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The 10 Coolest Summer Getaways for Design-Loving Travelers

By: Sarah Beaumont

May 23, 2017

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Tulum and Turks & Caicos are like so last year, right? We kid. We’d head to either of those any day. But there’s a whole new crop of destinations that have us seriously ready to travel this summer. These chic escapes offer good eats, swoon-worthy stays, and Instagrammable views for days. Dig out your passport and sun hat, because it’s time to start planning your next vacay.


Iceland has always been a hot spot for the adventure set. But thanks to recent endeavors by a few Icelandic airlines, the Nordic island is growing trendier by the minute, especially its capital city of Reykjavik. Take a dip in the infamous Blue Lagoon, sip delicious coffee at adorable cafés, and sleep at hotels where Scandinavian minimalism is a mainstay.

Stay: Two spots with serious style are Hotel Borg and 101 Hotel, both hip and in the center of the city.


Bali may be a classic vacation destination, but it delivers every tropical island expectation you could have, plus more. With its supremely spiritual culture, it offers everything from beautiful beaches to historic temples to yoga retreats. If Bali is anything, it’s a place to find your center.

Stay: If understated luxury and quality craftsmanship are your things, stay at Katamama, Bali’s new boutique hotel completely constructed by local artisans. Filled with handmade details, its design brings Indonesia’s ancient traditions into a modern context.

The 10 Coolest Summer Getaways for Design-Loving Travelers

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The Swiss Alps are known as a winter ski destination, but in the summertime, those mountains go from white and snowy to lush and green. If you’re an outdoorsy soul who likes roughing it with a little touch of glamour, Whitepod is the place. Made up of geodesic glamping domes, this retreat offers breathtaking views, hiking, biking, paragliding, and more.


Once a sleepy fishing town, the tropical beach of Sayulita on Mexico’s Pacific coast has been dubbed the “new” Tulum. But this place is different. It’s a surfer’s paradise that draws a boho crowd of dreamers with its funky beach scene. Sleepier, less expensive, and more private than Tulum, you can live in total bliss while vacationing here.

Stay: Tuck yourself away in the tangerine-hued vacation villa of Casa Dos Chicos for a paradisiacal experience.


Staying in the U.S. this summer? Take a one-of-a-kind trip to the old mining town turned rustic retreat of Dunton Hot Springs. You’ll be surrounded by nature, so if hiking, horseback riding, and exploring the terrain are on your summer bucket list, you’ve got it all. Want a little more R&R? Head to a nearby vineyard or relax in a luxury glamping tent or a uniquely designed cabin.


Save yourself from the heat and crowds of Paris or the tourist-filled beaches of Nice. France is home to endless pretty little villages just waiting to be discovered. Situated in Provence, Gordes is a beautiful resort town filled with charming boutiques, markets, and art galleries.

Stay: There’s not a bad place to stay in Gordes. Each building is crafted with that French countryside aesthetic of honey-colored stones and rustic elegance. But if you want to feel like you live in a French chateau, La Bastide de Marie is your place.


It’s only been a couple years since the paths between America and Cuba were reopened, which means we’ve got some catching up to do in the hot city of Havana. Though the country is hitting a new age, it’s easy to get a taste of the old Cuba through its historic architecture and colorful culture.

Stay: If you want a quiet escape from the city center that’s still close enough to where it’s all happening, stay at La Rosa de Ortega B&B. Or try the famous Neoclassical-style Hotel Saratoga right in the middle of town.


If the closest you’ve gotten to the Sonoma Coast is through Ansel Adams’ photographs, then it’s probably time to take a trip to this part of California’s beautiful coastline. The idyllic drive along Highway 1 is breathtaking in itself, but this wine region, filled with picturesque vineyards, tasty food and drinks, and vast outdoor adventure, is more than just beautiful. It’s a vacation experience you’ll remember forever.

Stay: Perched on a dramatic bluff above the Pacific is Timber Cove Resort. Marrying nature and casual, California sophistication, it captures the beauty of the surrounding landscape through panoramic views and rustic modern architecture.


You don’t need to fly all the way to France to get a taste of its culture. Just cross the border from New York State into the French Canadian city of Montréal. With a booming arts scene, it’s a place any design-lover should visit at some point. But what really makes this Francophone city stand apart is its food (Anthony Bourdain is a big fan).

Stay & Eat: The city isn’t known for its boutique hotels, but the new Hotel William Gray is changing that. Stay here for old world charm and modern Danish design. When it comes to food, you won’t be hard-pressed for great options anywhere you go. But we recommend trying Arthur’s Nosh Bar and Le Vin Papillon.


If your ideal summer vacation combines rugged terrain with luxury living, then head to Costa Smeralda and travel like a celebrity. It’s true — the rich and famous do flock here for privacy and that’s because it’s truly a romantic escape from reality.

Stay: Designed by French architect Jacques Couelle, the faux Sardinian-style Hotel Cala Di Volpe is complete with a giant seawater pool, impeccable views, and a private beach.

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