Don’t have the time for a circle around world? Why don’t you start with a half world tour? Here are 10 stops, from Paris to Tokyo, going through Hyderabad, of the most beautiful hotels of the East.
1 • PARIS / HÔTEL DE CRILLON
Closed for a 4-year full renovation, the legendary hotel of the Place de la Concorde has reopened its doors in July 2017 under the Rosewood mark. Built in 1758 by Louis XV to illustrate the power of France, the hotel has found its erstwhile splendor, while stepping into the XXI century.
2 • ROME / HOTEL EDEN
Set in the heart of the old town, the freshly renovated hotel is only a few steps from the mythical Piazza di Spagna and the picturesque Villa Borghese. This city oasis from 1889 has welcomed royalty members, dignitaries and numerous celebrities.
3 • ISTANBUL / SOHO HOUSE ISTANBUL
Founded in London in 1995, Soho House has been crafted for creative people on the move. With now houses in Europe and North America, this club not like the others is also accessible to non-members, provided that they respect the ‘house rules’, namely a casual dress code, among other things – no business attire please!
4 • MUSCAT / THE CHEDI MUSCAT
Nestled by the Gulf of Oman, the Chedi Mascate intrigues by its contemporary esthetics with oriental influences. True sanctuary just a few hours from Paris, you can easily spend a few days to take advantage of the 1,500 square meters of the Spa, before your next adventure.
5 • HYDERABAD / TAJ FALAKNUMA PALACE
Overhanging over Hyderabad, the twinkling City of Pearls, this 1894 palace was once home to the Nizam, when this was considered one of the richest men in the world. It’s a feast of opulence and excess, where the Victorian fresques of the ceilings mix with the Italian marbles, without hurting the eye, quite the opposite!
6 • SIEM REAP / PHUM BAITANG
Second creation by Arnaud Zannier in the hotel industry, this village-looking resort spreads out on eight hectares of rice paddies, promising privacy and tranquility to the guests. In a refined and delicate style that characterizes him, Zannier has successfully seduced us with the local materials and the impression of warm change of scenery. Rendez-vous at the Cigar & Cocktail lounge at sunset.
7 • BANGKOK / THE SIAM
Imagine Bangkok meets the Great Gatsby: you get the Siam, a small Asian gem with art deco nuances that calls itself the first urban resort of the Kingdom. The feet in the water, this Small Luxury Hotels of the World is a quiet break, a breath of fresh air (not) far from the frenzy of the city.
8 • HONG KONG / THE PENINSULA HONG KONG
In 1980, nine Silver Shadow II were painted in a metallic green color, this same tint that later became the ‘green Peninsula’ at Rolls Royce and that is now exclusively used for the Peninsula limousines. Those green Rolls Royce and the all white-dressed Pen Boys give evidence of the elegance and subtle delicateness of the legendary ‘Grande Dame of the Far East’.
9 • HANGZHOU / AMANFAYUN
We have totally fallen in love with this Aman nestled in the UNESCO West Lake Valley, near Hangzhou. The style is minimalist, combining dark wood and stone floors. Surrounded by tea and bamboo plantations, the Amanfayun takes us to a genuine traditional Chinese village, in a peaceful and authentic atmosphere.
10 • TOKYO / AMAN TOKYO
Haven of peace in the heart of a buzzing city, Aman Tokyo is the first address of the brand to settle in a city. The result is a zen space, Japanese style, where the washi papers and the Ofuro bathtubs are part of the décor, contrasting with the mind-blowing view of the Tokyo skyline and a bit further, Mount Fuji.