Mandarin Oriental, Milan
The bathroom in the Presidential Suite has a tub that's obviously a vessel of heaven
A cauliflower dish with almond milk sauce yuzu juice and sea urchins
An intimate and contemporary hotel housed within four elegantly redeveloped 18th-century buildings, Mandarin Oriental, Milan is a suitable addition to an iconic Italian destination. The 104 rooms and suites are just steps away from the fashionable Via Manzoni and Montenapoleone making the hotel an ideal enclave for post-retail therapy.
The best way to unwind is at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Milan, which boasts six treatment rooms, two couple’s suites and a dedicated Thai massage room. There’s also a world-class hair salon headed by celeb stylist, Massimo Serini. The hotel’s interiors come courtesy of renowned Italian studio Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel Interiors, who has dressed the property in a blend of Italian and oriental styles.
Alila Seminyak Bali
Sweeping views of paradise
Beach suite? Beach suite
Bali’s south-west coast has welcomed another gem in the form of Alila Seminyak Bali. Alila claims to have “upped the ante on tropical cool” which is evidenced by a beach resort with utmost sophistication, all-day fine dining and an expansive spa – and you’re invited to stay even longer with a suite ownership programme.
When you buy a suite it will remain part of the hotel room pool, to be managed and maintained by Alila Hotels and Resorts, who will reward owners with investment returns. The Suites at Alila Seminyak are housed in four-storey blocks, comprising three types that range in size from 46 to 147 square metres – but if you’re going all out, why not check into the spectacular 811-sqm penthouse?
The Reverie Saigon
Opulent dining in Vietnam is obvious
A deluxe room at The Reverie Saigon will make it difficult to go and explore Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
The Reverie Saigon became the latest five-star hotel to debut in Vietnam when it opened its doors September 1. The 286-room property is located within the 39-storey Times Square building in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1, promising panoramic views of the city and the Saigon River.
The Leading Hotels of the World property is themed on “Italian extravagance”, with rooms and suites dressed by Italian decorators. The hotel contains three restaurants, serving Chinese, Italian and French cuisine, plus a ground-floor venue, The Long @ Times Square. The ground-floor café has a 48-m bar counter that vaults the distance between Dong Khoi Street and Nguyen Hue Boulevard, two of the city’s trendiest spots.
Hylandia by Shangri-La
All that shimmers is gold in Hylandia by Shangri-La
Pull up styling on everyone at Hylandia by Shangri-La
Shangri-La’s latest luxe hotel is a modern 166-room property with exotic courtyards, gardens, lounges and restaurants. Vaunted as a high-altitude interpretation of the caravanserais once found along the Silk Road, Hylandia is an eclectic blend of Yunnan and Tibetan styles, featuring extensive use of local pine, limestone and other native organic materials.
The sense of place continues with the personnel as the majority of the hotel staff, mostly from nearby Diqing, serve as a sort of local “ambassador” to help create memorable moments, and personally guided signature guest experiences. One of the hotel’s traditional highlights is the Aroma Room, where tea is served – including the famous Yunnan black tea once traded on the Ancient Tea Horse Trail.