by Lyndsey Steven
  • 2 minute read
  • July 07, 2019
5 Instagram-Worthy Travel Destinations

Greek Glory

Inspired by the island’s colors, shapes and textures, celebrated New York designer David Rockwell—the man behind the W Hotel concept—has redesigned Mykonos’ Belvedere Hotel. This boutique property houses 35 rooms, nine suites and The Belvedere Mansion, which, of course, is where you’ll be staying. A beautifully renovated 1850s’ home, the mansion is steeped in history. Separate from the rest of the hotel, it features two sunset terraces. Princess Soraya used to attend soirées here, so look out for her signature in the guest book.
Dress code: This is one of British designer Matthew Williamson’s favorite haunts, so wear one of his belted silk kaftans in case you bump into him.

Maldivian Magic

If you’re really looking to push the boat out, Velaa Private Island in Maldives is a boutique hideaway that takes exclusivity up a notch. There are 47 villas, houses and residences for couples in search of a starry-eyed escapade, and the Romantic Pool Residence is so quixotic, it can only be reached by boat. Meanwhile, families and friends can take advantage of the four Velaa Private Residences. Set on their own strip of beach, each four-bedroom residence can host 10 and features everything you can possibly think of, including a gym and a spa room.
Dress code: Impress in a Pucci cover-up or a belted dress by Layeur and your best Salvatore Ferragamo heels.

Turkish Delight

Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum, recently reopened for the summer and we couldn’t be more delighted. Nestled into a landscaped hillside, surrounded by ancient olive groves and fragrant pine trees, this resort on the picturesque Turkish Riviera presents two new villas, the six-bedroom Arya and seven-bedroom Alisya. Ideal for the UAE’s beau monde with entourage in tow, both new offerings boast a glistening pool and private beach access — perfect for travelers who prefer to stay incognito.
Dress code: Vilebrequin shorts and button-down shirts for the gents, and Gucci kaftan dresses for the ladies.

Sri Lankan Sensation

If there was ever a villa that should’ve appeared in an episode of the British television series Grand Designs, it’s The Nine in Mirissa. Given the nine-story property’s scale and grandeur, it’s no surprise its architect Tim Dean hails from Dubai. It’s perfect for celebrations while being family-friendly—seven en-suite bedrooms, two living rooms, and an outdoor deck guarantee plenty of space. You also get your own chef, a private swimming pool and easy access to three beaches, making The Nine the ideal
escape this summer.
Dress code: A breathable, pretty-in-pink JW Anderson pants suit.

Thai Treasure

A stone’s throw from an untouched, secluded bay, Avani+ Samui Resort in Koh Samui’s sleepy south is ideal for families and friends looking for a serene holiday. From island-hopping, kayaking through mangroves and hiking up to waterfalls, to private cooking lessons, this seaside hideaway has it all. Having reopened at the end of last year after an extensive revamp, this Instagrammable space strikes a balance between functional and fabulous.
Dress code: A Missoni dress and matching turban, or a jumpsuit in palm prints to match the lobby walls.

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