Olas Verdes: Costa Rica’s Greenest Boutique Surf Hotel

An affordable, laid-back beach hideout with a distinctly Tico attitude

If the quip “The journey is the destination” typifies your approach to travel then set your sights on Playa Guiones, Costa Rica. The humble but growing beach town is a two-and-a-half hour drive over mostly washboard dirt roads from the nearest international airport. Passing through towns small and smaller, getting lost in the scenery is easy. The region’s agricultural roots give way to modern snippets …

Ham Yard Hotel, London

Colorful and carefree, this Soho design paradise includes a hidden bowling alley and movie theater

Something’s in the air as soon as you arrive at London’s Ham Yard Hotel. It’s perhaps the immediate juxtaposition of calm after the walk through Piccadilly Circus, a block away. Situated in a private-like courtyard (where pedestrians can also take a shortcut), the hotel is surrounded by lovely independent boutiques, large oak trees, a gigantic bronze sculpture by English artist Tony Cragg, and rare for …

The Hoxton Amsterdam Hotel

A new stylish reprieve overlooking the vibrant, centrally located Herengracht waterway

To put it simply, The Hoxton Amsterdam Hotel delivers the best of two distinct worlds. While the influence of The Hoxton brand is present in the chic decor and hip clientele, there’s something undeniably authentic and Dutch about the hotel itself—from the facade to the interior design. More than a conveniently located respite overlooking an active waterway, the hotel’s inviting cocktail bar, restaurant and five …