Explore the most extraordinary corners of the globe in these books. Each is a window to some of the most spectacular destinations in the world.

Travel…one of the things I missed the most in the past year. Humans have a natural inclination towards  travel, and unfortunately, it was one of the main things we had to give up during the pandemic. But, not being able to hop on a plane and travel to some heavenly destination doesn’t mean that we can’t let our imagination run wild. One of the best ways to escape reality is by reading a good book.

Today, I’m not going to talk about books like Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert or The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. No, today I’m going to talk about the wonderful world of travel and hotel photography books–large format books in which, through images, we can be transported to distant, enchanting lands. 

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and these books have hundreds of pictures that show us just how special each of these destinations is.  

Here are some books that will make you feel like you’re on a world tour without ever leaving your home. 

Chic Stays, by Melinda Stevens, published by Assouline

This book comes from the minds behind one of the world’s most renowned magazines, Conde Nast Traveler. It takes us on a photographic journey to destinations chosen by Kate Moss, Sofia Coppola, Eva Longoria, and Florence Welch, among others. The photos of each of these spaces are accompanied by anecdotes and experiences from these celebrities, making this coffee table book a gateway to the jet set lifestyle.

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Massimo Listri. The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries, by Georg Ruppelt and Elisabeth Sladek, published by Taschen

Delight in the world’s most impressive libraries. This book lets us into a little-known world full of buildings that house the ancient wisdom of humanity. From ancient Alexandria to New York, with stops in Chantilly and Dublin, this book takes us on a unique journey in which art, architecture, and history come to life in spaces that are literal vaults of knowledge.

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Beaches, by Gray Malin, published by Abrams

A compilation of photographs by Gray Malin that portray the beauty of different beaches on the seven continents of the globe. Known for his aerial photographs, this author manages to capture each of these paradisiacal places in an astonishing way. This is a book that transmits a nomadic and adventurous spirit and the sheer happiness of being at the beach, relaxing in the sun and sea breeze.

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The Sites of Ancient Greece, by Georg Gerster, published by Phaidon

A compilation of aerial photographs of the archaeological sites of Greece. This series of images, taken between 1996 and 2006, portrays the essence of what Greece represents, a mixture of modernity and history. This book shows us captivating landscapes and the greatness of the architecture of the Hellenic area–not to mention that it’s also an excellent way to learn more about ancient culture.

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The Luxury Collection: Hotel Secrets published by Assouline

In this book, you can find 115 of the most luxurious, exclusive hotels from around the globe. Each of these spaces is a true masterpiece, with architecture and interior design that allow visitors to escape reality and enter into a world of luxury. Get transported to these chic destinations through the pages of this book.

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These coffee table books are a must-have for anyone who loves to travel. Each is a window to exotic places and impressive spaces. They invite us to escape from the routine and choose our next destinations and adventures. These books are true gems, and it’s worth mentioning that they’ll look great in your home, too!  

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