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One Island, Two Suites, One Amazing New England Lighthouse Inn

July 11, 2014 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Home, sweet, holy crap we're in the middle of the ocean this is freaking awesome.

Does your idea of the perfect getaway involve the lapping ocean, the fresh sea air, and as few meddlesome other human beings as possible? We’ve found your dream vacation spot.

Suite. Sweeeeet.

Behold the just-opened Inn at Cuckolds Lighthouse, a two-room respite located on a craggy island off the coast of Maine. Yes, you heard right: the inn, part of a century-old lighthouse in the middle of Boothbay Harbor, only holds two accommodations — an East Suite and a West Suite.

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Tough Choice: Office Desk or a Hammock on a Remote Colombian Island?

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  Site Where: South West Bay, Providencia Island, Colombia, 57000
September 16, 2009 at 2:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Cubicle Dreamin' is a feature in which we ask the hotel mavens to take some time out of their busy work day, surf the Internet, and tell us what hotel they wish they could beam themselves to right that very second--all on the slave driving companies dime, of course. Oh, like these people aren't surfing aimlessly anyway--at least now their purposeless clicking will be cobbled together into useful hotel stories--we hope. Have a destination hotel you are just dying to leave your cube for? Send the story our way.

In this episode, Hotel Maven Amanda K skips off to Providencia Island...in her mind. Enjoy.

After reading the UK Guardian's weekend piece on Providencia Island in Colombia – they raved – that's the new destination on my wishlist. They describe it as a tiny hidden island which is not quite Spanish at all – in fact, they say you get a "do-it-yourself Caribbean experience" on Providencia. Which sounds just like the relaxing, laidback kind of vacation I could do with.

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Dining With Horses: The Nature Lodge Lives Up to the Nature Part of Its Name

September 15, 2009 at 5:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last year, Claire Duffet gave us the low-down on the Siem Reap Hotel Scene. But this year, she's taking us off the beaten path to some of Cambodia's Remote Hotels. Any questions or suggestions? Let us know.

Mondulkiri is one of our favorite places in Cambodia. Just south of Ratanakiri in eastern Cambodia, the two provinces make up the country's remotest and most rural region, where ethnic minorities and waterfalls abound. Mondulkiri's capital, Sen Monorom, is set atop a plateau, making it the coolest and most comfortable place in the hot, sticky Southeast Asian nation.

Instead of wet jungle, you get rolling hills, sparse trees, and instead of hardened city residents, you get lovely locals who will welcome you into their homes or offer you a ride on the village elephant.

About five minutes away from the main town, which is a challenging, uphill, 12-hour drive from Phnom Penh, is an oasis-within-an-oasis, Nature Lodge.

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Knai Bang Chatt brings WASPy to SE Asia

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  Site Where: Kep Beach, Kep, Kampot, Cambodia
September 11, 2009 at 8:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last year, Claire Duffet gave us the low-down on the Siem Reap Hotel Scene. But this year, she's taking us off the beaten path to some of Cambodia's Remote Hotels. Any questions or suggestions? Let us know.

While visiting Kep’s many hotels, it’s quickly apparent that the seaside town--as opposed to sprawling, seedy Sihanoukville--wants to be upscale and subdued. Refreshingly for Cambodia, development here for the most part, seems slow, careful, and planned. One hotel owner told us he was banned from building on the road where King-Father Sihanouk’s old mansions are located. We were happy to hear it.

Listed among Conde Nast Traveler's Hot List 2007, and with rates that start at US$110 a night, Knai Bang Chatt isn't trying to be anything but the very best. The setting is sublime -- three main buildings sit upon a landscaped lawn estate with a sizeable horizon pool accompanied by a wooden lovely, open-air restaurant along the waterfront that serves up fine, very healthy, food.

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Stay in High-End Bungalows in Pol Pot's Hometown

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  Site Where: Democrat Street, Kampong Thom, Kampong Thom, Cambodia
September 10, 2009 at 11:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last year, Claire Duffet gave us the low-down on the Siem Reap Hotel Scene. But this year, she's taking us off the beaten path to some of Cambodia's Remote Hotels. Any questions or suggestions? Let us know.

Kampong Thom is usually the town travelers pass through en route from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Set on the Stung Sen river, this backwater town is also the jumping off point for visiting Sambor Preykuk, ruins from the Chenla period predating the famed Angkorian temples to the north, as well as Phnom Santuk, a rundown hilltop temple similar but inferior to Udong in Kandal Province.

It’s also the area from which Cambodia’s most notorious despot, Khmer Rouge "Brother Number One" Pol Pot, hailed. About a half million people reside in the province, Cambodia’s centermost, and its terrain is how one envisions the country’s landscape, with flat, green rice fields being plowed by villagers on water buffalo extending as far as the eye can see.

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Ratannakiri's Terres Rouge Offers More Than Red Dirt

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  Site Where: Boeung Kansaign, Banlung, Ratannakiri, Cambodia
September 9, 2009 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last year, Claire Duffet gave us the low-down on the Siem Reap Hotel Scene. But this year, she's taking us off the beaten path to some of Cambodia's Remote Hotels. Any questions or suggestions? Let us know.

Banlung is Cambodia's most far-flung provincial capital and retains the Wild West atmosphere of a rough, rural town that once gripped the entire country. It's at least 12 hours' drive (or a precarious propeller-plane flight) from Phnom Penh, over roads that are mud pits during rainy season and dust clouds during dry season.

For those who make it to the country's northeasternmost region, tucked in the jungly "dragon's tail" between Laos and Vietnam are rewarded when they arrive at Terres Rouge, a lakeside resort set on expansive, green grounds with a pool, spa, and a restaurant with fantastic French cuisine.

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A Beautiful Hotel, Minus the Unexploded Bombs and Human Remains

September 8, 2009 at 9:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last year, Claire Duffet gave us the low-down on the Siem Reap Hotel Scene. But this year, she's taking us off the beaten path to some of Cambodia's Remote Hotels. Any questions or suggestions? Let us know.

If Cambodia isn’t remote enough for you, there are regions within this Vietnam-Thailand sandwich that are even more difficult to access, with hours-long rides on bumpy, red dirt roads from the nearest airport cities of either Siem Reap or Phnom Penh.

However, some of the lodgings hidden deep inside Cambodia’s jungles, in its remote towns, or atop its forested hills, offer historic charm, quiet beauty, and luxurious rewards for those willing to brave the dust, heat, and blasting karaoke music on some of the world’s most uncomfortable bus rides.

This week, we’ll bring you five of the countries most remarkable—and inaccessible—luxury hotels.

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