Photos by T+S: Amanruya, Bodrum, Turkey
It is not difficult to fall in love with the Aman Resorts, as evidenced in how the returning customers like to call themselves: the ‘Aman Junkies’. It’s a testament to the genuine following the Aman Resorts brand inspires. Having been spellbound first by Amansara and now by Amanruya we count ourselves among the ‘Junkies’ too.
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Red Pepper House, Lamu, Kenya
Fusing an open-air layout and coziness of private luxury, in beautiful surroundings of Suahili art, The Red Pepper House ensures personal—and personalized—experience. With only five guest rooms this is the most exclusive hotel on Lamu island.
One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
Before we actually paid a visit, Reethi Rah seemed a bit conservative for an island resort. Sleek, grand, but maybe lacking some of that rustic maldiveness (define it as you like), so in vogue these days. Coming ashore we realised that refusing to follow design fads is precisely the point: you simply don’t have to, when you are the best.
North of Little Italy: the Nolitan New York, USA
There’s some disagreement among real-estate types as to precisely what neighborhood this is. But while the ink has yet to dry on that argument, Nolita now has its first boutique hotel. And a sharp one it is.
Chedi Muscat, Oman
When Jean-Michel Gathy, Belgian architect working in Kuala Lumpur embarked upon the Chedi Muscat project, he journeyed across Oman, exploring local styles and traditions. He then incorporated Omani influences into a contemporary architecture, inspired by Asian trends.
Maia Luxury Resort and Spa, Seychelles
High above a magnificent beach of opalescent sand lapped by aquamarine water, amongst swaying palms, lies an opulent hideaway that transcends tropical luxury. This specialty spa resort enjoys a truly idyllic setting—offering perfect escape from the modern life’s frenetic pace.
Photos by T+S: Argos in Cappadocia, Turkey
Like an Escher drawing where every staircase leads to an entirely new plane and perspective, the gardens and passageways of Argos in Cappadocia delight and surprise, evoking a fairy tale—with the background of lunar landscapes. It’s a stuff of Silk Road legends… transformed into a trendy, truly unique hotel.
Sala Phuket Resort and Spa, Thailand
A haven for those wishing to get away from it all, this five star private villa resort breaks away from the ‘typical’ Thai luxury design model.
Hip and Happening in Surfers Paradise: welcome to QT Gold Coast, Australia
For visitors and locals alike, the Gold Coast near Australia’s Brisbane is an entertainment centre and a mass-tourism destination: the Surfers Paradise. Yet its newest and most exciting hotel intends to inspire conversation and arrest the senses, catering to a clientele that demands something beyond the stock nautical kitsch. At QT nostalgic surfer chic meets Miami catwalk cool.
Hôtel de Nell, Paris, France
Graced with design that has depth and texture often lost at hotels embracing minimalism, Hôtel de Nell’s tranquil, understated interiors are typically “parisian”—but with added sophistication of a contemporary boutique hotel.
Earthly pleasures at The Elysian in Bali, Indonesia
The days when Bali was innocently viewed as an undiscovered paradise are long since gone. These days travelers can expect something a little more worldly, and peace and quiet are increasingly hard to come by. Hence the appeal of a place like the Elysian.
10 things to do on Lamu Island, Kenya
Kenya’s unique coastal culture is a product of a long and rich history. Arab and Portuguese forts, medieval towns and the overgrown, deserted ruins of Swahili outposts bear witness to centuries of trade between Africa, Middle East and Europe. The island of Lamu epitomizes this heritage.