Monthly Archives: January 2013

Haven of Tranquillity

The Stones Hotel Legian, Bali offers exclusive, tailored experiences in an idyllic location. A cohesive blend of urban chic with beach simplicity and refined architecture with eclectic sophistication, the hotel offers 308 guestrooms and 22 suites. The palatial Presidential Suite expands over three floors and features an incredibly luxe rain shower and other modern amenities. The 3,000 sq m pool is the heart of the property, and the three innovative restaurants are the soul. Explore the vertical gardens to rediscover your centre, or be pampered into a state of tranquillity at the Celestine Spa. www.stoneshotelbali.com

Beijing Splendour

Like the capital city it’s in, Four Seasons Hotel Beijing is a marriage of contemporary China with honoured ancient traditions. Sitting in the Liangmahe area of the Central Business District, the hotel draws inspiration from the culture such as the majestic Imperial Palaces, and the dramatic calligraphic art. The property boasts over 300 guestrooms and suites, the Spa, an Executive Club Lounge, a naturally lit pool and gym, two restaurants and three lounges. The Afternoon Tea by award-winning Executive Pastry Chef Holger Deh at Opus Lounge is a must–try. www.fourseasons.com/beijing

Baltic Opulence

The first Kempinski hotel in the capital of Lithuania, Vilnius, and the brand’s first ever property in the Baltic States, is rich in neoclassical splendour. Sitting pretty in Old Town, a UNESCO Heritage Site, Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square features 96 rooms and suites, each designed to honour traditions of Baltic Lithuania without neglecting modern aesthetics. Restore wellness and energy at Kempinski The Spa when you’re tired from wandering the lovely city and then reward your stomach with seasonal, European fare at Restaurant Telegrafas. www.kempinski.com

Fashionable Dwelling

No longer famous for her flawless wrap-dresses alone, Diane von Furstenberg also loves to design rooms for resorts and hotels, such as Hayman, Australia’s celebrated private island destination, situated right by the Great Barrier Reef. The spectacular two-bedroom penthouse is generously appointed in signature DVF fabrics, in a mix of colours and textures fine-tuned by the fashion designer’s sense of style. A large balcony offers spectacular views of Hayman Beach, the tropical garden and the sparkling Coral Sea. The DVF Penthouse accommodates up to four adults and comes with full butler service and all meals. www.hayman.com.au

Garden of Delight

Eight months of renovation later, the Garden Wing at Shangri- La Hotel, Singapore opens as the country’s only urban resort. There are 158 guestrooms and suites inspired by nature, which rest within 15 acres of lush tropical vegetation. All Garden Wing rooms have its own balcony, while all three Premier Balcony Suites include an outdoor Jacuzzi and private balcony barbeque grill. Stroll by the waterfalls and koi ponds before indulging yourself at newly opened CHI, The Spa, followed by a treat for your taste buds at the Waterfall Café. www.shangri-la.com/singapore

At Your Service

The Pullman brand’s first hotel in Vietnam, Pullman Hanoi was previously known as the Hanoi Horison Hotel and was recently given a modern transformation. Opened in December 2012, the contemporary decor unifies the 242-room hotel, while creative use of colours and textures reflect the city’s vibrant personality. The hotel’s signature Pullman Welcomer greets every guest upon arrival and remains their one-stop contact for every need throughout their stay. The property also features three F&B options, and a luxurious Fit Lounge and Spa Lounge. www.pullmanhotels.com

Cabin in the Alps

Snuggled in the Swiss Alps in central Valais, Tiger’s Nest is a contemporary alpine luxury lodge sitting at an altitude of 1,550m. The super-luxe accommodation houses five beautifully furnished double bedrooms, including the master suite occupying the entire top floor of the four–storey lodge. Perfect for the athlete who appreciates the best in luxury, Tiger’s Nest is home to a spa treatment room, and indoor and outdoor activities, including badminton, gym, mountain biking, hiking, yoga and terrific and dependable snow conditions for the avid skier. www.tigersnestlodge.com

Night At The Opera

There are 107 guestrooms and suites at the vibrant and elegant Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi, including four l’Opera Grand Suites with views of the nearby Hanoi Opera House. The property features three dining venues, with names reminiscent of Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge. There is Café Lautrec for casual à la carte and buffet, Satine for fine dining, and La Fee Verte (“The Green Fairy”) for a nightcap. There are also elegant meeting and event spaces, as well as a day spa, gym and business centre. www.hoteldelopera.com

Elaborate Living

Redefining standards of luxury boutique hospitality in Tel Aviv, Israel, the Alma Hotel & Lounge breathes eclecticism into a historic building originally designed as an address for private residences. Rich gem-like colours and bold artistic designs, featuring vintage treasures and embellished pieces, create a story for each of the eight deluxe rooms and seven lavish studio suites. Yonatan Roshfeld, the chef behind Strauss’s three award-winning restaurants, takes the helm at the Alma Hotel & Lounge. www.almahotel.co.il

Luxury Journeys

Beachfront resort Conrad Bali recently launched a series of luxury experiences that are authentic and tailor-made for guests who are staying at one of the Conrad Suites. Visitors can now explore the real Bali with its hidden gems, giving travellers the opportunity to rediscover the island’s magnificent temples and the blossoming arts scene.