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This Month’s Hottest Hotels

From Montana to Mexico, we round up the world's most notable overnights

Loch Lomond, Scotland

BACKSTORY: This imposing 18th-century mansion was owned for generations by the influential Smollett family, who sold it in 1986. An $80 million refurbishment in 2007 aimed for a blend of luxury and tradition, with log fireplaces and tastefully muted tartans alongside plasma TVs and an infrared sauna.

ROOM WITH A VIEW: All suites overlook Loch Lomond and the Highlands—some of the loveliest countryside in the U.K.—but the Colquhoun Suites allow you to take in the splendid scenery from an equally splendid vantage point (though the walk-in showers alone are worth the price of admission).

WHAT YOU’LL FIND JUST OUTSIDE: Manicured lawns and distinguished-looking trees lend a “Downton Abbey” feel; beyond these is extensive woodland abutting Loch Lomond. For a less rugged outdoor experience, the hotel’s par-71 championship golf course, the Carrick, is close by.

HOT PLATE: The hotel’s Michelin-starred Martin Wishart eatery offers dishes like Ayrshire grouse, but for the truly adventurous, breakfast at the Cameron Grill includes the most deliciously disagreeable thing you’ll ever eat: haggis. As prepared here, this offal-y foodstuff is a spicy, savory delight.

UNEXPECTED TREAT: The 270-strong selection of whiskeys? The champagne cruise? The personal butler? The water slide? The guided nature walks? The falconry and archery sessions? Nice touches, yes, but none of them can hold a candle to … the seaplane rides!

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