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Pikaia Lodge - Galápagos Islands
Pikaia Lodge - Galápagos Islands

Pikaia Lodge room.

Kamo River - The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto
Kamo River - The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, Japan.

Hotel - The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto
Hotel - The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

The spa at the Ritz Carlton, Kyoto, Japan.

Galápagos Islands - Pikaia Lodge
Galápagos Islands - Pikaia Lodge

Pikaia Lodge near Ecuador’s Galapagos National Park.

Summer Travel

On the road again

Eco-friendly Pikaia Lodge treads lightly on Santa Cruz island near Ecuador’s Galapagos National Park. With its spacious, modern rooms and gourmet restaurant, the lodge makes an ideal base for adventure travelers, who can explore the park’s wonders on half- or full-day guided excursions aboard a private yacht. Three- to seven-day packages from $7,560 for two. pikaialodge.com

Paris’s luxe Hôtel Plaza Athénée is fresh from a year-long renovation, with many of its 154 rooms and 54 suites redecorated by French designer Marie-José Pommereau. The hotel treats guests to an Alain Ducasse restaurant, Europe’s only Dior Institute spa—and bird’s eye views of the Eiffel Tower. Rates from $1,085. dorchestercollection.com

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, Japan’s first urban resort, debuted last year to rave reviews. Interiors by California designer Peter Remedios and Toyko–based Spin Design Studio pay homage to Japanese tradition. The lobby lounge boasts wooden lattice screens while at the heart of the hotel, a four-story waterfall culminates at the serene spa. Rates from $850, including breakfast. ritzcarlton.com

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