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Five stays worth travelling for

A room overlooking the snowy peaks of the Grand Teton Mountains, an intimate camp in the African bush, a converted fort-palace that offers a chance to immerse yourself in Indian culture… Sometimes, the stay you choose can colour your whole trip.

Here, we’ve hand-picked five stays that are more than just a place to sleep.

The Float House, Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Rising and falling with the gentle currents of the River Kwai, the Float House is a boutique hotel surrounded by thick green jungle. Staffed almost entirely by the local Mon community, the hotel is made up of private thatched roof villas that float on pontoons, each with its own pier and teakwood swing, for soaking up the river views. You can borrow a canoe to explore the surrounding waterways, take a guided jungle hike or visit the cathedral-like Lawa Cave system.

Amangani, Grand Teton National Park, USA

Amangani has one of the best views in the American West — perched on the East Gros Ventre Butte, its rooms and terraces offer you sweeping panoramas of the Snake River Valley’s snow-gilded mountains and rolling plains. This luxe base for exploring the Grand Teton National Park is built from Oklahoma sandstone pillars and Pacific redwood beams, which reflect the region’s rugged personality. The farm-to-table restaurant also captures the local character, with a menu that features elk and bison.

Chanoud Garh, Chanoud, India

Upon arrival at Chanoud Garh, you’re greeted by members of the Singh family, who offer a traditional welcome of marigold garlands, Rajasthani snacks, and a freshly squeezed lime soda. The Singhs have lived in this former maharajah’s fort-palace for 13 generations, host pre-dinner cocktails every night and often lead village tours personally. There are just a handful of suites, each individually decorated in a period style that matches the remaining original features, like stained-glass windows and carved stone archways.

Speke’s Camp, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Made with canvas, reclaimed wood, and traditional local fabrics, Speke’s is one of the most down-to-earth camps in Kenya. Eight tents are scattered along the banks of the Olare Orok River on a slice of private land adjacent to the Masai Mara National Reserve. You’ll take twice-daily game drives in a private vehicle with your own guide and wildlife spotter to look for lion, cheetah, elephant, and Masai giraffe, among others.

Chalet New Zermatt, Queenstown, New Zealand

You may be only a short drive from central Queenstown, but here you’re completely immersed in the Southern Alps. A hyper-stylish, contemporary take on a Swiss chalet, this three-storey, luxury private home is all floor-to-ceiling windows with unobstructed views over the Remarkables range. There’s a sauna and outdoor hot tub (cue more mountain-gazing), while warmer days can be spent on your outdoor terrace with its pool and sunloungers. By night, there’s the cinema room. And did we mention the wine cellar?

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