4 Plush Suites You Won't Want to Leave
Across hectic cities, sleepy beach towns and cultural capitals, cool hotel openings are making it difficult for travelers to emerge from their robe-and-slipper cocoons. BY DAVID NGO.
Published on Jun 22, 2016
1. LAOS | THE PRESIDENT BY AKARYN
The 30-suite hotel takes up a central slice of Setthathirath Road in Vientiane, next to the National Assembly. The architecture is an elevated take on the popular Laos-accented colonial style, with luxury touches like stately colonnades and gilded chandeliers. The property welcomes visitors to explore the grounds, a lush mix of tasteful topiary and English country garden mazes. With its spacious rooms, white-gloved butlers and broad windows overlooking the impressive estate, the President is bringing a level of refinement to Vientiane.
The President by Akaryn, Vientiane. Courtesy of The President by Akaryn.
2. PHILIPPINES | SHANGRI-LA AT THE FORT, MANILA
There's no real reason to leave the Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila. The 567-room hotel is in a complex that has so many spots to wine, dine and shop that you may find yourself wanting to stay in. Fill up on delicious dishes at one of the 14 restaurants on site, like Canton Road, with its amazing Cantonese and Huaiyang food, or Raging Bull Chophouse & Bar, with its dynamite steaks, then sweat it out at the 2,000-square-meter Kerry Sports Manila fitness facility. This is one of the tallest towers in Manila, with views over the bay, so you can experience a panorama of the city from the comfort of your room.
Courtesy of Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila.
3. JAPAN | AMANEMU
Each of the 24 suites and four two-bedroom villas at this rural resort in Ise-Shima National Park features a large outdoor deck and an onsen, where guests can enjoy the balance-restoring Japanese ritual of soaking in nutrient-rich water from thermal springs. Amanemu is Aman's second property in Japan, and plays foil to the metropolitan Tokyo address with its emphasis on the quiet and verdant surrounds. Open the traditional woven-textile shutters in the Mori villa and you'll be looking out a floor-to-ceiling window framing a majestic tabunoki camphor tree that casts dappled shade over your personal courtyard.
The Mori villa at Amanemu. Courtesy of Amanemu.
4. AUSTRALIA | ELEMENTS OF BYRON
Elements of Byron Resort & Spa, a stylish seafront retreat that opened in March 2016 with 103 villas set on 22 hectares of Belongil Beach. As the name suggests, the whole look and feel of the place is inspired by the landscape, with a color palette reflecting the burnt oranges and deep blues of the coast. So it follows that protection of existing vegetation was a top priority during construction of the single-story villas, using low-impact buildings that curve with the horizon.
Courtesy of Elements of Byron.