Spring Globetrotting: Five Hotel Destinations

Warm up to the season with five inspired hotels that have so much to offer, you won’t mind staying on site. To help you pack, we paired each destination with fresh looks from our latest spring collections. Here’s to globetrotting in style – from California to Europe and back again.

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

Where to Stay
Hotel Casa San Agustin: Authentic accents such as centuries-old woodwork, colorful tiling, and intricate ironwork make Casa San Agustin feel more like a private estate than a hotel. Many of its 30 guest rooms and suites can be reconfigured to accommodate larger groups and families.

Photo Credit: Hotel Casa San Agustin

Don’t Miss
The 11-kilometer wall around the city’s colonial Old Town, which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Nearby, be sure to check out San Pedro’s Andalusian-style palaces and Getsemaní’s vibrant collection of art galleries, restaurants, and cafes.

What to Pack

  1. Diane von Furstenberg Reagan Sleeveless Top, $135
  2. Nocturne EXCLUSIVE Sandi Bib Necklace, $198
  3. Kotur Levin Hard Case Rectangle Clutch, $650
  4. Lover Lace Crossover Hi/Lo Pencil Skirt, $645
  5. Pura Lopez Gold Studded High Heel Sandal, $445

Symi, Greece

Where to Stay
The Old Markets: Once the center of town activity, Symi’s Old Markets district – a collection of ancient, harbor-side shops – has been recently revived as a boutique hotel with one large suite for guest rooms, each of which is themed after one of the island’s major trading routes.

Photo credit: Flickr

Don’t Miss
Made-to-order champagne breakfast served until 1 p.m. daily and exquisite, locavore suppers on the terrace (the co-owners are both pro chefs). By day, head for Chorio, a hilltop village with stunning views of the Turkish peninsula, Yialos harbor, and Pedi Bay.

What to Pack

  1. Annabel Ingall Tote, $450
  2. Camilla EXCLUSIVE Jade Print Drawstring Dress, $598
  3. Jennifer Zeuner Horizontal Eye Necklace, $235
  4. Giuseppe Zanotti Thong Sandals, $595

Miami South Beach, Florida

Where to Stay
The James Royal Palm: “An Ocean Apart,” the on-site art collection curated by Lauren Rottet of Rottet Studio, which spans the entire hotel, from “day paintings” in guest rooms to an interactive art game in The James Club bar.

Photo credit: The James Royal Palm

Don’t Miss
The on-site spa, Renew, which offers therapeutic salt-infused soaks, ocean view massages, quickie “Limited Edition” services, couple’s treatments, yoga classes, and vitamin therapies designed by Dr. Oz.

What to Pack

  1. Parker Silk Jumpsuit, $298
  2. Ben Amun Goddess Warrior Choker Necklace, $320
  3. Hunting Season EXCLUSIVE Large Foldover Clutch, $895
  4. Smythe EXCLUSIVE Satin Lapel Linen Blazer, $628
  5. Giuseppe Zanotti Ankle Wrap Metal Heel Sandal, $650

Istanbul, Turkey

Where to Stay
The House Hotel Bosphorus: The House Hotel – which sits on the site of a 19th century mansion and an adjacent landmark building — offers prime views of the Bosphorus Bridge and Ortaköy Mosque, enlightened spaces by award-winning Turkish design team Autoban, and is located in the center of one of Istanbul’s most bustling nightlife districts.

Photo Credit: The House Hotel Bosphorus

Don’t Miss
Customized excursions with Erk and Ümit, the resident (and rather dapper) tour guides.

What to Pack

  1. Jean-Michel Cazabat EXCLUSIVE Metal Toe Stiletto Pump, $275
  2. Rag & Bone/jean EXCLUSIVE Leather Sleeve Sliver Blazer, $658
  3. Rag & Bone/Jean Midrise Hyde Leather Panel Skinny, $595
  4. Mulberry Medium Lily Black Grainy Print, $1,200
  5. Torn by Ronny Kobo Exclusive Floral Jacquard Peplum Top, $288

Palm Springs, California

Where to Stay
The Saguaro: The vintage exterior calls to mind roadside motels of yore, but the bright interior design (inspired by the Colorado Desert) and top-notch amenities (on-site spa, daily yoga, a restaurant helmed by a James Beard Award winner) make it decidedly au courant.

Don’t Miss
The Coachella festival, running April 12-14 and 19-21, is just 25 miles away. A 2013 lineup that includes artists such as Beach House, The XX, and Janelle Monae makes it worth the drive.
What to Pack

  1. Hat Attack Beaded Raffia Fedora, $128
  2. Melissa Odabash Crochet Fringe Poncho Top, $195
  3. Tori Praver Exclusive Smocked Triangle Bikini, $650
  4. Yigal Azrouël Surf Print Scarf, $385
  5. J Brand Frayed Cut Offs, $158
  6. Rag & Bone/jean Kinsey Brown Waxed Suede Ankle Boot, $595
  7. Bujibaja Leather Handle Colorblock Straw Tote, $115

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