A City of Understated Elegance & Charm

Go World Travel is reader-supported and may earn a commission from purchases made through links in this piece. As the world opens to travel again, we all look forward to packing our suitcases and taking to the skies in our quest to discover a new locale. At such moments we could avoid high octane destinations and look for places that do not always make it to a tourist’s itinerary. Getting to Bratislava, Slovakia Bratislava, Slovakia fits that bill as I discovered during a European trip with my family a couple of years ago. The toned-down city of Bratislava is a 90-minute train ride from Vienna. Day tours with buses are also available. We took a train from the Wien Hauptbahnhof

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Check in at the highly anticipated W Philadelphia

W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International, today announces the opening of W Philadelphia. Located in the heart of downtown, the 51-story skyscraper is a celebration of the city’s street art, musical legacy and historic embrace of originality – as seen through the provocative lens of the W brand. Embracing the same drive, grit and irreverence that sparked our nation’s revolution, W Philadelphia liberates the city’s traditional rules of luxury through its design as well as a lineup of local creative partners who authenticate and elevate every stay. “Philadelphia is the quintessential city for a W hotel – rebellious, unexpected and original,” said Tom Jarrold, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide. “Its diverse neighborhoods and rich history attract travelers from

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World’s Best Awards 2021: The Top 100 Hotels

Travel+Leisure reveals this year’s award winners YOU, OUR DISCERNING READERS, will often plan your next adventure before the one you’re on has even ended. Your love of exploring the world has helped sustain the travel industry during these tumultuous times, and as the world began to reopen, you were among the first to get back out there. Your insights on those trips—and on your pre-pandemic journeys, too—informed these World’s Best Awards, the 2021 rankings of hotels, islands, tour operators and more. Below you’ll find the 100 best hotels and resorts in world this year as selected by T+L readers. Forced to think on their feet, the properties that made the cut in 2021 all found innovative ways to deliver exceptional

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5 Sensational Villas in India to Enjoy this Monsoon

Finally, the monsoon is here! The most romantic season that everyone eagerly waits for the whole year. It’s the time of year when nature is at its best. Cool breeze flows by; rain droplets nourish the plants, settles down the dust. Undeniably, it is the best time to explore the beauty of nature. Dark clouds all over the sky, sitting by the balcony, sipping a hot cup of tea, spending time with your loved ones, while music plays in the background jamming with the sound of the pitter-patter of the rain. Sounds refreshing right? So why not plan a staycation to enjoy this beautiful season to its fullest? Can’t decide where to go? No worries, we have handpicked the five

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Happy at Pharrell Williams’ New Hotel

Pharrell Williams and David Grutman on the pool deck of their Goodtime Hotel, in Miami Beach. PHOTO BY LICE GAO/COURTESY OF THE GOODTIME HOTEL IF THIS PLACE had a soundtrack, what would it be? The question played out in my mind as I strolled into the lobby of the long-awaited Goodtime Hotel. After all, a partnership between music-world superstar Pharrell Williams and nightclub impresario David Grutman should have a suitably hip playlist, right? I had entered the hotel on Washington Avenue, a stretch of Miami Beach that was fashionable in the 1990s. Though the neighborhood has since become decidedly gritty, it seems a renaissance may be afoot. In February, Moxy Miami South Beach debuted three blocks north. It’s the first resort-style

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4 Stunning New Beach Resorts to Visit in Thailand

Private Pool Suite Living Area, Avani+ Koh Lanta Resort THAILAND IS BLESSED WITH so many white-sand beaches, it’s easy to lose count. Now that the Thai government is planning to carefully reopen the country’s tourism, there’s never been a better time to start planning that dream vacation. Avani Hotels & Resorts has been busy preparing to open not one, but four stylish new properties all over the Kingdom of Smiles. We’re incredibly excited to visit these soon-to-be havens of beachside bliss. Newly opened on Thailand’s largest island, Avani’s first location in Phuket will be located just steps from the famous Mai Khao Beach, Phang Nga Bay and the Turtle Village Shopping Complex. Picture 100 spacious suites and secluded private pool

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Hotels and Styles that Defined Each Decade

WHAT A LONG, stylish trip it’s been. The first issue of Travel+Leisure was published in 1971 and since then the magazine has been committed to showcasing not just the most upscale hotels and resorts around the world, but also the most au courant. When going through our archives, we were reminded of how certain properties truly set the standard for an era. And while the mood of Thailand in the 1990s or Tokyo in the 2000s might be a distant memory, this summer’s styles can transport us there. The 1970s: La Mamounia From the late 60s through the next decade of the counterculture, Marrakesh’s La Mamounia (doubles from US$536) drew a bohemian crowd—David Hockney, Anita Pallenberg, Paul McCartney—who wore the heady

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