Lush foliage, stunning views and understated luxury are some of the highlights at this tranquil resort, which is situated in a beautiful valley close to Ubud. Three pools wind their way through the resort, connecting the individual villas. The latter feature traditional Balinese design elements, including carvings crafted by local artisans. There are also private treehouse gazebos where you can enjoy a spot of reading or meditation.
The St. Regis Changsha
This modern hotel from the high-end chain towers over the historic capital of Hunan. In addition to their striking contemporary style, the 188 rooms and suites are all equipped with state-of-the-art technology – for instance, the in-room iPad can be used to control everything from the air-conditioning to the TV. 24-hour butler service – a hallmark of the St Regis brand – is available here, too.
Villa Mahabhirom, Chiang Mai
This intimate resort comprises 14 beautifully restored ruean thai (traditional teakwood villas) that date back over a century. The villas are decked out with antiques from the owner’s private collection, with the larger ones featuring private courtyards and saltwater plunge pools. Set against the backdrop of the famous Doi Sothep mountain and fringed by tropical foliage, it’s a veritable oasis that’s still close to the city.
Mövenpick Hotel Colombo
The first five-star hotel to open in the city in 25 years, Mövenpick Hotel Colombo offers 219 well-appointed rooms, each offering stunning ocean or city views. Take a dip in the rooftop infinity pool or break a sweat at the fully-equipped fitness centre, which overlooks the glimmering Indian Ocean. Its location close to the historic Fort area means it’s well-placed for most local attractions.
Fairfield by Marriott Kathmandu
Marriott’s first property in Nepal features 115 contemporary rooms that overlook the bustling city. Located in the backpacker neighbourhood of Thamel, it offers easy access to major attractions such as Kathmandu Durbar Square and the Garden of Dreams.
Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur
Located on Jalan Kamunting, which used to be the main settlement for tin mining during the colonial era, the hotel’s 184 rooms are adorned with black-and-white photography that showcase the rich heritage of the neighbourhood. Rooftop pool bar Man Tao gives you a view over that neighbourhood, while Brasserie 25 offers international dining with a French twist. Experience the area’s charms in the flesh by checking out long-running eateries like Yut Kee coffee shop and art galleries like Balai Seni Negara.
Grand Park Kodhipparu, Maldives
A mere 20-minute speedboat ride from Malé, this luxe resort stands on its own private island. Here, you’ll find 120 beach and overwater villas, each providing gorgeous views of the ocean – what’s more, 65 of them feature private pools. Also on offer are a range of outdoor activities, such as diving, dolphin watching and wakeboarding. Conclude your day with a romantic dinner on the beach.
Oakwood Premier OUE, Singapore
This sophisticated serviced apartment has everything you need: fully equipped kitchens, a round-the-clock fitness centre, and even an outdoor infinity pool. It’s located in the newly opened Downtown Gallery complex, which boasts a host of shopping and restaurant options in a prime location in the heart of the Central Business District.
Sofitel Singapore City Centre, Singapore
Strategically located above Tanjong Pagar MRT, this hotel sports botanical motifs inspired by Singapore’s green spaces. The 223 rooms come equipped with mod cons such as Nespresso coffee machines and Bose entertainment systems. Enjoy an interactive culinary experience at French restaurant Racines, which features four open-concept kitchens.
Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach
The newest addition to Seminyak’s row of luxury beachfront hotels boasts 289 rooms, suites and pool villas, all equipped with top-notch amenities like in-room juicers (complete with complimentary oranges). True to the Hotel Indigo philosophy, the property is also embellished with locally-inspired design elements, such as wall murals that depict the surrounding neighbourhood.