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Take a Look Inside Bobby Berk’s Passport

The interior designer and 'Queer Eye' star cherishes “bleisure” trips and learning about infrastructure

September 11, 2023

Bobby Berk Photo: Courtesy of Sara Tramp

Interior designer and Queer Eye star Bobby Berk likes his travels tidy—of course. “A neat space lets you focus on what you’re traveling for.” His book, Right at Home, available this month, instructs readers about mental health and design. An active traveler immersed in local culture—“What’s better than hiking during the day and returning to a nice hotel at night?”—he cherishes “bleisure” trips and learning about infrastructure. “To watch Ho Chi Minh City grow into a global hub is incredible and makes my Virgo soul happy.” Here, his treasured destinations.

Fairmont Banff Springs / Photo: Courtesy of Fairmont Banff Springs

Banff, Canada

“I get goose bumps when I think about the Fairmont Banff Springs. It looks like a castle, almost like Hogwarts, which has been continuously built on in the last hundred years. It’s perched in a national park surrounded by mountains. The building is a magical place, and apparently haunted, although I didn’t experience that. The surrounding environment and nature are extremely beautiful. You can’t help but hear the Hogwarts music play in your mind as you’re pulling up to the property.”

Puente Nuevo / Photo: Courtesy of @bobby

Spain

“One of the things I love about Spain is the mixture of Spanish and Arabic architecture—it’s very unique. A lot of the palaces in Seville are a mixture of both. We flew into Madrid and took the train to Seville. You have to stay at the Hotel Alfonso XIII in Seville, which was built in 1929 for the World’s Fair. We then rented a car and drove to Ronda. They have one of the most beautiful stone masonry bridges called Puente Nuevo. They call it the ‘new bridge,’ even though it was built in the 18th century.”

Dalat / Photo: Courtesy of @bobby

Vietnam

“We stayed at Amanoi near Nui Chua. You step out of your room for two seconds and the Aman fairies have straightened your toothbrush—it’s impeccable service. Bill Bensley is an amazing hotel designer who designed Capella Hanoi and InterContinental Danang. His style is maximalism, which normally stresses me out, but he’s just so good at it. Dalat is a recent favorite, elevated in the mountains with a cooler climate. People usually think of Vietnam as jungles and beaches, not pine trees, mountains and ski gondolas. Dalat has a blend of Vietnamese and French architecture like no other place in the world.”

New Zealand / Photo: Jon Ingall/Alamy Stock Photo

New Zealand

“For some time, they have had a great commitment to the environment. It is really hard to be immersed in one of the most beautiful places on the planet and not always be thinking about protecting it. Milford Sound is a beautiful fjord—you fly there on a little plane and take a boat out. You’re hiking and you see the most beautiful blue lake with glaciers floating in front of you and lavender fields around the bends. If you’re looking for natural beauty, it’s New Zealand.”