Whether it’s a five star island retreat or a luxurious city getaway, we’ve got you covered with the best accommodation options around the world.
Established as a place to unwind in luxury, Kimpton Da An Hotel is a sophisticated and tranquil retreat located right in the heart of Taipei City. Tucked away from the busy main streets of the bustling metropolis, Kimpton Da An offers 129 comfortable rooms with unique in-room features such as in-room yoga mats and pet-friendly amenities such as pet beds and food and water bowls. Hotel restaurant The Tavernist works closely with Taiwan’s organic movement and sources for local produce to cook up the freshest culinary creations. Guests can maintain an active lifestyle by taking part in free fitness classes, working out in the 24-hour fitness centre or renting a bicycle to explore the city. Enjoy a sense of community with the hotel’ daily social hour in the lobby lounge, a space filled with natural light where guests can relax and meet other guests.
Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban, Shishi-Iwa House is an exclusive 10-room boutique resort developed as a place for peaceful retreats while stimulating intellectual creativity through its unique architecture. Located in Karuizawa in Nagano Prefecture, the resort blends perfectly into its lush forest surroundings, with mountains and small villages making a picturesque backdrop. The Library and Reception Room open to the resort’s garden, home to more than 250 trees of various kinds. The Grand Room, a central social space, connects to common kitchenettes shared among three or four guest rooms. Resort facilities also include a catering kitchen, fully equipped to host private dinners. With an interior completely made from timber and paper tubes as well as quality room amenities, guests are guaranteed a comfortable and peaceful stay.
Hip Yet Classy
Located in the heart of the Sudirman Central Business District, hip and contemporary five-star hotel Alila SCBD Jakarta opened earlier this year. The hotel’s emphasis on design is apparent in its creative art installations and thematic architecture, and the stylish vibe permeates every corner of the hotel and its 227 studios and suites. The towering hotel’s striking façade and irregular boot-like shape is bound to stand out in the Jakarta skyline. Foodies will enjoy world-class dining with modern New York dishes at Vong Kitchen and gourmet burgers and craft beers at Le Burger. Both concepts were created by Michelin-starred Jean-Georges Vongerichten and his son, Cedric. Diners can also enjoy authentic Cantonese cuisine at the stylish Hakkasan, by the Hakkasan Group. Other amenities include innovative event spaces, a cool outdoor pool, as well as a gym and Spa Alila.
The discerning guest will find no greater comfort than in the spacious suites of Jumeirah Living Guangzhou. Housing 169 suites, luxuriously decorated with either a classic or contemporary aesthetic, the property is in the heart of Zhujiang New Town Central Business District, surrounded by shimmering skyscrapers. The Jumeirah brand’s standard of hospitality is evident in the amenities available in each room, including home appliances such as a coffee machine, cooker, microwave oven, washing machine and dishwasher. Leisure offerings include a high-performance fitness centre and temperature-controlled outdoor swimming pool, located next to a poolside patio space and bar. Enjoy food and drinks throughout the day at the restaurant and lounge, or indulge in retail therapy at the adjacent Winter Mall, where one can find illustrious high-end brands.
The recently opened Melia Ho Tram Beach Resort on Vietnam’s southern coast promises to be an ideal five-star beach resort. Located just two hours from bustling Ho Chi Minh City, the 17-hectare upscale property features 152 guest rooms and 61 villas in a prime location, with 500 metres of ocean frontage. The resort is filled with lush gardens, lakes and swimming pools, including the 1,491-square-metre main pool. The two- to four-bedroom villas each have their own private pools, barbecue areas, outdoor showers and gardens, living areas and separate dining areas. Enjoy Asian flavours and other bites at four food-and-beverage venues plus a swim-up bar. The property’s YHI Spa has 10 treatment rooms with facilities such as jacuzzis as well as sauna and steam baths. Guests can also participate in a wide range of wellness classes and fun sports by the beach.