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Introduction Welcome to the 11th edition of The World’s Best Hotels book, based on the annual survey published by Institutional Investor. Firstly, congratulations to the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas for being voted the best hotel in the world. As the world’s first ever true global hotel survey moves into its 4th decade, it is also reassuring to see so many timeless classics still featuring in the top 100 hotels. The great cities continue to be well represented with Tokyo, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Hong Kong showing once again what high standards of hospitality they bring to match their continuing popularity. And of all the great hotel groups that are everpresent in the survey, none do better than The Peninsula group in Hong Kong, although one of their properties yet to make it onto the survey is The Peninsula Shanghai. I am sure it soon will, as those who have stayed will always agree that the room product there is second to none. We all anxiously await the opening of their Paris property in 2013.

In the United States, the great names of The Pierre, The Carlyle and The Hay-Adams are back where they belong. The Bel Air in Los Angeles (a previous winner) has yet to make it back on the list after a lengthy closure to totally remodel the hotel. Mandarin Oriental continue to do well in the USA and elsewhere with their Boston, San Francisco, New York, Miami and Washington properties all featuring. The group recently opened to great acclaim in Paris and will soon be arriving in Milan. An excellent sample of exporting great Asia hospitality values to the rest of the world. Although the larger global groups tend to dominate the annual survey, there is still room for the smaller independent properties such as the Widder in Zürich, Sukhothai in Bangkok and The Fullerton in Singapore to rub shoulders with their bigger neighbours.With the increasing

trend to smaller boutique properties globally I expect this trend to continue so if you can, do try the Andaz brand from Hyatt – especially London and Shanghai. Many of the larger groups are launching smaller, less formal brands in keeping with guest demand and we can look forward to some very exciting openings in the major financial centres in the next 12 months. Please send us your comments and feedback on any of the hotels featured in this edition, or your own personal favourites. Finally, on a sad note, we bade farewell this year to Jean Forrest of The Peninsula Group. Jean had spent much of her career with both The Peninsula and Four Seasons and will be sadly missed. Nigel Bolding Publisher

Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas



Editorial 12


Message from Institutional Investor The World’s Best Hotels 2012 Luxury Hotels Work Harder for Guests


Social Studies Hotels Tap into Web Networks

18 24 28

The World’s Top 100 Hotels Best Hotels by City Travel Accessories Travel in Style


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Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo

A Selection of the World’s Best Hotels Recent Openings Great Escapes

Mandarin Oriental, Geneva

Europe 50 52 54 56 58 60 62 64

Mandarin Oriental, Singapore

Asia The Dorchester, London, England Le Bristol, Paris, France Le Meurice, Paris, France Park Hyatt Paris-Vend么me, Paris, France Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris, France The Ritz-Carlton, Powerscourt, Dublin, Ireland Mandarin Oriental, Geneva, Switzerland Widder Hotel, Z眉rich, Switzerland

68 70 72 74 76 78 80 82 84 86 88 90 92 94 96 98 100 102 106 108 110 112 114

China World Summit Wing, Beijing, China Grand Hyatt Beijing, China The St. Regis, Beijing, China Conrad, Hong Kong, China The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, China The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, China Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, China Park Hyatt Shanghai, China The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong, China Capella Singapore Madarin Oriental, Singapore Raffles Hotel, Singapore The Fullerton Bay Hotel, Singapore The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore The Claridges, New Delhi, India Grand Hyatt Jakarta, Indonesia Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Japan Mandarin Oriental,Tokyo, Japan Shangri-La Hotel,Tokyo, Japan The Peninsula Tokyo, Japan The Ritz-Carlton,Tokyo, Japan Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

The Dorchester, London


Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai

The Address Downtown Dubai

Contents Middle East 118 120 122 124 126 128 130 132 134

The Palace - The Old Town, Dubai

Armani Hotel Dubai, UAE Burj Al Arab, Dubai, UAE Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai, UAE The Address Downtown Dubai, UAE The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, UAE The Address Dubai Marina, UAE The Address Montgomerie Dubai, UAE The Palace – The Old Town, Dubai, UAE The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre, UAE

The Americas 138

Mandarin Oriental, Boston, USA

The Address Montgomerie Dubai

Mandarin Oriental, Boston


Message from Institutional Investor Many industries have struggled to adjust to new demand levels in the wake of the global economic and financial crisis. Few would seem to face as big a challenge as the high-end hotel business. The properties that earn a place on Institutional Investor’s ranking of the World’s Best Hotels offer a luxury proposition at a time when restraint, or at least the appearance of it, is the order of the day. And yet premium hotels have recovered smartly over the past two years, with occupancy rates approaching pre-crisis peaks. In part that reflects a rebound in business travel generally. But top-notch establishments are responsible for much of their improved fortunes.They are putting more emphasis than ever on service, renovating their rooms and even cutting some deals in an effort to win over customers. For seasoned travelers there’s hardly been a better time to be on the road. Tom Buerkle Research Managing Editor: Thomas W. Johnson Senior Editors:Tucker Ewing / Jane B. Kenney Associate Editors: Denise Hoguet / Brian Murphy

Burj Al Arab, Dubai


The World’s Best Hotels 2012 Luxury Hotels Work Harder for Guests

Extra service, amenities and deals keep business humming at five-star establishments around the world. It’s a common occurrence: A guest leaves a piece of luggage behind in his room. Housekeeping finds it and places it in lost and found. What happened next, however, at the China World Summit Wing in Beijing was hardly standard procedure. “When the guest arrived in Hong Kong, he called to say he’d left his bag and needed the papers inside the suitcase for an important meeting,” recalls John Rice, general manager of the Shangri-La property. “This was a regular guest of ours. So our concierge booked an air ticket, flew to Hong Kong and handdelivered the bag to the home of the guest.” After the financial crisis first erupted in 2007, it was easy to argue that the luxury hotel market lost its way. Occupancy rates fell sharply. Monthly cancellation rates at top U.S. properties hit an unprecedented 20 per cent. The luxury segment became a prime target in the political backlash against executive compensation. Lately, however, the market has found its footing again. In the U.S. occupancy rates for 2011 will end up at close to 70 per cent, well above 2010’s rate of 66.2 per cent and just shy of the peak of 71.8 per cent reached back in 2006, according to STR Global, a Hendersonville,Tennessee, hospitality data research company. Premier hotels are leaving nothing to chance, though.They are going the extra mile — or 1,224 miles, in China World Summit Wing’s case — to provide the extraordinary service that has earned them customer loyalty as well as coveted spots on Institutional Investor’s annual ranking of the World’s Best Hotels.

The top spot on this year’s list belongs to Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek.The 31-year-old boutique hotel is a Dallas institution. Texans pack the house on weekends, and its fiercely loyal base of repeat clients accounts for 35 per cent of overall business. A three-year, $30 million overhaul, completed in 2010, updated the lobby from its 1980s, says managing director Duncan Graham. “People who’d been here 250 times worried it wouldn’t be the mansion anymore. But it was done in degrees – we never closed – and I think the design is timeless.” When the economic crisis first hit, some groups became sensitive about “staying at a place with ‘mansion’ in the name,” Graham says. But since 2008 occupancy rates at Rosewood Mansion have been on the rise. Midweek business travelers have returned. The hotel has landed some significant new accounts, including a large out-of-state bank whose employees generate 50 to 60 room nights a month. Yet the battle over patronage remains fierce. Graham estimates that the supply of hotel rooms in his competitive set has increased 125 per cent since 2006 — with no accompanying increase in demand. “We are at pre-2007 occupancy levels, but softer in rates,” he says. Average daily rates:They’re the Achilles’ heel of the recovery for the upscale sector. “In the U.S. market rates will probably end this year at $258,” says Bjorn Hanson, dean of the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management at New York University. That represents a decline of

China World Summit Wing, Beijing

nearly $30 from the peak rate of $286 set in 2008. “Never before has there been that large, nor that sustained, of a decline,” Hanson notes. Many luxury chains insist that rate integrity is an absolute. “You would never see a ‘For Sale’ sign on a Rolls-Royce dealership,” says Heinrich Morio, general manager of the Burj Al Arab in Dubai, No. 5 on II’s roster. “Likewise, the Burj Al Arab is not a product that can have a ‘For Sale’ sign.” Yet in these times when hotels are fighting harder than ever for business and online travel agencies have made pricing even more transparent, guests are expecting more for their money— and getting it. A free extra night? That once-elusive incentive has become more commonplace among premium hotels — even at the Burj Al Arab, where room

single point of contact for organizers of meetings and conventions. “Physical product will always be there, new hotel or old hotel,” Rice says. “But guest experience and service will always differentiate one property from another.” The Mount Nelson Hotel has assigned a staff member to assist production crews for films, advertisements and photo shoots, which account for 25 percent of the hotel’s clientele. (Cape Town is considered the Hollywood of Africa, thanks to its tax incentives and skilled English-speaking talent.) “They’re long-stay guests, so I like to take care of them,” says general manager Xavier Lablaude.“I give them small discounts at the bar, special rates for laundry and 10 percent off on food and beverage.”

Claridge’s, London

rates average $2,000 a night. Breakfast? It’s now included in the Burj Al Arab’s base rate. Free transportation? The Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa, which ranks 47th on the list, provides a complimentary ‘green limo’, an electric car that transfers guests to three nearby tourist spots. Free Wi-Fi? Claridge’s was one of the first hotels in London to offer it. “Value add-on is really in demand, particularly among leisure clients,” says Thomas Kochs, general manager of the Claridge’s, this year’s third-place hotel. Leisure travelers account for 55 per cent of the Claridge’s mix; they have returned with fatter pocket-books than corporate guests. “Leisure clients are spending more, staying longer and treating themselves to suites a little more often,” he says. Kochs has made good-will visits to the U.S. this year to confer with his top bookers — members of networks like Virtuoso, Signature and American Express Centurion — and to promote the 113-year-old property as a destination for modern and traditional travelers alike.That means providing butlers who are as adept at troubleshooting iPads (which are provided in the hotel’s limousines) as they are at manning the 5:00 p.m. rounds of the sweets trolley. It means cutting-edge fare from

Gordon Ramsay as well as the best afternoon tea in London, according to the prestigious Tea Guild. “Our heritage, history and the royalty that stays with us definitely help make the Claridge’s attractive,” Kochs says. “But we are actively working at keeping our name and our brand relevant to the needs travelers have today and tomorrow.” Although exquisite service remains part and parcel of the luxury image, the segment is starting to fine-tune its marketing message. “Pampering is now complemented by something that conveys productivity,” NYU’s Hanson says. “The message is: ‘If you stay at our hotel, we will have the service you need and will make your time more productive.’ ” That’s certainly the mantra at the China World Summit Wing, No. 42, where corporate guests have reduced both the frequency and duration of their stays. “They want the best value and best quality in the shortest length of time,” says general manager Rice. Since those guests are eating inhouse more during their short stays, the hotel now changes its recommendation menu every two weeks to offer more variety. An 8,000-squarefoot executive lounge, due to open mid-2012, will connect directly to the business center and the newly refreshed conference facilities. The hotel also added a dedicated concierge to serve as a

What happens, though, when there’s too much of a good thing? STR Global has cautioned that over supply could spoil the recovery in the high-end market as new properties continue to open their doors around the globe — and around the corner from some of the hotels on this year’s list. “Competition is our top preoccupation,” says Vincenzo Finizzola, general manager of the Four Seasons Hotel Milan (No. 61). The luxury 95room Armani Hotel opened in November just a five-minute walk away. The Four Seasons courteously tweeted its “very best wishes to our new neighbours”, even as the 18-year-old property is freshening up for the fight. A 7,000-square-foot spa will open in 2012, just as renovations begin on all 118 rooms. Once the sole luxury property in lower Manhattan, the Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park — which ranks 64th — now has several competitors for the business that’s expected to come with the opening of 1 World Trade Center, the 1,776-foot skyscraper currently rising on the site of the old Twin Towers. However, continuous delays have pushed the tower’s opening back to April 2014 — adding insult to the injuries suffered by downtown business hotels as a result of the financial turmoil on Wall


Street. As a $10 million renovation revamped the hotel’s 298 rooms in 2009, the Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park’s management team overhauled its food and beverage and sales approach as well. The high-priced steakhouse? Gone. 2 West is now a more moderately priced American bistro. “It’s giving customers a lot more options,” says general manager Greg Mendoza. Financial and corporate groups disappearing from the reservation books? Call in the lawyers. The sales team has booked several legal groups and associations for functions at the Battery Park property. In July the hotel even marketed a package for trial lawyers, which included everything from a free shoeshine to a noncompete clause excluding opposing counsel from booking at the hotel. Those wholesalers that were unnecessary in the past? Ring them up. “They are bringing us business from Germany, Brazil and Mexico,” Mendoza says. “It’s a new segment, and it’s working.” The Claridge’s also has its sights set on the Brazilian market, as does the Fullerton Hotel in Singapore (No. 75), owing to direct flights now connecting São Paulo to Singapore three times a week. “Singapore has enjoyed buoyant visitor arrivals the past year because of those direct flights,” says Giovanni Viterale, general manager of the Fullerton Heritage hotel group. To highlight its prominent position in Singapore’s history (the hotel occupies the grand former General Post Office building), in July 2010 the Fullerton opened an 800-square-foot gallery with photographs, maps, stamps and other artifacts that date back to 1932. The hotel also teamed with the Singapore Philatelic Museum to create the Fullerton Heritage Trail map. “It guides visitors on a walking trail to discover first hand the rich history and diverse culture of the neighbouring civic district within which both our hotels are located,”Viterale says. Although the Fullerton has been guiding foreign visitors to its door, several other properties on this year’s list have turned their gaze homeward. The Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City (No.35) has

aggressively targeted its domestic market through Internet ads pegged to Spanish-language searches and websites. The push has boosted Mexican share of the hotel’s clientele to 28 percent from 23 percent previously. “We are also strongly targeting social catering, especially weddings,” says general manager Ricardo Acevedo. “In Mexico City it’s common to see weddings in the high-end market with 800 to 1,000 guests. It’s a very lucrative business”. After the earthquake, Tsunami and nuclear crisis crippled Japan in March, The Peninsula Tokyo, which captures second place on II’s list, launched a highly successful “Peninsula Dream Stay Package” strictly for Japanese residents at an unprecedented 55 percent off rack rates. “During this time only Japanese were vising hotels,” says general manager Malcolm Thompson.“It was important to target the local market.” By year-end corporate business had rebounded, but leisure guests — the ones whose three- to five-night stays in suites add significantly to revenues — were as yet sorely missed. “We are still working on informing and convincing the international community that Tokyo is safe,” Thompson says. “We would like the international leisure traveller to return to us.” Armani Hotel Dubai

What was once lost can be found again; just ask that grateful China World Summit Wing guest. The extraordinary levels of service that earn The Peninsula Tokyo and its fellow honorees the accolades of savvy travellers will serve them well as they, and the luxury market as a whole, continue to regain strength and look for growth opportunities in the year ahead. Kristin Baird Rattini

The Fullerton Bay Hotel, Singapore

Social Studies Hotels Tap into Web Networks

Social media have become vital marketing tools for luxury hotels. But they’re a constantly moving target, with different platforms and outlets emerging (such as Tumblr) and fading (Myspace) at warp speed. Facebook pages and Twitter feeds are the default social media venues for many hotels. However, only those properties that actively manage and update their feeds will succeed in forging the connections and generating the interest they seek. The Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts chain has been particularly active in its social media efforts. In November the chain generated buzz by extensively utilizing four social media outlets — Facebook, Foursquare, Tumblr and Twitter — to market the launch of its first Global Spa Week. Following corporate’s lead, both the Four Seasons Hotel Milan and the Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City adeptly used their Facebook pages and Twitter streams to promote not only food and beverage and lodging specials but also significant cultural events around town. In addition, Ricardo Acevedo, general manager at the Mexico City property, checks the travel review website daily for new posts about the hotel. He responds personally to complaints as well as compliments. “It is great as an additional tool to keep connected with our guests,” Acevedo says. For its tenth anniversary, in October, the Fullerton Hotel in Singapore reconnected with former guests through its “Post a Memory” contest and

shared their contributions through its networking sites, with the top three entries winning a weekend at the hotel. “We received tremendous positive comments on the wonderful entries submitted and resonance from other guests on their own memories of their stays,” says Giovanni Viterale, general manager of the Fullerton Heritage hotel group.

Restaurant has an impressive Twitter following and tweets whenever an exciting new ingredient, such as Dover sole, arrives in his kitchen. “Within the next couple days, we’ve run out of the ingredient,” says managing director Duncan Graham.“It’s in such demand. It’s wonderful that we can communicate quickly, in real time.” And with real results.

The Claridge’s in London is doubling the power of positive press by linking to and retweeting articles about the hotel published by such traditional media outlets as Elle, The Times and the London Evening Standard. Such interconnectivity improves web visibility — which may in turn influence the hotel’s ranking in certain web search results. The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park, funnels its news to the chain’s Facebook page and Twitter account. In October the hotel was featured on the corporate Facebook page as a prime viewing point for the Statue of Liberty’s 125th anniversary.Within hours, 136 Facebook fans “liked” the story. “While social media may not lead to immediate bookings, the Ritz-Carlton’s platforms have certainly helped to spread awareness for the hotel,” says Audrey Tierney, the property’s senior marketing and public relations coordinator. If generating awareness and profits is the ultimate goal, then the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas has achieved it with its online strategy. Chef Bruno Davaillon at the property’s Mansion

Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas


The World’s Top 100 Hotels Park Hyatt Shanghai

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas The Peninsula Tokyo Claridge’s, London The Peninsula Beverly Hills Burj Al Arab, Dubai Hotel Arts Barcelona The Hay-Adams, Washington, D.C. The Carlyle, New York Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme Ritz Paris

The Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles

Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas

11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok Park Hyatt Shanghai Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas Mandarin Oriental,Tokyo Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta InterContinental Amstel, Amsterdam Hôtel Plaza Athénéé, Paris Tower Suites at Wynn Las Vegas The Peninsula Chicago Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco

21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30

The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, Washington, D.C. The Ritz London The Boulders, Phoenix Conrad Miami Willard InterContinental, Washington, D.C. Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois Basel The Dolder Grand, Zürich The Phoenician, Phoenix Four Seasons Hotel Seattle Park Hyatt Beijing

31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40

The Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles The Pierre, New York Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles (Four Seasons) The Peninsula New York Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City The Sukhothai Hotel, Bangkok Grand Hyatt Singapore The St. Regis New York Hôtel Plaza Athénéé, New York Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris


China World Summit Wing, Beijing

Mandarin Oriental, New York

Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas

Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

Halekulani, Honolulu

Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix

41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50

Hotel Adlon Kempinski, Berlin China World Summit Wing, Beijing Mandarin Oriental, Miami Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills Mandarin Oriental, New York Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town The Peninsula Bangkok Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires The Dorchester, London

51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60

Raffles Hotel Singapore The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami Four Seasons Hotel Boston Hôtel Beau-Rivage, Geneva Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore The Ritz-Carlton Chicago ( Four Seasons) Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas Hotel Kämp, Helsinki Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C.

61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70

Four Seasons Hotel Milan Widder Hotel, Zürich Hotel Ritz Madrid The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park Mandarin Oriental, Singapore Le Bristol, Paris Mandarin Oriental, Boston Halekulani, Honolulu The Connaught, London Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix


The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore

Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C.

Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva

Hilton Arc de Triomphe, Paris

Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80

Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva The Peninsula Hong Kong The St. Regis Beijing Park Hyatt Chicago The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore Baur au Lac, Z端rich Four Seasons Hotel New York Grand Hyatt Tokyo Four Seasons Hotel Singapore Grand Hyatt Shanghai

81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90

Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C. David InterContinental,Tel Aviv The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common The St. Regis Singapore Sofitel Chicago Water Tower The Ritz-Carlton,Tokyo The St. Regis Houston Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore Hyatt Regency Paris Madeleine Four Seasons Hotel Toronto

91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100

The Berkeley, London The St. Regis San Francisco Grand Hyatt Beijing The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, Atlanta Hilton Arc de Triomphe, Paris Four Seasons Hotel Chicago Grand Hyatt Hong Kong The New York Palace Park Hyatt Z端rich The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta


Best Hotels by City Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia

Park Hyatt Beijing

The Americas Atlanta – Four Seasons Hotel Boston – Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires – Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Chicago – The Peninsula Dallas – Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek Honolulu – Halekulani Houston – The St. Regis Las Vegas – Tower Suites at Wynn Las Vegas Los Angeles – The Peninsula Beverly Hills Mexico City – Four Seasons Hotel Miami – Conrad New York – The Carlyle Philadelphia – Four Seasons Hotel Phoenix – The Boulders San Francisco – Mandarin Oriental Santiago – Grand Hyatt Seattle – Four Seasons Hotel Toronto – Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver – Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C. – The Hay-Adams

Asia & Australia Bangkok – Mandarin Oriental Beijing – Park Hyatt Hanoi – Sofitel Legend Metropole Hong Kong – Mandarin Oriental Jakarta – Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur – Mandarin Oriental Manila – Makati Shangri-La Mumbai – The Taj Mahal Palace New Delhi – The Oberoi Seoul – Grand Hyatt Shanghai – Park Hyatt Singapore – Grand Hyatt Sydney – Four Seasons Hotel Taipei – Grand Hyatt Tokyo – The Peninsula

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle


Hotel K채mp, Helsinki

Burj Al Arab, Dubai


InterContinental Amstel, Amsterdam

Amsterdam – InterContinental Amstel Barcelona – Hotel Arts Basel – Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois Berlin – Hotel Adlon Kempinski Copenhagen – Hotel d’Angleterre Frankfurt – Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof Geneva – Hôtel Beau-Rivage Helsinki – Hotel Kämp London – Claridge’s Madrid – Hotel Ritz Milan – Four Seasons Hotel Munich – Bayerischer Hof Paris – Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme Rome – Hotel de Russie Stockholm – Grand Hôtel Vienna – Hotel Imperial Zürich – The Dolder Grand

Middle East & Africa Cape Town – Mount Nelson Hotel Dubai – Burj Al Arab Istanbul – Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus Jerusalem – The King David Johannesburg – InterContinental Sandton Towers Tel Aviv – David InterContinental


Travel Accessories Travel in Style

Ettinger of London Established 1934 2012 has already been an exciting year for Ettinger with the launch of a brand new website and a much bigger on-line shop. More sophisticated and easier to navigate, the site is attracting a growing audience and customers from around the world looking for stylish yet classic luxury leather goods and accessories. Ettinger has a wide selection of items for today’s discerning traveller from classic leather briefcases to leather and canvas weekend bags, travel wallets, passport cases, key cases and a wide selection of wallets, billfolds and purses. Ettinger products are still hand-made in Britain at the Ettinger factory and the company is now one of only a handful still designing and manufacturing leather goods in the UK. Ettinger has recently unveiled a stylish new collection of leather cases called the Metropolitan Collection. Inspired by earlier designs, the new collection expands Ettinger’s current offering which includes a ‘Heritage Collection’ of more traditional attaché cases and flap-over briefcases and a ‘Pursuits Collection’ of classic yet contemporary canvas and leather bags.

The Metropolitan portfolio case and the Metropolitan briefcase, part of Ettinger’s new Metropolitan leather bags collection.


ESPA Whilst staying in some of The World’s Best Hotels, you will no doubt discover ESPA spas. These beautiful retreats can be found in over 55 countries throughout the world, for example The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong and the Mandarin Oriental in New York. As creators of some of the world’s finest destination spas and masters of the spa experience and treatments, ESPA leads the way in terms of spa knowledge, heritage and natural ingredient intelligence. No one understands the mind, body and soul synergies better than ESPA. From an environmental point of view, ESPA products are developed from sourcing ingredients of the finest plant extracts and oils, all of which are ethically sourced from around the world. ESPA ensures that all raw ingredients are harvested from sustainable sources, making treatments even more appealing. ESPA is proud to be a British company who manufactures its products in the UK.


A Selection of the World’s Best Hotels Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas

The Peninsula Tokyo

Although much has changed since the original Mansion was built off Turtle Creek Boulevard decades ago, the tradition of elegance and hospitality continues to live on at this historic Dallas icon. Meticulously restored over the years, the interiors pay tribute to the Mansion’s rich history and preserve the intimate ambience and magnificence of the private residence it once was. Hand-carved fireplaces, marble floors and stained-glass windows blend perfectly with the new décor and colour scheme to reflect the hotel’s residential sensibilities and comfortably chic atmosphere. Impeccable service, an attentive staff and thoughtful amenities guarantee unprecedented hospitality and leave the Mansion Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas poised for generations to come.

A five-star hotel the way it should be, this shining landmark is international in design but Japanese in inspiration. Unique elements of Japanese heritage and culture are displayed throughout and combine with traditional Peninsula standards of comfort and stunning city views to satisfy every type of guest. No stranger to technology, the hotel features a panel in each guestroom to control everything from humidity to lighting. For ultimate convenience there is a cordless phone for use within the hotel and even a nail dryer in each room for achieving the perfect manicure. Legendary service partnered with convenience and elegance makes this one of the best places to stay in the city. mansiononturtlecreek

The Peninsula Tokyo

Claridge’s, London

Burj Al Arab, Dubai

Stunning design, flawless service and over a century of glamour combine to create a world of sophistication and luxury in the very heart of Mayfair. Offering a sumptuous retreat for the business traveller or an indulgent escape for the purpose of simply spoiling yourself or a loved one, the Claridge’s continues to be graced by a discerning clientele who appreciate the service and discretion, its beauty and its rich heritage. Original features mingle with distinctly modern twists as the bold lines and sweeping curves reminiscent of the Art Deco period continue to evoke the unmistakeable air of timeless elegance throughout.

Dominating the Dubai skyline and ensuring its place as one of the most awe-inspiring structures in the world, this all-suite hotel promises to exceed the expectations of even the most jaded traveller. In addition to floor to ceiling windows with breathtaking views, each duplex suite benefits from a range of unique features including Versace bedspreads and Hermes-stocked bathrooms. At night, the otherwise dazzling white exterior of this unique sail-shaped building is used as a canvas for an illuminating display of colour, providing an enchanting entrance to the marvels that wait inside. Suspended 200 metres above sea level, the Skyview Bar is just one of many unforgettable experiences not to be missed.

Claridge’s, London

Burj Al Arab, Dubai


The Carlyle, New York

Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme

Reading like a ‘Who’s Who’ of world business and entertainment affairs, The Carlyle’s guest list is worthy of its reputation as a New York City landmark. Since its debut in 1930, it has been considered a home away from home by countless royals and heads-of-state including every American president since Truman. Dominating the Upper East Side over which it presides, the 35-story hotel offers elegant views of Central Park and Manhattan’s ever-changing skyline. Recent updates by renowned designers such as Thierry Despont and Alexandra Champalimaud have added a touch of contemporary panache to each of the 188 accommodations whilst still upholding the Manhattan legend’s venerable design heritage.

From its coveted position overlooking the fashionable Rue de la Paix, the spotless 19thcentury façade of the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme dominates the chic Parisian boulevards beneath. Conceived by renowned designer Ed Tuttle, the interiors present a striking blend of classic design and contemporary architecture, achieving a sensual, understated elegance that extends throughout. Stylish fabrics, sumptuous materials and luxurious yet modest furnishings make this one of the most visually captivating hotels in Paris. What’s more, some of the city’s finest restaurants are waiting to be discovered here, including the Michelin Starred Le Pur’ by Chef Jean-François Rouquette.

The Carlyle, New York

Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

Park Hyatt Shanghai

The first luxury hotel in Thailand and the world’s best hotel for the first 10 years of the Institutional Investor survey, the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok has been nestled alongside the Chao Phraya River, or the ‘River of Kings’, welcoming guests and inspiring legendary authors for more than 135 years. Rich in history and beautifully re-designed in 2009, accommodations in the River Wing are complete with every modern convenience at no detriment to the oriental heritage and elegant Thai culture that one has come to expect from the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. Uniquely, the hotel boasts a myriad of opulent suites named after the literary greats who have sought inspiration from the hotel’s enchanting setting: Joseph Conrad, Somerset Maugham, Noel Coward and James Michener to name a few.

Climbing 87 floors up the Shanghai World Financial Center in just 51 seconds, a private elevator takes guests directly from an elegantly marbled hallway to this hotel’s magnificent lobby high above the buzzing metropolis. Although the initial impact of glass and light is second to none, every part of the hotel, from the spa to each of the bedrooms, has floor-to-ceiling windows offering unique vantage points and sweeping views of the city skyline and Huangpu River. For a truly spectacular dining experience, 100 Century Avenue Restaurant combines these impressive panoramas with the most dynamic show kitchens in Shanghai and an extensive wine list of over 500 labels. Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

Park Hyatt Shanghai


Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris

The Peninsula Chicago

With windows that open onto either the chestnut tree-lined Avenue Montaigne, the serene Cour Jardin, or even a side view of the Eiffel Tower, this hotel promises some of the most romantic views in the world. At the crossroads of fashion, entertainment and business, it has been seducing guests with its traditional yet glamorous décor since opening in 1911. Alain Ducasse is the Executive Chef of the hotel ensuring a distinctive style of cuisine at all four dining venues including his own restaurant, Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée. Here, diners can enjoy exceptional French creations prepared with imagination, flair and the utmost attention to detail.

Located in the heart of the Magnificent Mile on North Michigan Avenue, no hotel is better located for business, shopping and city attractions. The guestrooms and suites are among the most spacious in the city, boasting a residential feel perfect for business and leisure travellers alike. For the former, a generously sized executive desk will be welcome, as will complimentary Internet access, local telephone calls and daily newspapers. Alternatively, those in search of tranquillity can head to the spa where a luxurious selection of body and skincare treatments is available against a backdrop of aesthetic bliss.

Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris

The Peninsula Chicago

Park Hyatt Beijing

The Pierre, New York

Part of the prestigious Beijing Yintai Centre, the tallest skyscraper on Chang’an Avenue and a symbol of new China, the Park Hyatt Beijing is ideally located in the Chaoyang District, near the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Beihai Park. Within, 246 contemporary rooms and suites have been designed with the most discerning traveller in mind. Warm colours and rich materials evoke a luxury residence while gracious service and complementing conveniences ensure that every whim is catered for. Located on the top floor of the hotel, China Grill is one of the highest restaurants in Beijing and pairs exquisite international cuisine with a wide selection of fine wines against a 360-degree backdrop of the city below.

Now re-open after an impressive US$100 million renovation, this iconic US flagship of Taj Hotels continues to set the standard for elegance and unrivalled hospitality. Amidst the buzz of one of the world’s most exciting cities, The Pierre offers a refined, gracious and accommodating oasis in which to escape and unwind. Soft shades of pale ivory and taupe are contrasted with rich woods, tufted leather headboards and matching benches to create an understated yet luxurious residential feel in each of the 189 stunning guestrooms and suites. At the same time, its sought after Central Park location in Midtown Manhattan combined with its award-winning Clefs d’Or concierge staff ensure effortless access to the City’s finest attractions, dining and nightlife.

Park Hyatt Beijing

The Pierre, New York


Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

The Dorchester, London

Old and new come together effortlessly against an eclectic city skyline at this visually arresting hotel. The handsomely restored Palacio Duhau itself is one of the few remaining palaces representing Buenos Aires’ traditional and exclusive ‘Portena’ aristocracy. Connected by an underground walkway and gallery, the new Posadas building reflects the future of Buenos Aires and flawlessly complements the Palace’s legendary old time glamour with 21st century design and décor. Belleépoque elegance meets tech-savvy modernity and comfort throughout and is marvellously enhanced by the hotel’s unbeatable service, magnificent dining options, fantastic spa and jaw-dropping suites. This hotel redefines luxury not only in the Argentine capital but across Latin America.

Occupying arguably the most prestigious acre and a half of real estate in the world, The Dorchester looks every inch the legendary institution that it is. A protected architectural landmark with views over Hyde Park, the hotel has played host to countless dignitaries and celebrities since opening in 1931. With exceptional grace and comfort, the accommodations are welcoming and spacious with art deco styled bathrooms and Italian marble bathtubs said to be the deepest in London. Guests can indulge in exclusive pampering at the recently transformed Dorchester Spa or enjoy awardwinning cuisine at any one of the hotel’s four exquisite restaurants. A ratio of 3 staff to every guest ensures that the personal service is second to none, keeping discerning visitors coming back time and time again.

Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

The Dorchester, London

Raffles Hotel Singapore

Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

Since opening its doors in 1887, Raffles Hotel has been home to many celebrities and writers including Elizabeth Taylor, Somerset Maugham and Rudyard Kipling. More legend than hotel, it is where English colonials gathered to sing and dance after Singapore surrendered to Japan in 1942. To stay here today is still to experience the timeless elegance, history, glamour and ‘all the fables of the exotic East’ so aptly described by Somerset Maugham. Its colonial-styled architecture and lush tropical gardens are home to 103 tasteful suites all with high ceilings, polished teak floors and adorned with antique furnishings. It remains one of Singapore’s most graceful landmarks and many simply cannot leave without having a taste of the iconic Singapore Sling which made its debut in the hotel’s Long Bar in 1915.

Located in Hong Kong’s Central Business District, this iconic hotel offers not only the perfect location for business travellers but is also within credit card throwing distance of some of the city’s finest shopping and entertainment areas. It is the epitome of contemporary luxury combined with Oriental heritage, boasting 501 individually furnished guestrooms and suites, an award-winning Mandarin Spa and 10 outstanding restaurants including the two-Michelin star Pierre by Pierre Gagnaire. Exquisite materials and handcrafted finishes feature alongside the very latest guestoriented technology throughout, creating an exclusive sanctuary framed by sweeping views of Victoria Harbour and the surrounding cityscape. And although this hotel has mastered the art of service, it never rests, continuing to set a standard that proves difficult to match.

Raffles Hotel Singapore

Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong


The Peninsula Hong Kong

The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore

Opened in 1928, Hong Kong’s oldest hotel has certainly earned its reputation as the legendary ‘Grande Dame of the Far East’. Offering a unique blend of the best of Eastern and Western hospitality, The Peninsula exudes old world glamour, from its white-gloved doormen to its vast fleet of chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce Phantoms. Unmatched classical grandeur and timeless elegance make this the perfect setting in which to re-live the glamour of a bygone era whether visiting for business or leisure. From its position on Victoria Harbour in the heart of Kowloon,The Peninsula enjoys unparalleled views of Hong Kong Island and the best range of cityscapes any hotel has to offer.

Now a haven of serenity and comfort, the Fullerton Hotel is a wonderful mix of history and modernity. The General Post Office,The Singapore Club and the Chamber of Commerce were all previously housed within the striking façade of this colonial landmark which today is home to 400 stylish rooms and suites. The hotel’s interior designers, Hirsch Bedner and Associates, have successfully created a contemporary décor that exudes a sense of heritage and warmth. Spacious rooms overlook a sunlit central atrium or boast sweeping views of the city skyline, harbour or the river promenade. The service is wonderfully discreet and guests can expect personal touches such as their carefully polished shoes dispatched through a specially designed niche in the wardrobe closet of their room.

The Peninsula Hong Kong

The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore

The Fullerton Bay Hotel, Singapore

Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore

The latest addition to the sparkling Marina Bay waterfront, this hotel combines cutting-edge design with a sense of finesse to create an atmosphere that aptly captures Singapore’s modernity while continuing to celebrate its heritage. A delicate mixture of Asian and western influences, the interiors boast natural colours, sumptuous materials, soft furnishings, and the latest in-room technology. Brand new to the hotel, three Floating Event Pods present a striking meeting experience in the very heart of the city. Built on water in the harbour, the event pods are reminiscent of trading boats docked in a modern day setting. Rooftops and adjoining balconies provide splendid views of the bay while crystal beaded wallpaper on the ceiling of each – named Port of Call, Voyage and Compass – subtly captures the reflections of the shimmering waters below.

Set in acres of luxuriant botanical gardens, the Shangri-la Hotel, Singapore is a place like no other. Outside, luminous red and gold koi swimming in ponds by tumbling waterfalls fashion a moving portrait filled with aquatic plants, tropical flowers and shady fruit trees. Guestrooms and suites are spread across three distinctive wings: the contemporary Tower Wing, the tropical Garden Wing and the impressive Valley Wing which, with its private entrance and reception, offers the hotel’s highest level of service. From classical Japanese kaiseki at Nadaman to the best of authentic Cantonese delicacies at Shang Palace, the choice of exquisite food and ever-attentive service on offer guarantees a culinary experience to remember.

The Fullerton Bay Hotel, Singapore

Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore


Hyatt Regency Paris-Madeleine

Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane

Ideally situated in the area of La Madeleine on Boulevard Malesherbes, this boutique hotel is just a stone’s throw from the haute couture, fashion and jewellery shops of the famous Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and Rue Royale as well as the department stores Printemps and Galeries Lafayette on Haussmann Boulevard. It features 86 beautifully stylish rooms and suites with views over the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and Saint-Augustin’s Church. Natural tones and light wood furnishings complement elegant interiors while luxurious amenities and state of the art technology combine to ensure total comfort. Sophisticated dining and lounge options, a fully equipped business centre, fitness centre and the Keraskin Esthetics Spa complete this fabulous Parisian hotel.

Balancing eclectic British sophistication and sleek modern style, the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane offers a uniquely classic and contemporary ambience that remains true to its leafy surrounds in the heart of Mayfair. Renowned designer Pierre-Yves Rochon has overseen its recent transformation which combines timeless design inspired by the golden age of travel with every modern comfort a guest could desire. High style dining and a world-class concierge team complete the experience, not to mention the dazzling, glass-walled urban spa. Sleek, contemporary and with views over the park and historic cityscape, this rooftop oasis offers the perfect escape with exclusively designed treatments by CACI, ESPA, Omorovicza, OPI, The Organic Pharmacy and Vaishaly.

Hyatt Regency Paris-Madeleine

Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane

Recent Openings Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris

Mandarin Oriental, Paris

Devoted to true elegance, Le Royal Monceau offers sophisticated residency with a touch of panache and irreverence. Taking inspiration from the 1940s and 50s, renowned designer Philippe Starck has transformed the hotel into a new generation palace enlivened by art and culture. Art exhibitions, photography displays and film screenings all wait to be discovered as part of the story that visitors are invited to explore. In addition to the highly anticipated Spa My Blend by Clarins, the hotel boasts two exquisite finedining restaurants: the French La Cuisine and the Italian Il Carpaccio. Created by the distinguished ‘Picasso of pastry’ Pierre Herme, the hotel’s desserts are not to be missed.

Housed within an historic Art Deco building situated on the fashionable Rue Saint-Honoré, the Mandarin Oriental, Paris encompasses the very essence of this charming city. Its interiors are alive with unique character, combining the richness, modernity and creativity of the 1930s with the hallmarks of luxury and Parisian fashion. Taking inspiration from some of the iconic women who left their mark on the era – Madeleine Vionnet, Gabrielle Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli – the hotel pays tribute to muses past and present with its romantic mood, subtle shades and delicate details. Highlights include a tree-planted indoor garden, a choice of two restaurants and a Cake Shop under executive chef Thierry Marx.

Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris

Mandarin Oriental, Paris


The Bulgari Hotel, London

Armani Hotel Dubai

A truly authentic expression of the Bulgari aesthetic, this stunning hotel exudes an uncompromising sense of excellence and understated sophistication. Silver represents the unifying theme between the Group’s silversmith origins and Britain’s noble manufacturing traditions and is complemented by rich furnishings, exclusive textiles and state-of-theart technology throughout. Set across two entire floors, the Bulgari Spa offers an atmosphere of intense, exclusive tranquillity against a backdrop of onyx, oak,Vincenza stone and Italian glass mosaics. Rooms and suites are the largest in London promising an oasis of comfort and sleek luxury just a stone’s throw from both Harrods and Hyde Park.

Located in the iconic Burj Khalifa, the world’s first Armani Hotel is a minimalist’s dream. Every aspect of its design, from the restaurant menus to the in-room amenities, has been personally overseen by Giorgio Armani himself. Understated luxury, practicality and elegance combine with precious materials and sophisticated finishes – Eramosa stone, zebra wood panelling and fabric-covered walls – to create a unique and personal space.The Armani approach goes beyond visual aesthetics however, offering unparalleled levels of service based around its signature lifestyle concept. Lifestyle Managers are representative hosts, reinforcing the hotel’s ‘home away from home’ philosophy and discreetly attending to every guest’s need, desire and whim.

The Bulgari Hotel, London

Armani Hotel Dubai

Great Escapes Armani Hotel Milan

Alfajiri Villas, Kenya

A world of sophisticated beauty awaits at the Armani Hotel Milan, where the sculptural, aesthetic and sensual qualities of each and every element embody the hallmarks of the Armani brand. Floor-to-ceiling high glass windows offer breathtaking panoramic views of the city’s rooftops and terraces from the hotel’s refined and elegant dining venues. Armani/Ristorante draws on the rich gastronomic traditions of Italy while Armani/ Lounge combines exclusivity and style to create a relaxing ambience perfect for an informal lunch or simply to watch the world go by. Offering a fully tailored sensory experience, exclusive treatments at the Armani/Spa are designed to fulfil different needs, from encouraging freedom of movement and the release of physical tension to enhancing vitality and the restoration of internal balance.

With three private villas each overlooking the luscious white sands of Diani Beach and the glistening expanse of the Indian Ocean beyond, Alfajiri Villas is the ultimate luxury hideaway. Bursting with personality, each villa features delicate African and Far Eastern artefacts that lend an opulent touch to the otherwise elegantly simple interiors of carvings, low-lying furnishings and wooden beams. Here the concept is as you please. Private dining is served al fresco or in a villa with a personal chef on hand to cater to every culinary desire. Slightly further afield, docile whale sharks out in the ocean and elephants up in the hills are also there for the asking, with a vehicle available for trips within the Diani Beach area.

Armani Hotel Milan

Alfajiri Villas, Kenya


Royal Malewane, South Africa

Huvafen Fushi, Maldives

Located on a 13,000 hectare Big Five private game reserve forming part of the greater Kruger National Park, Royal Malewane is a fusion of colonial splendour and luxurious comfort. Antique furnishings and Persian rugs accent six ultra-luxurious suites, each with its own rim-flow pool often frequented by thirsty elephants! Two additional two-bedroom suites come with the complimentary services of a butler and chef, private game drives and complimentary massages. Moroccan-inspired meals beneath Bedouin tents are alternated with crystal and silver service, and fireside dinners. The spa is a royal treat for the body and mind with first-class facilities including Royal Malewane, South Africa a large heated pool, Jacuzzi, and casitas perfect for relaxing after indulging in African-inspired therapies.

Despite its stunning marooned location in the middle of the Indian Ocean, Huvafen Fushi remains naturally modern, showcasing distinctive design and providing state-of-the-art facilities. 44 sumptuous bungalows and pavilions with private pools offer seclusion and space for those looking to escape while sailboats and dhonis offer a more intimate experience, ready to take guests off on scuba diving and water sport adventures. Romantic dining options include the fibre-optic infinity pool at UMbar, seafood specialities over the ocean at Salt or the more relaxing ambience of Cardamom Lounge. Exclusive signature treatments will caress and soothe at LIME, the world’s first underwater spa which offers fascinating scenes of relaxation and the promise of a truly unique spa experience.

Photo: Š Huvafen Fushi, a Per AQUUM Retreat

Huvafen Fushi, Maldives

Chewton Glen, England

Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire, England

Set in 130 acres of beautifully landscaped Hampshire countryside just minutes from the sea, Chewton Glen is the perfect getaway for both relaxation and exploration. Featuring its own luxury health spa, fine dining restaurant with 3 AA Rosettes, 9-hole golf course, dedicated tennis centre and outdoor pool, guests may see little reason to leave the haven of Chewton Glen. Within the exquisitely maintained 18th century building, each of the 58 bedrooms and suites has been individually decorated and contains a sumptuous combination of antique furnishings, magnificent fabrics and modern and traditional textiles, as well as all the modern indulgences Chewton Glen, England of today. Brand new Tree House Suites appear to float across a wooded valley and provide a wonderfully secluded and romantic experience, taking luxury to new heights.

Nestled just an hour from London in the idyllic Hampshire countryside, this historic Georgian manor and its 500 acres of grounds have been lovingly restored to seamlessly blend English country living with 21st-century modernity. Classic furnishings and architectural details reflect the elegance of the Georgian era while picturesque views of the 18th-century stables, manicured gardens and sweeping estate make the spacious and airy accommodations truly one of a kind. Perfect for weekend breaks or longer countryside holidays, this dog-friendly escape offers exquisite dining and a Zen-like spa as well as a myriad of outdoor pursuits such as horseback riding and clay-pigeon shooting.

Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire, England


Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris

The Dorchester, London

Europe Le Bristol, Paris

Europe Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris

Le Meurice, Paris

Widder Hotel, Z端rich


The Dorchester LONDON, ENGLAND

Located in Mayfair and boasting enviable views of Hyde Park, The Dorchester has brought an edge of sophistication to Park Lane since its opening in 1931 welcoming a number of prominent politicians, royalty, nobility and celebrities. The Dorchester is home to 250 guest rooms and suites. No two guest rooms are alike and guests can choose between classic and contemporary décor and furnishings. The hotel’s 22 Dorchester and Park Suites have all just been redesigned by New York based designer Alexandra Champalimaud. This redesign of the suites is the latest in a series of recent renovations and centres on the hotel’s classic English residential style, fusing contemporary comfort with timeless glamour and heritage. The Dorchester is the only UK hotel to have a three-starred Michelin restaurant, the well-known Alain Ducasse, which specialises in fine dining and contemporary French cuisine, as well as a specialist Grill and fine Chinese restaurant China Tang and China Tang Bar. The hotel also features The Promenade, one of the British Tea Council’s top tea places, for something a little more traditional. A cocktail menu that offers the finest international martini selection, with 37 varieties of vodka, and a wine list with over 460 wines, provides the right kind of spirit for every social occasion. With a ratio of three staff to every hotel suite and special e-Butlers to help guests with inroom technology, The Dorchester prides itself on exemplary service. The Spa and Spatisserie offer the ultimate pamper package, to treat both body and soul.

Restaurants: The Promenade The Grill at The Dorchester Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester China Tang at The Dorchester The Spatisserie Bars: The Bar at The Dorchester The Promenade Bar China Tang Bar Facilities: The Dorchester Spa Meeting rooms and Ballroom Rooms: 250 suites and rooms

Address and contact: Park Lane, London W1K 1QA England t: +44 (0) 20 7629 8888 e: w:


Photo: © Roméo Balancourt


Since opening in 1925, Le Bristol’s owners have focused on providing guests with the best a hotel stay could offer, while recreating the warm ambience of an opulent home. Chintz curtains in lapis lazuli, emerald and raspberry impart a fresh touch to the elaborate luxury. Even the hotel’s bathrooms have earned a reputation rivalling that of its rooms. The rest of Le Bristol bears the same touch. The newly-designed three Michelin-starred gastronomic restaurant Epicure, which looks out over the largest luxury hotel garden in Paris, attracts both Parisian and international clients. Chef Eric Frechon delivers classic French cuisine with a unique style and likens his work to haute couture – one meal here and you’ll see why. The new luxury brasserie, 114 Faubourg, is dominated by an atmosphere that is at once floral, warm and poetic. This is in contrast to the hightech nature of the open kitchen, which can be seen from the restaurant. Service at Le Bristol can lay claim to a long, illustrious tradition. Left your favourite novel behind after checking out? Housekeepers see to it that it will be just the way you last left it, the next time you check in. The secret to this feat of memory? A photo of the room is taken after each guest’s departure. Finally, the Spa Le Bristol by La Prairie, which opened in October 2011, with its cabins overlooking a private garden, completes this exceptional palace.

Restaurants: Epicure (Michelin-starred) 114 Faubourg Bars: Le Jardin Français Le Bar du Bristol Facilities: 7 meeting rooms business centre fitness centre pool spa Le Bristol by La Prairie hair salon Rooms: 188 rooms including 92 suites

Address and contact: 112 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, 75008 Paris, France t: +33 1 53 43 43 00 e: w:



Perhaps the ultimate Parisian experience – Le Meurice has played host to everyone from Queen Victoria to the Maharajah of Jaipur. Nicknamed “The Hotel of Kings”, with views of the nearby Tuileries Garden, Le Meurice has been ranked among the most elegant hotels in the world for almost two centuries. All rooms and suites are spacious and are decorated in Louis XVI style with exquisite marble bathrooms. Peace and quiet is guaranteed as each room is soundproofed, while air conditioning, high-speed Internet access, multiple telephone lines and cable television come as standard. Of the 42 suites and junior suites, the majority of which overlook the Tuileries Garden, most have their own beautifully designed living rooms. Dining options are truly outstanding here. Restaurant le Meurice, a three Michelin-starred restaurant, serves haute French cuisine in an elegant dining room with magnificent décor originally inspired by the Salon de la Paix at the Château de Versailles. More recently, the space has been reinterpreted by Philippe Starck giving it a modern feel. Salvador Dali, once a regular guest, was the inspiration behind Restaurant Le Dali, while Starck-designed Bar 228 offers a warm and sophisticated environment, and is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a decadent cocktail or two. With maximum city views, impeccable service and a charming history that makes a stay more like a real-life fairy tale, Le Meurice offers all a visitor could wish for and more.

Restaurants: Restaurant le Meurice (Michelin-starred) Restaurant Le Dali Bar: Bar 228 Facilities: 5 banqueting & conference rooms business corner spa boutique Rooms: 160 rooms including 42 suites

Address and contact: 228 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France t: +33 1 4458 1010 e: w:


Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme PARIS, FRANCE

The prestigious rue de la Paix is home to the luxurious Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme and its spotless 19th-century façade. Honoured as one of the five official ‘palace hotels’ in Paris, the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme is symbolic of true five-star hospitality, a testament to the hotel’s dedication to delivering a special blend of complete luxury and relaxed sophistication. The 156 custom-designed guestrooms and 43 suites by Ed Tuttle incorporate classic materials such as sleek limestone and rich mahogany, and furnishings which are elegant yet understated. The crème de la crème of French cuisine is featured at the hotel’s two restaurants. Chef JeanFrançois and his team showcase the best of French gastronomy, the finest wines and Champagnes, complemented by utterly bespoke, eminently professional, yet friendly service. Sample breakfast or lunch at Les Orchidées, where the walls are hung with vibrant scenes of Parisian life, created by Christiane Durand. From April to October, lunch is served at La Terrasse, an alfresco haven of serenity. For evening dining options, the contemporary Michelin-starred Le Pur’ is an obvious choice. Le Spa is dedicated to the ultimate sensory experiences, featuring a mixed whirlpool bath, sauna and steam bath and additional treatment rooms, including a special duo treatment room with a private whirlpool bath. Supreme service, style and panache all make Park Hyatt Paris–Vendôme the embodiment of tradition and luxury, reflected in the countless awards and accolades the hotel has received.

Restaurants: Le Pur’ (Michelin-starred) Les Orchidées Bars: Le Bar La Cheminée La Terrasse Facilities: 7 meetings rooms business centre fitness centre spa Rooms: 156 rooms including 42 suites

Address and contact: 5 rue de la Paix, 75002 Paris, France t: +33 1 5871 1234 e: w:


Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris PARIS, FRANCE

Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris merges an eclectic and unique character with timeless elegance to create an atmosphere closer to that of a private member’s club than a hotel. Just off the ChampsElysees and close to the Arc-de-Triomphe, Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris provides an intimate and nostalgic step back from the activity around you. Inspired by 1930s Art Deco nostalgia and in keeping with ‘art de vivre’, Phillippe Starck has added a personal touch to the elegant public areas of the hotel, including mementos and souvenirs collected by author and adventurer Andre Malroux on his journeys around the world.

Restaurants: La Cuisine Il Carpaccio Bar: Le Bar Long Facilities: fitness Studio spa swimming pool cinema Rooms: 149 rooms

Luxury and sophistication is delivered in 149 guest rooms and five apartment floors. Each room is dedicated to, and inspired by, the love for art. Novel in-room features to intrigue and delight include televisions disguised as mirrors, acoustic guitars, lost love letters and walk-in dressing rooms in the spirit of haute couture. Fine French dining is available at La Cuisine and Il Carpaccio serves authentic gourmet Italian cuisine. An exclusive art concierge offers expert guidance to the city’s cultural scene while guests can enjoy a myriad of cultural features inside the hotel as well. A specialist book store with over 700 limited editions, a 99-seat private screening room and a private contemporary gallery all await within the doors of Raffles Paris. The hotel is home to the largest hotel spa in Paris and a fitness studio with aqua gym, yoga and Pilates.

Address and contact: 37 Avenue Hoche 750058 Paris t: +33 1 4299 8800 e: w:


The Ritz-Carlton, Powerscourt COUNTY WICKLOW, IRELAND

Regal in stature yet offering a delightfully residential welcome, the splendid neo-classic Palladian sweep of this hotel’s exterior sits amid 1,000 acres of tranquil landscape, refuting its convenient Dublin’s doorstep location. Arriving at the Georgian-inspired lobby brings an immediate sense of warmth and congeniality. With such homely touches as softly-lit, period seating areas and library panelling set against the stunning Sugar Loaf Mountain backdrop, savant interior architect Peter Silling has imbued an indelible sense of invitation to guests arriving at the hotel. Luxury and modern comfort abound across the elegantlyappointed accommodation with signature linens and marble baths creating a sophisticated aesthetic. For the ultimate in signature restaurants, the autographed Gordon Ramsay at Powerscourt delivers an impressive menu from local produce and the highlight of a seat at The Chef ’s Table. An ideal place to unwind, guests can drink in unsurpassed views of The Garden of Ireland in the spacious, Georgian-inspired Sugar Loaf Lounge whilst enjoying traditional afternoon tea or evening cocktails. Exercise facilities are more than a match for any over-indulgence in the world-renowned Irish hospitality for which Powerscourt stands, with a state-of-the-art fitness suite, two internationallyacclaimed golf courses and the personal attention of cyclist Ken Farrar, the cycling concierge. The Hotel welcomes children of all ages. From a Ritz-Kids check-in desk, to a complimentary games room, cinema during holiday periods and plenty of outdoor activities to keep the young ones out in the fresh Irish air, The Ritz-Carlton, Powerscourt is ideal for family vacations.

Restaurant: Gordon Ramsay at Powerscourt Bars: The Sugar Loaf Lounge McGills Irish Pub Facilities: 9 meeting & function rooms business centre fitness centre spa pool 2 golf courses Rooms: 200 rooms including 93 suites

Address and contact: Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry, Ireland t: +353 1 274 8888 e: w:


Mandarin Oriental, Geneva GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

A living example of Swiss hotel tradition at its very best, Mandarin Oriental, Geneva has a superb location on the River Rhône, sitting within the heart of Geneva’s shopping, historic and business district. Unparalleled service and luxury make it the ideal choice for discerning business and leisure travellers. The hotel’s 190 spacious rooms, 26 of which are suites, are designed in Modern Art style and offer refined and elegant décor. Many of the suites feature River Rhône views, some of them with private terraces. Each room incorporates a fully equipped office, with the latest technology including laser printers and Wi-Fi high speed Internet access. In addition, the 32-inch flat screen television set supplies a wide range of entertainment options. Boasting the largest bathrooms in the city, and the latest line of Molton Brown products, each features separate bathtub and large walk-in rain-shower.

Restaurants: Rasoi by Vineet (Michelin-starred) Le Sud Bar: MO Bar Facilities: private dining room 11 meeting & function rooms business centre fitness centre hair & beauty salon Rooms: 190 rooms including 26 suites

Discerning diners should head to the inviting reception area, which leads to the stylish MO Bar and lounge area and the French-style brasserie, Le Sud, with its relaxed atmosphere. Geneva’s first fine dining Indian restaurant, Rasoi by Vineet, is a true destination restaurant, where Chef Vineet Bhatia earned Indian cuisine its first Michelin star in Continental Europe. Private dining can also be organised with ease, from intimate cocktail gatherings to weddings and large banquets.

Address and contact: Quai Turrettini 1, 1201 Geneva, Switzerland t: +41 22 909 0000 e: w:



Irrefutably one of Europe’s most distinctive destinations, Widder Hotel’s flawless combining of nine medieval houses into one unique, luxury creation never fails to fascinate or exceed expectations as modern comfort and reverence for the past seamlessly fuse in this historical retreat, located in a quiet street in the heart of Zürich. Such a distinctive ambience has been achieved with exemplary care and attention to detail – a highlight of this impeccable, service-driven curio among the world’s most elite establishments. Classic modern furniture by the biggest names in design such as Eames and Le Corbusier are elegantly positioned alongside contemporary artworks by renowned artists, creating something truly wonderful across the public areas and beautifully appointed rooms and suites.

Restaurants: Widder Restaurant by Alexander Kroll Turmstuebli Zur Schtund Bar: Widder Bar Facilities: 8 event spaces business centre fitness room Rooms: 49 rooms including 15 junior suites and suites

With a culinary reputation unparalleled in Zürich, the Widder Restaurant and Turmstuebli delight diners with delicious Swiss specialties in stylish settings alongside exquisite tableware. Afterwards, choose to head to the Widder Bar and enjoy the ‘Library of Spirits’ by selecting from among the 800 spirits on offer, accompanied by live jazz from some of the world’s most famous musicians. Superbly catering for its business users, the Widder offers state-of-the-art workstations and technological equipment, and an IT concierge on hand. Equally well-equipped, the ultra-modern fitness centre is available 24 hours a day. The Widder Hotel Zürich is quite simply unique: a delightful mixture of the medieval and ultramodern; it truly crosses the centuries with timeless style and superior service.

Address and contact: Rennweg 7, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland t: +41 44 224 2526 e: w: w


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China World Summit Wing, Beijing BEIJING, CHINA

Standing 81 floors above Beijing’s iconic China World Trade Centre complex in the 330 metre China World Tower, the hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of the city’s central business district, just a step away from outstanding designer shopping and the city’s world famous cultural heritage. The 278 guestrooms and suites – all elegantly decorated and generously sized – are complemented by unrivalled city views. China World Summit Wing, Beijing’s 4 restaurants, bars and exclusive private dining rooms are all equipped to create the city’s highest, most unique dining and entertainment spaces. Echoing traditional Chinese symbolism, the décor subtly evokes the earthy masculine force of yang and the more ethereal, feminine sense of yin. Far from the madding crowd, is the city’s highest spa retreat, CHI, The Spa. Spa therapies here are based on time-tested traditional Chinese and Asian well-being rituals. A contemporary yet soothing palette of colours is perfectly complemented by the silk hand-embroidered tapestries and murals in the 6 treatment rooms. Whether you choose to dine in The Red Chamber or Grill 79 to catch a bird’s eye view of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City or sip a cocktail in the aptly named Atmosphere bar, under the stunning glass and light created constellation, rest assured you are at the hub of one of Beijing’s brightest, shining stars. For something with a more Asian flavour, head for the Nadaman Japanese restaurant or Fook Lam Moon Chinese restaurant.

Restaurants: Grill 79 Fook Lam Moon Nadaman Red Chamber Bars: Atmosphere The Lounge Wine Bar Facilities: private dining area Chairman Rooms 17 meeting & function venues business centre fitness centre pool spa direct access to China World Mall Rooms: 278 rooms including 29 suites

Address and contact: No.1 Jian Guo Men Wai Avenue, Beijing 100004, China t: +86 10 6505 2299 e: w: chinaworldsummitwing


Grand Hyatt Beijing BEIJING, CHINA

Grand Hyatt Beijing blends Western and Oriental traditions encompassing contemporary design and classic standards of service and excellence. Located in the heart of the city’s prestigious business and commercial district, Grand Hyatt Beijing is part of the Oriental Plaza – one of China’s largest commercial complexes. Guests are welcomed by a stunning high-ceilinged lobby, before checking into one of the 825 guestrooms and suites which offer panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking some of the capital’s most picturesque and historic districts. The 14th to 18th floors are home to the ‘Grand Club’, ideal for business travellers, with complimentary in-room broadband and Wi-Fi Internet access, one-hour use of a boardroom per stay, daily Chinese or continental breakfast and refreshments throughout the day. Experience cutting-edge culinary excellence at Grand Hyatt Beijing. The Noble Court serves exquisite Cantonese cuisine while Made in China, the hotel’s signature restaurant, focuses on specialties from northern China and has an excellent wine cellar. Contemporary yet elegant restaurant and bar Redmoon is popular for lunch, evening cocktails and late night drinks. Grand Café, open round-the-clock, showcases the best of western and oriental cuisine incorporating an interactive Show Kitchen. Focusing on classic Italian dining, Da Giorgio is located within Grand Café, while The Patisserie is stocked with fine delicacies and hampers. Combine all of this with a resort-style, indoor swimming pool complete with virtual sky, the Club Oasis fitness centre, and it is a strong contender for ‘the best hotel in Beijing’.

Restaurants: Grand Café Da Giorgio Noble Court Made in China Redmoon Bars: Fountain Lounge Redmoon Facilities: grand ballroom 4 boardrooms 10 meeting & function rooms ‘The Residence’ incorporating 3 meeting rooms, 2 coffee bars, lounge & private office business centre fitness centre, pool, spa, on-site boutiques direct access to The Malls at Oriental Plaza Rooms: 825 rooms including 91 suites

Address and contact: 1 East Chang An Avenue, Dong Cheng District, Beijing 100738 China t: +86 10 85181234 e: w:


The St. Regis Beijing BEIJING, CHINA

In true reflection of its illustrious heritage, The St. Regis stands as an iconic symbol of modern refinement and luxury at the gateway to Beijing’s business, shopping and diplomatic districts. The classical opulence of the celebrated St. Regis experience starts with the Alexandra Champalimaud-designed lobby; an elegant yet welcoming space, with ceilings beautifully detailed in gold and silver foil, and bespoke lemonwood features. Following in Lady Astor’s inimitable footsteps, the sense of timeless style and innovative design melds seamlessly with a strong Chinese influence to deliver a sophisticated air across the refurbished accommodations, all eminently worthy of their prestigious address. With so much to offer discerning diners, The St. Regis features high on Beijing’s list of top eateries. For an elegant, alfresco option, The Garden Court showcases a Western and Asian buffet, expertly prepared from the exhibition kitchen. Juxtapositioned in Beijing’s dynamic centre, award-winning Danieli’s transports diners to a world of rustic Italian charm complemented by the city’s largest Italian wine selection. After a busy day sightseeing or conducting business in one of the 12 meeting rooms, guests can take advantage of the superbly equipped fitness centre and even round off with a makeover in the hair and beauty salon. Whether you choose to relax with a signature Bloody Mary in the oasis garden, so rare in bustling Beijing, or enjoy the natural hot spring Jacuzzi, The St. Regis promises to deliver its legendary service throughout your stay.

Restaurants: Astor Grill Celestial Court Danieli’s The Garden Court Shunsai Bars: Garden Lounge Press Club Bar Wine Lounge Cigar Lounge Facilities: 11 private dining rooms 12 meeting & function venues business centre fitness centre indoor swimming pool spa hair salon Rooms: 258 rooms including 102 suites

Address and contact: 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Beijing 100020, China t: +86 10 6460 6688 e: w:


Conrad Hong Kong HONG KONG, CHINA

With its prestigious vantage point, rising above Hong Kong’s ultimate designer shopping complex, the celebrated elliptical design of Conrad Hong Kong delivers uninterrupted views over the famous Victoria Harbour and stunning city skyline from its Central Business District location. The masterful fusion of traditional Chinese culture and contemporary flair achieved by designer Glenn Texeira is reflected across the hotel’s well-appointed 21 floors, with the best of modern conveniences alongside fine Chinese-detailed fittings. The marble bathrooms with deep-soaking tubs and separate showers are among the hand-picked room features which highlight Conrad’s dedication to customer comfort. Making a critically acclaimed name in a city feted for its international cuisine is a major accolade achieved by the hotel’s culinary artisans. Offering authentic European flavour, signature restaurant Nicholini’s proudly received the ‘Ospitalita Italiana’ (Italian Hospitality Award), certifying the restaurant’s authenticity in traditional Italian cooking. Delighting diners with its menu of exquisite Cantonese cuisine, Golden Leaf creates a traditional atmosphere with meticulously carved teakwood and delicate art pieces. Renowned for its meeting facilities, the hotel has 11 state-of-the-art meeting rooms, seven of which have natural daylight. The hotel also features one of the largest pillar-free ballrooms in Hong Kong, accommodating up to 1,000 people. As you leave the bustle of the city and step into the sophisticated calm of Conrad Hong Kong, luxuriate in the outstanding service tradition which runs as deep as the harbour over which it commands a unique presence.

Restaurants: Nicholini’s Golden Leaf Brasserie on the Eighth Garden Café Bars: Lobby Lounge Pacific Bar Facilities: ballroom 11 meeting & function venues business centre fitness centre pool direct access to Pacific Place Shopping Complex Rooms: 514 rooms including 46 suites

Address and contact: Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong t: +852 2521 3838 e: w:


The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong HONG KONG, CHINA

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental is simply one of the best luxury city hotels in the world. With 113 guestrooms that are amongst the largest in Hong Kong, this hotel is a highly exclusive experience in a premier business and fashion location. The world-renowned designer Peter Remedios has synthesized revolutionary technology, design and comfort for all rooms. The in-room entertainment system includes two LCD flat panel televisions, a high-tech surround sound system, and wired and wireless broadband Internet access. The bathrooms have a sunken hourglass tub and a rainforest shower. Premier rooms, at 56 square metres, are some of the largest and most luxurious guestrooms in Hong Kong, with a separate lounge area, an enormous walk-in wardrobe and a stunning 7 foot round bathtub. Dining options include Amber restaurant, led by Chef Richard Ekkebus, which has earned numerous awards including two coveted Michelin stars and S. Pellegrino’s ‘World’s 50 Best Restaurants’. For a more casual experience, MO Bar offers all-daydining featuring classic comfort food from the East and the West. Rated as the best in Hong Kong, The Oriental Spa offers guests individually tailored attention from Bastien Gonzalez Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio, The Oriental Spa for Men treatments to branded results-oriented treatments. Whether you visit for business or pleasure, a stay at this world-renowned hotel will surprise and inspire even the most well- heeled visitor – it is true to say that this is one of the world’s best hotels.

Restaurant: Amber Bar: MO Bar Facilities: 2 meeting & function venues in-room laptops available on request fitness centre pool spa direct access to The Landmark Atrium retail complex Rooms: 113 rooms including 12 suites

Address and contact: 15 Queen’s Road Central, The Landmark, Central, Hong Kong t: +852 2132 0188 e: w:


The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong HONG KONG, CHINA

The world’s highest hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong takes luxury to new heights on the West Kowloon waterfront. Occupying floors 102 to 118 of the International Commerce Centre, the 312 hotel guest rooms and public areas showcase views of the city and Victoria Harbour, from one of the finest vantage points in the city. Room categories range from Deluxe to the sophisticated The Ritz-Carlton Suite offering a balance of comfortable luxury and the technology expected of a modern city hotel with enviable views of the epic city. The Ritz-Carlton Suite offers a full butler service, in-suite spa treatment and transfers in limousines. The focus at The RitzCarlton, Hong Kong is on the guest experience. Raising the bar for culinary adventure, six restaurants and lounges offer world class cuisine under the direction of Chef Peter Find, ranging from gourmet Italian to fine Chinese at the Michelin-starred Tin Lung Heen. The 102nd floor is the abode of the world’s highest chef ’s table, featuring a delectable section of the chef ’s specialties, and comprised of eight to 12 courses with an optional wine pairing menu, served 420-metres above sea level. The chef ’s table also receives the private attention of three chefs for the evening. For some urban pampering The Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA is the highest in the world, and features nine treatment rooms and two couples’ suites for traditional and modern methods of relaxation.The world’s highest rooftop bar Ozone is one of the trendiest places in the city to enjoy an after-work cocktail.

Restaurants: Café 103 Tosca Tin Lung Heen (Michelin-starred) Bars: The Lounge & Bar Ozone Facilities: ballroom 4 meeting & function venues business centre indoor infinity pool spa 24-hour fitness centre Rolls-Royce & limousine service Boutique-style pastry shop Rooms: 312 rooms

Address and contact: International Commerce Centre 1 Austin Road West Kowloon, Hong Kong t: +852 2263 2263 e: w:


Grand Hyatt Hong Kong HONG KONG, CHINA

A grand hotel of epic proportions, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong boasts 549 rooms and majestic views of Victoria Harbour. Situated in Wanchai district, the hotel is conveniently connected to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and is minutes away from the Central and Admiralty business and shopping areas. The guestrooms are luxuriously appointed, all of which offer a robe and slippers, exclusive bathroom amenities, complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water, separate shower cubicle and deep bath tub. 84 of the rooms are part of the Grand Club where guests enjoy access to a private reception lounge, complimentary internet connectivity, complimentary breakfast and evening cocktails and canapés. The Grand Hyatt Hong Kong caters to every taste and palate with a wide range of eateries for your culinary enjoyment. Evening entertainment and bubbly is on tap at the Champagne Bar while The Grill offers fresh, laid-back poolside dining. Tiffin provides a cosy setting for afternoon teas and the Grand Café serves an all-day international menu Art Deco-style. For a taste of 1930s Hong Kong, One Harbour Road serves Cantonese cuisine over impressive views of Victoria Harbour. Grissini is widely known for its hearty Italian cuisine while the Grand Hyatt Steakhouse also doubles up as a seafood and oyster bar. Plateau Spa offers a broad series of resultsoriented facial, massage and body treatments to keep you relaxed while a 24-hour fitness studio, 50-metre heated pool and 400-metre jogging track will ensure you get the heart rate going.

Restaurants: Grand Hyatt Steakhouse One Harbour Road Grissini Kaetsu Tiffin Grand Cafe The Grill Bars: Champagne Bar The Waterfall Bar Facilities: business facilities 25 event venues fitness Centre pool spa Rooms: 549

Address and contact: 1 Harbour Road, Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China t: +852 2588 1234 e: w:


Park Hyatt Shanghai SHANGHAI, CHINA

Dwarfing Pudong’s multitude of skyscrapers, the Park Hyatt Shanghai has a separate entrance to the rest of the Shanghai World Financial Centre where it occupies the 79th to 93rd floors. An elegant marble hallway and then a lift whisks guests straight up to the lobby on the 87th floor arriving in 51 seconds. The immediate impact inside the lobby is of glass, light and, of course, the view. The views from the rooms are no less impressive and the standard rooms are also satisfyingly large, at 55 to 60 square metres. All offer Huangpu River or city views and feature a king bed, day bed, walk-in dressing room and deluxe bathroom with heated floors. Amenities include 24-hour in-room dining, in-room espresso machine, flat-screen TV and, crucially, complimentary wireless Internet access. Find time to try the 100 Century Avenue Restaurant up on the 91st floor, one of the most sought after dining experiences in Shanghai – the open kitchens are pure theatre, appealing to all the senses and making for a vibrant ambiance. For relaxation, this is a hotel that likes to do things differently – how about trying some morning Tai Chi classes held at the Water’s Edge Courtyard on the 85th floor. With mesmerising views, restaurants and bars that are the talk of the town, bright service and smart design, this is a hotel that is leading the way in Shanghai.

Restaurants: 100 Century Avenue Restaurant Dining Room Pantry Living Room Chef ’s Table Bar/Lounge: Music Room Shanghai Lounge Facilities: 11 meeting & function venues business centre gym pool Water’s Edge Spa Rooms: 174 rooms including 14 suites

Address and contact: 100 Century Avenue, Pudong, Shanghai 200120, China t: +86 21 6888 1234 e: w:


The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong SHANGHAI, CHINA

Occupying the 18th floor of the Shanghai IFC building, The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong offers majestic views of the commercial and financial centre of this lively and energetic city. The design inspiration may be influenced by the modern hand of architectural master Cesar Pelli but it still offers touches of ‘30s glamour and nostalgia. The restaurants, 285 guest rooms and inviting swimming pool on level 53 all offer spectacular aerial views of The Bund – considered to be the most intact collection of Art Deco architecture in the world – the harbour and the busy cityscape of Shanghai, which never seems to sleep. The rooms and suites range from 50 to 410 square metres, each furnished in tasteful and luxurious style. Comfortable but unpretentious Deluxe and Bund rooms are ideal for business people who just need a place to lay their head, while the opulently appointed Suites are best suited to those staying a little longer in the city.

Restaurants: Aura Lounge and Jazz Bar Jin Xuan Scena Italian Restaurant Aroma Café Corner Bar: Flair Rooftop Bar & Restaurant Facilities: ballroom 3 meeting & function rooms 2 boardrooms spa fitness centre Rooms: 285 rooms

For evening time Aura Lounge and Jazz Bar plays the very best in soulful sounds while Jin Xuan serves fine Chinese cuisine to the most discerning of palettes. For a fresh evening highlight like no other, the hotel is also home to the highest outdoor dining venue in Pudong and Shanghai, Flair, which has won a number of awards. Being a modern hotel in a modern city, it just wouldn’t be complete without the 24-hour fitness studio and wellness spa on level 53.

Address and contact: Shanghai IFC 8 Century Avenue Shanghai, Lujiazui, Pudong 200120 China t: +86 21 2020 1888 e: w:


Capella Singapore SINGAPORE

Nestling among 30 acres of rainforest oasis, Sentosa Island, Capella’s flagship resort offers easy access to Singapore’s vibrant financial and shopping districts and the perfect getaway destination. A truly engaging blend of colonial and contemporary architectural design has been masterfully applied across this luxury resort incorporating the 1880s former British Military gala building, Tanah Merah, as its magnificent centrepiece. The residential ambience created by the thoughtfully designed ‘living’ spaces and welcoming décor promises guests ultimate relaxation, coupled with a generous choice of beautifully appointed accommodation of spacious rooms, suites, private villas and long-stay colonial manors. Dining choices start with a menu selection of stunning views to enjoy. Immersed in the tradition of entertaining, Cassia offers fine Chinese dishes on the second floor of Tanah Merah, crafted by Hong Kong’s famed interior designer Andre Fu. Those wishing to enjoy one of Singapore’s finest alfresco restaurants may choose The Knolls overlooking the resort’s 3 cascading pools, while traditional day beds allow one to soak up the vibrant atmosphere of Bob’s Bar in reclining style. With Auriga Spa delivering a new wellness philosophy based on the phases of the moon, why not relax further with one of the resort’s signature treatments – vitality pool with ice fountain, a herbal steam bath and two experience showers. Malay for ‘peace and tranquillity’, Sentosa really defines the best of Singapore’s history and modern-day development, offering a unique personal retreat amidst old-world charm and contemporary luxury.

Restaurants: Cassia The Knolls Bar: Bob’s Bar Facilities: 7 meeting & function venues business centre fitness centre pool Auriga Spa Rooms: 112 rooms including 11 suites & 38 oneand two-bedroom villas

Address and contact: 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297 t: +65 6377 8888 e: w:


Mandarin Oriental, Singapore SINGAPORE

The spectacular John Portman-designed Mandarin Oriental, Singapore has been commanding an impressive presence with views over Marina Bay, the glittering ocean and the mesmerising city skyline since 1987. Lovingly touched by the inimitable hand of world-renowned interior designer, H.L. Lim during the 2005 multi-million dollar renovations, it now stands as a landmark symbol for ultimate luxury in Singapore’s cosmopolitan Marina Bay area. The inspired central lobby area sets the tone of supreme comfort which is at the heart of the hotel’s ethos. Guests may choose their view from a generous choice of rooms and suites all of which balance the finest comforts of contemporary living encapsulated in the harmonious décor, use of polished wood and walls sumptuously clad in textured ivory cloth. Among the five impeccably serviced restaurants is Cherry Garden, specialising in the finest Cantonese cuisine, authentic in preparation yet contemporary in presentation. For the ultimate in city chic, MELT ~ The World Café offers an all day international menu from its signature show kitchen. To counteract the bustle of the city, visitors to The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore are treated to a selection of innovative and restorative treatments which merge philosophies and traditions from around the world in this tranquil sanctum. As you take stock of this city’s incredible history from the point of Sir Stamford Raffles’ first step ashore, rest assured that Mandarin Oriental, Singapore holds a vision for customer-driven comfort befitting such an impeccable heritage.

Restaurants: Cherry Garden Dolce Vita MELT ~ The World Café Morton’s The Steakhouse Wasabi Bistro Bars: Axis Bar and Lounge BAY@5 Facilities: 15 meeting & function venues business centre fitness centre pool spa The Oriental Club Rooms: 527 rooms including 59 suites

Address and contact: 5 Raffles Ave, Marina Square, Singapore 039797 t: +65 6338 0066 e: w:


Raffles Hotel Singapore SINGAPORE

Raffles Hotel Singapore is a heady mix of romantic nostalgia, the scent of frangipani and timeless elegance. The first hotel to have been opened by Raffles back in 1887, Raffles Hotel Singapore continues to dazzle guests with its sense of history and colonial luxury. Located in the centre of the business district of the city and close to Changi Airport, a quarter of the hotel’s property is taken up by gardens, making it a truly tranquil retreat in a bustling city. 103 suites are on offer across four different room categories and each suite is skilfully tended to by a 24-hour private butler. The suites feature high ceilings, traditional parlours, teakwood flooring, romantic verandas and period furniture pieces. Butlers lend a personal touch with evening turndowns and a morning newspaper service. Get your day off to a home-made start with freshly-brewed coffee and oven-warm pastries from Ah Teng’s Bakery. Raffles Creamery is an al fresco ice cream parlour that whips up fruit smoothies, home-made ice cream, low fat sherbet, fresh juices and creamy milkshakes. If it’s the pursuit of the legendary Singapore Sling you have come to the city for, you’ll find it at home in the Long Bar while the aptly named Martini Bar boasts 50 variations of the classic drink, whether you like it shaken or stirred. Guests of Raffles Hotel Singapore can also make use of the rooftop swimming pool, explore the museum and visit the Jubilee Theatre Playhouse.

Restaurants: Ah Teng’s Bakery Empire Café Long Bar Steakhouse Raffles Creamery Raffles Courtyard Raffles Grill Royal China at Raffles Seah Street Deli Shinji by Kanesaka Tiffin Room Bars: Bar & Billiard Room Gazebo Bar Long Bar Martini Bar Raffles Creamery Writers Bar Facilities: private dining and meetings Raffles Spa fitness centre outdoor swimming pool Rooms: 103 individually designed suites Grand Hotel Suites and 2 Presidential Suites Address and contact: 1 Beach Road, Singapore, 189673 t: +65 6337 1886 e: w:


The Fullerton Bay Hotel SINGAPORE

Built over water,The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore at once embodies the vibrancy of the surrounding financial and cultural precinct and the pioneering spirit of its historic location.The hotel is ensconced between two heritage buildings - Clifford Pier and Customs House.

Restaurant: Clifford

The Fullerton Bay Hotel’s public areas impart a sense of vintage elegance and contemporary style created by acclaimed interior designer Andre Fu. Throughout the luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, delicate features such as rosewood and latticed screens blend with chic leather and chrome detailing to create a truly welcoming ambience.

Facilities: 6 meeting & function venues, including 3 spectacular new floating conference pods

Bars: The Landing Point Lantern

Rooms: 100 rooms including 6 suites

The gourmet dining venues have been named in celebration of their illustrious heritage: the rooftop bar, Lantern, offers delectable snacks, signature cocktails and an enthralling bay panorama, while the modern brasserie, Clifford, is waterfront epicurean excellence. The waterfront lounge, The Landing Point, presents indulgent comfort or healthy culinary options. Saffron, Silk and Silver, the superbly-equipped business and event rooms, reflect the three main commodities traded in the 1930s, and cater for boardroom-style presentations or intimate dinners. In addition, an entirely new meeting experience in Singapore will be available at The Fullerton Bay Hotel, in the form of three ‘floating’ conference pods built over the water. Be transported to Singapore’s illustrious past as you celebrate its well-established repositioning as a world-class destination with a poolside signature cocktail, and watch the setting sun light up the brightest star on Marina Bay’s stage.

Address and contact: 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326 t: +65 6333 8388 e: w:


The Fullerton Hotel SINGAPORE

Similar to Singapore itself, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore is a wonderful mix of history and modernity. This iconic colonial landmark building, built in 1928, was once home to the nation’s General Post Office, Chamber of Commerce and The Singapore Club – all of which played a pivotal role in the history of Singapore.The hotel is located in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District and represents a luxury and grandeur that is timeless. The 400 stylish guest rooms either look into the sunny central atrium or overlook the city skyline, bay or the river promenade. State-of-the-art features and complimentary broadband connectivity provide guests with high speed Internet access, while the smart décor is complemented by discreet and intuitive service. There is a range of elegant suites to experience, from the unique twostorey duplex Loft Suite through to the Governor Suite, which features a magnificent verandah flanked by 20-foot Doric columns on each side, and the Presidential Suite, formerly the card room of the elite Singapore Club. There is a fantastic selection of recreational and dining opportunities at The Fullerton Hotel, from Jade, the elegant Chinese restaurant, to local and international cuisine at Town Restaurant. The Spa Artisan exemplifies luxury, with an array of massages and body treatments offered in the quiet refinement of its private salons. The experienced team at the fully equipped Financial Centre provides comprehensive support services. This is a hotel that takes business and hospitality very seriously indeed and all needs will be catered for.

Restaurants: Town Restaurant Jade The Lighthouse The Courtyard Bar: Post Bar Facilities: 12 meeting & function venues business centre fitness centre infinity pool spa The Fullerton Heritage Gallery Rooms: 400 rooms including 28 suites

Address and contact: 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178 t: +65 6733 8388 e: w:


The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore SINGAPORE

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia’s 32 storeys stand in a magnificent seven acres of landscaped gardens, almost belying its landmark position in the heart of Marina Bay, Singapore’s new downtown centre offering the best in commercial, designer retail and entertainment facilities. World-famous architect Kevin Roche has applied his signature geometric style to maximise the incredible views afforded by Marina Bay, Kallang Bay or the city skyline. This is perfectly complemented by the hotel’s impressive ‘pop art’ collection – over 4,200 pieces – which predominantly showcases the 1960s with works from such illustrious names as Dale Chihuly, David Hockney and Henry Moore. Following an extensive refurbishment, every guestroom offers tastefully redecorated room layouts and amenities which blend timeless style with modern essentials such as high-speed Internet access, large work desks and, earning a world first accolade, 46 inch TV screens.

Restaurants: Summer Pavilion Greenhouse Bars: Chihuly Lounge Pool Bar Facilities: 14 meeting & function venues business centre fitness centre pool spa boutique Rooms: 608 rooms including 80 suites

Diners at the signature restaurant, Summer Pavilion, are treated to a sumptuous selection of the finest in Cantonese specialities, all served amidst a picturesque garden.Visitors and locals to Marina Bay head for the renowned Sunday Champagne Brunch offered at the all-day restaurant, Greenhouse, where Asian and Western favourites can be enjoyed. Whether staying for business or leisure, allowing sufficient time to peruse and choose from the extensive menus of services on offer in the beautifully-equipped spa, the magnificent Chihuly Lounge specialising in the ultimate afternoon tea experience, or your personal bath butler, is a definite must for every schedule.

Address and contact: 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799 t: +65 6 337 8888 e: w:


The Claridges, New Delhi NEW DELHI, INDIA

For over half a century guests have enjoyed respite from the bustling city midst the elegant service and luxurious surroundings of The Claridges, New Delhi, which is located close to the business district and embassies.

Restaurants: Pickwicks Sevilla Jade Dhaba

There are 140 spacious rooms, all of which pair old-world charm with all the modern amenities travellers expect from a luxury hotel. The Deluxe rooms are 30 square metres on average whilst The Claridges rooms are 36 square metres and have a larger sitting area. Club rooms are 40 square metres and have separate living and sleeping areas. No two rooms are identical, but guests can expect a soft, restful and welcoming ambience with décor featuring dark wood furniture and cream and white upholstery and paintwork.

Bars & Lounges: Aura Ye Old Bakery The Claridges Garden

There is an eclectic choice of dining options – diners should find time to eat at the regularly booked-out Indian restaurant, Dhaba, Jade – to relish authentic Chinese cuisine, while for European flavours, there is Sevilla, Mediterranean restaurant where diners can be seated inside or out. The romantic setting guarantees this restaurant countless bookings, so, it is wise to book ahead. Excellent business facilities, luxurious surroundings, fantastic restaurants and great attention to detail put The Claridges, New Delhi at centre stage in this fascinating country. The Claridges is expanding its portfolio and is definitely the ‘one to watch’ in India.

Facilities: 4 meeting & function venues business centre fitness centre pool Rooms: 140 rooms including 12 suites

Address and contact: 12 Aurangzeb Road, New Delhi 110011, India t: +91 11 3955 5000 e: w:


Grand Hyatt Jakarta JAKARTA, INDONESIA

Centrally located in the prime business district of Jl. MH. Thamrin, the 428-room Grand Hyatt Jakarta is adjacent to Plaza Indonesia and the eX entertainment centre, where guests can indulge in shopping, entertainment or dining in various shops and restaurants. All the Grand Rooms and the Grand Club rooms are an average size of 50 sqm, overlooking the city of Jakarta. There are also 18 Grand Suites, 13 Premier Suites and two Grand Executive Suites. Also available are two Penthouse Suites, with a 200-sqm glass enclosed terrace, ideal for a highend private cocktail reception. The recreational facilities on level 5 are designed to create a relaxing ambience from the bustling city life of Jakarta. A lagoon-shaped pool and a children’s pool are surrounded by a lush tropical garden and a 480-metre jogging track. A comprehensive fitness centre Club Olympus, tennis courts and a table tennis pavilion are available on the same level. Dining at Grand Hyatt Jakarta is a delightful experience for the discerning traveller. The mediterranean-style Grand Café offers buffet dining specialising in local delicacies. Japanese gourmet cuisine can be savoured at Sumire. The freshest seafood, prime US and Australian prime meat are served at C’s Steak & Seafood Restaurant. Guests can also dine alfresco on the semi-open Seafood Terrace overlooking the pool and garden. The Fountain Lounge offers a stunning view of the iconic Bundaran H.I., making this the place to see and be seen. Enjoy quality drinks and fine cigars at Burgundy, while Lamoda offers international and local favourites for shoppers at Plaza Indonesia.

Restaurants: Grand Café C’s Steak & Seafood Restaurant Sumire Japanese Restaurant Seafood Terrace Fountain Lounge Lamoda Bar: Burgundy Facilities: Club Olympus Grand Club lounge business centre pool 480-metre jogging track wellness therapies outdoor floodlit tennis court Rooms: 428 rooms

Address and contact: Jalan M.H. Thamrin, Kav 28-30, Jakarta 10350 t: +62 21 2992 1234, 5020 1234 e: w:


Grand Hyatt Tokyo TOKYO, JAPAN

One of Japan’s largest urban redevelopment projects, the Roppongi Hills area of Tokyo is a nerve centre of culture and commerce in the city. Built on a 11.6-hectare (28.7-acre) site at a cost of more than US$4 billion, the immense integrated complex is almost like a city in its own right. Within the Roppongi Hills area, adjacent to the 54-storey centrepiece, Mori Tower, which houses an art museum and countless shops, restaurants and businesses, lies the luxurious five-star hotel, Grand Hyatt Tokyo. An epitome of style and visual harmony, Grand Hyatt Tokyo was designed and decorated by some of the most acclaimed international innovators and artists working in unison – from California’s Remedios Siembieda Inc. to New York-based Tony Chi. On the same floor as the lobby, the business centre is open daily, offering computer workstations, laptop rentals, cellular phone rentals and a dedicated business concierge. Also of interest to business guests is the Grand Club on the 10th floor. This is a private lounge that offers complimentary continental breakfasts, all day refreshments, evening cocktails and dedicated concierge. Guestrooms and suites are decorated with a careful balance of light fabrics and natural woods such as mahogany to create a soothing residential ambience. Extra-high ceilings further the sense of space, while fine Italian furniture and linens, by B&B and Frette, respectively, assure discerning guests that comfort is far from being an afterthought.

Hidden behind glass doors are large, wellappointed bathrooms that are a reflection of the bath’s importance in Japanese culture. The philosophy of Japanese bathing is shown by such touches as the use of Rebecca beige limestone and deep-soaking tubs designed to overflow into separate rainforest showers. The end result is 387 contemporary livingspaces that raise the bar of luxury in one of the world’s most stylish cities. Extending the concept of relaxation is Nagomi Spa and Fitness. Guests may enjoy the use of a high-tech gymnasium and the 20 metre long swimming pool made from imported Chinese red granite for a stimulating workout, followed by a series of calming whirlpool baths, saunas and spa treatment rooms. The hotel completes its promise of being a ‘lifestyle destination’ in all aspects with seven leading restaurants, including Keyakizaka, where fresh meat, seafood and vegetables are prepared Teppanyaki style. Try The Oak Door for premium quality meats and ingredients cooked to perfection in oak wood-burning ovens. For guests looking to relax after dinner, then Maduro – a smart bar offering evening entertainment – is the best choice. For the traveller who wants to be at the heart of it all, Grand Hyatt Tokyo in Roppongi Hills will prove itself to be a gateway to the very best that Tokyo has to offer.


Restaurants: Fiorentina The French Kitchen The Oak Door Shunbou Roku Roku Chinaroom Keyakizaka Bars: Maduro The Oak Door Bar The French Kitchen Bar Facilities: 13 meeting & function venues business centre fitness centre pool, spa, hair & beauty salon Fiorentina Pastry Boutique direct access to Roppongi Hills complex Rooms: 387 rooms including 28 suites

Address and contact: 6-10-3 Roppongi, Minato-Ku, Tokyo 106-0032, Japan t: +81 3 4333 1234 e: w:


Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo TOKYO, JAPAN

Consistently rated as one of the finest hotels in Asia, Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo offers an oasis of luxury within the heart of the city’s financial district as well as historical area of Nihonbashi. Guestrooms and suites have been skillfully decorated with precious fabrics created by Japanese artisans. Guestroom blinds, drapes and lights are conveniently operated from bedside panels; there are even audio jacks for iPods, wireless laptop connections and a 45 inch flat screen television. West-facing rooms boast views of the Imperial Palace garden and Mount Fiji and east-facing rooms offer impressive views of Tokyo Bay and the new Tokyo Sky Tree. Diners are in for a treat as the hotel’s premier restaurants Signature and Sense have been awarded Michelin stars and remain among the most sought after restaurants in Tokyo, so make sure you book ahead. Additional choices include the Pan Asian restaurant K’shiki, the casual Italian restaurant Ventaglio, Tapas Molecular Bar and exclusive sushi restaurant Sora, located on the 38th floor, featuring authentic Edo-mae style sushi and breathtaking views of the dynamic city panorama. Those looking to revitalise their bodies should head to the 37th and 38th floors, where the award-winning Spa at Mandarin Oriental,Tokyo is a beacon of tranquillity and rejuvenation. Experience the Spa’s Signature Suites with stunning views. While the amazing views, splendid interior design and legendary service make this hotel special, it is the many little touches that really makes it all the more attractive.

Restaurants: Signature (Michelin-starred) Sense (Michelin-starred) Sushi SORA K’shiki Ventaglio Bars & Lounges: Sense Tea Corner Tapas Molecular Bar Oriental Lounge Mandarin Bar Facilities: 14 meeting & function venues business centre fitness centre spa gourmet shop Rooms: 157 rooms including 21 suites

Address and contact: 2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-8328, Japan t: +81 3 3270 8800 e: w:


Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo TOKYO, JAPAN

The 200-room Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo opened in March 2009 in the heart of the city. Perched at the top of Marunouchi Trust Tower Main building, it is adjacent to Tokyo Station where unparalleled access can be made to other parts of Tokyo and Japan. Guests arriving at or departing from Tokyo Station can be met by hotel staff and accompanied for the short walk from and to the station platform. The hotel’s luxuriously-appointed guestrooms and suites are amongst the largest in the city and reflect Japanese style and modern functionality for the convenience of both leisure and business travellers. The two Horizon Club floors are an exclusive retreat in which to experience the very highest standards of luxury and personalised attention that one can find in Tokyo.

Restaurants: Italian is Piacere Japanese is Nadaman Bar: Lobby Lounge Facilities: 4 meeting & function venues business centre fitness centre pool spa Rooms: 200 rooms including 6 suites

Rewarding views are offered at the Piacere restaurant that overlooks the Imperial Gardens and which serves exquisite Italian fare. Nadaman offers authentic Japanese cuisine prepared by a team of seasoned Japanese chefs in a refined interior that blends minimalism and Japanese artistic influence. The Lobby Lounge serves delightful afternoon teas, whilst mixologists create cocktails in the evenings. The Health Club and CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, offer many treats for guests. Highlights include going for a swim high up above the streets of Tokyo and marvelling at the sights below and trying one of the award-winning CHI spa journeys that have redefined the meaning of relaxation.

Address and contact: Marunouchi Trust Tower Main, 1-8-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8283, Japan t: +81 3 6739 7888 e: w:


The Peninsula Tokyo TOKYO, JAPAN

Since opening in the autumn of 2007,The Peninsula Tokyo – perfectly situated in the prestigious Marunouchi financial district, opposite the Imperial Palace and a three-minute walk from the shopping capital of Ginza – has found its place as one of the city’s landmark hotels, and is leading the way in terms of design and service. Rooms at The Peninsula Tokyo are among the largest in the city and no stone has been left unturned in the quest to satisfy guests. From a bedside panel you can control the lights, curtains and temperature – so there is no need to move around the room too much if you are busy, or just busy relaxing. Gourmet options abound and diners can choose from authentic Cantonese cuisine at Hei Fung Terrace, Japanese kaiseki at Kyoto Tsuruya, Afternoon Tea at The Lobby, and The Peninsula Boutique & Café where snacks and speciality chocolates are on offer. Offering floor to ceiling windows and sweeping views of Tokyo’s skyline, the restaurant ‘Peter’ has attracted many reviews and praise for its modern interior, and French dishes that satisfy Tokyo’s gourmands and visitors alike. The Peninsula Spa is a strikingly large oasis of calm with nine treatment rooms, a 20-metre indoor swimming pool and fitness center to enable guests to keep up their fitness routines. Perhaps best of all, it is the attention to detail that ensures this hotel’s loyal following – the hotel offers two chauffeured-driven MINI Cooper S Clubman cars as a complimentary service to guests staying in suites.

Restaurants: Peter Hei Fung Terrace The Lobby The Peninsula Boutique & Café Kyoto Tsuruya Bar: Peter: The Bar Facilities: 10 meeting & function venues business centre fitness centre pool spa boutique Rooms: 314 rooms including 47 suites

Address and contact: 1-8-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0006, Japan t: +81 3 6270 2888 e: w:


The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo TOKYO, JAPAN

Occupying the top nine floors of the city’s tallest tower, The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo is synonymous with exquisite food, fashion and retail options. With magnificent cityscape and snow-capped Mt Fuji views, there is no better place to enjoy these trademark amenities. The elegant and graceful oasis of the lobby admirably prepares guests for the relaxing stay and warm welcome which are as much intrinsic ingredients as the carefully detailed contemporary interior, created by Frank Nicholson Inc’s meticulous attentions. Luxurious chandeliers, Chiyo-gami wall coverings and contemporary artworks set a stimulating yet genial tone. Boasting the city’s largest standard rooms, The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo faithfully blends luxury with functionality, evident in the finger-tip controls and deep-soaking tubs. Relaxation is guaranteed with luxurious Frette linen and generous media facilities, to be enjoyed amid a sophisticated residential ambience.

Restaurants: Azure 45 Towers Grill Hinokizaka Arita Shimizu, Kutani Bars: The Lobby Lounge & Bar The Ritz-Carlton Café & Deli Facilities: 13 meeting & function venues mobile business centre fitness centre pool spa Rooms: 248 rooms including 36 suites

Savor the selection of fine Tokyo dining options available at six restaurants in The Ritz-Carlton. Featuring creative French seafood, Azure 45 has been named after the awe-inspiring view which complements signature dishes of Toki Salmon and Lobster Consommé. Offering exquisite meat and seafood fare, Towers Grill is highlighted by its relaxed ambience and spectacular views. Voted as Japan’s No.1 Favorite Spa, superlative treatments offered at the in-house facilities guarantee totally rejuvenation. Taking tea in the 200-year-old teahouse as part of a private dining experience is the quintessence of The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo’s exemplary Japanese hospitality, and a perfect way to round off your day.

Address and contact: Tokyo Midtown 9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato-Ku, Tokyo 107-6245, Japan t: +81 3 3423 8000 e: w:


Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok BANGKOK, THAILAND

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok is one of the oldest hotels in Asia dating back to 1876. It is renowned for its legendary service, luxurious facilities, and its unbeatable location. The hotel has played host to countless film-stars and royalty over the years. The scenic setting of the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok has been a source of inspiration to many a renowned writer – four spacious suites, collectively known as The Heritage Authors’ Wing, have been named after literary greats Joseph Conrad, Noël Coward, W. Somerset Maugham and James L. Michener – all of whom stayed here in the past. Lord Jim’s, named after the Joseph Conrad novel, is recognised as the city’s top seafood restaurant, while The China House has been revamped with new, cutting-edge design turning it into an avant-garde eatery inspired by the vibrant 1930s Shanghai Art Deco period. Sala Rim Naam, the hotel’s signature Thai restaurant, has recently been transformed into a mini royal palace serving the finest Thai cuisine. The renowned Bamboo Bar is known for its menu, and for inspiring Morgan McFinn’s novel, At the Bamboo Bar. The Oriental Spa incorporates Thai and Western techniques in more than 50 spa therapies – guests are guaranteed to emerge cleansed and soothed. At the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, you can sit back, watch the river flow by and see if the inspiration takes you to write your own literary masterpiece.

Restaurants: Le Normandie The China House Lord Jim’s The Verandah Riverside Terrace Terrace Rim Naam Sala Rim Naam Bars: Bamboo Bar Authors’ Lounge Facilities: 9 meeting & function venues business centre fitness centre pool spa boutique Rooms: 393 rooms including 35 suites

Address and contact: 48 Oriental Avenue, Bangkok 10500, Thailand t: +66 2 659 9000 e: w:


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Armani Hotel Dubai DUBAI, UAE

Having raised the bar on architectural design to impossible heights, the Burj Khalifa has found the perfect residential partner of innovation in the iconic, world’s-first Armani Hotel, standing as testament to Giorgio Armani’s philosophy of a minimalist’s dream offering a true ‘home away from home’. The striking sense of unique individuality comes direct from the personal attention and legendary design of Giorgio Armani himself. Across the bespoke interiors and luxurious rooms and suites, Armani combines practicality and elegance with such sophisticated finishes as eramosa stone floors and zebra wood paneling, creating a personal space effused with Italian-style warmth. Drawing on Italy’s rich gastronomic traditions, Armani/Ristorante delights diners with authentic and modern culinary interpretations. For an imaginative twist on traditional and contemporary Japanese dishes, Armani/Hashi offers speciality sakes and breathtaking views of The Dubai Fountain. Unparalleled levels of personal service are an intrinsic part of the Armani experience. From the moment you arrive, your personal Lifestyle Manager will discreetly attend to your every need and desire. Echoing this philosophy, a personal consultation from a Spa professional ensures a fully tailored sensory experience is achieved in Dubai’s ultimately serene oasis, the Armani/SPA. Standing in the heart of what is irrefutably the world’s most prestigious square kilometer, amid the ambience of calm serenity created by sophisticated colours and clean lines, take a step into this unique space of minimalist elegance and be welcomed into Giorgio Armani’s world.

Restaurants: Armani/Lounge Armani/Peck Armani/Mediterraneo Armani/Ristorante Armani/Amal Armani/Hashi Armani/Privé Facilities: Armani/Ballroom Armani/Pavilion (outdoor) Armani/Foyer Armani/Events Room 1&2 Armani/Business Centre Armani/Fitness Outdoor Swimming Pool Armani/SPA Armani/Dolci Armani/Fiori Armani/Galleria Rooms: 160 rooms including 82 suites

Address and contact: Burj Khalifa, PO Box 888 333 1 Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, UAE t: +971 4 888 3888 e: w:


Burj Al Arab DUBAI, UAE

One of the most instantly recognisable hotels in the world, the iconic Burj Al Arab tower rises 321 metres above sea level and is situated on a manmade island some 280m offshore, linked to the mainland by a curving causeway. Despite its size, Burj Al Arab holds just 27 double-storey floors which accommodate 202 suites, which range from 170 square metres for the One Bedroom Deluxe Suite to 780 square metres for the Royal Suite. All suites at Burj Al Arab are impressive, but the two Royal Suites, that span the entire 25th floor, are awe-inspiring. Luxury features include a private elevator, private cinema, rotating beds, Majlis (Arabic meeting room) and extremely spacious dressing rooms. All suites include an extensive selection of complimentary Hermès amenities and a pillow menu with 17 options and an allocated personal butler. There are a wealth of dining options available to guests. One of the most striking options is Al Muntaha. Suspended on the 27th floor, 200m above the Arabian Gulf, the restaurant offers unrivalled views of Dubai and the shimmering coastline. The cocktail area of Skyview Bar is a stylish and exclusive venue for afternoon tea and is ideal for sunset cocktails. Burj Al Arab is a unique hotel in the world, that deserves all the accolades it receives – this luxury hotel sets new standards in magnificence, service and comfort, and is not afraid to revel in its glory.

Restaurants & Lounges: Al Mahara Al Muntaha Al Iwan Junsui Bab Al Yam Majlis Al Bahar Sahn Eddar Skyview Bar Juna Lounge Facilities: 7 meeting and function venues (indoors and outdoors) Diwania Library Sinbad’s Kids’ Club in-suite business facilities Assawan Spa and Health Club 2 infinity pools direct access to the private beach Rooms: 202 luxury duplexes

Address and contact: PO Box 74147 Dubai, United Arab Emirates t: +971 4 301 7700 e: w:


Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai DUBAI, UAE

Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai located on the Sheikh Zayed Road, is one of the city’s premier hotels. This elegant, 200 metre-tall hotel is within close proximity to the Dubai World Trade Centre, the Dubai International Financial Centre, and boasts spectacular views of Burj Khalifa. Arabian-inspired decor and a warm palette of colours blend with contemporary style to provide the ultimate in comfort across 302 rooms and suites. L’Occitane designer bath amenities, rainforest showers and deep soaking baths refresh even the weariest of travellers. For those wishing to enjoy the benefits of a longer stay, 126 serviced apartments are also available. Dining here is an all sensory experience, not to be missed. Choosing from eight world-class restaurants and bars may see you opting for superbly presented traditional Moroccan dishes at Marrakech; sampling the finest Vietnamese specialities in Hoi An; or popular Cantonese cuisine in Shang Palace, each boasting staff from the featured nation to ensure an authentic dining experience. Dunes Cafe is open all day and serves an international buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as an à la carte menu. For pre-dinner drinks or lounging into the night, ikandy ultralounge is the perfect venue to chill out pool side. Whether requiring rest or recreation, The Health Club and Spa at Shangri-La offer total rejuvenation. Facilities include a swimming pool, gymnasium, squash and tennis courts, and a steam/sauna.

Restaurants & Lounges: Marrakech Dunes Café Amwaj Shang Palace Hoi An Lobby Lounge ikandy ultralounge Balcony Bar Facilities: 8 meeting & function rooms business centre fitness centre pool spa hair salon Rooms: 302 rooms including 31 suites

Address and contact: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, UAE t: +971 4 343 8888 e: w:


The Address Downtown Dubai DUBAI, UAE

The Address Downtown Dubai, at 63 storeys, offers sweeping city views towards the iconic Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, and is within walking distance from one of the globe’s largest, most exciting shopping destinations – The Dubai Mall. With its elegant façade, the post-modern architectural splendour of The Address Downtown Dubai is crowned with designs reminiscent of the Art Deco era. Its award-winning interior design is inspired by regional landscapes while incorporating a sense of grandeur. The hotel offers 196 spacious and contemporary rooms, including 25 suites and 626 serviced residences with spectacular views of Burj Khalifa and The Old Town. Here, luxury is taken to a new level, with only the finest quality designer furnishings, fabrics and bed linen in every room. For diners, there are eight restaurants and bars, from the sophisticated Chinese restaurant, Hukama, to Fazaris which offers Japanese, Asian, Indian, Arabian and Mediterranean cuisine. Those who like to socialise should head to the vibrant Latin-inspired Calabar lounge or the panoramic sky lounge, Neos. Trendsetters and connoisseurs will enjoy the stylish new Cigar Lounge on Level 13 with its sophisticated combination of al fresco seating, a choice of the finest cigars from around the world and exquisite international delicacies on the menu. The Address Hotels + Resorts brand defines itself on a ‘one size fits one’ approach where benefits to guests and service excellence are a priority – just a short stay here proves this.

Restaurants & Lounges: Saha Cafe Calabar Hukama Neos Zeta Fazaris Risala Cigar Lounge Facilities: 3 meeting & function rooms business centre fitness centre pool spa hair salon within walking distance of Dubai Mall Rooms: 196 rooms including 25 suites

Address and contact: Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, UAE t: +971 4 436 8888 e: w:


The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai DUBAI, UAE

The Address Dubai Mall is an ideal hotel for discerning travellers and for those looking for a shopping vacation. Directly connected to The Dubai Mall, guests can enjoy the huge range of designer brands and entertainment attractions that lie just a few steps away. Located within the Downtown Dubai area, often described as the new heart of the city, The Address Dubai Mall has 244 hotel rooms including 53 suites. In the spacious rooms and suites, guests can also take full advantage of an iPod docking station, espresso coffee machine and complimentary Wi-Fi. The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, showcases a diverse culinary experience, with five outlets including two lounges that are all key to the city’s social scene. Highlights include Ember Grill and Lounge, the hotel’s signature restaurant and Na3na3, which specialises in genuine Arabic home style cooking. Cabana, by the poolside on the third floor, is one of the city’s top outdoor venues. Bespoke services such as the personal fashion advisor offers guests and visitors the choice of a personalised shopping experience with expert tips

Restaurants & Lounges: Ember Grill and Lounge Na3Na3 Karat Cabana Facilities: 8 meeting & function rooms business centre fitness centre pool spa hair salon personal fashion advisor directly linked to Dubai Mall Rooms: 244 rooms including 53 suites

The Spa at The Address Dubai Mall is a perfect hideaway to renew and invigorate the senses after a busy day. Its tranquil setting offers a sanctuary for relaxation, with experienced therapists providing a world of gracious hospitality. The Address Dubai Mall has quickly established itself as the place to stay for shoppers, business travellers, leisure travellers and those who love impeccable service.

Address and contact: P. O. Box 31166, Dubai, UAE t: +971 4 438 8888 e: w:


The Address Dubai Marina DUBAI, UAE

Overlooking the world’s largest man-made Marina, The Address Dubai Marina is situated in one of Dubai’s most popular lifestyle districts, with easy access from Dubai International Airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport. The hotel offers 200 guestrooms and suites presenting sweeping views of the Dubai Marina and feature private balconies. All rooms are equipped with flat screen TVs, complimentary wireless Internet access and gourmet coffee and tea machines. The hotel features five superb restaurants and lounges including Kambaa, a chic lobby lounge, which offers a delectable menu of snacks and fresh baked sweets and savouries throughout the day; and Mazina, the culinary powerhouse, is a contemporary reflection of global cuisine. Enjoy a light meal al fresco beside the majestic infinity pool at Shades restaurant and terrace located on the 4th floor, or simply be mesmerised with the glow of the Marina’s urban landscape from the lounge. Chic and vibrant, Blends is a fresh mix of three innovative experiences in one stylish setting. Last, but not least, The Spa at The Address Dubai Marina has an innovative collection of treatments to ensure total relaxation of the body and mind. Set amidst a stunning locale, with phenomenal views over Dubai Marina, the state-of-the-art fitness centre will inspire your daily workout. With a direct link to the stylish Dubai Marina Mall and a stroll away from the beach, The Address Dubai Marina gives you every reason to extend your stay and unwind.

Restaurants & Lounges: Kambaa Mazina Shades Blends Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse Facilities: ballroom 15 meeting & function rooms business centre fitness centre pool spa hair salon directly linked to Dubai Marina Mall within walking distance to the beach Rooms: 200 rooms including 24 suites

Address and contact: P. O. Box 32923, Dubai, UAE t: +971 4 436 7777 e: w:


The Address Montgomerie Dubai DUBAI, UAE

The Address Montgomerie Dubai is nestled amidst Dubai’s most luxurious and prestigious residential area, Emirates Hills. The golf course, designed by Colin Montgomerie, in association with Desmond Muirhead, features 14 lakes, 72 bunkers and boasts sweeping, picturesque views of Jumeirah Lakes Towers and the Dubai Marina skyline. The clubhouse, overlooking the 18th green, showcases an exclusive 21-room retreat hotel. All rooms are equipped with LCD TV, complimentary internet and room service. The hotel also offers a fitness centre and a 24-hour business lounge. Dining options include Nineteen, offering a unique rotisserie grill menu, highlighted by a live-action show-kitchen. Bunkers, with sweeping views overlooking the 18th hole and putting green, is the right spot to enjoy a quick meal without having to change out of your spikes! The food is a modern take on traditional pub fare complimented by a variety of beverages served from the distinctive half-moon shaped bar. The Links is a sportsthemed restaurant serving modern pub-style fare, with a stunning terrace area which overlooks the driving range and flood-lit par 3 course. Monty Cristo’s offers the ultimate cigar-lounge experience, boasting a selection of some of the world’s finest cigars. An impressive selection of beverages, appetizers and tapas make Monty Cristo’s the perfect choice for a pre-dinner aperitif or an after-dinner drink. An idyllic golf retreat, The Address Montgomerie Dubai accomplishes perfect harmony by combining premium golf in sublime surroundings.

Restaurants: Nineteen Bunkers The Links Monty Cristo’s Facilities: 2 meeting rooms 3 outdoor function venues business centre fitness centre pool spa 18 hole championship course 9 hole floodlit par 3 course driving Range Rooms: 21 rooms including 3 suites

Address and contact: The Address Montgomerie Dubai Emirates Hills, Dubai, UAE t: +971 4 390 5600 e: w:


The Palace – The Old Town DUBAI, UAE

Managed by The Address Hotels + Resorts, The Palace – The Old Town is the ideal choice for both business and leisure travellers. Over the years, the hotel has been rewarded with many distinguished accolades, such as ‘Best Hotel Dubai’ and ‘Dubai’s Leading City Resort’, as well as the ‘Best City Resort Hotel’ at the Gulf Connoisseur Awards. It was also voted among the top 25 luxury hotels in the Middle East in the 2012 Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Choice awards. Part of The Old Town Island, the hotel has an excellent view of the record- breaking Burj Khalifa, with which it shares a large man-made lake that is home to The Dubai Fountain. In the 242 rooms and 81 suites there are fine silks, traditional lattices and motifs all in keeping with local traditions and the views outside. Selected suites come with a range of services suited to business travellers, including airport transfers and Business Lounge access. The rooms are also equipped with flat-screen televisions, complimentary wireless Internet and a voicemail service. Gastronomes will value the authentic Arabic and Oriental cuisine found at the Ewaan restaurant, and the extraordinary grills at Asado. Thiptara, overlooking the dancing fountains, serves authentic Thai cuisine. For guests who wish to relax or simply indulge in some personal pampering, The Spa sanctuary is ideal. The Spa has a unique selection of massage therapies that make use of its relaxed treatment rooms and a full Oriental bathhouse. Reflecting the very essence of Dubai itself, this hotel stands at the crossroads of Middle Eastern tradition and modern luxury that effortlessly surpasses all expectations.

Restaurants & Lounges: Asado Thiptara Ewaan FAI Al Bayt Facilities: 7 meeting & function venues business centre fitness centre pool spa within walking distance of The Dubai Mall Rooms: 242 rooms including 81 suites

Address and contact: Emaar Boulevard, The Old Town Island, Downtown Dubai, UAE t: +971 4 428 7888 e: w:


The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre Among the forest of towering skyscrapers, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre cuts an impressive, low-rise figure with worldrenowned architect Gensler’s innovative blend of urban, European and Eastern influences. Balancing the aesthetics of urbanity and residency are the luxurious elements of a sunken garden and shaded terraces, complemented by striking water features, most notably a dramatic 10-storey waterfall cascading into the private courtyard. The sense of a noble château which greets guests at the porte-cochère continues through the Art Decoinspired interior with upholstered walls of creamy silk offset by the lobby’s breathtaking frosted branch light sculpture, a masterpiece from Lasvit. Fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows, all guestrooms are flooded with natural light and feature such contemporary luxuries as mirror-embedded televisions.


Restaurants & Lounges: Center Cut Blue Rain Can Can No. 5 Lounge & Bar Lobby Lounge & Terrace Facilities: ballroom 8 meeting & function venues business centre fitness centre pool spa Rooms: 341 rooms including 80 suites

Unique in design, the hotel offers a second level of access via the podium walkway which links directly to the Financial Centre complex. In prime welcoming position is No. 5 Lounge & Bar, offering after-hours, hand-made cocktails. Pass the dramatic 30 metre wine wall on your way to Blue Rain, a contemporary Thai restaurant, or partake in Dubai’s only chocolate and champagne experience in the sleek salon of the Lobby Lounge & Terrace. The option to customise your time at The RitzCarlton, DIFC defines its ethos of innovative service. Choose which spectacular view by which to dine, or select your own music to accompany a luxury spa treatment, providing the ultimate bespoke experience, and personal stay.

Address and contact: Gate Village, DIFC, Dubai, UAE t: +971 4 372 2222 e: w:


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Mandarin Oriental, Boston BOSTON, USA

Picture intimate luxury and the warmth of a distinguished residence and be captivated by the splendid Mandarin Oriental, Boston, offering direct access to premier retail, cultural, and business venues from its prime location in chic Back Bay.

Restaurant: Asana

Taking inspiration from historical Silk Trade days, highly-acclaimed designer Frank Nicholson has elegantly fused the grace and refinement of ancient Asian design with Boston’s modern sensibilities.This inspired blend creates a sophisticated congeniality showcased by exotic blonde wood panelling and modern motifs of rich Oriental textures. With each room featuring opulent furnishings and luxurious silks, a comfortable, contemporary home-fromhome feel is masterfully achieved.

Facilities: private dining room ballroom 4 meeting & function venues business centre fitness centre vitality pool spa

Mouth-watering, innovative dining experiences abound at Asana, renowned for its worldclass, authentic New England dishes served in a dramatic and vibrant atmosphere. Top billing on Boston’s lounge scene, M Bar & Lounge offers a comprehensive selection of unique cocktails and bar bites with stunning views over the gregarious thoroughfare of Boylston Street. There can be no better respite from the bustle of the day than a trip to Massachusetts’ only 5-star awarded health spa where Zen-inspired features such as bamboo flooring and warm woods help to transport you on a signature spa journey, reflecting the hotel’s Asian heritage balanced against Western techniques. Having redefined elegant luxury and superior service, truly epitomising renowned Bostonian charm and customary hospitality, Mandarin Oriental, Boston awaits your heart’s desires.

Bar/Lounge: M Bar & Lounge

Rooms: 148 rooms including 12 suites

Address and contact: 776 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02199, USA t: +1 617 535 8888 e: w:


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