Where to stay when traveling is as important to me as the destination itself. I want a “home away from home.” A place to nest, put my feet up at the end of a day and savor my discoveries. I also want family friendly lodging where my kids can kick back and relax as well and not be on top of me.
The one element all of my best places to stay have is a sense of place. Perhaps its the view, the animals in the barn next to me, the history or the architecture, but I want something about my surroundings to connect me and make me feel like a local, at least for a few days.
Here are some of my favorite hotels, apartments, villas, tents, bed and breakfasts, riads, cottages, caves and cabins.
Cottage, Country House, Finca in Spain
El Sequer in Benimeli, Spain is a Mediterranean farmhouse called a “riu-rau” that was formerly used for drying grapes to produce raisins. It is in the tiny village of Benimeli, with views of the church and Rectoria Valley spread out before you. One of my favorite experiences was the church bells ringing the hour.
Villa in Greece
Cape Pounta Villas on Skiathos, Greece. The villas are fabulous, but the views over the pool down to the town of Skiathos are what make this place! Be sure to book a day of boating with the owner Diamantis. Nothing like a local to show you the island.
Apartment in Salamanca, Spain
Casa de la Luz in Salamanca, Spain is a wonderful, spacious three bedroom apartment not far from the Plaza Mayor. The best things about this apartment were its central location, amazing views over the rooftops to the cathedral, especially at night, and the homemade Spanish tortilla with which the owner’s mother welcomed us.
Cabin in Colorado
The Pioneer Guest Cabins in Crested Butte, Colorado are the perfect place for glamping, glamorous camping in the mountains of Colorado. Near the quaint and historic town of Crested Butte, mountain biking trails, skiing, and river rafting. Eight cabins make it a perfect place for groups and families.
Cave Hotel in Turkey
The Gamirasu Cave Hotel in central Turkey was a fascinating and comfortable place from which to explore the surrounding Cappadocia countryside. The best part was the concert one night up in the caves by the Whirling Dervishes.
Country Inn, Bed and Breakfast in Spain
Hotel in Italy
Best Western Hotel Marmorata of Ravello, Italy on the Amalfi Coast. Yes, this is a Best Western! The hotel is perched on the side of a cliff giving the feel of being on a ship. The stunning Mediterranean coast is out every window.
Riad in Morocco
Maison Do in Marrakesh, Morocco is a restored riad in the heart of the medina. The architecture was magnificent, as was the hospitality and meals. Don’t miss the rooftop terrace.
Bedouin Tents in the Sahara Desert
I put a lot of research and consideration into finding kid-friendly hotels and great places to stay for my family. Two great resources I use for finding unique places to stay are GoNomad and Darn Good Digs. Darn Good Digs especially is great for finding unique and affordable lodging around the world.
Share you favorites! Where in the world do you like to put your feet up?