. Here, you can soak up the sun from the sand, hop on a boat tour around the island, go scuba diving or snorkeling, play with stingrays, and enjoy the stunning surroundings. After a day well spent on the beach, head to Vaitape (Bora Bora's largest city) to shop, drink, and dine. 
 

This tiny yet beautiful French Polynesian island is especially ideal among beach bums, outdoor enthusiasts, and, well, everyone in between. Besides, it's hard not to fall in love with the isle's turquoise-blue waters and beautiful beaches. Here, you can soak up the sun from the sand, hop on a boat tour around the island, go scuba diving or snorkeling, play with stingrays, and enjoy the stunning surroundings. After a day well spent on the beach, head to Vaitape (Bora Bora's largest city) to shop, drink, and dine. 
 

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Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Where to Stay: The beaches of Bora Bora are lined with ultra-luxe properties -- many of which boast private overwater villas (a true dream come true, if you ask us). Stand-outs include Conrad Bora Bora NuiInterContinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso SpaInterContinental Le Moana Bora BoraThe St. Regis Bora Bora ResortFour Seasons Resort Bora BoraLe Meridien Bora Bora, and Hotel Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort
 

Where to Stay: The beaches of Bora Bora are lined with ultra-luxe properties -- many of which boast private overwater villas (a true dream come true, if you ask us). Stand-outs include Conrad Bora Bora Nui, InterContinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa, InterContinental Le Moana Bora Bora, The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, Le Meridien Bora Bora, and Hotel Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort. 

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Amalfi Coast, Italy

This 31-mile stretch of coastline is renowned for its colorful buildings, rugged shorelines, towering cliffs, and charming towns (Sorrento, Amalfi, Positano, Ravello, and Priano are among our favorites). The best way to see the sites is, of course, by boat. On land, be sure to hit up the Grotta dello Smeraldo (known as the Emerald Cave), The Duomo of Ravello (an architectural masterpiece that dates back to the 13th-century), and La Gavitella (a rocky yet scenic beach in Priano). 
 

This 31-mile stretch of coastline is renowned for its colorful buildings, rugged shorelines, towering cliffs, and charming towns (Sorrento, Amalfi, Positano, Ravello, and Priano are among our favorites). The best way to see the sites is, of course, by boat. On land, be sure to hit up the Grotta dello Smeraldo (known as the Emerald Cave), The Duomo of Ravello (an architectural masterpiece that dates back to the 13th-century), and La Gavitella (a rocky yet scenic beach in Priano). 

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Amalfi Coast, Italy

Where to Stay: The Amalfi Coast is home to dozens of picturesque properties. Three of our favorites include Casa Angelina (with 42 minimalist-inspired rooms, a vast collection of contemporary artwork, and an on-site spa); the adults-only Sirenuse (home to 12 antique-filled rooms, a stunning swimming pool, a spa, and dozens of on-site activities, as well as three uber-romantic bars and restaurants -- one of which holds a Michelin Star); and Belmond Hotel Caruso (perched 1,000 feet above sea level, in an 11th-century palace, and situated amidst rolling acres of gardens and olive vines).   

Where to Stay: The Amalfi Coast is home to dozens of picturesque properties. Three of our favorites include Casa Angelina (with 42 minimalist-inspired rooms, a vast collection of contemporary artwork, and an on-site spa); the adults-only Sirenuse (home to 12 antique-filled rooms, a stunning swimming pool, a spa, and dozens of on-site activities, as well as three uber-romantic bars and restaurants -- one of which holds a Michelin Star); and Belmond Hotel Caruso (perched 1,000 feet above sea level, in an 11th-century palace, and situated amidst rolling acres of gardens and olive vines).   

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The Maldives

The Maldives, which is comprised of nearly 1,200 islands, is home to romantic hotels, amazing beaches, and incredible snorkeling and diving opportunities. (For example, the Bay Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, is teeming with marine life like whale sharks and stingrays). Male, the country's largest city, is a foodie's paradise since it's lined with dozens of restaurants serving all kinds of cuisine. You'll also want to visit the National Museum of the Maldives, Old Friday Mosque (which is over 400 years old), and Sultan Park. 

Read more: How to Plan a Trip to The Maldives

The Maldives, which is comprised of nearly 1,200 islands, is home to romantic hotels, amazing beaches, and incredible snorkeling and diving opportunities. (For example, the Bay Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, is teeming with marine life like whale sharks and stingrays). Male, the country's largest city, is a foodie's paradise since it's lined with dozens of restaurants serving all kinds of cuisine. You'll also want to visit the National Museum of the Maldives, Old Friday Mosque (which is over 400 years old), and Sultan Park. 

 

Read more: How to Plan a Trip to The Maldives

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The Maldives

Where to Stay: The Maldives are home to plenty of big-name hotels. However, if you're craving an intimate escape (without sacrificing luxe amenities, of course), consider the secluded Kudadoo Maldives Private Island. The property offers up unique furnishings from all over the world (think Indonesian wood, onyx stone from Turkey). Guests at this 15-room (or should we say, overwater villa) property enjoy 24-hour butler service plus access to The Retreat (where you'll find the bar and restaurant, wine and cheese cellar, and spa -- the latter of which boasts the only Himalayan Salt Chamber in the Maldives). 

Read more: What You Need to Know Before You Stay at Kudadoo Maldives Private Island

Where to Stay: The Maldives are home to plenty of big-name hotels. However, if you're craving an intimate escape (without sacrificing luxe amenities, of course), consider the secluded Kudadoo Maldives Private Island. The property offers up unique furnishings from all over the world (think Indonesian wood, onyx stone from Turkey). Guests at this 15-room (or should we say, overwater villa) property enjoy 24-hour butler service plus access to The Retreat (where you'll find the bar and restaurant, wine and cheese cellar, and spa -- the latter of which boasts the only Himalayan Salt Chamber in the Maldives). 

 

 

Read more: What You Need to Know Before You Stay at Kudadoo Maldives Private Island

Dubai, UAE
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Dubai, UAE

This modern metropolis is home to dazzling skyscrapers, (some of) the world's best restaurants, several souks, and awe-inspiring attractions -- including the world's tallest building, The Burj Khalifa. Indoor skiing and desert safari excursions are also popular tourist activities. 

Read more: What to See and Do in Dubai

This modern metropolis is home to dazzling skyscrapers, (some of) the world's best restaurants, several souks, and awe-inspiring attractions -- including the world's tallest building, The Burj Khalifa. Indoor skiing and desert safari excursions are also popular tourist activities. 

Read more: What to See and Do in Dubai

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Dubai, UAE

Where to Stay: Dozens of luxury properties -- Atlantis, The Palm; Jumeirah Madinat; and more -- all call Dubai home. Wellness enthusiasts will particularly love the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. The Ottoman-inspired property boasts luxury accommodations complete with massive marble soaking tubs), an outdoor infinity pool, and a spa complete with a snow room, hammans, and more. Its sister property, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, is another bucket-list-worthy option. The architectural masterpiece is home to an 18th-floor swimming pool (yes, expect the views), accommodations fit for royalty, a handsome selection of elegant restaurants, and yet another unbelievably beautiful spa. 

Read more: Three Wellness-Centric Dubai Hotels to Add to Your Bucket List, STAT

Where to Stay: Dozens of luxury properties -- Atlantis, The Palm; Jumeirah Madinat; and more -- all call Dubai home. Wellness enthusiasts will particularly love the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. The Ottoman-inspired property boasts luxury accommodations complete with massive marble soaking tubs), an outdoor infinity pool, and a spa complete with a snow room, hammans, and more. Its sister property, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, is another bucket-list-worthy option. The architectural masterpiece is home to an 18th-floor swimming pool (yes, expect the views), accommodations fit for royalty, a handsome selection of elegant restaurants, and yet another unbelievably beautiful spa. 

 

Read more: Three Wellness-Centric Dubai Hotels to Add to Your Bucket List, STAT

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Kyoto, Japan

This bustling Japanese city is teeming with culture, history, and beauty. Here, you'll find over 1,600 Buddhist temples (including the iconic  Kinkaku-Ji), 400-plus shrines, extravagant palaces, lush gardens (like the one at Kiyomizu-Dera temple -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and kaiseki dining (traditional, seasonally inspired small plates). For the best views of the city, take a hike: Literally. The beginner-friendly Mt. Daimonji-Yama is less than a mile round-trip, while the scenic trek from Takao to Hozukyo is a day-long excursion. 

Read more: Our Official Guide to Kyoto, Japan

This bustling Japanese city is teeming with culture, history, and beauty. Here, you'll find over 1,600 Buddhist temples (including the iconic  Kinkaku-Ji), 400-plus shrines, extravagant palaces, lush gardens (like the one at Kiyomizu-Dera temple -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and kaiseki dining (traditional, seasonally inspired small plates). For the best views of the city, take a hike: Literally. The beginner-friendly Mt. Daimonji-Yama is less than a mile round-trip, while the scenic trek from Takao to Hozukyo is a day-long excursion. 

 

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Kyoto, Japan

Where to Stay: Splurge on a stay at Aman Kyoto. The impeccably designed 24-room property sits on 80 acres of forest and is within easy walking distance of The Golden Pavilion. Other highlights include lush landscapes (as well as a hidden garden), a serene spa, and two high-end eateries, plus both indoor and outdoor onsens (the Japanese name for hot springs). 

Where to Stay: Splurge on a stay at Aman Kyoto. The impeccably designed 24-room property sits on 80 acres of forest and is within easy walking distance of The Golden Pavilion. Other highlights include lush landscapes (as well as a hidden garden), a serene spa, and two high-end eateries, plus both indoor and outdoor onsens (the Japanese name for hot springs). 

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Dublin, Ireland

The historic city of Dublin is full of exciting attractions, from grand castles to museums and nearly everything in between. Popular sights include The National Gallery of Ireland, Phoenix Park (the oldest inner-city park in Europe), Trinity College (where you can catch a glimpse of the ninth-century era Book of Krells), and Temple Bar (the latter of which often gets a bad rap -- but it's simply a rite of passage to come here when visiting Dublin, especially for the first time). 

Read more: What to See and Do in Dublin

The historic city of Dublin is full of exciting attractions, from grand castles to museums home to centuries-old artifacts, and nearly everything in between. Popular sights include The National Gallery of Ireland, Phoenix Park (the oldest inner-city park in Europe), Trinity College (where you can catch a glimpse of the ninth-century era Book of Krells), and Temple Bar (the latter of which often gets a bad rap -- but it's simply a rite of passage to come here when visiting Dublin, especially for the first time). 

Read more: What to See and Do in Dublin

 

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Dublin, Ireland

Where to stay: Immerse yourself in all that the cultural capital has to offer with a stay at The Alex. The stylish boutique property boasts an eclectic flair (think bold green accents in guest rooms, great restaurants, and a laid-back yet upscale ambiance) you won't find anywhere else in the city.

Read more: Dublin's Best Hotels

Where to stay: Immerse yourself in all that the cultural capital has to offer with a stay at The Alex. The stylish boutique property boasts an eclectic flair (think bold green accents in guest rooms, great restaurants, and a laid-back yet upscale ambiance) you won't find anywhere else in the city.

Read more: Dublin's Best Hotels

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Paris, France

Paris is anything but overrated (we promise). Yes, there's the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Champs-Élysées, but the City of Lights offers so much more to see, do, and explore. For example, carve out some time to wander through one (or more) of Paris' many neighborhoods, order a cafe au lait as you people-watch at a trendy cafe, or stroll down Rue Crimeux, the city's most colorful (and arguably, most Instagrammable) street. Montmartre, with its cobblestone streets and stunning city views, is absolutely charming. 

Read more: How to Plan a Trip to Paris

Paris is anything but overrated (we promise). Yes, there's the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Champs-Élysées, but the City of Lights offers so much more to see, do, and explore. For example, carve out some time to wander through one (or more) of Paris' many neighborhoods, order a cafe au lait as you people-watch at a trendy cafe, or stroll down Rue Crimeux, the city's most colorful (and arguably, most Instagrammable) street. Montmartre, with its cobblestone streets and stunning city views, is absolutely charming. 

Read more: How to Plan a Trip to Paris

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Paris, France

Where to Stay: Housed in an 18th-century structure, the historic Hôtel de Crillon -- which is located in Place de la Concorde, one of the city's many lively plazas -- boasts a two-story spa, 24-hour butler service, afternoon tea, four on-site restaurants (including one with a Michelin-star). Each of the 124 rooms and suites is outfitted with plush linens, marble bathrooms, and soaking tubs. It's also home to one of the prettiest pools in Paris, complete with about 18,000 golden mosaic tiles. 

Where to Stay: Housed in an 18th-century structure, the historic Hôtel de Crillon -- which is located in Place de la Concorde, one of the city's many lively plazas -- boasts a two-story spa, 24-hour butler service, incredible afternoon tea, four on-site restaurants (including one with a Michelin-star). Each of the 124 rooms and suites is outfitted with plush linens, marble bathrooms, and soaking tubs. It's also home to one of the prettiest pools in Paris, complete with about 18,000 golden mosaic tiles. 

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Brisbane, Australia

From hip clubs and restaurants to wildlife sanctuaries and art museums. Queensland's capital city offers something for everyone. Art enthusiasts can visit The Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art and the Institute of Modern Art, while animal lovers can cuddle with koalas at  Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. If the weather's nice, hit up Streets Beach and soak up the sun. Afterward, stroll down James Street, where you'll find ample shopping and dining options (over 130 of them, to be exact). 

Read more: Our Official Guide to Queensland, Australia

From hip clubs and restaurants to wildlife sanctuaries and art museums. Queensland's capital city offers something for everyone. Art enthusiasts can visit The Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art and the Institute of Modern Art, while animal lovers can cuddle with koalas at  Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. If the weather's nice, hit up Streets Beach and soak up the sun. Afterward, stroll down James Street, where you'll find ample shopping and dining options (over 130 of them, to be exact). 

 

 Read more: Our Official Guide to Queensland, Australia

 

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Brisbane, Australia

Where to Stay: The Emporium Hotel South Bank makes a great home base for exploring all that Brisbane has to offer. The posh, all-suite property features 143 elegantly appointment rooms (think tropical-inspired wallpaper, marble accents) plus three on-site bars and restaurants (including one on the rooftop). Perhaps the best amenity of all is the sprawling rooftop infinity pool.  

Where to Stay: The Emporium Hotel South Bank makes a great home base for exploring all that Brisbane has to offer. The posh, all-suite property features 143 elegantly appointment rooms (think tropical-inspired wallpaper, marble accents) plus three on-site bars and restaurants (including one on the rooftop). Perhaps the best amenity of all is the sprawling rooftop infinity pool.  

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Lucerne, Switzerland

The idyllic lakefront city of Lucerne (which, you guessed it, sits on Lake Lucerne) is home to several museums -- Glacier Garden, the Modern Art Museum, and the Lucerne Historical Museum are a few favorites -- while charming Old Town looks like it was plopped straight out of a fairytale. Take a stroll along Chapel Bridge, the world's oldest surviving truss bridge. Adrenaline junkies can take a cable car up the nearly-7,000-feet-tall Mount Pilatus, which overlooks the entire city.

The idyllic lakefront city of Lucerne (which, you guessed it, sits on Lake Lucerne) is home to several museums -- Glacier Garden, the Modern Art Museum, and the Lucerne Historical Museum are a few favorites -- while charming Old Town looks like it was plopped straight out of a fairytale. Take a stroll along Chapel Bridge, the world's oldest surviving truss bridge. Adrenaline junkies can take a cable car up the nearly-7,000-feet-tall Mount Pilatus, which overlooks the entire city.

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Where to Stay: The fairytale-worthy Chateau Gütsch boasts 31 lavish rooms and suites -- each outfitted with features like beamed ceilings, gold-hued four-poster beds, and more romantic touches. Guests here can stroll through the hotel's sculpture garden, ride up the on-site Gütschbahn funicular, and order a bottle (or more) of wine from the curated wine cellar.

Where to Stay: The fairytale-worthy Chateau Gütsch boasts 31 lavish rooms and suites -- each outfitted with features like beamed ceilings, gold-hued four-poster beds, and more romantic touches. Guests here can stroll through the hotel's sculpture garden, ride up the on-site Gütschbahn funicular, and order a bottle (or more!) of wine from the curated wine cellar.

New York City
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New York City, United States

No trip to the Big Apple here is complete without an NYC bagel (Black Seed, Essa-A-Bagel, and Zucker's are among the best), a trip to the theater (once Broadway opens up again, of course), a stroll through Central Park, and a shopping spree in SoHo. Carve out some time to visit some of the city's greatest museums -- The Museum of Modern Art, The American Museum of Natural History, and The National September 11 Memorial & Museum. 

Read more: 6 Things You Can Only Do in New York City

No trip to the Big Apple here is complete without an NYC bagel (Black Seed, Essa-A-Bagel, and Zucker's are among the best), a trip to the theater (once Broadway opens up again, of course), a stroll through Central Park, and a shopping spree in SoHo. Carve out some time to visit some of the city's greatest museums -- The Museum of Modern Art, The American Museum of Natural History, and The National September 11 Memorial & Museum. 

Read more: 6 Things You Can Only Do in New York City

 

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New York City, United States

Where to Stay: From the historic and uber-glamorous 44-story Pierre Hotel -- complete with swanky interiors and tony afternoon tea service -- to the trendy, hip, and design-forward Public Hotel, NYC is home to hundreds of haute hotels. Other non-cookie-cutter picks include The Williamsburg Hotel, Park South Hotel, The James New York - NoMad, and The Lexington Hotel.

Where to Stay: From the historic and uber-glamorous 44-story Pierre Hotel -- complete with swanky interiors and tony afternoon tea service -- to the trendy, hip, and design-forward Public Hotel, NYC is home to hundreds of haute hotels. Other non-cookie-cutter picks include The Williamsburg Hotel, Park South Hotel, The James New York - NoMad, and The Lexington Hotel.

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San Miguel De Allende, Mexico

This colonial-era Mexican city -- now a UNESCO World Heritage Historic Center -- is famous for its cobblestone streets, Baroque artwork, and stunning architecture. San Miguel de Allende's main plaza, Jardín Principal, is ideal for people-watching and listening to live music. Among the city's most iconic sites is the historic, pink-hued Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel. Fábrica La Aurora, which was once an abandoned textile factory, is now home to several art galleries, shops, and cafes.

Read more: 5 Things to Do in San Miguel de Allende

This colonial-era Mexican city -- now a UNESCO World Heritage Historic Center -- is famous for its cobblestone streets, Baroque artwork, and stunning architecture. San Miguel de Allende's main plaza, Jardín Principal, is ideal for people-watching and listening to live music. Among the city's most iconic sites is the historic, pink-hued Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel. Fábrica La Aurora, which was once an abandoned textile factory, is now home to several art galleries, shops, and cafes.

 

Read more: 5 Things to Do in San Miguel de Allende

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Where to Stay: Hacienda El Santuario is housed in a former convent that dates back to 1571. Today, it boasts beautiful gardens, a sun-drenched open-air lounge, and an incredible authentic breakfast spread. Most of the 33 rooms are equipped with private terraces. Bonus: The centrally located boutique hotel is just a block away from the city center. 

Read more: An Expert Review of Hacienda El Sanctuario

Where to Stay: Hacienda El Santuario is housed in a former convent that dates back to 1571. Today, it boasts beautiful gardens, a sun-drenched open-air lounge, and an incredible authentic breakfast spread. Most of the 33 rooms are equipped with private terraces. Bonus: The centrally located boutique hotel is just a block away from the city center. 

 

Read more: An Expert Review of Hacienda El Sanctuario

 

 

Taman Ujung Water Palace, Bali
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Bali, Indonesia

The island of Bali is dotted with idyllic beaches, beautiful hiking spots, and sacred sites (including 11,000-plus temples). Adventure enthusiasts should certainly add the Ubud Monkey Forest and Mount Agung to their itinerary. No trip to Bali is complete without a trip to one of the many Balinese spas or sunbathing, snorkeling, or swimming at the beach (Crystal Bay is a popular choice).

The island of Bali is dotted with idyllic beaches, beautiful hiking spots, and sacred sites (including 11,000-plus temples). Adventure enthusiasts should certainly add the Ubud Monkey Forest and Mount Agung to their itinerary. No trip to Bali is complete without a trip to one of the many Balinese spas or sunbathing, snorkeling, or swimming at the beach (Crystal Bay is a popular choice).

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Bali, Indonesia

Where to Stay: The clifftop Apurva Kempinski Bali offers incredible views of the Indian Ocean. The luxe property is an architectural masterpiece, complete with an elaborate, 250-step "Grand Staircase" -- inspired by the Pura Besakih temple -- set amidst lush landscapes and waterfalls. 176 suites and 43 villas (out of the 475 rooms, suites, and villas) are outfitted with private plunge pools. The six on-site eateries and tranquil spa are also incredible.

Read more: In Bali, A Legendary Hotel Brand Opens Its Doors

Where to Stay: The clifftop Apurva Kempinski Bali offers incredible views of the Indian Ocean. The luxe property is an architectural masterpiece, complete with an elaborate, 250-step "Grand Staircase" -- inspired by the Pura Besakih temple -- set amidst lush landscapes and waterfalls. 176 suites and 43 villas (out of the 475 rooms, suites, and villas) are outfitted with private plunge pools. The six on-site eateries and tranquil spa are also incredible.

Read more: In Bali, A Legendary Hotel Brand Opens Its Doors

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Cartagena, Colombia

This coastal Colombian city dates back to the 1500s. Today, it still boasts the same historic charm it did hundreds of years ago (think cobblestone streets and colorful colonial architecture). The lively Old Town area is dotted with bars and restaurants. Embark on your own DIY street food tour, visit the Museum of Modern Art, and, of course, go beach-hopping. 

This coastal Colombian city dates back to the 1500s. Today, it still boasts the same historic charm it did hundreds of years ago (think cobblestone streets and colorful colonial architecture). The lively Old Town area is dotted with bars and restaurants. Embark on your own DIY street food tour, visit the Museum of Modern Art, and, of course, go beach-hopping. 

 

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Cartegena, Columbia

Where to Stay: Owned by fashion designer Silvia Tcherassi, The Tcherassi Hotel & Spa is housed in a centuries-old mansion and boasts seven ultra-spacious rooms complete with fashion-forward touches (think bedspreads made from dress labels), wood-beamed ceilings, and a lush courtyard. There are also four pools and a gorgeous garden with 3,000-plus plants. Vera, the on-site restaurant, serves up Italian eats while the wellness-centric spa offers an array of services utilizing local ingredients. 

Where to Stay: Owned by fashion designer Silvia Tcherassi, The Tcherassi Hotel & Spa is housed in a centuries-old mansion and boasts seven ultra-spacious rooms complete with fashion-forward touches (think bedspreads made from dress labels), wood-beamed ceilings, and a lush courtyard. There are also four pools and a gorgeous garden with 3,000-plus plants. Vera, the on-site restaurant, serves up Italian eats while the wellness-centric spa offers an array of services utilizing local ingredients. 

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Mendoza, Argentina

Argentina's fourth-largest city is home to some of the country's best wine. (Think of it as the South American version of Napa or Sonoma.) With more than 350,000 acres of rolling vineyards, there are over 1,500 wineries to choose from -- as well as an array of outdoor activities like horseback riding, rafting, hiking, and biking through the valleys. After a day spent sipping vino and exploring the outdoors, indulge in grilled meats at 1884 Restaurant, one of Mendoza's most famous eateries. If you have the time, take a day top to Termas Cacheuta and relax in the thermal baths and soak in the hot springs. 

Read more: Why Mendoza, Argentina is Perfect for Wine Lovers

Argentina's fourth-largest city is home to some of the country's best wine. (Think of it as the South American version of Napa or Sonoma.) With more than 350,000 acres of rolling vineyards, there are over 1,500 wineries to choose from -- as well as an array of outdoor activities like horseback riding, rafting, hiking, and biking through the valleys. After a day spent sipping vino and exploring the outdoors, indulge in grilled meats at 1884 Restaurant, one of Mendoza's most famous eateries. If you have the time, take a day top to Termas Cacheuta and relax in the thermal baths and soak in the hot springs. 

Read more: Why Mendoza, Argentina is Perfect for Wine Lovers

Grand Villa at Cavas Wine Lodge
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Mendoza, Argentina

Where to Stay: Located amidst the foothills of the Andes and set alongside 55 acres of vineyards, Cavas Wine Lodge is an oenophile's oasis. The luxury lodge is best known for its Spanish colonial architecture, innovative spa (renowned for its "vinotherapy" treatments), 3,000-bottle wine cellar, and an on-site restaurant that features a rotating farm-to-fork-inspired menu. "Rooms" -- which are actually more like private villas -- range in size from 970 square feet to 3,500 square feet. Each is outfitted with a private terrace, rooftop deck, and plunge pool.

Where to Stay: Located amidst the foothills of the Andes and set alongside 55 acres of vineyards, Cavas Wine Lodge is an oenophile's oasis. The luxury lodge is best known for its Spanish colonial architecture, innovative spa (renowned for its "vinotherapy" treatments), 3,000-bottle wine cellar, and an on-site restaurant that features a rotating farm-to-fork-inspired menu. "Rooms" -- which are actually more like private villas -- range in size from 970 square feet to 3,500 square feet. Each is outfitted with a private terrace, rooftop deck, and plunge pool.

Jerusalem, Israel
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Jerusalem, Israel

The historic city of Jerusalem is nothing short of awe-inspiring. The Western Wall, Israel Museum, Yad Vashem, Masada, and The Dead Sea, Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock, are all must-visits -- but there's so much more to explore, too. For example, Old City (which was first built by King David in 1004 BC) is teeming with sacred sites, shops, restaurants, lively plazas, and winding alleyways worth wandering. With over 250 merchants, Mahane Yehuda is one of the city's liveliest marketplaces. 

The historic city of Jerusalem is nothing short of awe-inspiring. The Western Wall, Israel Museum, Yad Vashem, Masada, and The Dead Sea, Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock, are all must-visits -- but there's so much more to explore, too. For example, Old City (which was first built by King David in 1004 BC) is teeming with sacred sites, shops, restaurants, lively plazas, and winding alleyways worth wandering. With over 250 merchants, Mahane Yehuda is one of the city's liveliest marketplaces. 

 

 

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Jerusalem, Israel

Where to Stay: The historic King David Hotel has hosted everyone from Prince William and Madonna to King George II of Greece and Barack Obama. The lavish lobby has sky-high ceilings, marble floors, and other regal design elements. Rooms here are spacious, and most have unbeatable Old City views. The culinary scene is nothing short of show-stopping, with four restaurants ranging from fine dining to casual cafes. There's also an on-site swimming pool. 

 

Where to Stay: The historic King David Hotel has hosted everyone from Prince William and Madonna to King George II of Greece and Barack Obama. The lavish lobby has sky-high ceilings, marble floors, and other regal design elements. Rooms here are spacious, and most have unbeatable Old City views. The culinary scene is nothing short of show-stopping, with four restaurants ranging from fine dining to casual cafes. There's also an on-site swimming pool. 

 

 

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Valencia, Spain

The coastal Spanish city boasts beautiful scenery; fairytale-worthy hilltop villages complete with castles; gorgeous beaches; and fascinating architecture. Start by strolling through Central Market -- Europe's oldest food market -- and grab a bite to eat before heading into Old Town to admire the Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture. Valencia's dynamic City of Arts & Science complex is lined with futuristic buildings and is home to several museums and performance centers worth visiting.

Read more: What to See and Do in Valencia

The coastal Spanish city boasts beautiful scenery; fairytale-worthy hilltop villages complete with castles; gorgeous beaches; and fascinating architecture. Start by strolling through Central Market -- Europe's oldest food market -- and grab a bite to eat before heading into Old Town to admire the Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture. Valencia's dynamic City of Arts & Science complex is lined with futuristic buildings and is home to several museums and performance centers worth visiting.

 

 

Read more: What to See and Do in Valencia

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Valencia, Spain

Where to Stay: The Art Deco-inspired Westin Valencia offers sun-drenched accommodations (some of which offer private terraces equipped with Jacuzzi tubs) as well as a relaxing spa, tropical garden, and bustling drinking and dining scene. The on-site art gallery is also a plus. Bonus: It's within walking distance of the city center, which makes exploring a breeze.

 

Where to Stay: The Art Deco-inspired Westin Valencia offers sun-drenched accommodations (some of which offer private terraces equipped with Jacuzzi tubs!) as well as a relaxing spa, tropical garden, and bustling drinking and dining scene. The on-site art gallery is also a plus. Bonus: It's within walking distance of the city center, which makes exploring a breeze.

 

 

 

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Marrakesh, Morocco

Make the most of your time in Marrakesh by visiting the serene Jardin Majorelle (which is home to the Islamic Art Museum and features a lush 12-acre garden), Bahia Palace, and the always-bustling Djemaa el-Fna plaza. Fashionistas should pay a visit to the  Yves Saint Laurent Museum, while art lovers will appreciate a tour of the Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden. Go shopping and people-watching in the city's Souk District, where you'll find thousands of vendors. 

Make the most of your time in Marrakesh by visiting the serene Jardin Majorelle (which is home to the Islamic Art Museum and features a lush 12-acre garden), Bahia Palace, and the always-bustling Djemaa el-Fna plaza. Fashionistas should pay a visit to the  Yves Saint Laurent Museum, while art lovers will appreciate a tour of the Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden. Go shopping and people-watching in the city's Souk District, where you'll find thousands of vendors. 

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Marrakesh, Morocco

Where to Stay: The Instagram-famous La Mamounia -- with its almost-otherwordly indoor pool -- is the ideal place to stay. The property, which is surrounded by acres of orange trees, rose bushes, olive groves, and palm trees, is just as impressive inside as it is on the outside. The lobby is filled with extravagant tilework, fountains, and ponds, while each of the rooms, suites, and riads pays homage to Moroccan design with authentic woodwork and warm colors.

Where to Stay: The Instagram-famous La Mamounia -- with its almost-otherwordly indoor pool -- is the ideal place to stay. The property, which is surrounded by acres of orange trees, rose bushes, olive groves, and palm trees, is just as impressive inside as it is on the outside. The lobby is filled with extravagant tilework, fountains, and ponds, while each of the rooms, suites, and riads pays homage to Moroccan design with authentic woodwork and warm colors.

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Prague, Czech Republic

Not only is Prague an incredibly walkable city, but it also boasts tons of history, plenty of architecture, charming castles, and excellent eats. The iconic 1,700-foot-long Charles Bridge dates back to the 1300s and is a popular spot for photo ops. With its postcard-worthy cobblestone streets, Old Town is lined with historic buildings like The Municipal House, Kinsky Palace, and The Museum of Decorative Arts. The majestic Prague Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also worth visiting. 

Read more: What to See and Do in Prague.

Not only is Prague an incredibly walkable city, but it also boasts tons of history, plenty of architecture, charming castles, and excellent eats. The iconic 1,700-foot-long Charles Bridge dates back to the 1300s and is a popular spot for photo ops. With its postcard-worthy cobblestone streets, Old Town is lined with historic buildings like The Municipal House, Kinsky Palace, and The Museum of Decorative Arts. The majestic Prague Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also worth visiting. 

Read more: What to See and Do in Prague.

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Prague, Czech Republic

Where to Stay: The Grand Mark is housed in a former palace and pays tribute to its royal history with its regal rooms and suites, which boasts deep burgundy and brown hues and beautiful artwork. The heated bathroom flooring and ultra-comfortable beds are also stand-outs. The on-site wellness studio and spa is open to all guests. Highlights include a plunge pool, Jacuzzi, saunas, and massage rooms in a modern and minimalist-inspired space.  

Where to Stay: The Grand Mark is housed in a former palace and pays tribute to its royal history with its regal rooms and suites, which boasts deep burgundy and brown hues and beautiful artwork. The heated bathroom flooring and ultra-comfortable beds are also stand-outs. The on-site wellness studio and spa is open to all guests. Highlights include a plunge pool, Jacuzzi, saunas, and massage rooms in a modern and minimalist-inspired space.  

 

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