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Places to stay - Luxury

Argentina

$$$$$ Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

Luxury

Located at the heart of Recoleta, within easy reach of the suburb’s main attractions, the Palacio Duhau is a sumptuously restored, neoclassical palace that dates back to the 1930’s. Acquired by the Park Hyatt group in 2002, the hotel offers the height of sophisticated elegance and service in Buenos Aires and effortlessly combines the property’s colonial grandeur with every modern luxury.

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$$$$$ Alvear Palace Buenos Aires

Luxury

One of South America’s classic city hotels which opened in the 1930’s, the historic Alvear palace offers the height of luxury and refinement in Buenos Aires. Sumptuously decorated with Empire and Louis XI period furniture, the hotel is located within the leafy, upmarket boulevards of Recoleta within easy reach of the famous cemetery, final resting place of Evita.

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$$$$$ Estancia el Colibri Cordoba

Luxury

Located amidst 170 hectares of unspoilt farm land, 1 hour’s drive from regional capital Cordoba, Estancia el Colibri is a sumptuous Relais & Chateaux property and an exquisite, mock estancia.
  

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$$$$$ Hotel Das Cataratas (Brazil) Iguazu Falls

Luxury

The height of 5* luxury and elegance at the heart of the national park, Orient Express’ Das Cataratas is a sumptuous colonial hotel and one of only two properties that directly overlooks the thunderous Iguazu Falls, one of South America’s greatest natural marvels. 

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$$$$$ Cavas Wine Lodge Mendoza

Luxury

Set in 60 acres of rolling vines against a back-drop of the majestic snow-capped Andes, Cavas is a sumptuous, award-winning boutique hotel that offers the very height of luxury in Mendoza.

Beautifully designed blending colonial grandeur with modern comfort and style, the hotel is ringed with world class vineyards and within easy reach of the airport.

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$$$$ Casa Antucura Mendoza

Luxury

Deep in the heart of the Uco Valley, a good hour’s drive from Mendoza, the Casa Antucura is a sumptuous boutique hotel and secluded country estate just outside the village of Vista Flores. Set amidst 94 hectares of rolling vines against a backdrop of distant snow-capped mountains, the unique hotel offers a luxurious, modern retreat elegantly furnished with stylish contemporary decor.

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$$$$$ House of Jasmines Salta

Luxury

The height of rustic elegance, the House of Jasmines is a stunning boutique country retreat located in the hills just outside Salta with distant views of the Andes.

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$$$$$ El Casco Art Hotel The Lake District

Luxury

Fine art combines with spectacular lakeside views at the elegant El Casco, one of the Lake District’s most sophisticated hotels just 11km outside the regional centre Bariloche. 

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Brazil

$$$$$ Hotel Das Cataratas Iguassu Falls

Luxury

The height of 5* luxury and elegance at the heart of the national park, Orient Express’ Das Cataratas is a sumptuous colonial hotel and one of only two properties that directly overlooks the thunderous Iguassu Falls, one of South America’s greatest natural marvels.

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$$$$$ Txai Resort Itacare and surrounds

Luxury

Style and soul amidst miles of idyllic, palm-fringed beach, welcome to Txai, one of Brazil’s most exclusive boutique resorts! Tucked away amongst palm groves within an old cacao estate, Txai encapsulates the beauty and charm of Bahia and is located 50km north of Ilheus.

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$$$$$ Copacabana Palace Rio de Janeiro

Luxury

Rio’s landmark hotel, the legendary Copacabana Palace evokes the style and grandeur of the 1920’s, a glamorous art-deco hotel that rises above the golden sands of Copacabana beach.

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Cambodia

$$$$ Raffles Hotel Le Royal Phnom Penh

Luxury

Located in the heart of Phnom Penh, Le Royal is only 20 minutes' drive from the International Airport and within easy access of the city's attractions such as the Royal Palace, Central Market, Russian Market and the National Artefacts Museum. It is the premier hotel in Phnom Penh, a hotel with those rare attributes of both history and style.

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$$$$ Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor Siem Reap & the Angkor Temples

Luxury

For more than 75 years, a trip to the magnificent temple complex of Angkor has been synonymous with a stay at Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor. Located in the heart of Siem Reap, the hotel is only eight kilometres from the temple site. Now sensitively restored, the hotel's renewed style and modernity complement the mystery and grandeur of Angkor as never before.

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$$$$ The Samar Villa's & Spa Resort Siem Reap & the Angkor Temples

Luxury

Samar Villas is located in a quiet part of town away from all the big chain hotels and large tour groups. A discrete entrance off a quiet back street reveals a beautifully renovated traditional Angkorian house. The incorporating of Khmer style with a touch of modern design makes the Samar Villas our favourite new boutique to open in Siem Reap in quite some time.

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$$$$$ Song Saa Private Island Sihanoukville

Luxury

Song Saa Private Island lies secluded just 35 minutes by boat from the port of Sihanoukville on the west coast of Cambodia. Most of the islands in the Koh Rong Archipelago remain undeveloped – deserted oases of virgin rainforests, tropical reefs and glistening white beaches.

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Chile

$$$$$ Explora Rapa Nui Easter Island

Luxury

Easter Island’s premier hotel, the elegant Explora Posada de Mike Rapu is nestled into the hillside above the island’s main town of Hanga Roa with sweeping views over the sparkling Pacific Ocean. 

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$$$$$ Hotel Patagonico Puerto Varas

Luxury

Behind the striking modernist façade, the Hotel Patagonico is a stylish, 5* property on the edge of Puerto Varas with wonderful views over the town and lake towards the distant volcanoes. 

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$$$$$ Singular Santiago Santiago

Luxury

Following on from the success of their sister property in Patagonia, the Singular Santiago threw open its doors in October 2014 to offer discerning travellers the height of style and comfort within the Chilean capital.

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$$$$$ W Hotel Santiago

Luxury

The iconic “W Hotel” arrived in Santiago in 2009, housed in a super-stylish sky-scraper that towers above the elegant El Golf suburb with breath taking views over the distant, snow-capped Andes.

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$$$$ Hotel Awasi The Atacama Desert

Luxury

The height of rustic luxury in the Atacama Desert, Hotel Awasi is a small, sumptuous lodge a short stroll to the centre of San Pedro. 

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$$$$$ Lapostolle Residence The Wine Valleys

Luxury

Nestled into the hillside of Chile’s coastal range with extraordinary views of rolling vines, the Lapostolle Residence is a sumptuous retreat at the heart of the award-winning Clos Apalta vineyard, some 2½ hours south of Santiago.
    

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$$$$$ Tierra Patagonia Torres del Paine National Park

Luxury

Award-winning architecture at the heart of the magnificent Torres del Paine National Park, the Tierra Patagonia blends seamlessly into the rolling Patagonian steppe and looks out across the turquoise waters of Lake Sarmiento to the breath taking granite peaks beyond. 

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$$$$$ Awasi Patagonia Torres del Paine National Park

Luxury

Awasi Patagonia is the latest addition to the growing number of luxury lodges in the Torres del Paine. Sheltered amongst a native lenga forest within a 15000 acre private reserve, it commands captivating views across Lake Sarmiento to the soaring granite towers of the national park.

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$$$$$ The Singular Torres del Paine National Park

Luxury

A magnificent property perched on the Last Hope Sound just outside Puerto Natales. The Singular is one of Chile’s finest luxury hotels and offers a taste of authentic Patagonia amidst rich history and glorious landscapes.

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$$$$$ Explora en Patagonia Torres del Paine National Park

Luxury

Pioneers in luxury adventure travel, Explora sits at the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park directly under the shadow of the awe-inspiring “cuernos” granite peaks overlooking the waterfalls of the “salto chico”.  

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China

$$$$ The Opposite House Beijing

Luxury

This wonderful hotel is located in the heart of the sophisticated and cosmopolitan Beijing district of Sanlitun, just steps from some of the city’s finest and most vibrant shopping and nightlife areas home to Beijing’s first open plan shopping mall - The Village Sanlitun (North and South), and is home to both local and international designer boutiques and plenty of restaurants and cafes.

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$$$$$ Aman at Summer Palace Beijing

Luxury

The Aman at Summer Palace is located just steps away from the East Gate of the Summer Palace. The hotel buildings are what used to be used as accommodation by guests of the Palace awaiting an audience with the Empress Dowager Cixi. It is located around 15kms from the downtown area and the Forbidden City.

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$$$$$ Shangri-La Chengdu Chengdu

Luxury

Shangri-La Chengdu is located in the city's cosmopolitan Jinjiang District, and enjoys spectacular views of the Jinjiang River. The hotel sits adjacent to the stylish 30-storey Shangri-La Centre, making the hotel and office complex a landmark in one of China's most modern and affluent cities.

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$$$$$ Amanfayun Hangzhou

Luxury

Amanfayun lies hidden in a valley to the west of West Lake in Hangzhou. The 20-minute drive along densely wooded bamboo and tree-lined avenues from the centre of Hangzhou takes you past the botanical gardens and inner waterways of West Lake, to the temples and village of Tianzhu. The resort lies just beyond the village, below North Peak and adjacent to the Lingyin and Yongfu Temples. 

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$$$$$ Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai

Luxury

Proud, legendary, traditional and lavish, the Fairmont Peace Hotel, overlooking Shanghai’s Huangpu River and the infamous Bund, boasts a history that overshadows that of any other hotel in the China. Its origins date back over 80 years and the hotel has served as a glamorous playground for the social elite of Shanghai and diplomats and celebrities from across the globe. 

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$$$$ Les Suites Orient Shanghai

Luxury

Les Suites Orient Hotel is located in the centre of Shanghai, along the city’s prestigious Bund area, with rooms and suites offering stunning views over the Huangpu River and the Pudong District.

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Colombia

$$$$$ El Marques Cartagena de Indias

Luxury

A colonial gem at the heart of Cartagena’s enchanting old town, the El Marques is a historic 17th century mansion and charming boutique hotel.

Nestled amidst beautiful townhouses behind an elegant, hand-carved balcony so typical of the walled town, the Marques is the height of sophisticated elegance. 

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Costa Rica

$$$$$ Flor Blanca Nicoya Peninsula

Luxury

An award-winning retreat amidst magnificent rainforest and pristine beaches, Flora Blanca is a chic boutique hotel that offers a slice of luxury at the heart of the Nicoya Peninsula.

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$$$$$ Alta Gracia Boutique Hacienda San Gerardo de Dota

Luxury

The Alta Gracia is the ultimate luxury retreat, a stunning hacienda-style spa hotel set amidst the lush, forested slopes of the Perez Zeledon Mountains in southern Costa Rica. The resort spans 850 acres of fertile valleys and woodland and is just 2½ hours’ drive from the capital San Jose or a 35 minute flight by private plane.

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Ecuador

$$$$$ Casa Gangotena Quito

Luxury

Overlooking the cobbled Plaza San Francisco at the very heart of Quito’s historic old town, the Casa Gangotena is a sumptuous colonial mansion and boutique hotel. Dating back to the days of the conquistadors and lavishly restored, the Casa Gangotena offers a slice of Ecuador’s rich history amidst an eclectic mix of architectural styles.

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$$$$$ Hotel Plaza Grande Quito

Luxury

Ideally located at the heart of the historic old town on the central Plaza de la Independencia next to the cathedral and government palace, the Hotel Plaza Grande is a sumptuous colonial mansion and Quito’s first luxury boutique hotel.

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Hong Kong

$$$$$ Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong Hong Kong Island

Luxury

This newly renovated, iconic hotel is located overlooking the glittering Victoria Harbour. The hotel has been the centre of Hong Kong’s social and business scene since 1963 and this glamorous past is echoed in the lavish redesign which saw whole hotel completely transformed into the vanguard of modern luxury.

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$$$$$ InterContinental Hong Kong Kowloon

Luxury

This wonderful hotel is ideally situated in the heart of the business, entertainment and shopping area of Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon. It overlooks the breath-taking Victoria Harbour and enjoys spectacular views across to the iconic skyline of Hong Kong Island.

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$$$$$ The Peninsula Kowloon

Luxury

Since first opening its rather grand doors back in the roaring 1920’s The Peninsula Hong Kong has long been hailed as one of the finest hotels in the world. The legendary "Grande Dame of the Far East" continues to set hotel standards worldwide, offering a blend of the best of Eastern and Western hospitality in an atmosphere of unmatched classical grandeur and timeless elegance.

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India

$$$$$ The Oberoi Amarvilas Agra - Taj Mahal

Luxury

Located just 600 metres from the iconic Taj Mahal, and with every guestroom offering views of the magnificent monument, the luxurious Amarvilas is one of the world’s best hotels.

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$$$$ The Imperial Delhi

Luxury

This Delhi institution, whose design was inspired by legendary architect Edwin Lutyens, successfully blends Victorian, colonial and art deco designs to create one of Asia’s most lavish and visually stunning properties.

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$$$$$ Oberoi Rajvilas Jaipur

Luxury

Rajvilas was the first of the uber luxurious Oberoi properties and is located just 8 kms outside the “pink city” of Jaipur. This truly remarkable hotel is and set within 32 acres of immaculately landscaped gardens.

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$$$$ The Serai Jaisalmer

Luxury

Located just half an hour’s drive from Jaisalmer the Serai is a luxurious desert camp offering a spectacular unique experience.

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$$$$$ Umaid Bhawan Palace (Taj) Jodhpur

Luxury

Set amidst 26 acres of lush gardens and regarded as the last of the great palaces of India the Umaid Bhawan Palace  (managed by luxury hotel group Taj) is a truly breathtaking property. Set above the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur commanding spectacular views, the palace was formally one of the largest residences in the world.

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$$$$ Kumurakom Lake Resort Kumarakom

Luxury

Set on the shores of picturesque Vembanad Lake the Kumarakom lake resort is a stunning retreat set amidst swaying palm groves and glistening canals.

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$$$$ Heritage Madurai Madurai

Luxury

Ideally situated in the heart of Madurai and within easy distance of the Meenakshi Amman Temple and Thirumalai Nayak Palace, the Heritage Madurai is a superb base from which to explore this cultural city. Designed during the Raj era by the distinguished Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa as a British club, the Heritage has been converted into a charming boutique style hotel.

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$$$$ Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai

Luxury

Located in the Colaba district of the city, The Taj Mahal Palace (formally known as the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower) is Mumbai’s most iconic hotel and the flagship property of the renowned Taj group. The hotel went through an extensive renovation after the November 2008 terrorist attacks which had a devastating impact on the property.

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$$$$$ Aman-i-khas Ranthambhore National Park

Luxury

Situated on the edge of Ranthambhore National Park surrounded by the striking Aravalli Hills is the luxurious Aman-i-khas wilderness camp.

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$$$$ Mihir Garh Rohet

Luxury

Located in the heart of the Thar desert approximately 1 hour’s drive from Jodhpur sits this spectacular boutique hotel. Translating to Fort of the sun, Mihir Garh is the brainchild of Rajput husband-and-wife owners, Sidharth and Rashmi Singh, who also own nearby heritage hotel Rohet Garh.

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$$$$$ Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur

Luxury

Set within 30 acres of former hunting grounds on the banks of Lake Pichola, the Udaivilas combines unrivalled views with opulent accommodation and facilities. The property can be reached either by car or by a short boat ride across the lake where guests are greeted at the magnificent arched entrance.

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$$$$$ Taj Lake Palace Udaipur

Luxury

One of the most famous hotels in the world, the iconic Taj Lake Palace sits delicately in the middle of lake Pichola. Reached by a short boat ride, the palace was built in 1740 as a summer retreat for the Maharajas, taking advantage of the cool lake breezes.

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$$$$ Nedesar Palace Varanasi

Luxury

A luxurious mansion located on the banks of the sacred river Ganges, Nadesar Palace was built by the East India Company to house officers stationed in the Holy city of Varanasi. The Palace was bought by the Maharaja Prabhu Narayan Singh in the late 19th century to offer high quality accommodation to visiting dignitaries and has now been carefully restored by the Taj Group.

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Laos

$$$$ The Luang Say Residence Luang Prabang & surrounds

Luxury

This newly opened resort (Dec 2010) is a welcome addition to the luxury hotel offerings in Luang Prabang. Located within easy reach of the main heritage area The Luang Say Residence is just a 10-minute drive from the International Airport and a twenty minute walk from downtown Luang Prabang.

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$$$$ Sofitel Luang Prabang Luang Prabang & surrounds

Luxury

Sofitel Luang Prabang flawlessly blends colonial charm with contemporary style to create a sleek and stylish stay in the UNESCO World Heritage City. Situated on Old Prison Road, the property is set within a protected former mansion, which true to the road's name, was once a detention centre but is now an elegant resort.

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$$$ Apsara Rive Droite Luang Prabang & surrounds

Luxury

From the same minds behind the elegantly chic Apsara Hotel, The Apsara Rive Droite is a stylish 9-room property on Luang Prabang’s Nam Khan River. Located across the water from the main town, the hotel is a quiet retreat with all the touches of a top luxury property: a fabulous pool, private verandas or terraces in each room and unobtrusive yet attentive service.

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$$$$$ La Residence Phou Vau Luang Prabang & surrounds

Luxury

The hotel enjoys an exceptional location as the only hotel in Luang Prabang built on Phou Vao Hill - translated as the hill of the kites. This unique vantage point affords breathtaking views of the lush surrounding mountains and surrounding World Heritage town of Luang Prabang. La Résidence Phou Vao is part of the award winning luxury Orient-Express Hotels, Trains & Cruises collection.

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Malaysia

$$$$ Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

Luxury

This luxury hotel combines sophistication and elegance along with one of the best locations in KL. Adjacent to the world famous Petronas Twin Towers, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur offers supreme views of this spectacular landmark as well as the lush fifty acre KLCC Park, with the thriving hub of the city also at the doorstep.

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$$$$ Ritz Carlton Kuala Lumpur

Luxury

Of the many fine hotels in KL the Ritz Carlton, in our opinion, ranks as one of the very best. The hotel just oozes colonial luxurious charm and elegance but at the same time you still have a strong sense that you are in exotic Southeast Asia due to the influences of the local ethnic culture and diverse artistry used in the decor.

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$$$$ Tanjong Jara Kuala Terengganu

Luxury

This sanctuary of opulence and well-being is situated on the picturesque east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, between Kuala Terengganu in the north and Kuantan in the south, approximately one hour drive from Kuala Terengganu Airport. The resort is built on a lush 17-hectare site overlooking the South China Sea.

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$$$$$ The Datai Langkawi

Luxury

The Datai takes pride of place on a long stretch of powdery white-sand beach carefully secluded in a 750 hectare virgin rainforest on the northwestern tip of mystical Langkawi Island. The resort is, justifiably in our opinion, renown as one of the best in Malaysia – if not the whole of Asia.

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$$$$ Pangkor Laut Resort Pangkor Islands

Luxury

Pangkor Laut is a privately owned island located three miles off the West Coast of Malaysia along the Straits of Malacca. Travel to the resort is either by air – fly to Pangkor Island and ferry to Pangkor Laut - or a 3 hour drive from KL followed a ferry ride to Pangkor Laut or if you really want to arrive in style take a helicopter journey from KL’s Subang Airport.

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Mexico

$$$$$ Capella Pedregal - Los Cabos Baja California

Luxury

A private 300m torch-lit tunnel through the heart of a mountain takes you to Capella Pedregal, an entrance that sets the tone nicely for one of los Cabos’ most luxurious resorts. Spanning 24 acres of rugged coastline, the Capella Pedregal sits at the convergence of the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez close to the iconic Land's End rock formation.

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$$$$$ Esperanza Resort - Los Cabos Baja California

Luxury

Esperanza is a luxurious, world-class resort tucked amongst the rocky bluffs and secluded coves of Los Cabos at the tip of Baja California. Set amidst 17 lush acres overlooking the Sea of Cortez, the resort encompasses pristine gardens, swaying palms and a number of palapa topped guest wings set against the back-drop of the pounding Pacific.

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$$$$$ Hacienda Uayamon Campeche

Luxury

A shining example of Mexico’s colonial legacy, the Hacienda Uayamon is a sumptuous 17th century estate surrounded by plantations and creeping jungle close to Campeche on the western edge of the Yucatan Peninsula.

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$$$$$ Hacienda Temozon Merida

Luxury

One hour’s drive south of Merida, Temozon pays homage to the great Spanish estates of old, a sumptuous 17th century colonial hacienda and once sisal plantation set amidst 86 acres of picturesque grounds and surrounding jungle.

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$$$$$ Maroma Resort & Spa Riviera Maya

Luxury

Palms tumble onto powder white sand framed by the dreamy turquoise waters of the Caribbean. The Maroma Resort & Spa is one of the Riviera Maya’s most exclusive hideaway hotels flanked by 200 acres of beach, jungle and coconut plantations just north of Playa del Carmen.

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$$$$$ Esencia Riviera Maya

Luxury

Hotel Esencia is a beautiful beachfront property and intimate boutique hotel just south of Playa del Carmen.

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$$$$$ Viceroy Riviera Maya Riviera Maya

Luxury

Just north of Playa del Carmen, the Viceroy Riviera Maya is a stylish retreat overlooking 10km of pristine white sand set against the sparkling Caribbean.

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Myanmar (Burma)

$$$$ Sandoway Resort Ngapali

Luxury

This spectacular resort is nestled amongst coconut palms on the pristine beach frontage of Ngapali Beach in the Bay of Bengal. The hotel has been designed by a famous Italian architect and everything purpose built. It is just a 45 minute flight from Yangon to this wonderful 10km long stretch of beach.

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$$$$$ Malikha Lodge Putao

Luxury

Malikha Lodge is situated in Northern Kachin State, Myanmar’s greenest and most remote state. Access to the lodge is a fifteen-minute drive from the small frontier town of Putao. The only reliable access is by flight into the Putao airstrip during the cool dry season from October to April. This unique resort was designed by Jean Michel Gathy of Amanresorts fame.

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$$$$$ The Strand Yangon (Rangoon)

Luxury

Temporarily closed between 1st May to 31st October 2016 for renovations. 

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Peru

$$$$$ Hotel Monasterio Cusco

Luxury

The height of luxury in Cusco, Orient Express’ Hotel Monasterio is a sumptuously restored 16th century seminary, a short stroll from Cusco’s central plaza de armas. Dating back 1595 and originally built on the site of Inca Amaru Qhala’s palace, the Monasterio is a national landmark offering the elegance and sophistication of a 5* hotel set amidst glorious colonial splendour. 

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$$$$$ La Casona Cusco

Luxury

Among the smallest and most charming boutique hotels in Cusco, La Casona is a beautifully converted 16th century colonial mansion. Located at Plaza Nazarenas, a small cobbled square that also hosts the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, La Casona sits in a privileged position between Cusco’s central plaza de armas and the colourful artistic neighbourhood of San Blas.  

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$$$$$ Titilaka Lake Titicaca - Puno

Luxury

Titilaka is Lake Titicaca’s most exclusive hotel sitting on a private, secluded peninsula some 40 minutes’ drive from Puno (1½ hours from Juliaca airport) with sweeping views across Lake Titicaca. 

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$$$$$ Miraflores Park Hotel Lima

Luxury

Located in the elegant suburb of Miraflores overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Miraflores Park Hotel is one of Lima’s finest 5* city hotels, owned and operated by the Orient Express group. 

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$$$$$ Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu

Luxury

Nestled in lush cloud-forest high above the village of Aguas Calientes, the Sanctuary Lodge is a smart Orient Express property overlooking the raging Urubamba River and Vilcabamba mountains on the very doorstep to Machu Picchu. 

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$$$$$ Casitas del Colca The Colca Canyon

Luxury

Formerly managed by the prestigious Orient Express hotel group, the luxurious Casitas del Colca is a charming, small resort situated in the heart of the Colca Canyon a long dusty from the city of Arequipa.

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Singapore

$$$$ Banyan Tree Bintan Bintan (Indonesian Island)

Luxury

This ultra luxurious resort is located in a lush tropical setting overlooking the South China Sea. Nestled above a secluded bay on the north-western tip of Bintan Island, Indonesia, Banyan Tree resort is the epitome of luxurious living, offering an exclusive villa lifestyle and all this is just 55 minutes from Singapore by high-speed catamaran and a 15-minute drive to the resort. 

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$$$$$ Raffles Singapore - City

Luxury

To the locals and tourists alike Raffles is as much an iconic landmark as a hotel and in 1987 was declared a National Landmark. With its restoration and reopening in 1991, Raffles Hotel today stands as a jewel in the crown of Singapore's hospitality industry, renowned and loved for its inimitable style and unsurpassed excellence in service and facilities. 

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Sri Lanka

$$$$ Uga Ulagalla Anuradhapura

Luxury

Once the ancestral estate of local Anuradhapura nobility, the spectacular Ulagalla resort features a 150-year-old mansion with 20 private ecologically-built villas spread across 58 acres of lush greenery.

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$$$$$ Amangalla Galle

Luxury

Sitting within the ramparts of 17th century Galle fort, the Amangalla is a truly outstanding property. The original 150 year old hotel has been spectacularly restored by the renowned Aman group and now offers an unrivalled level of luxury in the heart of Galle Fort.

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$$$$$ Cape Weligama Weligama

Luxury

Located on its own headland on the outskirts of Weligama about 30minutes drive from the historical city of Galle, Cape Weligama offers an unrivalled beachfront location with equally spectacular accommodation, facilities and service.

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Thailand

$$$$ Chakrabongse Villas Bangkok

Luxury

Chakrabongse Villas are set in a leafy oasis of gardens with palms and exotic plants, and in contrast to the nearby condos and skyscrapers, the 3 traditional Thai style villas exude calm and serenity. Once the abode of Prince Chakrabong, the restored villas are now let out to lucky guests by his granddaughter, Khun Narisa.

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$$$$$ Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok Bangkok

Luxury

The renowned service of The Oriental Bangkok dates back almost 130 years to when it was first opened as a seaman’s lodge along the Chao Phraya River. It typifies a golden age of travel and attends to guests needs at the highest level. All 358 stunning rooms and 35 suites have been designed with traditional Thai flair and are luxuriously appointed for your utmost comfort.

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$$$$$ The Peninsular Bangkok Bangkok

Luxury

In the 10 years or so since the hotel opened, the lavish riverside Peninsula Bangkok has quickly established itself as not only one of Bangkok's premium hotels but one of the world's best hotels, winning many awards and honours along the way.

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$$$$$ Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai

Luxury

Dhara Dhevi Hotel is spread over 60 acres of stunning natural landscapes, incorporating lush verdant paddy fields and exotic plantations. It offers a self contained world of beauty, wellness and a cultural museum dedicated to the Lanna kingdom.

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$$$$ Anantara Resort Golden Triangle Chiang Rai & the Golden Triangle

Luxury

Perched on a ridge, near the small town of Chiang Saen, overlooking the hills of Myanmar and Laos, this property is as enchanting as the fabled Golden Triangle region in which it is located.

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$$$$ AKA Resort Hua Hin

Luxury

 

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$$$$$ Chiva Som Health Resort & Spa Hua Hin

Luxury

Chiva-Som is a luxury health resort, combining international standards with Thai values and beliefs to deliver personal wellness programmes in a positive, non regimented way. Everything they do focuses on a holistic approach to health that incorporates mind, body and spirit.

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$$$$ The Sarojin Khao Lak

Luxury

The Sarojin is nestled in an enchanting garden setting with direct private access onto a secluded 11km white beach beside on the shore of the Andaman Sea. The Sarojin beach by virtue of being sheltered by Pakarang Cape, a coral cape headland, provides year-round swimming and water sports. The resort is accessed via Phuket Airport approximately one hour drive away.

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$$$$ Kirimaya Resort & Spa Khao Yai National Park

Luxury

Kirimaya is justly a member of the outstanding Design Hotels group, selected for creative style and outstanding design. The name 'Kirimaya' means 'illusion of mountain' which suitably describes the refreshing character of the property and the reaction of guests upon arrival and throughout their stay.

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$$$$$ Soneva Kiri Koh Kood

Luxury

Surrounded by pristine white sandy beaches and alluring turquoise waters this is one of Thailand’s (and in our opinion – the world’s) most awe-inspiring luxury resorts. Set nestled within 40 hectares of pristine rainforest this unique resort is situated on the remote island of Koh Kood, in the Gulf of Siam very near the Cambodian border.
 

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$$$$ Layana Resort & Spa Koh Lanta & Koh Jum

Luxury

This exclusive boutique resort is nestled in Mu Koh Lanta National Park. The park is home to verdant rainforest with tropical wildlife in a lush, natural environment and diverse marine life. The resort enjoys a beachfront location, on a 3 kilometre-long white-sand beach.

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$$$$$ Pimalai Resort & Spa Koh Lanta & Koh Jum

Luxury

Koh Lanta has long been a well kept backpackers secret in the same way Pimalai Resort and Spa has been a little known luxury retreat. However, with the arrival of a few more better quality resorts the secret is out. Pimalai was the first upmarket resort to open and is still widely regarded as the bench mark level its competition is trying to match.

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$$$$ The Paradee Koh Samet

Luxury

The Paradee is a located in a unique idyllic double seaside location, on a narrow neck of land between the east- and west-facing beaches of secluded Ao Kiew at the remote and peaceful southern tip of Koh Samet, an area renowned for its pristine sandy beaches.

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$$$$$ Belmond Napasai - Koh Samui Koh Samui, Koh Phangan & Koh Tao

Luxury

Napasai is a secluded resort on the island's stylish north coast. Nestling on gentle slopes leading down to the unspoilt white sand of the small beach, it offers a selection of beautiful Thai-style cottages and private two and three bedroom pool villas.

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$$$$$ Six Senses Hideaway Koh Yao Koh Yao

Luxury

Phang Nga Bay is celebrated for its outstanding natural beauty and particularly for its stunning limestone karst island outcrops. It is these awe-inspiring limestone pinnacles that make up the view from this, the newest, offering from the ultra luxurious Six Senses group.

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$$$$$ Rayavadee Krabi

Luxury

This breathtaking luxury resort is set on the stunning Railay Peninsula overlooking the Andaman Sea. Close proximity to Phuket and famous islands like Phi Phi as well as the stunning seascape of Phang Nga Bay make Rayavadee the perfect base for discovering this enchanted corner of the Kingdom.

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$$$$$ Trisara Phuket

Luxury

Anyone desiring to stay at the most opulent, sophisticated and luxurious resort on Phuket look no further than the exceptional Trisara, as it is easily the premier accommodation on the island!

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The Galapagos Islands

$$$$$ Pikaia Lodge Hotel Information

Luxury

Perched on an extinct volcano with sweeping views across Santa Cruz island, Pikaia Lodge is a stunning contemporary eco-lodge that has raised the bar in terms of land-based Galapagos tours. At 450m above sea-level, it occupies a private Tortoise Reserve between the arid savannah and tropical highlands and enjoys near perfect conditions year round.

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The Maldives

$$$$ Cocoa Island Super Luxury Maldives Resorts

Luxury

•    Location: South Male Atoll
•    Distance from Male Airport: 30kms
•    Transfer: 40 minutes by speedboat
 

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$$$$ Soneva Gili Super Luxury Maldives Resorts

Luxury

 

•    Location: North Male Atoll
•    Distance from Male Airport: 6km
•    Transfer: 20 minutes by speedboat

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$$$$ Soneva Fushi Super Luxury Maldives Resorts

Luxury

•    Location: Baa Atoll
•    Transfer: 30 minutes by seaplane
•    Distance from Male Airport: 24km

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$$$$$ Huvafen Fushi Super Luxury Maldives Resorts

Luxury

•    Location: North Male Atoll
•    Transfer: 30 minutes by speedboat
•    Distance from Male Airport: 24km

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$$$$ Coco Palm Bodu Hiti Super Luxury Maldives Resorts

Luxury

•    Location: North Male Atoll
•    Transfer: 40 minutes by speedboat
•    Distance from Male Airport: 29km

A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, this chic resort epitomises barefoot luxury in a flawless setting edged by white sand beaches and coconut trees and surrounded by turquoise seas and isolated sand banks.

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$$$$$ Banyan Tree Madivaru Super Luxury Maldives Resorts

Luxury

•    Location: North Ari Atoll
•    Distance from Male Airport: 46km
•    Transfer: 25 minutes by Seaplane

This exclusive private resort features just six lavish freestanding tented pool villas. Modelled on the luxury safari tents found in Africa this is a new concept to the Maldives and gives the Banyan Tree its own individuality.

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$$$$ Anantara Dhigu Super Luxury Maldives Resorts

Luxury

•    Location: South Male Atoll
•    Transfer: 35 minutes by speedboat
•    Distance from Male Airport: 21km

Nestled on Dhigu Island, fringed on all sides by powder-white sands and surrounded by the warm, shallow waters of the lagoon lies the beautiful Anantara Dhigu.

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Tibet

$$$$$ St Regis Lhasa Resort Lhasa

Luxury

Conveniently located in the famed Barkhor area in the eastern part of Lhasa. The St Regis has, since its opening in late 2010, become the city’s most coveted address. The sweeping landscapes surrounding this exclusive resort provide a timeless, inviting setting for contemplation as well as exploration.

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Vietnam

$$$$$ Six Senses Con Dao Con Dao

Luxury

Located on the idyllic Con Son Island, a forty five minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City, the Six Senses Con Dao offers the ultimate luxurious Island experience.

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$$$$ Ana Mandara Villas Dalat

Luxury

Set in the cool climate of the rural highlands of Central Vietnam, Ana Mandara Villas Dalat comprises 17 French colonial villas each originally constructed between the 1920's and 1930's and lovingly restored to their former glory, with all care taken to preserve original design, décor and charm.

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$$$$ Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsular Resort Danang

Luxury

Located around 20 minutes drive north from Danang airport The Intercontinental Sun Peninsular Resort commands a spectacular beachfront setting on its own headland and is in our opinion the area’s most luxurious resort.

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$$$$ Sofitel Metropole Hanoi

Luxury

If you are the type of person that loves the old grandeur of colonial hotels then you will love Sofitel Metropole Hanoi.  Arriving at this hotel is like arriving on to a movie set.  The lobby with its stunning reception desk, with the original dark wooden boxes behind the desk and the staff in their traditional uniforms….you will be whisked back in time and reminded that you are truly experienc

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$$$$$ The Nam Hai Hoi An

Luxury

The resort location is on a pristine stretch of China Beach close enough to the town of Hoi An to allow an easy 15 minute drive for those wanting to explore all that Hoi An has to offer, and yet far enough out of town to provide tranquillity and privacy.

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$$$$$ An Lam Villas Ninh Van Bay Nha Trang

Luxury

Located on a secluded hillside overlooking the tranquil waters of Ninh Van Bay, the An Lam Villas offer a luxurious island experience.
 

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$$$$$ Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay Nha Trang

Luxury

This fabulous resort is located in the dramatic Ninh Van Bay. Its impressive rock formations overlooking the South China Sea, white sand beach and towering mountains behind, all add to the sense of being luxuriously at one with nature. The exclusive property is built in an architectural style reflecting the traditions of Vietnam.

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$$$$$ Princess d'Annam Phan Thiet

Luxury

Princess d’Annam is one of the newest ultimate luxury, all-villa resorts in Vietnam, located on the secluded and pristine Ke Ga Bay, facing a century-old French light house, providing an private oasis, away from the crowds of Ho-Chi-Minh City.

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$$$$$ Park Hyatt Saigon Saigon - Ho Chi Minh City

Luxury

This is our top luxury pick in Saigon.  The Park Hyatt is in an excellent location, in the heart of the city overlooking the Opera House and whilst it is a new building, it has been designed with a character in keeping with the colonial feel of the city and has a cool, relaxed ambience.

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$$$$$ The Reverie Saigon - Ho Chi Minh City

Luxury

Having opened its doors in April 2015 The Reverie is the latest addition to Saigon’s luxury hotel scene and wow was it worth waiting for! Renowned for its beautiful interior designs this opulent new property has raised the bar for services and accommodations in Vietnam.

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$$$$$ Amanoi Vinh Hy Bay

Luxury

Located around an hour’s drive south from Nha Trang airport in the spectacular conservation area of Vinh Hy Bay, the Amanoi is a very welcome addition (Sep 2013) to Vietnam’s luxury hotel scene. Backed by a national park and overlooking a marine nature reserve, Amanoi embraces nature while providing a serene beachside retreat.

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