Replicating the tranquil surrounds often found at fine hotels and resorts is easier than it looks. Pulling in analogous pieces specific to a favorite space is the trick to winning the imitation game.
Want to see how it’s done? Here, we’ve selected a sample of indoor and outdoor settings from four of the world’s most jaw-dropping properties (who else would we mimic?) and the furnishings and fixtures you’ll need to bring the look home.
Dubbed the “Land of the Ascending Dragon,” Vietnam has morphed from a once battle-ravaged country into a bucket list sojourn for surfers, college students, and pho lovers. Situated on the secluded island paradise of Phu Quoc and a stone’s throw from Vietnam’s southern coast, JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa is imbued with an over-the-top elegance that extends even into the bathrooms.
At Lamarck House, its seafront residence named for French evolutionist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, the opulent setting is engulfed in gray and white marble veining and golden fixtures. Matching scalloped vessel sinks rest atop an altar table–inspired vanity, while a carved soaking tub, nestled beneath a colored crystal chandelier, holds court in front of a folding screen faced in bright ikat. marriott.com
The relaxed beauty and playful sophistication of St. Bart’s has always attracted celebrities and serious sun worshippers who stay for the cerulean waterscapes and long stretches of dazzling, powder-white sand. Hotels and resorts are always a good option but, for privacy-seekers, booking one of the island’s ultra-luxurious rental properties is the insider’s way to go.
For a truly “this-is-living” experience, nab Villa Ixfalia in Lurin, one of the island’s larger quartiers. From this hillside perch, guests need only raise their heads to drink in captivating vistas of St. Jean Bay. Inside, the zen-like surrounds marry tropical accoutrements with designs both exotic and far-flung, like hand-carved African stools, fossilized tree stump tabletops, and hand-woven rattan lighting. edenrockvillarental.com
Dubbed the “Rose of the North,” Chiang Mai is nestled in a verdant valley along the Ping River. The perfect spot for a curious traveler, this ancient city in northern Thailand balances jungles and Buddhist temples with a cultural center suffused with a cosmopolitan vibe. Set in the Himalayan foothills and surrounded by working rice farms, Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai embraces its setting.
A resident albino water buffalo greets guests, and, at dusk, local farmers parade through their rice fields with drums. With views of the tropical gardens, rice paddies, and rolling hills beyond, the sleeping quarters reflect the grandeur of the great outdoors, pulling in lush botanical hues layered with Thai motifs, carved-wood details, and sumptuous textiles. fourseasons.com/chiangmai
Mark Twain once wrote, “Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius.” CNN Travel later described Mauritius as “the best African destination you know almost nothing about.” Plunked nearly 2,000 miles off Africa’s southeastern coast, this worth-the-trek destination is a hot spot for outdoorsy and botanical types, but the tranquil vantages, swaying palm trees, and postcard-perfect beaches are what make Mauritius a go-to for families and honeymooners.
The One&Only Le Saint Géran is one of the best spots to soak up all there is to love about Mauritius. Parked on its own private peninsula on the island’s east coast, the 60-acre resort heavyweight has no “bad angles” of the Indian Ocean, but grab a seat by the fire pit where you can toast the hot pink sunset with a glass of bubbly. oneandonlyresorts.com/le-saint-geran