Denmark's the spot.
The sleek and hip First Hotel Skt. Petri, nestled on a quiet Copenhagen lane, has 268 clean-lined, Scandinavian-style rooms. Watch Danes ride by on their bikes from the low-key Café Blanc, or have a drink at the sexy Bar Rouge, popular with locals. hotelsktpetri.com
Tired of tour guides that point out where Paris Hilton stayed? Try Context Venice, which runs scholar-led walking tours of the city, themed to topics such as the Renaissance and the city’s unique ecology (e.g., how it stays afloat). contexttravel.com/venice
Jordan's 318-room Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea is modeled on the hanging gardens of Babylon and sits 1,300 feet below sea level on a private beach by its briny namesake sea. This month, the property celebrated the grand opening of a new 107,000-square-foot Anantara Spa. kempinski-deadsea.com
On St. Martin's French side, the 189-room and 63-suite Radisson St. Martin Resort has reopened after an $80 million transformation. Laze about on the 1,600-foot, white-sand beach, part of the Anse Marcel cove, or have langouste, aka spiny lobster (left), at C Le Restaurant. radisson.com/stmartin