An in-house stand up paddleboard guru, bathtubs for dolphin-watching, croissants served on rooftops and a famous après party sandwich. These 5 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Hotels and Stash partners are distinctive, luxurious, and breathtakingly beautiful. But we love them for their striking personalities. We’re confident you will, too.
LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort in Naples FL has a sugar sand beach and a thousand ways to enjoy it (our favorite: beach chair, beach umbrella, beach book, beach cocktail). Inside, netted four posters and wicker furniture evoke the quiet elegance of Old Florida. If you book an ocean-facing room, floor-to-ceiling windows in the bathroom afford views of passing dolphins from the soaking tub.
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There’s much to love about The Tides Beach Club. A dedicated pastry chef, Goose Rocks beach out front, cocktails on the veranda, occasional sightings of former Presidents with their trouser legs rolled up. We especially love them for helping us ride the rising tide of SUP popularity with an in-house stand up paddleboard instructor—take an intro lesson or two he’ll take you for a ride to the islands.
Between the English Renaissance architecture, the Kentucky Derby cocktails, and the surrounding theatre district, there’s a lot about Louisville’s The Brown Hotel that stands out. But we’d like to draw your attention to a sandwich: the hotel’s kitchen was the cradle of the Hot Brown, upscale hangover remedy and media darling, invented to get Roaring 20’s dance guests through the night.
At Charleston SC’s HarbourView Inn, bedrooms are infused with East Indies décor and British Antiques are scattered throughout. Come breakfast time, take in a view of where the many cultural influences on this lively city came to town: fresh croissants are served on the rooftop overlooking Charleston Harbor.
This Charleston SC inn has just 50 rooms, and seems to win about that many awards every year. A short list of French Quarter Inn‘s delights: 12-foot ceilings, the French-urban vibe, fireplace rooms, milk and cookies at night. The spell is cast the moment you check in—maybe it has something to do with the free champagne and ladyfingers they greet you with at the door.