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Fazenda Nova hotel in PortugalThis month, we explored the edenic eastern Algarve from our temporary home at quirky country house Fazenda Nova; after that, we lounged by the pool at Corsican beauty La Signoria. Once we managed to tear ourselves away from the sun, we were northward bound, off to hang out with a host of cool locals at Stockholm style hub Story Hotel Riddargatan and Berlin’s whimsical, zoo-view, former Danish embassy Das Stue (it’s Danish for ‘the living room’).

Das Stue hotel in BerlinSangoma Retreat hotel in AustraliaIn the UK, two very different Londoners caught our ever-roving eye: Anouska Hempel-designed slick stay La Suite West in Bayswater and tiny-but-mighty gorgeous gastropub with rooms, The Grazing Goat in Portland Village.

Meanwhile, back in the US, we decided it was time we got nautical in Nantucket. We found the perfect spots: preppy Harbour House and charming Chapman House. Down Mexico way, in Unesco-protected, heritage-packed San Miguel de Allende, we met the modern-art filled Hotel Matilda and intimate guesthouse L’Otel.

Next, we crossed the Pacific to find futuristic city slicker Ovolo 2 Arbuthnot Road in Hong Kong. Our last stop on this month’s global trip was Australia, where we embarked on an eco retreat at luxurious Paperbark Camp, then retreated to African-inspired sanctuary Sangoma Retreat.

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