We’re sharing the travel destinations you need to know about right now—and disclosing the hidden gems you don’t want to miss once you get there. With the world’s best places to visit and hotel It Lists constantly changing, it’s hard to keep up. That’s where we come in. We’re experts. Whether you’re on the hunt for your next trip or just looking for some Pinterest inspiration, we polled our pros on where they love to travel—and what makes these places so special. Our eight picks span the globe, but all have a couple things in common: they are design-centric and live up to the hype.
Destination: Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Stay: Fogo Island Inn
Do: Join local fishermen and pass icebergs and secret coves by boats and visit boat building workshops; ramble across the island spotting whales along the wild coastline; photograph the futuristic architecture of the inn, designed by Todd Saunders; learn what island life is like in the 18th century villages; stargaze from rooftop Finnish saunas and hot tubs.
Eat: Chef Murray McDonald’s creative menu boasts the bounty of the North Atlantic with island-to-table ingredients: seafood, seasonal plants and foraged berries, and drinks cooled in iceberg chips.
Keepsake: Fisherman knits and lambswool socks to keep you cozy. The bright quilts that add a serious punch of color to the sleek rooms can be purchased on the spot and now here.
Why go: Striking contemporary architecture meets tranquil, island life just a short flight from New York City.
Our take: “Quirky, captivating, and totally unpretentious, you’ve never been to a place quite like Fogo Island.”
Destination: Ladakh, India
Stay: The Ultimate Traveling Camp, Chamba Camp
Do: Visit the Thiksey Monastery to see the two-story Buddha statue and participate in the sunrise morning prayer, partake in the Ladakh festival, raft down the River Indus, learn the warrior art of archery.
Eat: Barbecue under the stars around enormous fire pits or venture into town for steaming momos (Tibetan steamed buns).
Keepsake: Embroidered cashmere wraps to warm up on chilly nights and mornings
Why go: Ladakh’s first luxury camp is set in a stunning landscape filled with some of the most genuine people, warm hospitality, and experiences you can’t find elsewhere, like meeting with the Rinpoche (a world-renowned Buddhist leader) and watching the world’s highest-altitude polo games.
Our take: “Feels like coming home.”
Destination: Dolores, Colorado
Stay: Dunton Hot Springs
Do: Soak in the natural hot springs; ski the back-country trails; fly fish the world-class Dolores along a private nine-mile stretch; curl up in front of your wood-burning stove in your luxury cabin.
Eat: Saddle up to the bar bearing Butch Cassidy’s carved signature, sit down at the long antique table in the saloon for family-style dining—a tradition maintained from the cattle-outlaw days—or picnic in a wildflower meadow.
Keepsake: A bottle of Stranahan’s Rocky Mountain whiskey. You’ll be hooked on the rich toffee and oak flavor, but Stranahan’s can only be found within Colorado, so stock up.
Why go: An idyllic weekend deep in the Colorado Rocky Mountains at an 1800s mining town turned luxury retreat, complete with endless outdoor activities, natural hot springs, and dreamy accommodations.
Our take: “A worthy getaway for outdoor lovers in America’s fabled Wild West.”
Destination: Bocas del Toro, Panama
Stay: Sweet Bocas
Do: Paddleboard alongside wild dolphins; watch sea turtles nesting; swim with glowing schools of fish; spearfish by the light of the moon; learn about sustainable living; hike through the rainforest to giant bat caves; sunrise yoga on the overwater deck.
Eat: Whatever you like prepared by your private chef in the state-of-the-art kitchen. Between meals, hack open coconuts from the surrounding trees and sip.
Keepsake: Handmade woven chairs and colorful pillows embroidered by local woman.
Why go: A sustainably-built overwater designer bungalow all to yourself set in a pristine ecosystem, complete with private chef, yoga instructor, concierge and snorkeling off your deck.
Our take: “Paradise. Makes us want to master the balance of luxury and sustainable living.”
Destination: Ago Bay, Japan
Do: Walk the pilgrimage trails of the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Kumano Kodo; photograph the pearl rafts on Ago Bay; witness a prayer session at Ise Grand Shrine; take daily onsens (a Japanese hot spring bath) in mineral-rich, thermal spring baths at the 2,000-square-meter spa.
Eat: Join an ama, a female free-diver, in her traditional home, an amagoya, for a meal of fresh shellfish and dishes based on ancient recipes; catch your own fish for tempura and sashimi; try locally-sourced Matasusaka Wagyu prepared by master chefs.
Keepsake: A traditional kimono to wear when visiting secret corners of the Ise Grand Shrine; pearls gathered in the bay and polished in the village.
Why go: Be amongst the first to visit Amanresort’s newest Japan property; veer from the typical and immerse yourself in pristine Japanese countryside and culture; exclusive access to one of Japan’s holiest sites, slow food, and a spa to trump all spas.
Our take: “Japan’s countryside, uncovered.”
Destination: Marrakech, Morocco
Stay: La Mamounia
Do: Discover why Morocco has been a source of endless inspiration for the design world with expert-led shopping forays to the souks of nearby Berber villages in the Ourika Valley, overnight trips through the Atlas Mountains to stay in boutique kasbahs, and photogenic walks through the buzzing city lanes.
Eat: It will be hard to stop eating when there are aromatic tagines served from the warm clay pots they were cooked in, fluffy mounds of couscous, and sweetened mint tea around every corner. Whatever you do, don’t miss the simple pleasure of bread dipped in buttery argan oil! Divine and a great gift for a taste of Morocco at home.
Keepsake: One of the world’s famed shopping destinations, hit the markets for silk and leather slippers, argan oils (Kahina Giving Beauty gives back to the Berber women who help make it), Fassi pottery, brass lanterns, spices, and Beni Ourain carpets.
Why go: Proclaimed by Winston Churchill to be “the loveliest spot in the whole world,” La Mamounia has been a favorite for its elegance since 1922.
Our take: “An essential pilgrimage for all design lovers.”
Destination: Jose Ignacio, Uruguay
Stay: Bahia Vik
Do: Relaxation is the main priority: the surf is steps from your room, one-of-a-kind artworks by local talent grace the walls, lunches are leisurely and late, and life on the beach is unhurried.
Eat: Dine alfresco on slow-braised lamb and seafood from the grill in superb restaurants hidden at the end of narrow, winding roads.
Keepsake: Vintage finds from Mutate; handwoven caftans from Alium; bohemian homewares from Takkai.
Why go: Cozied among the dunes of Mansa Beach, Bahia Vik is the chicest place to stay in Uruguay’s chicest beach town, Jose Ignacio. You may rub shoulders with stars; you’ll definitely be barefoot, sun kissed and well fed. Jose Ignacio is Uruguay’s answer to The Hamptons, but The Hamptons of the 1970s.
Our take: “Like staying in the modernist beach bungalow of a very wealthy, very cultured friend.”
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Destination: Tasmania, Australia
Stay: Saffire Freycinet
Do: Hike for wild views of the Hazards; take a private cruise to Schouten Island to spot marine mammals; drive along the coast to quirky and design-forward Hobart.
Eat: Pry open a prized Pacific oyster knee-deep in a private estuary and gulp it down with Tasmanian bubbly; forage for herbs in the countryside; catch your own seafood and cook it beachside.
Keepsake: A bottle of Shiraz from the Tamar Wine Region—you won’t get this back home.
Why go: Outrageous landscape, rare wildlife experiences (pandemelons, anyone?), and from-the-source delicacies are just the start.
Our take: “Australia’s final frontier.”
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