While it’s not the best time to travel, we think it’s the perfect time to plan that dream vacation you’ve been waiting for—or even take some time to escape for a few minutes imagining yourself in a truly incredible locale with unbeatable views. Join us as we indulge in some armchair traveling to visit some of this planet’s most remarkable destinations with recommendations on the most captivating places to stay to make the absolute most of a trip of a lifetime.

1. Sydney, Australia

World's Top Destinations and Hotels - Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbor, Australia (via Sydney Tourism Board)

There’s no shortage of sights to explore and unique things to do in the capital of New South Wales: climb the Harbour Bridge, take a ferry to the one-of-a-kind zoo, veg-out on a beach, take a wine-tasting or culinary tour, indulge in some retail therapy, and take a stroll through the beautifully exotic southern-hemisphere botanical gardens—plus so much more.

World’s Top Destinations and Hotels - Sydney Park Hyatt

Harbor-view suite, hotel exterior, and exquisite cuisine (via Sydney Park Hyatt

Stay: The Sydney Park Hyatt
Enjoy views of the iconic Sydney Opera House right across the water from your modern accommodations. Arguably Sydney’s finest hotel—frequented by celebrities, notable people, and savvy travelers who enjoy award-winning cuisine and a sophisticated-but-casual ambiance—the Park Hyatt is ideally situated, tucked in Darling Habour near the landmark bridge but just steps away from downtown with easy access to all the major must-sees.