The Places to Stay Now

From high-design hotels to intimate inns, these accommodations have one thing in common: singular style.

Cheval Blanc
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Cheval Blanc Randheli, Maldives

The dream of barefoot living is easily attainable in the Maldives, and now LVMH, a firm with luxury in its DNA, is adding its signature polish to the island life fantasy. The company’s latest resort, Cheval Blanc Randheli (villas, from $1,600; 960-301-6000;, flies guests via seaplane from Malé to the Noonu atoll, where 45 loft-like villas dot the shoreline. Book the four-bedroom Owner’s Villa, complete with a private spa and jetty, or one of 14 Over Water Garden Villas, which stand on stilts above the lagoon. —Melissa Biggs Bradley, founder and CEO of the luxury travel outfitter Indagare