Anantara Hotel, Chiang Mai

Colonial charm and 100 years of history at this picturesque retreat in the heart of Thailand's northern city

Though it’s often referred to as Bangkok’s laid-back cousin, Chiang Mai bubbles with the same electric energy as the Thai capital. It’s become a bucket-list destination for thrill-seekers across the globe, where al fresco tuk-tuk rides, sizzling snacks from carts, and endless aisles of night markets provide round-the-clock stimulation. But for vacationers looking for a more peaceful stay, there’s no need to retreat into the …

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 …