I am a Russian-born freelance travel writer who contributes to Lonely Planet, Rough Guides and Trailblazer guidebooks, and I also write articles for the Independent, Lonely Planet and Rough Guides websites, BBC Travel and more. I have a background in Latin American and Caribbean history, literature and culture, and have lived both in the Caribbean and Latin America. I'm also an incorrigible foodie and, as yet, have not come across a cuisine that I didn't like. I'm a versatile traveller, at home both in cities such as Hong Kong and going off the grid in Borneo, the Amazon and in Papua New Guinea.
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Santiago de Chile is nestled in a bowl-shaped valley between the Andes Mountains and the Cordillera de la Costa (Chilean Coastal Range). Hidden among its office blocks and skyscrapers are some unique boutique hotels noted for their imaginative design and architectural flair. Most offer personal service that sets them apart from the business hotels that comprise many of the city's accommodations.
Bangkok is a tropical metropolis where centuries-old temples sit alongside sleek skyscrapers. The same contrast can be found in the city's boutique accommodations—heritage properties and futuristic hotels rub shoulders, with each architectural style representing a radically different side of this dynamic capital. Check out Bangkok's best boutique hotels with this list.
Spread out along the Adriatic Sea, this gem of southern Croatia is renowned for its UNESCO-listed medieval heart—the centuries-old city walls among the best preserved in the world. Many of Dubrovnik's boutique hotels peek out from ancient lanes, scattered between churches, palaces, monasteries, and museums. Check out this list for the best places to stay in the city.
Sandwiched between the North Sea and the looming Mount Esja, the world's northernmost capital is alternately illuminated by the midnight sun and the eerie glow of the aurora. Dotted among its colorful houses are its unique boutique hotels—some are wonders of cutting-edge design, while others are a study in comfort and simplicity.
Tokyo is the world's largest metropolis, a hive of neon skyscrapers and centuries-old shrines, and the Japanese capital's diverse style is reflected in its accommodations. Beyond the cookie-cutter business hotels, you'll find an array of boutique properties ranging from cutting-edge design to traditional simplicity. Here's a guide to some of the best.
Argentina is ripe for exploration. After you've seen the big cities and major highlights, get off the beaten path and explore its lesser-known yet equally interesting sights — from wildlife-rich wetlands and penguin colonies to giant salt flats and the remains of dinosaurs. Here are some suggestions on where to go when avoiding the crowds.