Located on one of Australia’s most iconic beaches, QT Bondi brims with equal parts Bohemia and cutting-edge cool that perfectly jive with beachside summer vibes. Designed by Nic Graham, each of its 69 suites is laced with artwork by London-based artist Shaun Gladwell and a kitchenette for in-house dining to complement a neighbourhood speckled with butchers and fishmongers, specialty stores, charcuteries and bottle shops.
Snuggled within a typical Parisian square where traditional cobbled stone paths and Maison Gatti herringbone-pattern wicker chairs line the roads, Hotel Providence is certainly what a luxurious Parisian pied- à-terre experience should entail. Though the building itself has been around since 1854, each of the boutique hotel’s 18 rooms is now refitted with a traditional Parisian counter bar, beech shelving and Renotte gallery. Other features include a glass-panelled lift, staircase adorned with Madeleine Castaings banana leaf patterns as well as made-to-measure or antique furniture in the lobby.
A resort with 28 exotic rooms facing the picturesque Bay of Bengal, the Varun Beach Bheemili Resort is located in the north-east of Visakhapatnam, within walking distance to the Bheemili beach. Aside from an extensive list of local attractions, the hotel’s dining options are not to be missed. Guests who want to kick back and relax can visit the rooftop infinity pool to take in the view of India’s East coast or head to the spa for ‘me’ time.
Kandima Maldives offers 274 stylishly designed studios and villas, all with private terraces. Highlights include 10 restaurants and bars, a 100m pool with waterslides, tennis, badminton and squash courts, gym, spa, yoga studio, marine biology school, art studio, kids club, photo studio and library.
Located in the artistic, multicultural district of Bugis-Bras Basah just five minutes away from Bugis MRT station, the new mercure singapore Bugis is snugged in a neighbourhood of hip cafes, au courant shops and sundry authentic restaurants. Designs that fuse old and new Singapore run through all of the rooms and the chic lobby lounge at BARtistry@One22; while the panoramic views from the rooftop and infinity lap pool is the right place for both business and relaxation.
Explore the Maldives on the move with COMO Hotel and Resorts’ first luxury yacht, the Cameron. The 68-foot Hatteras yacht traverses between two of COMO’s resorts in Cocoa Island – a property with 33 overwater suites surrounded by a private reef – and Maalifushi, where guests can charter the yacht from a few hours to multi-nights to catch a specific wave or even watch whale shark migration. Cabins in the Cameron are all fitted as elegantly as COMO’s hotels.
Amalgamating breathtaking views of Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem Lake and the city’s skyline with original Vietnamese artworks is the 123-room Apricot Hotel. Seated at the heart of Vietnam’s political and cultural capital, hotel highlights include the Avanti – a multi-level basement theatre featuring a stage between two floors; Southeast Asian restaurant Palette; and L’Artiste, which boasts an open-style kitchen.
Occupying the 37th to 54th floors of the iconic 300m tall Shimao Straits Tower, Conrad Xiamen is a place for business and leisure travellers. Looking out to the sea and the famous Gulangyu Island, the property is just a stone’s throw away from major landmarks, shopping centres and popular attractions. Inside the hotel are rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows alongside a gym, heated pool, Jacuzzi, meeting spaces, restaurants and bars.
Hungary for Luxury
Ritz-Carlton makes a landing in Hungary with the The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest. Aside from indulging in luxury, guests can choose to wander the meandering cobbled streets of World Heritage-listed Buda Castle district, take to the rejuvenating waters from one of the city’s thermal springs, or sample Hungarian cuisine and wines so accessible from the hotel’s convenient location. Gourmands can dine in comfort as The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest also houses The Kupola Lounge, a contemporary bar, spa and fitness centre.
Seated next to Parisian must-sees like the Place Vendôme, the Opéra Garnier, and the Louvre, the 37-room le Roch Hotel & spa boasts a sunlit courtyard, fresh greenery, a library, a destination restaurant, and an exclusive spa and steam bath. Erected in 1836, the building is given a new life by French interior designer Sarah Lavoine and award-winning architect Vincent Bastie, meaning guests can expect clean lines, noble materials, and uncluttered spaces in elegantly tranquil interiors of soft pastels.
Lounges and spas, restaurants and bars, infinity pool and in-room Jacuzzis are everything you can find at the nakar Hotel. Located in Palma’s main shopping district renowned for spectacular bays, bougainvillea-strewn landscape as well as world-class galleries and museums on sundrenched streets, the 57-room property opens to interiors that contrast locally sourced oak and stone with industrial tones of black-lacquered iron and glass, while the rooms are defined with earth-tone fabrics and a neutral colour palette. Absorb Palma’s sweeping Bay from its eighth-floor restaurant and bar before getting your groove on at the rooftop bar, then escape to the spa when the party is over.