Whether it’s a tropical beach getaway, artsy accommodation or classy nights in the city, take your pick from our list of luxury hotels to check into this month.
Nestled beneath a verdant canopy of century-old rain trees, the Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa is a five-star hotel in Batu Ferringi, Penang that exudes an elegant, distinctly Malaysian identity. The resort’s 304 spacious guest rooms and suites, furnished in traditional Minangkabau style, offer breath-taking views of the sea, the gardens and the grounds. If cost is not an issue, opt for the Rasa Wing, with a private verandah and garden in the deluxe rooms, and a balcony with private soaking tub for selected rooms and suites.
Rasa Wing guests also get complimentary high tea and pre-dinner drinks, and exclusive access to an adult-only swimming pool for greater privacy. There is no shortage of recreational facilities for all guests to enjoy, from the well-equipped gym to the pitch-and-putt golf courts, floodlit tennis courts, spa treatments to rejuvenate the body and mind, beach sports and more. Enjoy the best dining experiences the resort can offer at all-day dining Spice Market Café, classy European cuisine at Ferringi Grill, the trendy FIP Lounge as well as the al fresco Pinang Restaurant & Bar.
The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s famed standards of hospitality have now come to Beijing. Overlooking the Forbidden City, Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing Beijing has 73 spacious guest rooms and suites, sporting a contemporary design with accents of traditional Chinese elements. Priding itself on dining excellence, the hotel offers two restaurants and a rooftop bar, all with direct access to a beautiful garden terrace. The more relaxed Café Zi offers pan-Asian dishes and lunchtime dim sum, while Mandarin Grill + Bar serves classic meat and seafood dishes in a fine dining setting. Enjoy an evening cocktail and upbeat soundtracks at MO Bar, or lounge in The Library with light snacks and a cup of tea. Unwind with a range of curated beauty and wellness treatments at The Spa, or get in some exercise at the gym or in the 25-metre indoor lap pool.
Have a luxurious and romantic retreat in Central Vietnam at Banyan Tree Lăng Cô. Part of the Laguna Lăng Cô integrated resort complex, Banyan Tree Lăng Cô offers luxurious villas that all come with individual private pools, many of which overlook the azure sea. Couples will love the option to have a ‘floating breakfast’ in their own private pool while watching the sunrise. Each of the resort’s restaurants offer unique experiences: beachfront seafood and Mediterranean dining at Azura, Thai cuisine with hilltop sea views at Saffron, authentic Vietnamese cuisine at The Water Court and cocktails and snacks at Thu Quan. Engage in a plethora of activities from golf to water sports, boat excursions, exploring the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Sites and visiting Bach Ma National Park.
Not Your Usual Hotel Stay
BnA Alter Museum in Kyoto is a one-of-a-kind hotel where guests can literally spend a night at a museum – an art museum, that is. The hotel’s 31 guest rooms are permanent contemporary art exhibitions that guests can stay in, each bearing unique designs and concepts, from functional minimalist designs to interactive electronic installations, bright and colourful murals, and even dark and abstract pieces. Art permeates every space of this building, including the 30-metre vertical staircase gallery, SCG. Guests opting to dine in can spend time in the café and lounge or enjoy deep conversations over drinks in ‘untitled’, the bar. Also on the property is the Museum Shop, which sells a selection of curated artwork, rare art books, magazines and other finely selected oddities. In addition to having environmentally sustainable practices, the group’s BnA Revenue Share System donates a percentage of room bookings to the 15 Japanese artists who created the permanent exhibitions, allowing guests to support the local art industry.
Overlooking the Singapore River, Grand Copthorne Waterfront is an award-winning five-star hotel that serves both business travellers and holidaymakers alike. The hotel has 550 luxurious and contemporary guest rooms fitted with modern amenities and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi. Guest will be met with friendly service by both the human and autonomous staff; the hotel has robots working in the front of house and for cooking breakfast. Savour good Italian cuisine at Grissini Italian Grill Restaurant, international fare at Food Capital Interactive Buffet and tapas with drinks at Tempo Cocktail Bar. Take a relaxing dip in the swimming pool or jacuzzi or work up a sweat on the tennis court or in the fitness suite. With 33 versatile function rooms, Grand Copthorne Waterfront is an ideal venue for hosting a variety of events. Travellers should not pass up the opportunity to explore Robertson Quay and Tiong Bahru Market during their stay and make use of the hotel shuttle bus to reach the rest of the city.