Some hotels we forgot right away after returning – the food was decent, the rooms were nice, the location pleasant and appealing, and some are remembered until the end of life – if not for anything else, then for the view
Angsana Tengchong Resort, China
The architecture of this distinctly refined resort is inspired by classical Chinese poetry and paintings, paying homage to Tengchang’s unique culture and rich heritage. With arched roofs and stone footpaths meandering through cultivated gardens. The hot spring resort is located in the heart of the Gaoligong Mountains, an important strategic site in the old Tengyue Prefecture famous for its hot spring, breath-taking scenery, pleasant climate, rich heritage, and ethnic diversity.
With state-of-the-art facilities, thoughtful services, pristine natural environment and geothermal resources, Banyan Tree Tengchong delights guests with Banyan Tree’s signature hospitality style, offering bespoke holidays full of romance, comfort and authentic destination experiences. Hot Spring Village offers 37 retreats and villas with modern amenities and stylish furnishings. All retreats and villas are replete with a private Hot Spring tub. Some villas also feature private plunge pools and personal outdoor massage areas.
A bijou coral island, in the Indian Ocean, round in shape and surrounded by a sandy beach, Baros Maldives offers cultured elegance in a pure, uncomplicated way. A rich heritage – one of the first resorts in the Maldives, it sets the benchmark for luxury – with true essence of the Maldives reflected in everything from the service to the architecture, and in pure culinary delights. As the Maldives is all about outdoor living – The Welcome Pavilion, the restaurants and bars are all open-sided areas while the spacious accommodations are designed with thought and style using natural materials, creating a suggestion of timelessness sanctuary of the highest luxury awaits.
Stretching overwater and nestled on the beach in natural jungle, each is a magical hideaway, where you can escape the cares of the world. Dedicated to creating a satisfying experience for every individual guest in a refined and reassuring manner special occasions can be celebrated with a cruise and dinner on a traditional sailing dhoni, on the resort’s private yacht, or on an isolated sand bank in the lagoon. Baros Maldives offers culinary options to satisfy the most fastidious gourmet or to delight the confirmed traditionalist with classic cuisine, often with an innovative, tropical twist.
Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
Rising majestically above the 600-acre beach front resort of Anse Chastanet, Jade Mountain is a cornucopia of organic architecture celebrating St. Lucia’s stunning scenic beauty. Architect owner Nick Troubetzkoy has expanded upon his philosophy of building in harmony with Caribbean nature in his creation of Jade Mountain. The bold architectural design – individual bridges leading to exceptional infinity pool sanctuaries and rugged stoned-faced columns reaching towards the sky – makes Jade Mountain one of the Caribbean’s most mesmerizing resort experiences.
Each of the 24 infinity pool sanctuaries at Jade Mountain St. Lucia is a carefully designed, individual work of art and architecture. Expect grand sweeping spaces where bedroom, living area and an extravagant private infinity pool glide into one another to form extraordinary platforms floating out into nature. With the fourth wall entirely absent, Jade Mountain’s sanctuaries are stage-like settings from which to embrace the full glory of St. Lucia’s Pitons World Heritage Site, and of course, the eternal Caribbean Sea.
Mandarin Oriental, New York
The Five-Star Mandarin Oriental, New York redefines the luxury hotel experience in Manhattan. Conveniently located on Manhattan’s Westside at Columbus Circle and the southern entrance to Central Park, Mandarin Oriental, New York offers breathtaking views of Central Park, the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline. As part of the mixed-use Time Warner Center, the hotel is situated in the center’s north building, 280 feet above ground and ideally located near some of the city’s best shops, Michelin-starred dining and renowned performance centers.
The 244 stylishly, spacious and elegant appointed guestrooms and suites reflect the oriental heritage of Mandarin Oriental while incorporating contemporary elements of New York City. All rooms offer guests user-friendly, state-of-the-art in-room communications and entertainment systems. The 14,500 square-foot Five-Star Spa featuring a state-of-the-art fitness center and 75-foot lap pool, is a prominent element of the hotel. Dramatic views provide a spectacular backdrop for the food and beverage outlets including Asiate, the hotel’s vibrant signature restaurant serving modern American cuisine with a creative twist.
Photos by Angsana Tengchong, Baros, Jade Mountain and Mandarin Oriental