Sitting 1,447 meters above sea level in the Swiss Alps, the Chedi Andermatt is a 104-room hotel by architect Jean-Michel Gathy and it’s a masterpiece of clean-lined modernism combined with an Asian aesthetic. Lavish rooms, fireplace-warmed spaces, piles of cashmere rugs and fur and a Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant...this is a mountain retreat with a difference.
The Qasr Al Sarab might just be Abu Dhabi's most Instagrammable hotel. After all, surrounded on all 4 sides by the golden dunes of the Empty Quarter, and styled like a Bedouin village, it’s a place that boasts landscape, luxury and culture, all in one location. Throw in the outdoor pool flanked by palm trees and you’ve got a hotel that feels closer to a myth than a place you can check-in for a few days.
Most people who travel to Southeast Asia flock to Bali or Phuket in search of escapism. We have a different idea...an underrated island of Malaysia by the name of Langkawi. The nature here is undisturbed, with golden beaches and thick rain forests where macaque monkeys roam free and fist-sized butterflies skitter through the air. And a hotel that sits in the heart of all this purity is The Datai Langkawi, designed by architect Kerry Hill in 1993.
For this Rosewood hotel in Los Cabos, the appeal lies in the cosseting luxury of its rooms, palapa-covered verandahs, cactus gardens and infinity pools overlooking the Sea of Cortez. Yes, there are many beautiful hotels in Cabo, but not many come close to the exclusivity of this 28,000-square-foot estate, and the personal butler service and little details like the fresh fruit basket every morning do not hurt.
A world away from the chaotic cities of India, the Amanbagh is a modern maharajah’s palace imagined by Aman’s go-to architect Ed Tuttle and landscape guru Bill Dalton. The hotel, surrounded by the temple ruins of the ancient Aravalli hills, feels suspended in a different time…except for those room interiors. Minimalist and uncluttered, they are classic Aman.