15 hotels to stay in before you die
This hotel's wow factor has to be its infinity pool that seems to merge with green rice terraces and the luxuriant foothills of central Bali. Take a dip in this pool and you'll feel like you're swimming with the native Balinese birds and macaques. (alilahotels.com)
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Its rooftop pool has some of the best views in town and goes some way to offsetting the traffic noise and hustle of thePaseo del Prado. It features on the Guardian's list of top 10 hotels in Havana and is considered one of the better bolt-holes in town. But avoid the food if you can.
Cost: Deluxe patio rooms start from US$238.
Houshi Ryokan, Japan
For an authentic, and Zen-like, Japanese night, try a ryokan. These inns offer simple tatami-matted rooms with futons, traditional Japanese food and communal hot water spas.
The Houshi Ryokan in Hokuriku, Ishikawa, north-west of Tokyo, is one of the oldest ryokans in Japan. It's been managed by the same family for 46 generations and has been in business for more than 1,300 years.
Its elegant sukiya-style rooms are designed according to Japanese architectural ideals and the ryokan's legendary hot spring, or onsen, is reputed to have curative properties. Local dishes are served for breakfast and dinner.
Cost: Guest rooms start from US$91 per night.
AkkÃy Evleri Cave Hotel, Turkey
Get in touch with your inner caveman with an overnight stay in this rock-cut hotel in Cappadocia. Built near the historical village of AkkÃy near ÃrgÃp, the family-run AkkÃy Evleri hosts five boutique rooms built inside former cave houses.
There are plenty of other good cave hotels in the region, but the friendly management, good food and views make this place special. Use it as a base to explore the surrounding area -- including the underground cities at Kaymakli andDerinkuyu, the nightlife and architecture of ÃrgÃp or the nearby Byzantine caves.
Cost: Prices range from US$106-284 for a room.
+90 384 352 4704
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania
If it's a view of Tanzania's northern savanna from the rim of a volcanic caldera that you're after, this is the hotel for you.
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to 40,000 Maasai semi-nomadicpastoralists as well as a high density of wild animals -- time it right and you might glimpse migrating wildebeest, zebra or gazelles.
The hotel's suites are inspired by Maasai manyattai, but have a cosy colonial feel. Game drives are the main activity, so there is plenty of time for admiring the spectacular views over the ancient caldera.
Cost: US$720 per person per night.
+44 (0) 20 7471 8780 (England) or +1 866 356 469 (United States)
La RÃsidence Phou Vao, Laos