A Bit Off the Beaten Track, But Totally Worth It: New & Renovated

Harold Lloyd Estate

The former Palms Springs retreat of legendary silent film comedian, actor and director Harold Lloyd—can anyone forget him dangling from the hands of a huge bell-tower clock in Safety Last?—has been renovated as a special events venue for up to 200 people. The 1.1-acre property was built in 1925 and includes a 5,100-square-foot main house, guest houses and lots of Hollywood-inspired photography.

Normandy Farm Hotel & Conference Center

One of the largest and most popular conference centers in the Greater Philadelphia area, this Blue Bell, Pennsylvania property has overhauled 113 guest rooms in the main complex, upgraded its tech, and spruced up lobby and hotel corridors. Normandy Farm’s IACC-certified conference center offers more than 30,000 sq. ft. of meeting space within a classically restored gentleman’s farm.

Basin Harbor Club

This 129-year-old property on Vermont’s Lake Champlain is well into a multiyear rejuventation that includes 144 guest rooms and cottages, two major public and meeting spaces, plus resort-wide Wi-Fi. An old hay loft is now Town Hall, with 17-foot ceilings, towering windows and three chandeliers. “New” design accents feature oars, croquet clubs, steamer trunks and old mahogany water skis found in the attics.

Yemaya Island Hideaway and Spa

Photo credit: Colibri Boutique Hotels

Little Corn Island awaits in emerald-green waters 50 miles off the coast of Nicaragua, and Yemaya Island guests now arrive on a brand-new, custom-built ferry. The barefoot luxury resort has undergone extensive refurbishment and added five new oceanfront suites with plunge pools. The motor-vehicle-free island’s natural beauty is further enhanced by food and beverage based on organic produce from the resort’s own garden.

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