As Thai legend goes, in ancient times, an enormous dragon roamed the skies over Phuket and when he died, his body was transformed into three islands in the aquamarine Andaman sea.
Named after the founding father of the Asian city, Sir Stamford Raffles, Raffles Hotel has become synonymous the world over for its refined elegance and as a symbol of glamorous colonial travel.
Entering the hotel from the busy street outside feels almost like stepping through a door into another world.
Kathmandu’s oldest luxury hotel, the Hyatt Regency is also the largest, sprawling across a plot the size of a small neighbourhood with gardens, a swimming pool and tennis courts.
Ever thought about being in your own wonderland? Becoming the star of your very own fairy tale? Of course – we all have.
From pioneering social initiatives to coveted old-world collections, we’ve scoured the world for the most unusual and inspiring places to stay for those with a penchant for art in our Top 7 Art Hotels of the World.
Aman resorts have quickly gained a reputation across the world for their unparalleled levels of luxury, refinement and informal yet spot on service.
Luxury awaits a stone’s throw from Cambridge Station at the recently opened boutique hotel Tamburlaine, an impressive addition to the historic University City.
Business hotels aren’t usually designed to be especially relaxing, they’re crisp, functional and polite.
The Royal Mansour sets a new gold standard for luxury, in not only Morocco, but across the world, as guests are accommodated in 53 lavish private riads set amongst almost four hectares of fragrant shady gardens planned around Moorish fountains, trickling streams and lily ponds.
Perched on the edge of Fort Kochi’s harbour, Brunton Boatyard is a grand monument to a colonial past.
Modern luxury delivered with tradition and style.
Nestled amongst the charming, rolling, fern-covered hills of the New Forest in Hampshire, just a few minutes drive from the picturesque village of Lyndhurst sits Lime Wood Hotel.
Portetta arrived several years ago on the French alpine scene with little pomp and ceremony, in the usual understated way of operating that its sister UK hotels of Lime Wood and The Pig Group do so well.
Amsterdam is a city of many firsts – the stock market, the compact disk, the Olympic Flame – all Dutch inventions.
Swedish Lapland is a place of extremes, home to the country’s highest peak and its deepest lake, not to mention 20,000 semi-nomadic indigenous Sami people and their herds of reindeer.
Situated at the heart of the canal district, between Amsterdam’s two oldest waterways, Sofitel Legend The Grand provides a decadent base amidst the city’s most picturesque streets, just a two-minute walk from the hip Negen Straatjes neighbourhood.
Could you imagine anything more opulent then a five-star Christmas? Leave the decorating to the experts, the cooking to Michelin-starred chef and just relax and enjoy the charm of the season.
Stretched across the American states of Arizona and California and the bordering country of Mexico, the Sonoran Desert is a cactus-filled refuge of luxury hotels, inspired cuisine and cultural icons.