Best Hotels & Airbnbs for Your Summer Escape

Oh, the places you’ll go.

The journey may be the destination, sure, but once bags are unpacked and jet lag has worn off, there’s nothing that starts off a vacation like settling into the perfect home away from home. Whether you’re looking for something off the beaten path, central to everything, or featuring breathtaking views, these recommendations from well-traveled passerby are sure to inspire your next getaway. Let the holiday daydreaming begin.


Verana (Yelpa, Mexico)

Recommended by Molly Surno

Hand-built on a hillside surrounded by jungle, it’s hard to imagine a more picturesque location than Verana, where thoughtful design meets the untouched beauty of Yelpa. Villas and bungalows populate the property, offering a variety of interior options, each outfitted with its own patio.

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Dar Ahlam (Skoura, Morocco)

Recommended by Holly Liss

Equally as secluded, but on the other side of the world, sits the ethereal Dar Ahlam. A staff of 100 tends to every need of the guests in the 12 rooms on location. A five-hour drive from Marrakech is nothing in light of the nightly handcrafted dinners under the canopy of the wide open sky.

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Zaborin (Hokkaido, Japan)

Recommended by Holly Liss

Each of these fifteen private villas is equipped with their own natural hot spring bath at the remarkable Zaborin, located in the breathtaking Hanazono woods. Relaxation is all but guaranteed.

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Casa Del Mar (Santa Monica, California)

Recommended by Jameela Jamil

Just a quick drive from LAX, this five-star resort feels exactly how a getaway on the Pacific should. Intimate bungalows and spacious rooms offer direct access to some of the best beaches in the area. A stunning staircase greets guests, bestowing a touch of old Hollywood glamour upon arrival.

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The Harmony Hotel  (Nosara, Costa Rica)

Recommended by Georgie Greville

Founded with old school tropical getaways in mind, this hotel emphasizes “low-key glamour and total escape.” Sustainable, lush, and surrounded by nature, guests can expect to mingle not only with humans, but howler monkeys and hummingbirds.

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Grand Hyatt (Tokyo, Japan)

Recommended by Nicole Najafi

Think Lost in Translation level views meets ultimate accessibility. This hotel makes exploration as easy as getting lost in the multiple pools and bars that make up the property itself.  

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Flat Sicily Palazzo XVI Century in Palermo Airbnb (Palermo, Sicily)

Recommended by Nicole Najafi

This charming flat is located in the heart of the Unesco World Heritage path in Palermo, Sicily. High ceilings, charming details, and a fantastic price make this the perfect place to live out your Italian fantasy.

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CuisinArt (Anguilla)

Recommended by Sandi Marx

CuisinArt is the type of resort that makes vacations simple. White-sand beaches and turquoise waters don’t hurt, either. In the words of Sandi Marx, “Perfect weather, beach is gorgeous and the nicest people.” What more could you ask for?

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Scandinavian-Style Chalet with Scenic Views Airbnb (Cragsmoor, New York)

Recommended by Noemie Le Coz

Mountain views meet modern interiors at this pared-back getaway in upstate New York. The fire pit and secluded location make for a true country weekend experience. Towering cathedral ceilings and concrete floors keep things cozy.

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Masseria Moroseta (Puglia, Italy)

Recommended by Noemie Le Coz

Nestled in an olive grove exists the white stonewalled farmstay of city dwellers’s dreams. This luxurious, affordable hotel offers communal dinners, plenty of outdoor spaces, and a true feeling of immersion in the local culture. Oganic breakfasts are included in the stay.

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19th Century House Garden Studio Airbnb (San Juan, Mexico)

Recommended by Noemie Le Coz

Dripping in natural light, this studio is perfect for a solo getaway. Cloistered in a garden, adobe walls provide cool temperatures. A rooftop terrace and open staircase add to the studio’s charm.

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Vía Verde Eco Bed & Breakfast Airbnb (Punta del Diablo, Uruguay)

Recommended by Julia Corsaro

Via Verde offers a sustainable, off-the-grid stay in the center of a nature reserve. A fifteen-minute walk to the center of town and an even shorter walk to the beach, expect to get the best of all worlds. Hammocks are provided for optimal sunset viewing.

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Caldera House (Jackson Hole, Wyoming)

Recommended by Sukey Novogratz

The epitome of chic ski getaway, Caldera House offers infinity pools and a staff dedicated to ensuring your total comfort. It’s a luxury experience from start to finish and is located in the breathtaking mountains of Jackson Hole.

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The Standard (East Village, New York)

Recommended by Dianna Cohen

A tried and true tip: sometimes the best vacations are just a neighborhood away, like at The Standard. The connected restaurant, Narcissa, offers a thoughtful brunch menu and the garden makes it easy to forget the buzz of the city that surrounds it. Bonus: Try One Night Standard for last minute deals on a staycation.

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Mexico City Airbnb (Mexico City, Mexico)

Recommended by Carolina Santos Neves

Spacious and centrally located, this two bedroom apartment makes falling in love with Mexico City inevitable. Tree-lined streets, walkable cafes, and a park nearby make it easy to relax before taking on everything the city has to offer.

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Words by Erika Veurink