If you’re taking an extended break, these accommodations will make you feel at home.
An extended stay on the tiny Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba is a breeze at this luxury hotel. The studio, one- and two-bedroom suites and golf villas all have full kitchens, airy living spaces and private patios or balconies with ocean, golf course or garden views. Golf enthusiasts will appreciate The Links at Divi Aruba, a nine-hole golf course that almost surrounds the entire resort. After chasing birdies on the golf course, take a snooze under a palapa umbrella on the beach, test your mettle on the resort’s rock-climbing wall, show off your backhand on the tennis courts or cool down in one of the resort’s four freshwater swimming pools, one of which features a waterslide. Dine at Windows of Aruba Restaurant, then watch the sunset, sip cocktails and sink your toes into icing sugar-soft sand at the property’s Ocean View Bar on Divi Beach. Rates from US$384. —Diane Bolt
It’s impossible to beat Cheval Thorney Court in southwest London for location. The spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments are decorated in an elegant Georgian style and feature luxurious finishes such as marble tiling in the ensuite bathrooms. Apartments also include separate kitchens with combination washer-dryers. Situated near the corner of Palace Gate and Kensington Road, this hotel is steps away from the boutiques and big-name clothing stores of Kensington High Street. Plus, it’s just across the street from Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park and a mere 10-minute stroll from the boutiques, restaurants and museums of South Kensington. The hotel features a gym and employs a 24-hour concierge to help with everything from restaurant bookings to arranging grocery delivery to your door. Rates from £378. —Sara Samson
Travellers looking for short- or long-term accommodations can live like locals in Vancouver’s West End. This all-suites property features a terra cotta-coloured stucco exterior and a turreted clock tower and the suites feature home comforts such as full kitchens and in-suite laundry. Additional touches include cozy fireplaces and local goods like Carina Organics skin-care products and Commercial Drive Coffee Company fair-trade coffee. For families with young children, cribs and high chairs can be set up prior to your visit. Four floors above Robson Street and with a view of Stanley Park, the rooftop patio is furnished with loungers, picnic tables and gas-barbecue grills. Guests also receive complimentary membership to nearby Denman Fitness, where a pool, sauna, weight room and group exercise classes await. Rates from $119.50. —Jody Robbins