The first thing you notice when entering the lobby of the Sofitel Singapore City Centre Hotel is a stunning, nine-metre chandelier whirling across the expanse. To say it’s eye-catching would be an understatement! This glittering work of art, comprising of 700 hand-blown glass crystals shaped into leaves, is designed by Lasvit — an artisan Czech company renowned for its fantastic light sculptures, as seen in the Dubai Opera, Changi Airport and Peninsula Paris. It's just a taste of what’s to come as we head up to the fifth floor for our luxury weekend stay.
It's one of the most famous hotels in the entire world. Marilyn Monroe spent countless hours here. John and Yoko staged a bed-in in one of the bungalows, and Sidney Poitier danced barefoot in the lobby after winning an Oscar. The Beverly Hills Hotel even appeared on the cover of the Eagles’ 1976 album as the famous ‘Hotel California’. The legendary Hollywood moments are endless, and even today this iconic hotel remains a favourite playground for some of Tinseltown’s most elite.
The ultra-luxe Banyan Tree Lăng Cô is an all-pool villa resort set on the remote central coast of Vietnam, in the foothills of the Truong Son mountains and on the longest private beach in Lăng Cô. Designed like a Vietnamese village, a collection of enormous beach, lagoon and hillside villas are dotted along the beach or overlooking lush green grounds and a lagoon. All feature clay-tiled roofs and gorgeous open courtyards, inspired by the traditional homes in the nearby imperial city of Huế, and an expansive outdoor living area that includes your very own pool.
On a three kilometre-long sandy beach in central Vietnam, overlooking a secluded bay and hugged by a jungle-covered mountain range, lies Angsana Lăng Cô.
The resort is home to 229 stylish suites and rooms (almost half of which have their own private plunge pool) and shares its sprawling 280ha space and incredible facilities – such as a private beach, award-winning spa, acclaimed restaurants, water sports centre, Nick Faldo-designed championship golf course and epic 300m freshwater swimming pool – with its nearby sister property, the renowned Banyan Tree Lăng Cô. Together, they create Vietnam’s first integrated resort, the Laguna Lăng Cô. The resort’s proximity to three exceptional UNESCO World Heritage Sites is the cherry on top of this cake.
With more than 1,000 jewel-like islands scattered across the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean, it’s no wonder the Maldives routinely crops up on bucket lists. Many of the islands remain uninhabited, but those occupied often boast single-island luxury resorts where you can explore and enjoy your own private paradise.
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