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Gili Lankanfushi hotel in the MaldivesWe’ve been all over the place this month, from cities to seas. Our Euro adventures began with a trio of très belles Parisians: minimalist foodie masterpiece Hôtel de Nell, knowingly cool design hub Hôtel Paradis and, just over the river, Left Bank lovely Hôtel Verneuil in Saint-Germain. Then we packed up our macaroons and jumped on the Eurostar back to London for inventive cocktails at London’s ever-intriguing Zetter Townhouse (below). After all that urban cool, we escaped to the country, hopping from the very English 16th-century White Hart in Somerset to the unmistakably Greek whitewashed houses San Giorgio on Mykonos, then on to Mallorca where the charming Boutique Hotel Calatrava is perched peacefully on the edge of Palma’s old town. Our final Old World stop was Lido Palace on the shores of Lake Garda, which has added a sleekly modern slant to the building’s blue-blooded art-deco style.

The Zetter Townhouse hotel in LondonQasr Al Sarab hotel in the UAEWay out east, in the middle of the UAE’s Liwa Desert, we came across a literal oasis of cool amid the sunbaked sands, the Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort (bottom right). We continued to the southeast until we reached the Maldives: we dipped our toes in the clear, warm waters from both the Gili Lankanfushi (above) and the Viceroy Maldives. Farther north, the serene Sri Lankan hideout of Kahanda Kanda beckoned, and eventually we made our way to Singapore for a true classic: Raffles.

A few continents away, in Mexico, we added two luxury seaside stays to our exclusive collection: the Viceroy Riviera Maya and Le Rêve Hotel & Spa. On the rather different Nantucket coast, the 76 Main hotel caught our style-hungry eyes. Eventually, we ended our journey as we’d begun it, in the heart of a magnificent metropolis: the discreetly tucked away High Line Hotel is one of New York City’s most secluded secret spots.

Next month we’ll be back with a whole host of hotels; until then, bon voyage…

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