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Peter Pan Complex: 8 New Hotels That Let You Live Your Childhood Fantasy in Luxury

High-end destinations for anyone who's dreamed of being a cowboy, astronaut, submarine captain—or even Tarzan.


There comes a time when we have to let our childhood dreams go—often when we realize that cowboy, astronaut, movie star, or Tarzan aren't viable career paths. But that doesn't mean we can't revisit them once in a while.

Childhood fantasy: James Bond villain
Destination: Shangri-La at The Shard, London

When it comes to the world of writer Ian Fleming, we know that most young lads dreamed of being James Bond. But for the odd boy who had his eyes on Oddball or one of Bond's nefarious Eastern European adversaries instead, we'd like to be the first to welcome you to your lair at London's Shangri-La. Occupying floors 34 to 52 of The Shard—a 306-meter-high sculptural spiral tower designed by Renzo Piano—the five-star hotel's rooms each include floor-to-ceiling windows, stellar views across the city, marble-clad bathrooms with heated floors, Acqua di Parma amenities, and mirrors with integrated television screens.

Photos courtesy of respective properties.
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