These dynamic and diverse bolt-holes and resorts are well worth traveling for. As told by Architectural Digest.

Summer is upon us and opening the season is Pride month, the annual celebration of queer culture. With travel on the mind for many, there’s no better time to shine a spotlight on hotels and resorts conceived and created by LGBTQ+ designers and architects. From Miami and Austin to Rwanda and Cambodia, these bolt-holes are as diverse and irresistible as their destinations. As this collection of properties shows, it’s not just about the realized details—but big, bold concepts as well. In terms of design, some are quiet, others are loud, although all are attractive escapes from the mundane. The next time your wanderlust strikes, consider a getaway at a hotel with LGBTQ+ design representation.

Shinta Mani Wild, near Kirirom National Park, Cambodia

Preeminent imaginative hotel designer–cum–world builder, Bill Bensley, has an almost endless C.V. when it comes to international hospitality properties. But among many favorites his all-time pinnacle is Cambodia’s Shinta Mani Wild, “as it’s what I would design for myself, and presses all the BENSLEY buttons: conservation, wildlife protection, social responsibility, education of both guests and villagers, employment, and romantic storytelling!” Well versed in Asian hotels—see his latest in Vietnam, Capella Hanoi—the Bangkok-based Bensley dreamed up a meticulously planned collection of 15 riverbank tents with minimal environmental intervention and maximal striking decor. The arrival he designed is perhaps the most dramatic of all: “One has to zip line 500-plus meters across two roaring waterfalls to land at the main camp for check in,” says Bensley—“with a G&T in hand.” Photo: Courtesy of Bensley

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Pendry West Hollywood, Los Angeles

Luxury hospitality brands clamor for Martin Brudnizki’s singular touch that makes a hotel a true destination. For example, Martin Brudnizki Design Studio’s vivid, luxuriant interiors for Pendry West Hollywood include plenty of mirrors, bold colors and gilded lighting. It’s also drenched in works of art so technicolor fabulous it includes actual glitter. For Wolfgang Puck’s Merois restaurant, Brudnizki—who also designed the whimsical and warm Le Grand Mazarin, expected to open in Paris in late summer—combined a Slim Aarons palette with a ceiling draped in decadent fabric and big cat–upholstered chairs. Throughout the hotel, including in the private members club The Britely, with chic bowling lanes, the theme is unapologetically fancy but fun. Photo: Courtesy of Christian Horan Photography

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Montage Big Sky, Montana

Architect and interior designer Joel Villalon, principal of SF’s woman- and minority-owned firm BraytonHughes Design Studios, was behind Big Sky, Montana’s very first luxury resort, a contemporary play on the expected rustic aesthetic of a mountain lodge set near Yellowstone National Park. The spectacle of Mother Nature surrounding the property led Villalon and his team to mimic the iconic Spanish Peaks in double-height spaces with lofty gables, and echo the natural rocks and boulders of caves and grottos in Spa Montage, which has origami-like walls. Curated along with Farmboy Fine Arts, the artwork celebrates the palettes found outside, from snowy whites to clear blues and verdant greens. The materiality emphasizes the outdoor immersion while referencing historical traditions of mining, timber, agriculture and ranching—see an all-black metal fireplace in the lobby bar and floor-to-ceiling fireplaces of stone stacked almost like log cabin construction in the living room. Photo: Durston Saylor

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Austin Motel, Texas

Famed boutique hotelier and design force Liz Lambert—formerly chief creative officer of Bunkhouse Group and now partner in MML Hospitality—transformed a 1930s motel in Austin into a curvaceous and eclectic midcentury boutique bolthole with rainbow neon. It’s iconic kitsch meets minimalist ‘50s furniture, with 300-thread-count Sferra linens on Casper mattresses. Lambert devised red vinyl–tufted beds, lip phones, funky wallpapers, silkscreened music posters, retro umbrellas around the kidney-shaped pool and, in the pool suites, coin-operated Magic-Finger vibrating beds. The general store–like Bodega’s curated memorabilia, pool accessories and Americana staples are in keeping with the playful design, as is the programming—see Richard Simmons–esquivel water aerobics classes, retro synchronized swimming performances and events such as “Under the Neon Rainbow” LGBTQ+-friendly prom for all, and Winter Wonderland, complete with Hunky Santa photo ops and caroling with Mrs. (drag) Clause. Photo: Austin Motel/Nick Simonite

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