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Experiencing the unknown is the fastest growing motivation for tourism around the world. Holidays that visit untouched islands or hidden gems are highly popular.

Below we explore some of the unknown beauties available for travellers to the Catskill Mountains, the Caribbean, a rock-and-roll hotel in Nashville, an eco-friendly hotel and a chic, historic establishment in Dallas.

Eastwind Hotel & Bar, Catskill Mountains, NY

Close to the soaring mountains and winding trails of Catskill and its gorgeous towns, Eastwind is perfectly located for an activity-packed holiday. You can visit Kaaterskill Falls and the 1869 landmark, Saugerties Lighthouse, among many other key sights and locations nearby.

The design of this exquisite boutique hotel is inspired by its history as a bunkhouse. It was used by hunters, fly fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts, dating back to the roaring 1920s.

The Eastwind Hotel has 19 rooms which blend communal spaces, natural beauty and cosy suites, including a number of insulated Lushna cabins.

There’s also the stylish bar and a centrepiece fireplace, where guests can warm themselves while enjoying an oak-matured whisky before bed.

Rates start around £172 per night. eastwindny.com

Paradise Beach, Nevis, Caribbean

Nevis is the smaller sibling of the twin islands of St Kitt’s & Nevis. The stilt beach houses of Paradise Beach occupy a pristine private beach on the island, making these the only beachfront villas on the island.

There are only seven villas, each sleeping two to four people, and five two-bedroom Beach Houses on stilts which have their own copper plunge pools.

Each of the properties has its own private pool for guests to unwind or cool down in, a full kitchen to try your hand at whipping up a Nevisian meal, and gorgeous views of St. Kitts on the horizon. All properties also have access to a 24/7 concierge, to meet your needs, and access to the property’s private chef.

There are a number of activities you can enjoy on the island, including privately guided walks to Nevis Peak, weekly beach-side lobster bakes , and private cooking classes.

Rates start around £1,172 per night. paradisebeachnevis.com

Hutton Hotel, Nashville, TN, USA

The four-star Hutton Hotel is in Nashville’s West End, close to Music Row. Key features include the 5,000-square-foot cocktail lounge, Analog, which offers live entertainment; the inventive WestEnd Kitchen & Bar; fully equipped Writers Studios, serving as unique creative spaces; and 13,000-square-feet of flexible event space.

There are 247 sophisticated guest rooms and suites, as well as three elegantly appointed signature suites are designed by Studio 11 Design.

They have residential comfort and a rock-and-roll edge, while offering the southern-style hospitality guests have come to expect from Nashville’s original lifestyle hotel.

Rates start around £188 per night. huttonhotel.com

Casa Violeta, Tulum, Mexico

Comfort and relaxation can all be found on the white beaches of Tulum at Casa Violeta, an eco-friendly boutique hotel where guests can enjoy down-to-earth luxury in an intimate setting. A natural sanctuary, Casa Violeta is a rare gem that values tradition and maintaining time-tested tradition.

Each of the 16 accommodations are uniquely decorated with local handmaid artwork and fabrics. On property, guests can cleanse the body, mind and spirit in the Temazcal, a ‘medicinal house’ containing hot volcanic rocks infused with healing waters to create a bath/sweat lodge.

The hotel also features a brand new restaurant (for guests and non-guests), a gorgeous beach, and yoga classes.

Rates start around £196 per night. casavioletatulum.com

The Stoneleigh Hotel, Dallas, TX

Classic and modern elegance are juxtaposed at the chic uptown location of Le Méridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh. This gorgeous Art Deco property, designed by Studio 11 Design and built in 1923, is within walking distance of the area’s businesses, museums, boutique shopping, cutting-edge cuisine and stimulating nightlife.

Perle on Maple Restaurant serves innovative dishes that showcase inspiring cuisine with a distinctive Texas twist. Dallas meetings and events are hosted with flair in 6,000 square feet of Dorothy Draper-designed space.

In each of its 176 guest rooms and suites, warm cinnabar and charcoal color palettes blend modern amenities with custom mahogany and marble-topped furniture. Bathrooms feature sleek black-and-white Calcutta marble flooring and chrome fixtures.

Rates start around £186 per night. marriott.com

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