HOTEL CIPRIANI, Venice
Wow! Exquisite new rooms unveiled in spring 2008 feature private terraces, customized sound systems, and outdoor hot tubs.
In addition to the comforts of spa, butler, gourmet chef - yeah you're really roughing in on the Safari, aren't you? .. Part of what makes Singita so compelling is the diversity of species scampering about—leopards, lions, elephants, hippos, giraffes—some of which you might spy from your own room.
Toasted as the freshest property in the city, while still preserving its terrific sense of place and style. What's good?
Natural beauty of the wilds of Patagonia. Damn near impossible to get to - a four-hour flight from Santiago and then a five-and-a-half-hour journey by auto - which makes it so cool. The property sits in the shadow of the jagged, snowcapped Torres del Paines mountains. Unobstructed views and you have the wilderness all to yourself. Make nature your bitch by partaking in daily glacier hikes, horseback rides, and for the unfaint of heart, swims in the ice-cold lake. Don't worry, they also have heated indoor pool and outdoor hot tubs.
Chateau Marmont remains the epitome of cool Hollywood.
Tokyo hotel, not Tokio Hotel. hehe (I just had to).
The small and family-owned Le Sirenuse holds its head high on the Amalfi Coast as a bastion of glamour, luxury, and independent personality. Most nights, owners Franco Sersale and son Antonio can be found chatting with guests at the bar or in the restaurant. The 18th-century palazzo sits above the colorful town of Positano, a charming tangle of pastel buildings and church domes leading to the shimmer of the sea below.
In addition to having everything quintessential to the Four Seasons brand. This one boasts a prestigious locale, concierge with mad skills, and at 600 square feet, even standard rooms are larger than most New York apartments. The Parkview Tower room comes with an unobstructed vista of Central Park; and the newly unveiled penthouse - a 4,300-square-foot palace that cost $50 million to complete and has fulfilled I.M. Pei's original design for the building - comes with 23-foot-high windows, a 360-degree view of the city, and a personal trainer, butler, and Rolls-Royce, oh BTW $30,000 a night.
Ultra exclusive -- with only six units and up to 18 guests at a time, the four-acre private island of Madivaru becomes your personal playground. Luxury camping at its most ridiculous -- get queen-size beds, plunge pools, deep-soak bath tubs, outdoor showers, teak decks, personal butler, massages and facials in room, private meals on your private veranda or on a deserted beach nearby. If you've taken a loved one, he/she pretty much has to ..
Overlooking the gorgeous Lake Pichola in a magnificent palace fit for a maharaja, the hotel's design is equal parts sublime and decadent, with gold-leaf domes, exquisite chandeliers, and gorgeous Indian textiles. The grounds are enormous—30 acres—and include an animal sanctuary with peacocks that parade through the gardens. Ask for a Premier Lake View room with a private patio overlooking the water and steps that lead right into a semiprivate pool (five suites come with completely private ones). Not to be missed: a sunset boat trip around the lake followed by a private dinner on a floating dock—it'll make you the star in your own Bollywood flick.
A new injection of British cool. At the center of Mayfair, a storied residential neighborhood recently reinvented with a spate of fashionable boutiques and restaurants, the Art Deco gem maintains old-school traditions like afternoon tea, uniformed elevator attendants, and discreet service. But it also injects an exhilarating dose of modern style: a Champagne bar so hip that Kate Moss hosted her 30th there, 21 new suites designed by the Queen's nephew David Linley, and Gordon Ramsay's flagship (and still best) restaurant. Other draws: one of the best dry martinis in the city at the Fumoir bar, and Thomas Keatley, the concierge, who has been taking care of high-maintenance requests for 30 years.
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