The Best Far-Flung Hotels Worth The Trip

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These Gold List hotels may require a longer drive or a connecting flight (or two), but that “are we there yet” feeling will be replaced with “I’m never leaving” as soon as you walk through the door.

1. Amangiri, Canyon Point, Utah

“Paradise on Mars. And I dream of the perfectly chilled sage lemonade they put in your hiking backpack.” –Andrea Whittle

2. Babylonstoren, South Africa

“Just 45 minutes outside Cape Town, this 17th-century Cape Dutch farm and wine estate has a fabulous bamboo-clad spa and hammam, an on-site bakery, and two great restaurants sourcing almost everything from the surrounding fields and orchards.” –Peter Jon Lindberg

3. Dromoland Castle Hotel & Country Estate, County Clare, Ireland

“It’s a comfortable castle—if you can imagine such a thing. It’s really more of an estate, set on one of the best golf courses in Burren, which is not at all super lush but raw and beautiful in its own way.” –Maeve Nicholson

4. Explora Rapa Nui, Easter Island, Chile

“Do the megalithic statues, go to the summit of Maunga Terevaka, and hike through lava tubes overlooking the Pacific, then cap it all off with a night swim in the hotel’s pool under the richest blanket of stars you’ve ever seen.” –Paul Brady

5. Omni Bedford Springs Resort, Bedford, Pennsylvania

“One of the oldest resorts in the U.S., with one of the first indoor pools in the country—it’s been thoughtfully reconstructed and decorated with many of the original antiques, salvaged by the in-house historian.” –Yolanda Edwards

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