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Crazy Bear Hotel

If RuPaul operated a farm and Liberace an S&M palor the Crazy Bear Hotel would be like a cross between the two.

Sometimes it’s a fine line separating gaudy from opulent, and trashy from romantic. Straddling those lines is the Crazy Bear Hotel in Old Beaconsfield, England

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The Glorious Clutter of London’s Hidden Hotel

Imagine you had eccentric British relatives who lived in an enormous 18th-century London townhouse, who were veracious collectors of antiques, and who stuffed their house full of every painting, sculpture, mirror, book, armoire, clock, chest, candelabra, and exotic curio they ever obtained. The hypothetical townhouse you are imagining probably looks something like the very real Miller’s Residence. But you needn’t be a relative of the Miller’s to stay there. The Miller’s Residence is a hotel.

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Simply Luxurious Hawaii Beach Huts

The idea of staying in a thatched hut on a tropical beach has nearly universal appeal—the beauty of it, the seclusion, the connection to nature, the lack of televisions and telephones and hectic bustle of life, the napping in hammocks to the sound of the waves, the perfect beaches and swims in the ocean . . . what’s not to like?

Well, for one thing most thatched huts don’t have indoor plumbing. Or outdoor plumbing. Or electricity. Or a bed devoid of sand bugs, to say nothing of a private whirlpool or a location near a superb spa and romantic restaurant.

For a stay in a thatched hut that doesn’t feel like you are taking part in an endurance contest or an episode of Survivor there’s the Kona Village Resort on the northwest coast of Hawaii Island.

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London Hotel or Opulent Victorian Novel?

To experience the high society of Victorian-era England you could read a Jane Austen novel. Or you could stay in London’s Gore Hotel.

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The Hotel That WAS Above Paris

Staying at the Hotel Everland feels like spending the night in a 1970s shagadelic bachelor pad.

There aren’t many hotels that might have traveled more around Europe than its guests. Then again there’s no hotel like the one-room Everland.

This pre-fab capsule, designed by a pair of Swiss artists who cryptically go by L/B (Sabina Lang and Daniel Baumann), was built to be mobile. After stints at Zurich’s Expo.02, on the Shores of Lake Neuchatel in Switzerland, and at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Leipzig, Germany the Everland is now atop the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. At its current location this hotel might have the best Eiffel Tower view of any in the city.

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The Best Resort In Vegas (Without A Casino)

So, you want to stay in a sophisticated Las Vegas hotel, with top-end service, restaurants and amenities. But you aren’t much for gambling and don’t want to find your way through a haze of cigarette smoke and maze of ding-ding-dinging slot machines every time you go to your room and back. Las Vegas has the perfect resort for you:

The Four Seasons.

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Winvian’s Luxurious, Unusual “Cottages”

There are several cottage resorts around but few are as luxurious—and none are as unusual—as northwest Connecticut’s Winvian Cottages. Really “cottage” is a bit of a misnomer here, suggesting accommodations more simple than the Winvian’s abodes, each of which designed by a different architect and possessing its own flair. The Library Cottage is centered around double-story wrap-around book shelves. The Treehouse Cottage is a two-story wonder built amongst the leaves and branches 30 feet above the ground. Perhaps the most unusual option is the Helicopter Cottage, which is large enough to contain the whole of a Sea King Pelican helicopter. Though back when the U.S. Coast Guard was flying it we suspect this ‘copter didn’t contain the minibar, sofa and flat screen TV it has today.

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Luxury and Aborigines in the Australian Jungle

Most eco-resorts aim to preserve nature. At the Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa they work to preserve a culture too.

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