A good hotel provides travelers with access to nearby attractions. A great hotel makes travelers want to skip the attractions altogether. When visitors check into these 20 hotels, which ran the gamut from luxurious to anarchic, they never want to leave. The reasons range from glorious views to glorious linens, but there are a few universals. Each of the hotels is a self-contained world entirely apart from reality defined by a set of unwritten laws that maids, bellboys, and, yes, guests, seem to innately understand. These hotels are someone else's fantasies, but they seem, on second glance, as though they might be your own.
Bay of Fires Lodge, Tasmania
It takes a 14-mile, two-day hike to reach this 10-room coastal hideout that was built in 1999. Everything at the lodge is sustainable, solar-powered, and eco-friendly: Green architect Ken Latona set the lodge long and low amid casuarina pines to keep all man-made presence to a minimum on this wild stretch of beach in Tasmania's Mount William National Park. Take a kayak to the unspoiled shoreline and dip into its numerous secluded coves. If you want a real escape that leaves no trace, without roughing it, then this is the place for you.
More information: From $2,125 for three nights, including meals, gear and guides; Late October through April [bayoffires.com.au].