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Hotel Comebacks

Meet the Reboots

Inside the Coolest Hotel Comebacks

Second acts are where it’s at for some of the world’s best newly reimagined hotels: Whether they’ve risen from the ashes of irrelevance, red tape or simply neglect, these hotel reboots prove that the second time around can definitely be worth the wait.

Field Notes

Casualties of technology find a second life at these
 prime retreats: 

The floors still creak and the postcards are still scattered throughout 1898 The Post, a stunning boutique hotel that has recently emerged from a near-complete identity change: Located in the heart of Ghent, the neo-Gothic building functioned as one of the Belgian city’s main post offices from 1909 until 2001 when it shuttered. (The 1898 refers to the year construction began on the building.) Today, the boutique retreat casts a moody spell throughout – dark woods, sloped ceilings and a captivating mash-up of worn antiques with modern-day amenities, including the cozy (if cramped) The Cobbler bar.
An abandoned sugar mill makes a comeback as a contemplative resort in China’s mountainous Yangshuo County. Alila Yangshuo hotel is comprised of existing mill structures from the 1960s and new, striking concrete buildings surrounded by ponds, plants and a swimming pool located within the former loading area. 

Inn Crowd

Once a humble Victorian coaching inn nestled in the Scottish village of Braemar, the Fife Arms has been entirely recast as an art-fueled odyssey engineered by Iwan and Manuela Wirth (the power couple behind Hauser & Wirth galleries). Each of the hotel’s 46 bedrooms, outfitted with period wallpaper and headboards inscribed with Scottish poetry under the decorating direction of Russell Sage, pays homage to the area’s past visitors (Lord Byron, Robert Louis Stevenson, a king of Prussia). In the common areas, however, it’s all about contemporary art stars: a dining room cloaked in Guillermo Kuitca’s cubist-inspired murals; Subodh Gupta’s colossal chandelier made from Indian pans and bicycles for a total ceiling-takeover in the Fire Room; Richard Jackson’s tangle of neon antlers suspended in the staircase. Need more stimulation? Head to the hotel’s Flying Stag bar, a local hang for visitors and residents alike with — count ‘em — more than 180 whiskies to choose from. 

Launch Pad

A beloved California landmark beach hotel from 1889 until it closed in 2000, the Miramar lay dormant for almost two decades, riddled with development and design review obstacles. Now, Rosewood Miramar Beach is finally big-reveal ready with 161 rooms that span 16 acres of Pacific Ocean coastline in Santa Barbara County, and an impressive list of offerings: Six restaurants, two cabana-lined pools and bespoke beach service.

The Brag

Explore the largest glacier in France at Mer de Glace, a massive sweep of frozen sea located on the northern slopes of the Mont Blanc massif. Mountaineers and marvel seekers (Goethe, Lord Byron and Victor Hugo) have come to the area since the 1800s, resting at a modest mountain shelter. Now that building has been transformed into Terminal Neige Montenvers Chamonix, a 17-room chalet equipped with parquet floors, old chimneys coaxed into bookcases and bedside tables crafted out of leather trunks from historical expeditions. Book a private suite or opt for a shared sleeping space, where sleek sleeping cocoons are tucked under a bramble of intersecting beams.

Field Notes

Fishing—and the traditional wooden boats that go with it—are an integral part of Fogo Island’s history and cultural ethos, maybe the most integral. As an ode to this deep history (it is said that these wooden boats hold the knowledge of the people), the Fogo Island Inn’s foundation has developed a heritage collection of wooden boats as well as a program for high schoolers to continue learning about the longstanding tradition. Inside the hotel, each of the guest rooms is outfitted with a Punt Chair, designed by Elaine Fortin and named after the workhorse of the traditional boats. She applies the same boat-building techniques—using the natural curves of the juniper and spruce trees—that were traditionally used to create the structural ribs of the punts.

Eat, Drink, Repeat

The storyline at Palihotel — a 1920s-era boarding house reborn as a boutique hotel — may read like a Hollywood movie, a fitting ode to its location in Culver City, home to the birthplace of movie making a century ago. Today the 49-room jewel box is tucked behind a new titan of global entertainment, Amazon Studios. Step inside the teal-toned hotel as a series of intimate spaces unfold. The scene-stealer? Simonette, an indoor/outdoor, always-open Parisian-style bistro, along with the lower-level bar, where classic cocktails and out-of-the-box concoctions come with booze-absorbing fare, including a build-your-own poutine.


INTRO: @Zannier Hotels

INN CROWD: @Sim Canetty-Clarke

THE BRAG: @Terminal Neige Montenvers Chamonix


There's more to Greece than the white and blue buildings and the surrounding Mediterranean Sea. If you're planning a visit, check out these places below!

📍Kokkinopilos. Preveza
📍Verliga Dragon lake, Thessaly
📍Ithaca island, lonian Sea
📍Aoos springs lake, Epirus
📍Lake Prespes, Macedonia
📍Balda di Stringa waterfalls, Epirus
📍Meteora, Thessaly
📍Pelion, Thessaly
📍Lake Zorika, Epirus
📍Mt Lakmos
📍Crete island, Aegean Sea
📍Gistova Dragon lake, Macedonia

Reel: @farawayfarers

Swim or kayak through the limestone cliffs of the Twin Lagoon, a must-visit destination for those traveling to Coron, Palawan, Philippines. It is called "twin" lagoon because it consists of two lagoons separated by a limestone cliff, with one lagoon on top of the other. The water in the inner lagoon is warm and clear, with a stunning turquoise color that makes it popular for swimming and snorkeling.

Reel: @travelifejournal

Take a dip in a series of seven saltwater lagoons located in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. The Lagoons of Baltinache are known for their beautiful turquoise waters and unique geological formations. The high concentration of minerals in the water gives it a unique buoyancy that makes swimming in the lagoons a unique experience.

Reel: @everchanginghorizon

Watching the sun rise above the clouds at Haleakalā National Park is one of the most memorable experiences you could have. Haleakalā is a Hawaiian name that means “House of the Sun” and is an awesome place to watch the clear night sky and stars fade away as the sun lights up the sky and the earth.

Reel: @girlchill_sunset

Just 1 hour from Shanghai by train, Cherry Blossom Valley is a popular tourist destination, particularly in the spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. The valley is named after the thousands of cherry blossom trees that cover the area and create a stunning display of pink and white flowers. The trees were originally planted in the 1980s by a group of Japanese experts who were invited to China to help with reforestation efforts. The best time to visit is typically in late March or early April. Get there early to beat the crowds!

Reel: @cyncynti

New Zealand is unbelievable. See it for yourself:

1. Fiordland National Park
2. A classic backcountry hut trip
3. Blue Pools walk
4. Hooker Lake
5. Milford Sound
6. Lake Pukaki

Reel: @kylekotajarvi

Surrounded by lush greenery, towering karst mountains, and the river flowing through, the Detian Waterfall is a popular tourist attraction and a symbol of the close relationship between China and Vietnam. It is the largest waterfall in Asia and the fourth largest cross-border waterfall in the world.

Reel: @sophoebelous

Escape to a serene and peaceful oasis away from the bustling city of Marrakech at Le Jardin Secret—a beautiful and historic garden where visitors can escape the noise and chaos and enjoy the beauty of nature. The garden was originally built in the 16th century and is home to many different species of plants, including exotic flowers, citrus trees, and palm trees.

Reel: @hypermiggzz

For a magical moment and bucket list travel experience, visit the end point of the annual monarch butterfly migration. Starting in August, the monarchs travel 2,800 miles south from Canada, making a temporary home amid the towering trees of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Mexico, where the two most popular sanctuaries to view them are el Rosario in the state of Michoacan and Piedra Herrada in Estado de México. Standing in silence while thousands of delicate wings beat in unison is something you'll never forget.

Reel: @juliiathompson

There's just something beautiful about snow covered landscapes like this popular attraction in southwestern Utah. Known for its unique geology, @brycecanyonnps_gov consists of a series of natural amphitheaters, called "hoodoos," formed by erosion of the rock layers.

Photo: @nathanleeallen

As we experience a couple more weeks of winter, we can't help but dream of tropical destinations like Hawaii. The warm water, sunny skies, and consistent waves make it an ideal destination for surfers. Hawaii has a vibrant surf culture and community and is also a beautiful place to explore outside of the water, with lush green mountains, stunning beaches, and unique cultural experiences.

Reel: @christopherballadarez

1. @sequoiakingsnps, California
2. @canyonlandsnps, Utah
3. @olympic_nps, Washington
4. @whitesandsnps, New Mexico
5. Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona
6. Knik Glacier, Alaska

Reel: @nathanleeallen

Imagine getting caught in the rain while kayaking at one of the most beautiful and popular destinations in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. Known for its stunning turquoise-colored lake, surrounded by the majestic Rocky Mountains, Lake Louise is home to diverse wildlife, including grizzly bears, elk, and moose.

Reel: @reneeroaming