A view from Velaa Private Island in the Maldives.
A villa at Velaa Private Island.
The Avery Georgetown.
A guest room at the Avery Georgetown.
The lobby of the Ritz Carlton, Philadelphia.
The Avery Georgetown.
A guest room at the Avery Georgetown.
The lobby of the Ritz Carlton, Philadelphia.

Spring Getaways

Luxurious lodging around the world

TROPICAL GETAWAY  Velaa Private Island in the Maldives accommodates guests in villas designed by Czech architect Petr Kolar; many overlook the turquoise Indian Ocean. Built with local materials, the beach pool villa features teak furniture, an indoor bathroom and an outdoor bath connected by a garden atrium. Water sports, a spa and a golf course await. Rates from $2,000. velaaprivateisland.com

WASHINGTON OASIS  The Avery Georgetown, a 15-room boutique hotel, opened last year in a renovated row house. Interiors by DC-based designer Kate Ballou of Hendrick Interiors are playful and feminine, yet rooted in a modern sensibility. A king suite boasts Harlequin wallpaper, a classic Wishbone Chair and a whimsical Discoco chandelier. Rates from $299. averygeorgetown.com

HISTORY REBORN  The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia is fresh from a $24 million facelift. Wimberly Interiors recast the grand lobby in neutral colors, textures and materials. In the public spaces and updated guest rooms, pops of metallic and bronze were inspired by the colors of money—an homage to the 1908 building, which originally housed a bank. Rates from $299. ritzcarlton.com