Exceedingly desirable hotel properties have traditionally been destinations unto themselves, with beautifully appointed gathering places, centralized courtyards and landscaped gardens all conscientiously cultivated to encourage interaction between guests.
Today, as part of a renaissance that began the elevation of hotel lobbies, hotels and resorts are once again focusing attention on their outdoor common spaces in order to create organic opportunities for guests to mingle. By introducing sexy new open-air lounges, renovated terraces with plenty of seating and lush garden retreats that offer tasty ways to dine and sip alfresco, the chicest places offer real-world opportunities to get social -- no smartphone or logins required.
Here, 10 places to experience "the great outdoors," from Venice to the British Virgin Islands, Tokyo to California. --Amanda Pressner Kreuser
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