Make your holiday or business trip a pleasant one with a stay at these comfy hotels and resorts
Be transported back in time at The Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li, an iconic heritage property turned ultra-luxury hotel nestled in the city’s historical French Concession district. Oozing 20th-century romanticism and charm, the estate is one of the last remaining stone gate residential neighbourhoods in Shanghai. Fifty-five individual villas blend traditional Chinese elements with French flair, combining luxurious silk wallpaper balanced against French-style furniture such as wrought iron and metal-legged tables. Lounge in the grand and opulent salon-style lobby with its high ceilings and art-deco-style mirrors, or walk across the courtyard to enjoy a world-class meal at Le Comptoir de Pierre Gagnaire restaurant by renowned chef Pierre Gagnaire.
Centrally located within Auckland’s iconic Metropolis building, AVANI Metropolis Auckland Residences offers an upscale hotel experience in a private setting that is well suited for both business and leisure travellers. The stylish city retreat features 65 contemporary one and two-bedroom units, each with a well-equipped kitchen, lounge and dining room, laundry facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi. Recharge and relax at facilities such as a 22-metre heated indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, sauna and fitness centre. Guests will also have access to AVANI’s signature ‘Forget Me Not’ amenities, designed to take the stress out of leaving essentials behind, be it yoga mats, hair straighteners, international power adaptors or sewing kits.
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Tailored for business travellers, Sheraton Petaling Jaya offers a convenient place for stays, meetings and functions within the burgeoning business district of Petaling Jaya. There are 253 rooms and suites to retire to for the night, complete with LCD TV and a spacious bathroom stocked with premium Le Grand Bain bath products. Indulge in the finest Cuban cigars from a walk-in humidor at Chime Cigar Lounge, before heading up to Sala Bar on the 33rd floor, which offers panoramic views of the city’s skyline. Alternatively, end a busy day filled with business appointments with a workout session at the fitness centre, or enjoy a refreshing dip at the rooftop infinity pool.
Unforgettable experiences await at Ritz Carlton Koh Samui, nestled on the eastern coast of Thailand amid breathtaking tropical charms and pristine natural beauty. Paying homage to the area’s past as a former coconut plantation, the resort features contemporary architecture and natural materials in its 175 suites and pool villas, overlooking turquoise waters and tranquil beachfronts. Join a range of curated activities, such as Muay Thai classes with trained instructors at the gym, as well as cooking classes to unlock the secrets of Southern Thai cooking. On selected days, the resort hosts Baan Talat, an outdoor food market with street food stalls, cultural dances and crafts. Not to be missed is a dip at the temperate Swim Reef teeming with more than 50 species of fish, where guests can enjoy snorkelling and fish-feeding.
Set amid lush tropical gardens, the Sokha Siem Resort & Convention Centre and Sokha Palace Siem Reap Hotel bring luxury and international hospitality to the historic capital of Siem Reap. As Cambodia’s largest luxury resort, the two properties collectively offer an impressive 1,242 rooms, suites and villas that feature beautiful Cambodian architecture, paired with modern comforts such as large TVs, electronic safes and spacious bathtubs. Be spoilt for choice with sumptuous cuisines at the resort’s nine F&B outlets. For events, there is the well-equipped convention centre and a 2,190-square-metre grand ballroom. A complete suite of facilities at guests’ disposal includes a business centre, fitness centre and spa, in-house clinic, foreign exchange counter and more.