Our edit of the best hotels around the world, from design-forward city stays to beachfront getaways and wilderness lodges. If we don’t love it, we won’t cover it.
Grand and glamorous, this family-run hotel oozes British sophistication while still remaining modern and relevant. Its tongue-in-cheek interiors, Michelin-starred restaurant and exemplary service put it high on our wish list for a London staycation.
A quintessential English getaway, Crockers is perfect for Pimm’s-fuelled summer days or holing up fireside in a pub come winter.
Decadent with a capital ‘D’, this Loire Valley French fancy dishes up a perfect marriage of old meets new.
Make like the literary greats of yesteryear in this modern art-filled W1 crash pad.
We’ve found the antidote to city stress: a long weekend in one of these eco-friendly log cabins. In remote central Wales, this glampsite levels up back-to-nature charm with luxurious home comforts. Think hilly hikes, barbecues and outdoor hot tubs.
With glowing-green eco credentials and interiors to delight mid-century devotees, this self-catering cabin makes for a cosy weekend break with friends or family. Switch off in the free-standing tub with floor-to-ceiling views over the craggy Welsh mountains.
A country house hotel on the edge of the New Forest. Treehouse suites, a world-class spa and top-notch restaurants make this the perfect spot for a friends-and-family getaway or a romantic weekend escape from London, just an hour’s drive away.
Combining savvy tech with stylish surrounds, this plush self-catering Sonder pad in the heart of Westminster is ideal for a workcation or city staycation. Serviced apartments designed with the modern traveller in mind.
Fifties style worthy of an architecture magazine. A spa offering vampire facials. One of Brisbane’s best Greek restaurants. It’s no wonder The Calile Hotel is a playground for the well-heeled. James Street and Fortitude Valley are on its doorstep.
More than just a London hotel, The Standard’s multiple retro spaces to eat, drink, greet and lounge make it a honeypot for cool kids.
A springboard to central Rome, Hotel Vilòn feels at once intimate, modern and sympathetic to its regal heritage. Suites overlook the private Palazzo Borghese gardens, and Adelaide restaurant is award winning. Come summer, negronis on the terrace are a no-brainer.
Overlooking award-winning Hampshire vineyards and putting the style in sustainable staycations, these four luxury forest dwellings are taking the UK's treehouse trend to new heights.
Chocolate-box villages, cookie-cutter cottages and bang-average Airbnbs are as common in the Cotswolds as DFLs (down from Londoners) are queuing outside Daylesford. Until Bibury Farm Barns flung open its doors and shook up the UK’s self-catering scene, that is.
Near the Piazza del Popolo, Castel Sant’Angelo and the Campo de’ Fiori, hotel J.K. Place Roma is an ideal base for discovering Rome’s star attractions – and a contemporary-cool retreat for a little R&R (and a decent negroni) between the sights.
Situated on a sprawling estate in a little-discovered pocket of East Anglia, Wilderness Reserve is collection of cottages rewriting the traditional self-catering stay. Spend days free-wheeling through woodland or foraging in the bucolic grounds.