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Dream on, dreamer: magical realism in Mexico City and more

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La Valise Mexico City


If youve ever woken up to find your bed inexplicably outside, youve either starred in your own Hollywood dream sequenceor stayed at La Valise Mexico City.

This four-suite boutique hotel in the citys hip Roma district has all the ingredients for a reverie-inducing stay: geometric mosaics, Mexican-pink hallways, a revolving moon-shaped door and a bed that slides onto the balcony (perfect for your own spot of wide-eyedstargazing).

Alsoinour dreams this month:a soul-nourishing stay in Phnom Penh, Como's take on the surf hotel, a secret,talk-of-the-town stay in Upstate New York, and plenty more

Happy travels,

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Can you keep a secret?

The Dutchess, a hush-hush hotel in Upstate New York

You have us intrigued, the Dutchess. Welcome to a secret hotel in the Hudson Valley which well, that's pretty much all we know, other than a few leaked tidbits: fireside cocktails; menus crafted by high-profile visiting chefs; the fact it's exclusive to Smith. Oh, we know that each retreat on the estate is entirely individual, too, so no two stays are ever the same. Beyond that, you're on you're own

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Gray matter

On our mind: Connecticut's glorious GrayBarns

Warning: a stay at former speakeasy GrayBarns inn may cause lapses into flapper speak. Dont fret, though, daddies and dames, this elegantly restored, New-England-on-the-outside, Nordic-on-the-inside stay has a fully-loaded cocktail list and brunch menu of carrot-cake waffles and the like (for when Corpse Revivers have stopped working their magic).

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Cool for school

A* for Rome's Hotel Viln

History classes mightve been tolerable if boarding school was more like this Romes Hotel Viln, a revamped former collegio a hopscotch from the Spanish Steps, is a study in chic design: rooms overhang the secret gardens of neighbouring Palazzo Borghese, set designer Paolo Bonfinis Art Deco stylings are a delight, and (hands up, film grads) staff uniforms are inspired by Wes Andersons Grand Budapest Hotel.

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Some like it yacht

Take to the seas on Indonesia's Sequoia Yacht

Built entirely of teak and ironwood, Sequoia Yacht unites traditional Indonesian design with a luxurious, safari-like sailing experience. Only available for exclusive charters, this two-suite vessel plies three different routes within the Coral Triangle, a region of Indonesia dotted with thousands of unspoiled islands. Each day, youll have the chance to dive among the coral, paddleboard on the inlets, meet local tribes and more.

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Monkey gone to heaven

Find paradise at Sea Monkey in the Seychelles

It's not a case of monkey see, monkey do at this blissful beachside spot in the Seychelles. Everything at local-style villa Sea Monkey is carefully thought-through, from the chic wooden floors and beamed ceilings to the inspired position of the infinity pool and the views through a wall of glass out over the Indian Ocean. The only exertion you'll be doing is finding the beach, just a short swim away.

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Gulf swing

We're dancing to the beat of Abu Dhabi's Zaya Nurai Island

Combining laid-back, beachy vibes with unrestrained Emirati glamour, Zaya Nurai Island features a string of supersized villas just 10 minutes by boat from Abu Dhabi's city coastline. This is a hotel whose beach clubs are frequented by VIPs and restaurants deliver global flavours to the worlds glitziest gulf. Families will feel at home and kids wont believe their eyes, either: say wowsers to zip lines, treehouses, outdoor cinemas

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There's no mountain like Snow Mountain

Discover Lijiang's peaks at Tsingpu Baisha Retreat

Tsingpu Baisha Retreat does a clever conjuring trick: the hotel feels both tucked away from everything and immersed in the culture of the local Naxi people. Each room has original elements inspired by local traditions, and many have breath-snatching views of Snow Mountain. Stay active at art workshops, salon-style discussions, or in the traditional Chinese tea room.

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Como goes surfing

Pair surf with chic at Como Uma Canggu in Bali

Trust Como to put a cosmopolitan spin on surfing: Como Uma Canggu channels Balis famous surf culture, but adds a generous dose of luxe. Theres a chilled-to-horizontal Beach Club (cue seafood feasts and fruit-packed cocktails), an utterly lovely lagoon pool and an array of spacious, soothing sleeping quarters that are equally suited to privacy-seeking couples and fun-loving families.

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Yellow, black and gold

Bask in Anouska Hempel's colonial splendour at Singapore's Six Senses Duxton

Designed by the legendary Anouska Hempel, Six Senses Duxton was once a series of colonial trading houses. Her award-winning renovation has repurposed the history and culture of the buildings' former life, painted in (Hempel's hallmark) yellow, black and gold. Rooms nod at moody opium dens or lustrous South Sea pearls, and the restaurant and bar follow suit. The signature cocktail is an atmospheric affair: Tanqueray gin and chrysanthemum cordial topped with a delicate yellow flower.

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Move your Bodhi

Search for enlightenment at Cambodia's the Bale Phnom Penh

Designed to be zen-inducing at every turn, the Bale Phnom Penh is reached by a path suspended over a dark-tiled pool, which passes stone buddhas and greenery-draped walls before arriving at a courtyard planted with a Bodhi tree, a symbol of enlightenment. Spend your days luxuriating in the spa, trying your hand at Khmer cooking or lounging by the pool, watching boats slip by on the Mekong.

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