Vault Karaköy, The House Hotel - Istanbul, Turkey

Situated in the Karaköy neighborhood of Istanbul, a former financial district which has become one of the city’s coolest cultural hubs, Vault Karaköy, The House Hotel boasts smart and luxurious designer interiors, an art club, a refined spa and a classy restaurant serving contemporary Turkish cuisine. In addition to its superior amenities and fantastic service, this stylish boutique hotel stands out for its exquisite decors which pay tribute to the building’s prestige and classic architecture. Designed by Sinan Kafadar, all rooms feature bespoke furniture and lighting, marble bathrooms, and elegant parquet floors. Among others, the hotel’s fabulous penthouse suite prides itself with a freestanding bathtub overlooking the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus Bridge.

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Mazzini 31 - Italy

Nestled in the quaint, medieval town of Monteleone d’Orvieto, Mazzini 31 is one of the stunning restoration projects of architect Patrizio Fradiani. Renovated with great care and respect for history, this 17th-century noble apartment - now converted into a luxury holiday home - boasts 3 delightfully-designed suites, a majestic terrace overlooking Chiana Valley, an exclusive wine cellar and a private spa with pool and Jacuzzi built on the site of the old stables. The décor is a symphony of eras and styles, with vintage furnishings and glorious ornate frescoes standing side by side with bespoke marble sinks and all sorts of modern and adventurous designer details. The property comes complete with a gourmet kitchen, a charming library and an artsy living room filled with precious antiques.

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Yacutinga Lodge - Argentina

Nestled in Argentina’s Misiones jungle, only 50 miles from world-renowned Iguazu Falls, the eco-friendly Yacutinga Lodge offers charming, traditional accommodation in independent lodging modules spread across 4 hectares of unspoilt nature. All accommodations are built in perfect harmony with the breathtakingly beautiful surroundings and decorated in a genuine rustic style with locally-sourced materials. The lodge has its own swimming pool, organic restaurant and private wildlife refuge.

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Top 10 Open Air Bathrooms

Our picks for the most amazing open air bathrooms ever created in hotels and resorts across the world.

  1. Rain shower and outdoor bathtub at Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa
  2. Open air bathroom with wooden viewing deck and hanging chair at River Lodge
  3. Glass sunken bathtub at Six Senses Laamu
  4. Oversized bathroom with a generous rain shower and copper tub at Bambu Indah
  5. Open air garden bathroom with private plunge pool at Dusit Thani Maldives
  6. Bathroom with outdoor bath at Palais Namaskar
  7. Complete bathroom with outdoor garden shower and private walk-in closet at Rosewood Mayakoba
  8. Garden bathroom with indoor/outdoor shower and freestanding bath at Kandolhu Island
  9. Spacious bathroom with big bath and private plunge pool at Desroches Island
  10. Open air bathroom with circular bath and sun deck at Velaa Private Island

Mitos Suites - Naxos, Greece

Consisting of a dazzling group of white Cycladic-style buildings, Mitos Suites is one of Naxos’ most attractive boutique hotels. Accommodation is offered in 8 spacious, modern and individually-themed suites, all named after characters from the Greek mythology and graciously decorated with island-inspired colors, furnishings and artwork. Among the hotel’s highlights are a large, glistening pool with bar area and its close proximity to the beach of Agios Prokopios, one of Greece’s most handsome stretches of sand.

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Riad Star - Marrakech, Morocco

The former residence of Josephine Baker, Riad Star in Marrakech Medina is an intimate boutique hotel with tastefully designed interiors, exquisite spa services and a glorious rooftop terrace overlooking the city. All 7 individually themed rooms are romantically decorated with rich furnishings and ingenious designer details. While some units feature intricate Moroccan aesthetics, others evoke the Jazz age or the glamour of Paris. A well-equipped roof terrace with fireplace along with a quintessential riad courtyard with pool and a charming “Bhou” style living room complement the hotel’s public spaces.

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Domus Civita - Italy

Staying at Domus Civita in the isolated hilltop town of Civita di Bagnoregia is like stepping back in time to a corner of Italy never touched by modernization. Majestically restored by its architect owner Patrizio Fradiani, this 14th-century palazzo boasts three delightful suites as well as a picturesque cluster of ancient caves and grottos now converted into an underground pool, a hot tub, an exclusive wine cellar and an art gallery. The interior design is an inspiring mix of terracotta floors, wood beams, sleek fabrics and colorful, modern touches. The property’s magical gardens offer plenty of relaxation areas from where you can admire the splendid valley below.

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