Brush up on your camera skills and live out your movie fantasies at these scenic destinations.
THE RESIDENCE MALDIVES
This 94-villa resort fuses warm Maldivian hospitality and contemporary architecture with the breathtaking beauty of the island: Overwater accommodations come with azure waves lapping at your doorstep and fish swimming amongst coral reefs beneath your feet. When you’re done slow-motion running on the white sand beach, hop on a jet ski, kayak or catamaran to explore uninhabited islands nearby, or take the plunge with scuba-diving and discover the surrounding diverse marine life.
THE MOVIE... Baywatch, based on the iconic hit ’90s series about hot, crime-solving lifeguards. Out 11 May.
NHOW HOTEL, BERLIN
Europe’s hippest music-themed hotel promises audiophiles the ultimate stay. Besides hosting weekly concerts and art exhibitions, guests can “order” electric guitars for in-room jam sessions. Renowned designer, Karim Rashid, created “music for the eyes” by adding geometric patterns, rainbow lighting and modern curves throughout the rooms.
THE MOVIE… Pitch Perfect 3, a musical blockbuster that is back with a hot new girl band in town. Out 21 December.
THE TOREN, AMSTERDAM
This award-winning nest of opulence lies within two 17th-century canal houses, and is adorned with chandeliers, candelabrums, baroque furniture, and plush carpets, curtains and wallpaper in a palette of plum, red, black and gold. The enchantment extends outside to the canals, where moonlight bounces off the still waters.
THE MOVIE…Beauty & The Beast, an adaptation of the epic Disney love story between a beastly prince and his magnanimous prisoner. In theatres now.
BLOW UP HALL 5050, POZNAN
Human contact is minimal at this ultra-sleek Polish boutique hotel, allowing for deeper connections with art and technology. Upon entering the lobby, a giant digital art installation captures your arrival and projects those images back as a series of stylised surveillance-like shots. Reception desks are non-existent here; instead, iPhones using digital recognition navigate guests to their room, unlock the door and serve as a virtual concierge.
THE MOVIE… The Circle, a sci-fi, high-tech thriller that explores privacy, surveillance and freedom in a digitally connected world. Out 28 April.